Claudia Hurlock student at Liverpool Hope University joined the Chamber in Turin
I was given the amazing opportunity to travel to the 9th World Chambers Congress in Turin with Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce.
Joining Jenny Stewart, John Sutcliffe, Andy Snell, Elena Enciso and Richard Daly was a perfect opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the global Chamber network and showcase the International Festival for Business.
My main role for the three days of the congress was to assist at the IFB exhibition stand alongside staff at the Chamber and Liverpool Vision. It was a great experience consisting of meeting visitors, showcasing IFB 2016 and gathering data on potential visitors. During the three day conference, I had the chance to meet people from across the world whilst also learning how the Chamber support businesses to grow overseas.
As part of the conference, there was also a vast array of workshops designed to explore global business issues, such as job creation, Chamber membership and metropolitan cities, to name a few. Within the programme was a seminar focusing on youth entrepreneurism and I was delighted to attend to hear firsthand how young entrepreneurs are driving global economic growth and fulfilling their dreams. No doubt I left feeling incredibly inspired with vital information about access to finance – a must for any individual looking to start a business!
During the course of the World Chambers Congress, there were also various events planned for the evenings. One of the events consisted of a short opera performance followed by a cocktail reception. The opera was lovely and the cocktail reception gave another chance to network and meet people, which was beneficial both to the promotion of the IFB and myself(!)
The final event which took place was the Gala Dinner at the 'Reggia di Venaria Reale'. The entire evening was breathtaking as the venue had beautiful gardens, huge marble halls and a variety of artwork which could be seen as we walked around the venue. We attended a 3 course meal with speakers such as the Mayor of Turin and also had another chance to meet more people from across the world that we didn't have a chance to meet before.
The entire week was an invaluable experience and I am extremely thankful that I was able to take part. I have come back with more confidence in meeting new people and have developed many of my skills as a whole thanks to this experience.