Conference event will show how city is now shaping up

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THE future of Portsmouth is in our hands – and next month sees a big event to show how it is shaping up.

Portsmouth’s Marriott Hotel will be the venue of the Open for Business conference, organised by the Shaping the Future of Portsmouth group and sponsored by Blake Lapthorn and Hughes Ellard.

Business people are invited to attend the event from 8.30am, which this year will focus on how to encourage and retain investment in the city.

The keynote speaker will be Sir Ian Wrigglesworth.

He is chief executive of Bluehall Properties, chairman of the Port of Tyne and founder chairman of the NewcastleGateshead Initiative.

Sam Menage, from Shaping the Future of Portsmouth, said: ‘In his role on the government’s Regional Growth Fund Advisory Panel he recently approved the two successful Portsmouth bids that promote business growth and jobs.

‘The conference will also report on Shaping Portsmouth workstream achievements over the past year and plans for 2012.’

The Shaping the Future of Portsmouth group was set up to encourage inward investment, promote the city as a great place to live and work, and to raise the aspirations of the city’s youngsters.

Since its first conference in November last year, the group has worked on a number of projects, including bids for Regional Growth Fund money, an opportunities fair for young people.

Tickets for the free morning event are going fast.

It is followed by a Leaders Lunch, which costs £15 per person.

To book for the morning, or for the lunch as well, email events.portsmouth@hampshirechamber.co.uk or call (023) 9244 9449.