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Chambers’ Expo Event Showcases the Digital Revolution


August 19, 2015 by oswestrychamberoftrade

Helping Oswestry’s business community get fit for the future is the key theme of a flagship Expo event coming to Oswestry in October. Jointly organised by Oswestry and Shropshire Chambers of Commerce,

Oswestry Vision – connecting excellence will be held on Thursday 22nd October at Lion Quays Hotel and Spa from 8am to 1pm.

Paul Forrest, Head Economist at the West Midlands Economic Forum, will be the keynote speaker at the Expo’s networking breakfast. He will provide expert insight into the technological and societal drivers set to deliver major growth opportunities for business right across Oswestry and the wider border region.

In a first for Shropshire, the world class Barclays Digital Eagles team will host hourly sessions on the advanced tools and technologies already available to make business more efficient and effective, with hands-on sessions in the Expo’s Digital Den. Entry to the Expo and Digital Eagles sessions are free and open to anyone on a drop in basis. Digital Eagles sessions will take place on the hour from 10 – 1pm.

Oswestry Chamber Chairman, Jools Payne, said: “Oswestry Vision will be a totally interactive and immersive learning and development experience for all those who attend. Paul is an expert on Futurecasting and has all the relevant regional data at his fingertips to highlight where the opportunities for future economic prosperity lie for Oswestry’s business community.

“Interest is already high from companies eager to showcase their own future smart solutions in everything from mobile payments to 3D printing, cyber security and communications. The pace of change in digital technologies is breathtaking. Oswestry Vision will futurecast what the business landscape in Oswestry and the borders will look like in 2025 and help businesses, whatever their size or sector, future proof for success. It’s very exciting.”

Richard Sheehan, CEO of Shropshire Chamber, added: “We believe this event is an excellent opportunity for like-minded people from all areas of business to see just what a diverse range of products and services are available in Shropshire. It is an ideal event for Oswestry’s business community to showcase their innovation and expertise in a really dynamic environment.”

The Oswestry Vision – connecting excellence event takes place at The Lion Suite, Lion Quays Hotel on Thursday 22nd October from 8a.m -1pm. The Expo is free to attend. Delegates wishing to book for the

network breakfast and lunch must register and pay in advance. Registrations open on Monday 24th August on the Shropshire Chamber website at

Tickets for the business breakfast event with Paul Forrest cost £12.99 and the 2 course networking lunch costs £15.

To enquire about exhibition space or sponsorship, please contact Teresa Rowe, Events Manager at Shropshire Chamber on 01952 208218 or email


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