Connecting Gloucestershire event to be hosted at Kingsholm
29 August 2014 14:18pm
By Gary Little
'Connecting Gloucestershire' is the inaugural event bringing together community-minded business leaders with key figures from the county's voluntary and community sectors.
'Bringing together businesses and communities to help Gloucestershire thrive'
The event is organised by Business in the Community in partnership with Gloucester Rugby and sponsored by Gloucestershire VCS Alliance and Gloucestershire Environmental Trust.
It will take place at Kingsholm Stadium on Wednesday 8th October.
Connecting Gloucestershire will showcase some of the best and brightest examples of cross-sector partnerships and connections. Keynote speakers will include Richard Graham MP, Mark Gale, CEO, Gloucestershire Gateway Trust and Sarah Dunning of Westmorland Ltd, who will talk about the innovative charity/business partnership that drove the creation of the M5 Gloucester Gateway Services.
Organisations including Renishaw, Commercial Group, Lloyds Bank and Gloucester Rugby will share examples of successful community partnerships and sustainable working. There will also be tailored seminars on practical ways to make the most of corporate partnerships and collaborative working.
Open to businesses who share a desire to promote opportunity, tackle disadvantage and make Gloucestershire an even greater place to live, work and do business.
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).