Announcing our inspiring speakers at The BIGger Network 2018

We have four exciting presentations you can attend on the day. Our speakers will be available to talk to you afterwards from their exhibition stands. Find out about the opportunities available for your new or existing business and discover the benefits of operating in the Test Valley from leading experts.

This is your fantastic, free opportunity to talk to people who could help “Brexit Proof” your business and could help you find solutions to making your business more profitable.

This is a rare opportunity to have so much local knowledge, well researched and reliable support and information resources under one roof.

Pam Ianotti  – Senior lecturer, Department of Responsible Management and Leadership, University of Winchester Business School

 Pam is a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Winchester Business School. She is a portfolio entrepreneur and a former venture capitalist, specialising in early stage biotech and renewable energy. Specialist areas include strategic growth, expansion and turnaround of entrepreneurial start-ups, gender entrepreneuring and entrepreneurship pedagogy.

Pam is involved in numerous business finance and entrepreneurial networks and as a fellow of the Higher Education Academy she works closely with industry on experimental approaches to developing the entrepreneurial mind-sets, skills and potential of undergraduates and women’s led businesses

 Stella McKnight, Director for Employer Partnerships at the University of Winchester

Stella has been at the University of Winchester since April, 2006 and became Director for Employer Partnerships in 2010.  As Director for Employer Partnerships, Stella is responsible for leading the University’s Business Engagement Strategy and Higher and Degree Apprenticeship Strategy.  In this capacity she has developed a number of employer-led degrees, including the highly successful University of Winchester and CGI Sponsored Degree Programme and more recently led in the development of the University of Winchester’s portfolio of Degree Apprenticeship Programmes.

Stella’s current role is to lead in the implementation of the University Apprenticeship Strategy including to support development of wider degree apprenticeship provision.  This includes working with a wide range of partners, such as the local LEP, Councils and FE colleges to ensure future provision meets skills demand and growth in the region.  As an advocate of business-led programmes she works closely with a number of Trailblazer groups including The Tech Partnership, CMI and the HE Trailblazer Group in supporting the development of Degree Apprenticeship Standards.

With over 30 years of experience in education first in a Further Education college and now with the University of Winchester Stella is passionate about enabling the development of progression pathways.  Stella’s research interests are work-based learning and employability and she has presented papers with employers which demonstrate innovation in learning and teaching, including the embedding of apprenticeships into employer-led degrees.

 Discover how small businesses like the women entrepreneurs on our Women in Digital Enterprise Programme can fuel their growth and the markets in which that occurs by collaborating digitally with international partners and how attracting young talent that is local can overcome the skills deficit that Brexit might engender.


 David Drew – TVBC

David is a local Test Valley Borough councillor, who holds the Economic Development and Tourism Portfolio.

 He joined Test Valley in 1995 and continued his career in business, having worked for the BBC as a studio engineer on BBC Breakfast as well as for local companies within the Television and broadcast equipment manufacturing industry.

David started work in industry at British Aerospace in an engineering capacity.  He was involved with aircraft re-manufacture (MiG-21) for the Egyptian Air Force as well as more strategic projects for the Royal Navy.

Subsequent to moving to Andover in 1984, David was involved in technical sales to countries around the world, including the United States, Europe, India, Jordan, UAE, Bahrain, Singapore and Brazil.  He was also hands on delivering an IT infrastructure project to Christchurch Borough Council.

David is Chairman of Governors at a County special school as well as a trustee for an Independent school in Andover.  With a keen interest in education, he serves on the Hampshire Schools Forum.  He was previously a councillor on Hampshire County Council as well as Andover Town Council.   David is also a trustee for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and served 6 years in the Royal Auxiliary Air Force.

Don’t miss David’s presentation: TVBC – here to support your business.


  David Abbott – Relationship Director, Barclays Bank

 David joined Barclays in 1988 starting his banking career at the Andover branch.  By 1999 he was Support Team Leader for a group of circa 25 Corporate Staff (mainly RSMs) across 3 sites in Hampshire / Berkshire which gave a great insight into Leadership and collaboration.

Since 2005 he has enjoyed fulfilling the RD role in a number of guises across the Thames Valley and currently has a busy portfolio of 55 customers who either have turnover > £6.5million or debt > £1million.  One of the most positive aspects of Barclays Bank at present is the evolution of micro-markets and David is currently involved across 4 medium sized towns namely Andover, Basingstoke, Newbury & Winchester.

 David will provide an overview of the key local and national economic facts giving insight to help your business succeed, grow and have the confidence to move forward. With Cyber crime in the news on an almost daily basis it is important to understand how you can take steps to protect both yourself and your clients from these threats.


 Roya Croudace – EM3 Growth Hub

 Roya is a specialist in helping SMEs to grow and innovate.  She has spent the last 10 years working with over 300 small to medium sized businesses in a range of sectors including Digital, Professional and Business Services, Space, Engineering and Construction in Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire.

Roya has been a coach and consultant, providing tailored support, helping businesses with their strategy and delivery to maximise revenue, productivity and profit. She also uses a range of innovation tools to provide a frame work for businesses to develop an innovative culture.

As a senior manager Roya’s experience and expertise comes from a career working for some of the top media houses in the UK including Reed Elsevier and Emap.  As Sales Director across both B2C and B2B publications she was responsible for taking brands offline to a digital platform, performance management, leading and working with Board Directors to develop new product strategies and investment, whilst also being responsible for key stakeholders and advertisers.  She successfully developed strategies and delivered profit targets, and increases in market share.

Roya is a great believer that success comes from driving a proactive culture throughout the whole organisation, starting with strong leadership. Her personal values include enthusiasm, passion, championing innovation, creativity and collaboration with Universities, businesses, and corporates.

Join Roya to find out how the EM3 Growth Hub can help you to scale up your business.  They provide funded business support, coaching, referrals and strategic collaboration opportunities to help you accelerate your growth.

 For more information on the event including exhibitor and delegate applications please go to this link



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