Business Breakfast 2018 – less than two weeks to go

There are still a few tickets available HERE for South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils’ annual Business Breakfast, to be held at the Satellite Applications Catapult, in the Electron Building on Harwell Campus. It’s free, don’t leave it to the last minute to book.

The event will be held on Tuesday 20 Feb 2018 from 07:30 to 10:00. Registration opens at 07.30 and a complimentary light breakfast will be available before the first presentations at 08:00. This is a great time to network, and browse information stands.


The team is excited to announce that this year’s second key note speaker is Stuart Martin, CEO and Executive Director of the Satellite Applications Catapult.  Stuart has vast experience in business, having joined the Catapult in January 2013 from Logica (now part of CGI) where he was Business Director for Space and Satellite Communications for nearly seven years, leading all the company’s activities in the Space domain.

Stuart is a passionate advocate of the Catapult programme, which he considers to be a vital element of the UK strategy to secure and accelerate economic growth from emerging technologies. Furthermore, for satellite applications, he believes there is a great opportunity to establish a world-leading position, and make the UK the place to be if you want to do business in Space.

Stuart will be joined by our other keynote speaker already announced, Matt Wright, Managing Director of Hachette UK Distribution. Matt has worked for Hachette UK companies for 18 years, the last 6 in his current role. Matt started his career training to become a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand, before moving into corporate and commercial finance roles.

Hachette UK is one of the UK’s largest publishers, which is itself if part of global publisher Hachette SA, and ultimately part of listed French media giant Lagardere SCA. Bestselling authors published by Hachette UK include JK Rowling, Martina Cole, John Grisham and Stephen King, amongst many others.

Hachette UK Distribution currently trades as Bookpoint based on Milton Park in Didcot. The business has recently embarked on an ambitious project to consolidate its operations into a new automated warehouse in Didcot.

There will also be the chance to hear from Councillor Matthew Barber, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, and Mark Stone, Chief Executive of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils, and following the presentations there will be an interactive Q&A with all the speakers.

Over 150 people attended the 2017 event, so remember to secure your ticket. We look forward to seeing you at this FREE event.


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the Business Breakfast?
There is ample free parking next door to the Electron Building. Also, Thames Travel’s Connector bus service serves Harwell Campus.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please contact

Do I have to bring ID to access the event?
No, the Electron Building is not in a secure part of the Harwell site.

Do I have to bring my printed tickets to the event?
No, we will have a record of all attendees.

Can I update my registration information?
Yes of course, please contact us.

Is it OK if the name on my tickets or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?
That’s OK, but if you can get in touch with us before the event, then we’ll make sure you have the correct name badge.