Solent region businesses will have the chance to learn about new opportunities for UK and global growth and expansion at a new business event on Wednesday 19 June at the Hilton Hotel at the Ageas Bowl, Hedge End.

The ‘Winning in the Solent Region’ event has been organised by Portsmouth and Solent universities, in partnership with Solent LEP and the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.

At the free event, delegates will be able to listen to speakers from Portsmouth International Port, Southampton Airport and Solent LEP and make new business contacts from across the Solent region.

There will also be two sessions offering practical tips to understanding global cultures and increasing business through leadership and skills:

‘Winning new business across borders’

This session will discuss the ever changing world of the global marketplace. It will explore travelling and businesses overseas – discussing the different protocols, cultures and how to personally prepare, as well as the opportunities of trading and undertaking business on a global scale. The University of Portsmouth and Solent University will explain the support available from both institutions.

‘Winning new business through learning and skills’

The session is an informative session that will help delegates evaluate their current workforce, support with workforce planning as well as self-evaluation of their own development to become a future leader.

Peter Hooley, Director of Business Development at the University of Portsmouth, said: “This is a rare opportunity for businesses to hear from successful international businesses, learn about ambitious future plans for the area, discover the many ways the two universities support all regional businesses and make new connections with like-minded businesses.”

Catherine Lee, Director of Research, Innovation and Enterprise at Solent University commented: “This is a valuable opportunity for local businesses to explore how they can work with universities to develop new ideas and innovative solutions. The event will offer delegates the opportunity to hear from a selection of guest speakers and take part in practical workshops to explore challenges and opportunities. “

The interactive half-day event runs from 8:15am to 12 noon and delegates will have the opportunity to attend both sessions.