The Business South Team are eagerly planning for the reinstatement of our ‘Live’ events, but we felt we needed something to keep us going, so please join us for our first exclusive Champion Business Leaders Breakfast!

We understand you may be suffering from ‘virtual’ event fatigue but this one will be a little different as breakfast will be delivered to your door before the event, courtesy of Business South. We also have two great speakers lined up:

As we look to economic recovery in the Central South what do we need to know?

Caroline Dinenage MP – Minister of State for DCMS will share her optimism for the future of our region, how we are geographically blessed to bounce back and the wider sector benefits related to free port status.

Marcus Wright, Senior Economist at NatWest – will discuss what recovery looks like for the Central South and whether the recent budget will help or hinder.

This event is for our Champion CEO`s and Directors only.

Date: 22nd April
Time: 9.30am – 10.30am

Ticket prices: 1 complimentary place
Further tickets – £35.00 Plus VAT


Caroline Dinenage – MP for Gosport

Minister of State (Minister for Digital and Culture)

Born in Portsmouth, Caroline spent the most part of her younger years growing up in South Hampshire. She attended Wykeham House School in Fareham, Oaklands RC Comprehensive in Waterlooville and Swansea University where she achieved a Politics and English degree. At just 19 years old Caroline established a successful manufacturing company, which she ran for over 20 years. Her expertise in and passion for small and medium-sized business would eventually earn her the accolade of Small Business Ambassador for the South, along with a seat on the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee.

Caroline’s political career started in 1998, when she became the youngest ever member to serve on the City of Winchester district council.  From there she went on to stand as the Conservative candidate for Portsmouth South in 2005, before securing a seat in May 2010 as Member of Parliament for Gosport, Stubbington, Lee-on-the-Solent and Hill Head, with a majority of 14,413 which increased to 17,098 and 17,211 in 2015 and 2017 General Elections. Caroline was re-elected as MP for the constituency in the 2019 General Election with an increased majority of 23,278.  Having already held various ministerial positions since 2016, Caroline currently served as Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care from 2018 to 2020 and now serves as Minister for Digital and Culture at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Caroline has a keen interest in defence issues, served as the Vice-Chairman (Navy) of the APPG for the Armed Forces for four years and successfully campaigned to secure a medal for the Artic Convoy veterans of WWII.

Having built up a glowing track record of supporting enterprise and innovation locally, Caroline played a key role in the creation of the Solent Enterprise Zone at the disused military airfield HMS Daedalus and instigate the successful “Bridging the Gap” Regional Growth Fund programme for new and growing business in Gosport, Portsmouth and Havant.

Making the most of her constituency’s prime coastal location, Caroline has worked hard to promote the area as a world-class hub for the marine and sailing industry and formed the Gosport Marine Scene in 2011 to promote the interests of local maritime businesses.


Marcus Wright, Senior Economist – NatWest

Marcus Wright is a senior economist at NatWest Group where he analyses economic dynamics to inform the Bank’s strategy. He heads up the forecasting and stress-testing scenarios team and has over 15 years professional experience as an economist.

He has previously worked for an investment trust and an economic development consultancy. His particular areas of interest are the UK economy, monetary policy, China and global financial developments. He has a first class degree in economic science from the University of Aberdeen.

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