Barry Hearn to speak at Brentwood Business Showcase

Mick Ferris

Brentwood businessman and sports promoter Barry Hearn is to speak at the Brentwood Business Showcase on October 20.

The founder and president of promotions company Matchroom Sport runs his company from his Brentwood home with son Eddie and has a long established career in snooker, boxing, football and darts.

Awarded the OBE in this year’s New Year Honours list for services to sport Mr Hearn will be taking part in a question and answer session around his business experiences.

Brentwood Borough Council leader, Cllr Chris Hossack who will open the showcase said; “It is a great privilege to have the support of Barry Hearn and I have no doubt everyone will be interested in what he has to say.

“A formidable businessman and one who has centred his company here in Brentwood, Barry changed the face of sport throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s and has first hand experience of successfully negotiating the commercial challenges of building businesses. in the sporting arena.

“We are delighted that he is going to be with us on the day.”

Attending the Showcase, now in its 5th year, is free of charge once registered and is being held for the first time at the Brentwood Centre where speakers will include Kate Willard, OBE, Thames Estuary Envoy for the Thames Estuary Growth Board, Peter Gudde; Energy Projects Manager for the Greater South Essex Energy Hub and Scott Russell founder of Paddy & Scott’s Coffee and Jane Winfield of Gold Sponsors Tees Law.

The talks will be complemented with a range of workshops and a Fizz & Biz drinks reception from 4-6pm hosted by Land Charter Homes Group.

Gold Sponsor Tees and Silver Sponsor Howe Chartered Surveyors are backing the new venue which will allow over 75 exhibitors and up to 500 visitors to take part. The Showcase is free to attend from 10-4pm but visitors must register at

The Brentwood Business Showcase will see the launch of a new Brentwood Environmental Business Alliance (BEBA) aimed at encouraging businesses to sign up to an innovative Carbon Neutral Pledge. The new initiative will ask companies to commit to making decisions based on conservation criteria that best supports the Ecosystem, and agree to seek opportunities to improve the local environment.

Attendees and exhibitors will have the opportunity to have a professional corporate style profile picture taken by Carmel Jane Photography free of charge to help build their brand.


Mick Ferris

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