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9 - 16 OCTOBER 2019

Bringing together entrepreneurs and business leaders from across the South Coast, for an exciting line up of events providing inspiration, motivation and connections.

The Evolve Business Festival will take place from 9th-16th October 2019 in amazing venues across Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch.

Guests of the festival will be motivated, informed and inspired through a series of exciting events from keynote speakers and networking breakfasts to charity dinners and development days . The series of events will provide powerful insights and inspiration from experts, peers and local entrepreneurs from different industries and backgrounds.


Entrepreneurial & Founders Evening 

9 October - Pavilion Dance

Kicking off the event with our key note speaker – Tom Mercer from MOMA, Making Oats More Awesome.

Tom is an Entrepreneur in every sense of the word, former management consultant who saw a gap in the market for healthy on the go breakfasts. Tom decided to do something about it. From selling MOMA’s very first oaty breakfast from a stand made from filing cabinets in Waterloo station. In just 10 years, MOMA is now a multi million pound business stocked in supermarkets across the country, airlines, offices and high street shops. Come and hear Toms amazing story; the highs, the lows and the recipe for success!

Followed by a Q&A panel of Entrepreneurs and Founders from successful local businesses. The panel will delve into their ambitions, goals and reasons why they do what they do. Do you have any burning questions or need some advice? Hosted by Warren Munson, Founder of Inspire Professional Services, our Q&A panel will be your chance to ask!

Fuel & Perform

10 October - Evolve Offices

Evolve Personal Development Breakfast
11 October - Evolve Offices

Conker Gin Tasting Tour

11 October – Conker Gin Distillery 

Pushing your Limits

14 October - Evolve Offices

Want to know the real truth about healthy eating & Nutrition?

Join Dr Hannah Beard from Pure Wellness, who will talk through and demonstrate easy recipes for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Dr Hannah will talk through easy and simple steps how to make delicious, nutritious and filling meals which will help you feel and look great. All whist explaining in detail cooking methods and tips to make sure you can keep a healthy lifestyle while still eating and drinking the things you love.

Dr Hannah, will also be available for any questions you may have before and after the event.

Gain a new perspective with a morning of entrepreneurial & personal discovery to benefit your business.

Join a small group of business leaders, a chance to step away from the office environment in a trusted environment and work through a well developed Evolve personal development workbook.

The morning includes, a coffee and catch up and working through a Personal Development workbook; 8 Essential Elements Workbook, Defining Personal Purpose - Connecting your Personal Purpose to what you do

Come and Join in the Conker Spirit!

Conker Gin are opening their doors to Conker-swilling devotees. Founder, Rupert Holloway, can’t wait to show you around. Join Rupert on an exclusive 2-hour tour of Conker HQ, where you’ll experience a rare insight into the nooks and crannies of our entire operation. Whats in store..

- The Conker Gin Story

- The Process

- Guided Tasting

- Cocktail to finish

Listen to Pip Hare and Nick Hollis talk about their exciting and dangerous expeditions, what it really takes to conquer your dreams, ambitions and pushing yourself to the limit!

In 2020, Pip will enter the world’s toughest single-handed yacht race, the Vendee Globel, with the ambition of breaking the current female record. Over ten years of preparation have led Pip to this point and the journey has not been easy.

Nick started climbing mountains when he had days off at university. Later with a demanding job in HP he still found the time to climb 6 of the 7 summits, and the final peak – Everest – still lies on the horizon. He’s climbed extensively in mountain ranges including Alaska, the Andes, the Himalayas & the Alps and is a fully qualified International Mountain Leader, Winter Mountain Leader, Climbing Instructor, sports nutritionist and personal trainer. His lifetime goal is to share  his obsession with all things adventurous.

The Economic Update

14 October - Evolve Offices

Peer Group

15 October - Evolve Offices

Fundraising Dinner with Eddie Howe
16 October – Hilton Bournemouth

From one of the leading UK Economists; Neil Parker, Natwest’s Market Strategist


Neil joined The Royal Bank of Scotland in 1995 having graduated with an BA honours degree in economics and a masters degree in international economics from the University of Essex. He has worked for RBS for 24 years, currently as part of the Natwest Markets FX Desk Strategy team.

Whilst working for the Bank, Neil has specialised in UK economic analysis, the Euroland economy and also FX and interest rate markets. He currently offers his thoughts and opinions regarding the economies of the G10, interest rate and foreign exchange markets.

A peer group is a group of likeminded people who understand what it’s like to be a business leader. The group shares its experiences and helps individual members develop their business in an open and trusted environment.

Each peer group includes an Evolve coaching and development, where you’ll work through a well-developed programme of work books.

+ Coffee & catch up
+ Individuals discuss the good, bad and mad of their past 4 weeks
+ Group discusses any particular questions for individuals
+ Evolve coaching & development session
+ Create your goals and plans for the next 4 weeks
+ Lunch & discussion

Exclusive evening with Eddie Howe, AFC Bournemouth Manager. 

The dinner will bring like-minded business people together with an exclusive, intimate interview with AFC Bournemouth Manager Eddie Howe.

During the course of the interview, Eddie will share tales of his own journey, guests will hear Eddie's unique success story and style of leadership.

Eddie will share his own extraordinary entrepreneurial journey, giving guests a behind the scenes insight into his unique success story, also a great opportunity to ask any burning questions!


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