Shaping plans for business growth with Venturefest

Posted on 9th July 2024

Business leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs from across the South are invited to register for Venturefest South’s dynamic VFS Rumble Business Growth Series, starting on 18 July with ‘Shaping Your Plans for Business Growth’. Blake Morgan is delighted to partner Venturefest South (VFS) in 2024.

Venturefest South, the fastest-growing innovation and business growth programme in the South, has launched this special series of three Rumble Events ahead of the #VFS24: Festival of Innovation showcase event, to be held on 14 November at the Utilita Bowl in Southampton.

Rumble Event participants will receive indispensable support and inspiration from industry leaders to take their businesses to the next level. The inaugural event at the University of Southampton Science Park will focus on developing robust business growth plans with strategic insights and practical tools.

The VFS Rumble Business Growth Series is backed by an impressive line-up of the South’s collaborators, including Openshaw & Co., Blake Morgan, Carswell Gould, British Business Bank, and other VFS Partners, and will be tailored to deliver impactful business growth.

Designed for a wide range of businesses, from large-scale established companies seeking their next strategic move to scaling businesses looking to implement their plans, the VFS Rumble Business Growth Series will allow participants to refine their businesses, sharpen their processes, gain inspiration and collaborate with like-minded professionals.

Shaping Plans for Business Growth: 1 of 3 in the VFS Business Growth Series

Date: July 18, 2024
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Future Towns Innovation Hub, Southampton
Tickets: Zero Cost Funded Tickets limited to the first 50 people, then £20 thereafter

What to Expect

  • Hear from keynote speaker Kyle Stewart from Watercress Research who will share stories from the frontline of developing his innovation-led business.
  • Interactive panel and Q&A session where delegates can ask questions to VFS partners from Blake Morgan, British Business Bank, Carswell Gould and Openshaw & Co. covering key growth levers, including funding, marketing, IP protection and legal advice.
  • Networking and one-to-one conversations with the VFS partners and experts who are on hand to help you develop your business.

Rebecca Whitehead from Blake Morgan, said:


Our collaboration in the VFS Rumble series underscores our commitment to supporting businesses at every stage of their growth journey. These events will provide invaluable resources and connections that will help businesses thrive.

Don’t miss this opportunity to drive your business forward with the support of leading experts and a community of like-minded professionals.

Two more Rumble events have also been announced: ‘Scaling Your Capability for Growth’ will be the topic on 19 September at Barclays Eagle Labs / Portsmouth Technopole. On 17 October, participants can explore ‘Exploiting Every Aspect of Your Business’ at NOC Innovation Centre, Southampton.

The Rumble events are free to attend but have limited capacity, so any businesses wishing to participate should sign up now. They will also receive a free pass to the Venturefest South #VFS24: Festival of Innovation in November, providing further opportunities for learning and collaboration.

Tim Beere from Openshaw & Co. added:

The VFS Rumble series is a fantastic opportunity for business leaders to come together, share insights, and receive expert guidance to develop strategies that will drive substantial growth in the coming year. We're proud to be part of such a transformative initiative.

For more information and to secure your spot, click here.

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