South Coast Business Breakfast Club

  • Date: 27 Apr 2021
  • Time: 09:30 - 10:30
  • Venue: Webinar , Hosted via Zoom, Join from any location, Registration link below

Solent Freeport and business resilience

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In his Budget the Chancellor named the new Freeports and one of them was Solent. But what does this really mean for Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Southampton? Will it actually benefit the whole South Coast or just certain specific areas? Will it bring the right type of businesses to create the right type of jobs, and will Rishi’s home town be the centre of its own economic bubble as a result?

Smith & Williamson will be hosting its next virtual business breakfast, including a panel discussion, to look at financial and topical issues arising from the announcement of the Solent Freeport. Our Advisory Consultancy partner, Claire Burden, will also pinpoint the challenges that businesses in the region are facing and innovative solutions being implemented by some clients, to spark ideas for your business.

We will look at the financial measures to boost the economy through a snappy debate by our panelists, which will include Nick Loader who is a member of the Solent LEP board.

Please submit any questions you may have for the panel in advance, although they will also take questions on the day. We hope you can join us for an hour and we look forward to hearing from you.

Event Agenda

09:30 - 10:30


Andrew Edmonds, Head of Audit, Regional Managing Partner, Southampton
Smith & Williamson LLP

Business challenges faced by local businesses

Claire Burden, Partner, Advisory Consulting
Smith & Willliamson LLP

An introduction to the Solent Freeport

Nick Loader
UK COO of DP World and member of Solent LEP board

Panel discussion Q&A

Led by Amy Harper, Director, Business Outsourcing Services
Smith & Williamson LLP

Panellists include:

  • Andrew Edmonds, Head of Audit, Regional Managing Partner
    Southampton, Smith & Williamson LLP
  • Paul Duckworth, Partner, Tax Services
    Smith & Williamson LLP
  • Claire Burden, Partner, Advisory Consultancy
    Smith & Williamson LLP
  • Nick Loader
    UK COO of DP World and member of Solent LEP board

Click the link below to register:

If you would like to submit a question to the panel in advance of the webinar, please email

The panel will also take questions on the day.

If you have any other questions regarding this webinar, please contact Jo Hyde +44 23 8082 7748 or email her at

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