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A COUNTY-wide conference has a distinctly Portsmouth flavour, as the city-born chief executive of a national shoe chain is among the speakers.

Neil Clifford was born in Copnor and got his first job delivering gas bottles for a hardware store, before moving into the retail business and joining Kurt Geiger.

He will join Nicola Youern, chief executive of the You charity, also based in Portsmouth, at the inaugural Talking Business conference at the Winchester Guildhall on November 2.

Motivational speaker Chris Moon will join them at the event, organised by Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.

The event will also include a business panel debate with interactive questions from the floor.

See hampshirechamber.co.uk/events/talking_business_2011_conference.