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Help to grow: management Alumni – Live

November 23rd
9am – 5pm
etc.venues, 155 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3YD

Highlighted speakers:

Sir Kenneth Olisa

Sir Kenneth Olisa Chairman, Restoration Partners, HM Lord-Lieutenant 

Irene Graham

Irene Graham CEO, The ScaleUp Institute  

Richard Harpin

Richard Harpin Founder and chairman, HomeServe and Growth Partner

Michael Hayman

Michael Hayman Co-founder, Seven Hills

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There is no single path to guaranteed success, but each day we make decisions that have an impact on the future of our business and our growth as leaders. How can we be confident these choices are taking us in the right direction?

Accessing the expertise, support and guidance you need takes time, something many of us are short of. This November, get ahead by surrounding yourself with the inspiration, support and advice you need at Help to Grow: Management Alumni – Live. Designed specifically for the Help to Grow: Management community, this high-quality, free-of-charge event will leave you energised, inspired and informed.

Join us to learn from the experience of successful entrepreneurs; participate in practical, interactive workshops delivered by experts selected to help you tackle your most pressing business challenges; and take time to share your successes and challenges with Help to Grow: Management peers from across the UK.

If you were unable to attend on the day, please find recordings of each session on the main stage in the link below.

Help to grow: management Alumni – Live – YouTube

Please find attached follow-up links and resources provided by the speakers below. Slides for each breakout session can be found in the breakout drop downs in the agenda.

Agenda

Expand the agenda items below to see what each session has to offer.

08:45 Doors Open

09:30 Welcome address

Flora Hamilton

Flora Hamilton CEO, Chartered Association of Business Schools

09:35 Opening remarks from the conference chair

Paula Whitehouse

Paula Whitehouse Deputy Dean Enterprise and Engagement, Aston University and Curriculum Director, Help to Grow: Management Course

09:45 Keynote address: Richard Harpin, Founder of Homeserve

As the founder and chairman of HomeServe Plc and Growth Partner, Richard has been leading and supporting businesses in the home services and growth sector for over 29 years. He has a proven track record of creating, scaling, and transforming businesses, as well as coaching and investing in the UK’s medium-sized enterprises.

HomeServe has gone from a £50,000 start-up 30 years ago to a global business with 8.5m customers, 10,000 staff, and was sold to Brookfield for £4.1bn earlier this year. In this keynote address, Richard will share the 8 things he knows now that he wishes he had known then. These are the 8 secrets to building a £billion business.

Richard Harpin

Richard Harpin Founder and chairman, HomeServe and Growth Partner

10:20 Keynote address: Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE

Sir Kenneth is the Founder and Chairman of boutique technology merchant bank, Restoration Partners. Sir Kenneth’s technology career spans over 40 years commencing with IBM and then as a senior executive at Wang Laboratories spanning three continents. Today, Sir Kenneth chairs a portfolio of high-potential technology businesses including Inogesis and Interswitch.

During this session, Sir Kenneth will share his key learnings from founding a technology merchant bank and venture capital firm, Interregnum, leading it through its early growth, and ultimately a listing on the Alternative Investment Market.

Sir Kenneth Olisa

Sir Kenneth Olisa Chairman, Restoration Partners, HM Lord-Lieutenant 

10:50 tea/coffee break

Time to grab some refreshments ahead of our first breakout session of the day.

11:15 Breakout one

Choose from one of these four breakout sessions.

Leadership: avoiding the cult of personality

Key takeaways will include:

  • recognising the risks of personality-led businesses.
  • understanding how culture impacts organisational resilience.
  • identifying and creating a sustainable and long-term company culture.

Dr. Suzanne Ross

Slides from the breakout can be found here.

Marketing case studies

Key takeaways will include:

  • improving search engine optimisation (SEO).
  • email marketing fundamentals.
  • strategic use of paid internet marketing and social advertising.

Emma ConnorMedha DixitChris London

Slides from the breakout can be found here.

Navigating funding and finance with support from Innovate UK

Key takeaways will include:

  • application dos and don’ts.
  • tips of writing and presenting your pitch.
  • how to articulate innovative ideas.

Rocky MooreZulfikar AliChristopher BucklandNicola Wiley

Slides from the breakout can be found here.

Digital adoption and transformation

Key takeaways will include:

  • helping your team understand their role and place within the process of adoption.
  • highlighting growth and development opportunities.
  • eliminating the barriers to change management.

Ali Griffiths, Mahdi ShariffKay Kukoyi

Slides from the breakout can be found here.

Medha Dixit

Medha Dixit Director SEO, Digital Chakra

Chris London

Chris London Founder and CEO, Chris London Online

Rocky Moore

Rocky Moore Innovation and Growth Specialist, Innovate UK EDGE

Zulfikar Ali

Zulfikar Ali Innovation and Growth Specialist, Innovate UK EDGE

Christopher Buckland

Christopher Buckland Innovation and Growth Specialist, Innovate UK EDGE

Nicola Wiley

Nicola Wiley Innovation and Growth Specialist, Innovate UK EDGE

Mahdi Shariff

Mahdi Shariff Co-founder, The Humble AI

Kay Kukoyi

Kay Kukoyi Founder and CEO, Purposeful Group

Emma Connor

Emma Connor Programme leader of MSc Digital Marketing Management, University of Greenwich

Dr Suzanne Ross

Dr Suzanne Ross Principal Lecturer, SME short courses, Nottingham Business School

Ali Griffiths

Ali Griffiths Founder, Gisborne Partners

12:15 Lunch, networking and exhibitions

13:10 Breakout two

Choose from one of these four breakout sessions.

Employee engagement

Key takeaways will include:

  • strategies to improve employee productivity.
  • measuring, monitoring, and maximising motivation.
  • key characteristics of high performance and engagement.

Steve Jones, Anthony Painter

Slides from the breakout can be found here.

Sales: understanding your customer

Key takeaways will include:

  • identifying your unique value proposition and communicating it to your target audience.
  • advanced sales techniques.
  • understanding and guiding the buyer’s journey.

Dr Adam Jones, Alan Crouch

Slides from the breakout can be found here.

International sales

Key takeaways will include:

  • what you need to know before going ‘international‘.
  • effective communication with international consumers
  • exporting fundamentals.

Rob Lewtas, Julek Syposz, Jacob Thundil

Slides from the breakout can be found here.

Strategy: a practical masterclass

Key takeaways will include:

  • how to run a strategy meeting.
  • measuring the effectiveness of your strategy.
  • real-life examples of how strategy can transform business.

Dawn ShandMel Archbould

Slides from the breakout can be found here.

Steve Jones

Steve Jones Managing Director, Skills for Business, author and leadership trainer

Rob Lewtas

Rob Lewtas Strategic Partnerships Manager, Department for Business and Trade

Mel Archbould 

Mel Archbould  Founder, Cloud-busting

Dawn Shand

Dawn Shand Business consultant, Enterprise Educator and Project Manager

Alan Crouch

Alan Crouch Sales Development Coach, Equifax

Dr Adam Jones

Dr Adam Jones Principal Lecturer and Director, Help to Grow, University of Brighton

Anthony Painter

Anthony Painter Director of Policy and External Affairs, CMI

Jacob Thundil

Jacob Thundil Cocofina, founder

Julek Syposz

Julek Syposz Deputy Head Export Academy Advisers Programme, Department for Business and Trade

14:10 Movement break

14:20 Breakout three

Choose from one of these four breakout sessions.

How mentoring can empower your business

Key takeaways will include:

  • an understanding of how mentoring can increase business productivity and profitability.
  • how mentoring can improve your leadership and the well-being of your team.
  • an interactive demonstration of being a mentor and a mentee.

Simon Fordham, Benjamin Jacobs

Slides from the breakout can be found here.

Social Media Marketing

Key takeaways will include:

  • how to start your social media journey and be efficient.
  • what NOT to do.
  • navigating the social media platforms.
  • content repurposing and remaining authentic.

Gus Bhandal

Slides from the breakout can be found here.

Tax and accounting fundamentals

Key takeaways will include:

  • general tax saving tools and the basics of accountancy and tax.
  • advice on technology and automation.
  • frameworks and strategy for scaling your business.

Sylvia Kotarba-HarrisJames Lindley

Slides from the breakout can be found here.

Sustainability: first steps and carbon auditing

Key takeaways will include:

  • where and how to start on your sustainability journey.
  • undertaking a sustainability audit: how to work out your carbon footprint and your scope one, two, and three emissions.
  • how implementing sustainable policies and processes can result in tangible business improvement.

Claire PattinsonChristoph GeppertNavin Rauniar

Slides from the breakout can be found here.

Gus Bhandal

Gus Bhandal Founder, The M Guru

Sylvia Kotarba-Harris

Sylvia Kotarba-Harris Managing Director, Foster and Chapman

James Lindley

James Lindley Founder and CEO, Castell Wealth Management

Claire Pattinson

Claire Pattinson Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University

Christoph Geppert

Christoph Geppert Founder and Director, Grain Sustainability

Navin Rauniar

Navin Rauniar Sustainability Partner & Co-Chair, PRMIA ESG Working Group

Simon Fordham

Simon Fordham Help to Grow: Management Project Direction, Association of Business Mentors

Ben Jacobs

Ben Jacobs Help to Grow: Management Project Lead, Association of Business Mentors

15:20 afternoon break

15:45 Finance and investment expert panel

This panel discussion will be chaired by Michael Hayman MBE and be a great opportunity to gain valuable industry insights into the different ways SMEs can access funding.

Key takeaways will include:

  • how to overcome the 5 main challenges to scaling your business.
  • what type of finance is most suitable at different stages of your business.
  • how to attract the right investors.
  • how angel investors can help de-risk your SME and connect you with the right people.

The expert panel will include:

Irene Graham

Irene Graham CEO, The ScaleUp Institute  

Ian Sutherland

Ian Sutherland CFO and Head of Net Zero, Tide

Alexis Toft

Alexis Toft Head, Minerva Business Angels

Michael Hayman

Michael Hayman Co-founder, Seven Hills

16:20 Closing address

The closing address will be delivered by Small Business Charter Patron and Cobra Beer founder, Lord Karan Bilimoria.

Lord Karan Bilimoria

Lord Karan Bilimoria Founder, Cobra Beer

16:30 Closing remarks from the conference chair

The closing remarks will be delivered by the conference chair and Small Business Charter Chair, Michael Hayman MBE.

Michael Hayman

Michael Hayman Co-founder, Seven Hills

16:40 Conference ends

17:00 Doors close

Enquiries

If you have any questions, please get in touch by email at HTGM.Events@smallbusinesscharter.org or contact the Small Business Charter by phone on 020 7634 9584.

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