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Date posted: 17 November 2022

Free places for businesses at Question Time event, featuring expert panel

Waverley businesses are invited to a free networking event where they can ask questions about current concerns faced by the business sector. Organised by Waverley and Guildford Borough Councils, Business Question Time takes place on 12 December from 5pm at Charterhouse School and includes a panel of experts.

Councillor Liz Townsend, Waverley Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, said: “This is an incredibly tough time for businesses, with multiple challenges including energy price rises, the cost of living crisis, post-Brexit trade, and recruitment issues. Our expert panel has considerable business experience and will be providing guidance and advice on the night for our business community, hopefully alleviating some of the anxieties they face and offering a constructive way forward.”

The keynote speaker will be Professor Amelia Hadfield from the University of Surrey. A panel of experienced business leaders from across Waverley and Guildford representing a range of sectors will then answer questions from the audience. Tickets are free from EventBrite via the website.

Panellists include Ian McCulloch, managing director of Silent Pool Distillers, Caroline Warrington a partner at Pennywise Accounting and the commercial director of Ramsac IT Services, Dan May. Juliet Jones, the chief operating officer of Nature Metrics, Alistair Burtenshaw, the chief executive of the Watts Gallery, and Dawn Hudd, the strategic director of place for Waverley and Guildford councils will also be on the panel which will be chaired by local broadcaster, Peter Gordon.

The organisers are inviting questions in advance and expect there to be opportunities to submit questions at the event itself, too. “Simply email us ahead of the event at with your question. Our panellists will draw on their practical experience and business knowledge to answer as many questions as possible,” says Councillor Townsend.

There will be a networking opportunity with mulled wine and canapes after the question and answer session. Attendees will also receive an information pack designed to help businesses tackle the current challenges.

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