Business Outlook 2018


Business Outlook is an annual business event run by the Portishead Chamber of Commerce.

Now in it’s fifth year it is a lively mix of exhibitors, speakers and networking opportunities.

With a great relaxed atmosphere, like-minded business people have the opportunity to meet new contacts and catch up with old ones, find out more about other local businesses and opportunities as well as gain valuable knowledge on how to grow their business and be inspired by other’s success stories. See below for details of this years speakers.


The Event
9am -  Event opens, grab a coffee and a pastry, visit the exhibitors and mingle and network.

9.30 -10.30am - If you want to do some more structured networking here's your opportunity, just book a place on the speed networking session.

10.15am – Take your seats and the ever popular Andy Passmore (ex BBC broadcastor) will get things started and introduce our first two speakers.

10.30 - 11 am - Increase your business sales with the right strategy, mindset & habits.

With Jen Wagstaff from CreativeMinds Sales Training.

Jen started her career with FedEx Express and, within 2 years, she rose to the top 5% of sales people in the world. She soon was promoted to sales facilitator, and, at just 24, was responsible for designing, developing and rolling out sales training across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

After 5 years of the jet-set lifestyle, Jen left her corporate job to set up CreativeMind. With just a laptop in her bedroom and no client base, she set herself loose into the world to transform the image of sales training and help others fulfil their potential in sales. Since then she has designed and delivered training across Europe for big name brands such as Total Jobs Group, Asics, and Wild & Wolf through Natural Training, and created sales strategies for hundreds of British businesses.

Her presentation will show you how to become a top performer in sales: building the right strategy, mindset and habits for success.


11am - 11.30am - Cyber Crime – Keep Your Business Safe

With Stephen Holton from The Regional Cyber Crime Unit

This presentation will tell you all about what the South West Cyber Crime Unit does, what the top threats are to SME’s, with real life examples of the threats facing SME’s in the South West. Plus you will get some simple advice on how to protect your business from cyber attacks.

The talk will also show you how to develop your security and how to report a cyber-attack, which hopefully won’t happen if you have attended this talk!

Another chance to get a caffeine and sugar fix, (or water and a slice of fruit for the healthy ones!) while you mingle with delegates & exhibitors

12pm - 12.30pm – A Business Success Story – Be inspired
Darren Clark is one of the co-founders of the Spotless Group which employs hundreds of people across its branches. The Spotless group comprises of four companies that grew from one small cleaning company just seven years ago. These four companies have grown hugely in success, and they are also in the process of developing an exciting sixth company that will help all businesses with their HR needs. Darren's roots come firmly from a Retail Management background, having worked from a mere teenage trolley collector to his final post as an area manager, all whilst coping with the undiagnosed condition of dyslexia. With ambition, drive and complete hard work, Darren started the initial company Spotless Spaces just seven years ago with a bag of leaflets, enthusiasm and an unrivalled belief in great customer service. Today his success speaks for itself, with many public speaking invitations and a fantastic public profile, his passion for business is unique. Darren will share with you some of his business success stories and give you an insight into how you too, can create your own stories to increase your business and personal profile.”

12.30-1pmThe Future of Bristol Airport
Jacqui Mills will discus the past, present and future of Bristol Airport. Bristol saw passenger numbers grow by more than 8 per cent to 8.1 million in 2017.  Currently the ninth busiest airport in the UK, and the fifth largest outside London. A recent consultation began the process of developing a new Master Plan setting out how the Airport could serve around 20 million passengers per annum by the mid-2040s.

Lunch and more time to network and visit the exhibitors. And for those who didn't make the morning se
ssion there will be a second speed networking opportunity.

Event closes for another year


Deglate rates:

£25.00 Chamber Members

£30.00 Non-Chamber Members

These prices include refreshments throughout the day and lunch.