E139 Punchline Talks! with Chris Pockett, Cllr Max Wilkinson and David Jones
By Mark Owen | 8th December 2023
Each Friday, Punchline-Gloucester.com editor Mark Owen is joined by leading Gloucestershire business figures from a range of backgrounds to review Friday's national and regional newspapers and discuss what is happening in their own business sector and their own individual businesses.
Finally, they round off by picking the stories that have caught their eye in this week's Punchline-Gloucester.com.
The Business Breakfast Briefer show is sponsored by Hazlewoods Accountants and Business Advisors.
This week's panel of experts were:
Chris Pockett - head of communications at Renishaw.
The engineering giant is celebrating 50 years in business and has just opened up applications for 65 apprenticeship roles across Gloucestershire and South Wales. We find out from Chris how the business was set up and how it came to be based in Wotton-Under-Edge. How the company has faired over the past 12 months and why apprenticeships are so important to its business.
Cllr Max Wilkinson - lead for economic development, culture, tourism and wellbeing at Cheltenham Borough Council and also the Parliamentary candidate for LIB DEMS in Cheltenham.
We ask him about the next phase of the £1bn Golden Valley Developement - his thoughts on HBD X Factory merger, building more sustainable homes, thoughts on immigration and the wider impact on the local and national economy.
On a day when the front pages were full of the government once again infighting - we asked for this thoughts...
David Jones - MD of Evans Jones - Cheltenham property and planning consultants - we learn from David about solar panels and sustainable planning in Cheltenham, his thoughts on the Cobblers Corner and issues facing the town.
Today was jam packed as always - including: problems with the Panama Canal could cause shortages of Christmas presents and blue berries, cost of living crisis and NHS are bigger issues worrying people in Cheltenham than immigration, Miller Homes and Cheltenham Ladies College get a mention along with BBC Radio Gloucestershire and much much more.
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