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MORE than 100 business leaders from Hampshire attended an event put on to see how current and future economic challenges can be tackled.

The Hampshire Business Conference was organised by Hampshire County Council and Hampshire Economic Partnership.

During the event, the latest research about the Hampshire economy was presented and those attending were given the chance to influence the Hampshire Economic Strategy.

Councillor Ken Thornber, leader of Hampshire County Council, said: ‘The growth seen after the recession of 2008 is now beginning to slow.

‘It is essential that we continue to build on the positive relationship between the public and private sector locally and work together to strengthen Hampshire’s economy.’

Paul Kinvig, chief executive of the Hampshire Economic Partnership, presented the findings of Informing our Future – a major research project.

It highlights key challenges facing businesses as well as issues such as skills, markets and the support firms want to see available to them.

Mr Kinvig said: ‘In these days when organisations are often working twice as fast with half the resource just to stand still, it is vital that organisations collaborate wherever possible to add value and reduce cost and time impact.

‘The Business Conference is one such example of two separate organisations working together where last year there would have been two separate events.’ See http://www3.hants.gov.uk/hampshirebusinessconference.