Waverley businesses are invited to a free networking event chaired by former Eagle Radio presenter Peter Gordon where they can ask questions about current concerns faced by the business sector.

Organised jointly by Waverley and Guildford borough councils, the Business Question Time takes place on Monday, December 12 from 5pm at Charterhouse School in Godalming.

The keynote speaker will be Professor Amelia Hadfield from the University of Surrey.

A panel of experienced business leaders from across Waverley and Guildford representing a range of sectors will then answer questions from the audience, followed by a festive networking session.

Panellists include Ian McCulloch (Silent Pool Distillers), Caroline Warrington (Pennywise Accounting) and Dan May (Ramsac IT Services).

Juliet Jones (Nature Metrics), Alistair Burtenshaw (Watts Gallery), and Dawn Hudd (strategic director of place for Waverley and Guildford councils) will also be on the panel.

Councillor Liz Townsend, Waverley Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, said: “This is an incredibly tough time for businesses, with multiple challenges including energy price rises, the cost of living crisis, post-Brexit trade, and recruitment issues.

“Our expert panel has considerable business experience and will be providing guidance and advice on the night for our business community, hopefully alleviating some of the anxieties they face and offering a constructive way forward.”

The organisers are inviting questions in advance and expect there to be opportunities to submit questions at the event itself, too.

“Simply email us ahead of the event at [email protected] with your question. Our panellists will draw on their practical experience and business knowledge to answer as many questions as possible,” added Cllr Townsend.

There will be a networking opportunity with mulled wine and canapes after the question and answer session. Attendees will also receive an information pack designed to help businesses tackle the current challenges.

Tickets are free from EventBrite via the BusinessWaverley.co.uk website.