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SME Live Seminar Programme

16th October 2018
17th October 2018
Time: 09:30 - 09:50
Organisation: Midlands Engine
Midlands Engine – a partnership with a vision for growth
Sir John Peace,
 Chairman,
 Midlands Engine
Time: 10:00 - 10:30
Organisation: British Business Bank
THE MIDLANDS ENGINE INVESTMENT FUND
Patrick Magee,
 British Business Bank
Time: 10:45 - 11:15
Organisation: Aston University
Solving the UK’s Productivity Problem against the backdrop of Brexit – challenges and opportunities for small businesses
... Read more

Organised by:

Mark Hart,
 Aston Centre for Growth
Time: 11:30 - 12:00
Organisation: Birmingham City University
Discover the ‘BIG 10’ Characteristics of successful SMEs
Dr Mark Gilman,
 Professor,
 Birmingham City University
Time: 12:15 - 12:45
Organisation: The Supper Club
The secrets to scaling a business for a 21st century entrepreneur
Emma Jane Packe,
 Managing Director,
 The Supper Club
Time: 13:00 - 13:30
Organisation: Automotive Council
Stimulating Innovation in the Rail Sector – UKRRIN
Robert Hopkin,
 Automotice Council UK
Time: 13:45 - 14:15
Organisation: FSB
Brexit update: What SMEs should know about, how to prepare
... Read more

Organised by:

Neil Warwick,
 partner,
 Square One Law
Time: 14:30 - 15:00
Organisation: GBSLEP
How can your business gain most from the support, advice and funding accessible via LEPs?
Time: 15:15 - 15:45
Organisation: NatWest
How technology and the experiential economy is changing our lives
Stephen Blackman,
 Principal Economist,
 NatWest
Time: 16:00 - 16:30
Organisation: Small Business Commissioner
Where’s the payment? The truth about late payment in the UK, and how the Small Business Commissioner is turning the tide
Paul Uppal,
 Small Business Commissioner
Time: 09:30 - 09:50
Organisation: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
How the department is helping SMEs to start, grow and scale.
... Read more

Organised by:

Nick Chism,
 Director,
 Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Time: 10:00 - 10:30
Organisation: SME Live
SME Live Presents the launch of a new £50m business loan fund
Time: 10:45 - 11:15
Organisation: PwC
Challenge your assumptions and unlock your true growth potential
Ruth Chapman,
 pwc
Time: 11:30 - 12:00
Organisation: NatWest
The future of payments – is cash on its way out?
... Read more

Organised by:

Daren Pickering,
 presenter,
 Worldpay
Time: 12:15 - 12:45
Organisation: Business Growth Fund
Learn from success stories: What great SMEs need to do in order to secure vital funding
Gurinder Sunner,
 BGF
Time: 13:00 - 13:30
Organisation: HMRC
Getting ready for Making Tax Digital in April 2019
Heather Elliott,
 Making Tax Digital for Business,
 HMRC
Time: 13:45 - 14:45
Organisation: Meet the Lenders Panel (BizBritain)
Seeking finance to grow your business
Time: 15:15 - 15:45
Organisation: Brown Jacobson (CBI)
Could Brexit make any difference to public procurement or will it just be the same old, same old?
Peter Ware,
 Browne Jacobson
16th October 2018
17th October 2018
Time: 10:00 - 10:30
Organisation: The National Cyber Security Centre
Cyber security: Threats to SME’s and how they can safeguard themselves
Time: 10:45 - 11:15
Organisation: Soitron and MicroFocus
How ‘Digital’ is changing the way people engage with technology
Daniel Olsson,
 Managing Director,
 Soitron
Neville Ward,
 Solutions consultant,
 Microfocus
Time: 11:30 - 12:00
Organisation: Cisco
Smarter working: How good IT helps reduce costs, improve security, and grow your business
David O’Neill,
 Manager,
 Cisco
Time: 12:15 - 12:45
Organisation: Box
Powering secure collaboration with one platform that works for all your content
... Read more

Organised by:

Thomas McErlean,
 Director,
 BOX
Time: 13:00 - 13:30
Organisation: SAP One
Is your business ready for Digital Transformation?
Matthew Sinclair,
 SAP
Time: 13:45 - 14:15
Organisation: Oracle + Netsuite
Ready, Steady Grow: how to attract investment
Gareth Carroll,
 Business Development Director EMEA,
 Oracle NetSuite
Time: 14:30 - 15:00
Organisation: Amazon
Innovate your business with AI/ML today
Ric Harvey,
 Amazon Web Services
Time: 15:15 - 15:45
Organisation: Uniconta
Why smaller businesses should expect big-company ERP functionality when they need it - but not pay for it until they do!
Claus Klein-Ipsen,
 CFO,
 Uniconta
Time: 16:00 - 16:30
Organisation: Capita
How to make your business appealing to corporate partners and clients
John Downes,
 Capita Scaling
Matt Bunn,
 Capita Scaling
Time: 10:00 - 10:30
Organisation: Amazon
Innovate your business with AI/ML today
Ric Harvey,
 Amazon Web Services
Time: 10:45 - 11:15
Organisation: Building Zones
Technology at Work – Your Success Depends on Technology
Jason Green,
 CEO,
 Building Zones
Time: 11:30 - 12:00
Organisation: Cisco
Smarter working: How good IT helps reduce costs, improve security, and grow your business
David O’Neill,
 Manager,
 Cisco
Time: 13:00 - 12:30
Organisation: Clockwork IT
Professionalise your customer support
Time: 13:40 - 14:15
Organisation: Advanced
Is the backbone of the UK economy burning out?
... Read more

Organised by:

Time: 14:30 - 15:00
Organisation: CPiO
Effective relief for IT headaches
Joel Campbell,
 Cloud Consultant,
 CPiO
16th October 2018
17th October 2018
Time: 10:45 - 11:15
Organisation: Flying Trumpets
The 10 things every business owner needs to know to turn marketing from a cost to a profit driver
Susanna Kempe,
 CEO,
 Flying Trumpets
Time: 11:30 - 12:00
Organisation: Yell Business
How your business marketing needs to adapt in our constantly changing world
... Read more

Organised by:

Richard Hanscott,
 CEO,
 Yell
Time: 12:15 - 12:45
Organisation: Royal Mail
The best of both worlds: how digital tools and real world marketing can take your business forward
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Time: 13:30 - 14:00
Organisation: Department For International Trade
Tbc
Time: 14:30 - 15:00
Organisation: Facebook
Instagram 201
Ayah Sharif,
 Partner Manager,
 Facebook
Time: 15:15 - 15:45
Organisation: Facebook
Growing your business Internationally
... Read more

Organised by:

Hakim Bukenya,
 Partner Manager,
 Facebook
Time: 16:00 - 16:30
Organisation: DMA
Creating better customer trust through GDPR permissions
Time: 10:00 - 10:30
Organisation: Business Leader
The new marketing landscape – how to build a winning brand and business
Andrew Scott,
 CEO Ascot Group and Founder,
 Business Leader Magazine
Time: 10:45 - 11:15
Organisation: Facebook
Business Without Borders
... Read more

Organised by:

Olly Sewell,
 Manager,
 Facebook
Time: 11:30 - 12:00
Organisation: Box
Mastering your content to power your digital experience
... Read more

Organised by:

Jo Pettifer,
 Vice President of Marketing,
 BOX
Time: 12:15 - 12:45
Organisation: Microsoft Bing
Why Search Marketing is still the ROI King
Simon Jacobson,
 Microsoft
Time: 13:00 - 13:30
Organisation: Team DT
Growth Through Franchising
Time: 13:45 - 14:15
Organisation: ITV
Helping small businesses advertise on TV for the first time
Jason Spencer,
 Business Development Director,
 ITV
Time: 14:30 - 15:15
Organisation: Google
Build a Digital Marketing Plan
... Read more

Organised by:

Patrick Cutliffe,
 Google
Time: 15:15 - 16:00
Organisation: Google
Social Media Strategy
... Read more

Organised by:

Patrick Cutliffe,
 Google
16th October 2018
17th October 2018
Time: 10:00 - 10:30
Organisation: Ying De Group
Access to unsecured funding and access to China's top talent
Desiree Qiu Xu,
 Operations Director,
 Ying De
Time: 10:45 - 11:15
Organisation: GBSLEP
How can your business gain most from the support, advice and funding accessible via LEPs?
Time: 11:30 - 12:00
Organisation: Start Up Loans / British Business Bank
THE MIDLANDS ENGINE INVESTMENT FUND
Patrick Magee,
 British Business Bank
Time: 12:15 - 12:45
Organisation: Rannd UK
Grow your business with R&D tax credit experts: 10 years of financially rewarding SME Innovation
Phil Tooley,
 consultant,
 Randd UK
Time: 13:45 - 14:15
Organisation: Growth Street
Financing the future: what lies ahead for SMEs
Julie Warren,
 Sales and Marketing Director,
 Growth Street
Time: 14:30 - 15:00
Organisation: BizBritain
Seeking certainty with BizBritain
Time: 15:15 - 16:30
Organisation: NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator Hub
NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator Hub
... Read more

Organised by:

Time: 10:00 - 10:30
Organisation: Blue Sky Corporate Finance
Understanding the full range of financing options
Tony Seaton,
 Blue Sky Corporate Finance
Time: 10:45 - 11:15
Organisation: ART Business Loans
Responsible Finance in a changing world.
Dr Steve Walker ACIB,
 Chief Executive,
 ART Business Loans (ART)
Time: 11:30 - 12:00
Organisation: ThinCats
Why SMEs should look to alternative funding models?
Damon Walford,
 Thincats
Time: 12:15 - 12:45
Organisation: Morgan Reach
Making Tax Digital – Is Your Business Ready?
DR KAMRAN SHAIKH,
 Morgan Reach
Time: 13:00 - 13:30
Organisation: NatWest
Want to feel on top of your business admin? Find out how FreeAgent can sort out the mess and stress of managing business finances
Andy King,
 Channel Enablement Manager,
 FreeAgent
Time: 13:45 - 14:15
Organisation: T4C
Helping SMEs growth through financing and funding
John Hesketh,
 T4C
Time: 14:30 - 15:00
Organisation: UK Export Finance
Accessing UKEF to help you win, finance and insure your exports
Time: 15:15 - 15:45
Organisation: The Landlords Pension
Grow your business tax free using your pension funds
16th October 2018
17th October 2018
Time: 10:00 - 10:30
Organisation: Wise Software
Navigating The ERP Maze – How To Choose The Right Partner For Your Business
Jon Roberts,
 Sales Manager,
 OrderWise
Time: 10:45 - 11:15
Organisation: CPiO
Effective relief for IT headaches
Joel Campbell,
 Cloud Consultant,
 CPiO
Time: 11:30 - 12:00
Organisation: Slide (Cashfac)
Is your bank doing enough for you?
Simon Lyons,
 Chief Commercial Officer,
 Slide
Time: 12:15 - 12:45
Organisation: Advanced
Did you know that 80% of our time at work is spent delivering only 20% of the results?
... Read more

Organised by:

Time: 13:00 - 13:30
Organisation: Aptimise
The future of Accounts Payable with real end-to-end automation
Austin Ashley,
 Sales Executive,
 APtimise
Time: 13:45 - 14:15
Organisation: Destructive Digital
Be Small, Act Big
Time: 14:30 - 15:00
Organisation: Bluebridge One
Focus on getting better, and bigger takes care of itself
Dan Stackhouse,
 cloud expert,
 Blue Bridge One
Time: 15:15 - 15:45
Organisation: METCloud
Cyber security is a ‘Game Changer’
Ian Vickers,
 METCloud
Time: 16:00 - 16:30
Organisation: Valenta BPO
Outsourcing and it’s Benefits
Chetan Kasim,
 Director & CEO,
 Valenta BPO Solutions
Time: 10:00 - 10:30
Organisation: Cerberus Networks
Will full fibre broadband fix the UK’s productivity issues?
Time: 10:45 - 11:15
Organisation: Salpo
Most CRMs are sh…ocking. Here’s why…
Paul-Lawrence,
 Salpo Technologies
Time: 11:30 - 12:00
Organisation: Ascarii
How to Choose Business Management Software
... Read more

Organised by:

Time: 12:15 - 12:45
Organisation: Khaos Control
Integrating stock control, supplier management, EPOS and more to achieve a clear view of profitability
Time: 13:00 - 13:30
Organisation: RemiTech
How secure cloud solutions can transform the way that small and medium-sized businesses operate
David Remington,
 Remitech
Time: 13:45 - 14:15
Organisation: EDRF Systems Analytics
Are you an SME based in the Midlands? Interested in accessing free expertise on how to turn your data into business growth?
Dr Peter Lewis,
 Aston Uni
Time: 14:30 - 15:00
Organisation: Advanced
Did you know that 80% of our time at work is spent delivering only 20% of the results?
... Read more

Organised by:

16th October 2018
17th October 2018
Time: 10:00 - 10:30
Organisation: Marketing and Strategy Group, Aston Business School, & Vice Chair, CIM
SME Branding: missed opportunity or marketing indulgence?
... Read more

Organised by:

Dr Keith Glanfield,
 author of “Brand Transformation”,
 CIM
Time: 10:45 - 11:15
Organisation: Procoms
Practical tips on how to drive new business through telesales
Tracey McInnes,
 telemarketing,
 Procom Connections
Time: 11:30 - 12:00
Organisation: Saltwistle Communications & Vice Chair, CIM
Winning Pitches
... Read more

Organised by:

Rebecca,
 marketing communications,
 CIM
Time: 12:15 - 12:45
Organisation: Trident
Cutting through the noise and standing out from the crowd
Jordan Foster,
 Trident
Time: 13:00 - 13:30
Organisation: Routes4Media
HOW SMES CAN USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO ACQUIRE NEW CUSTOMERS
Ben,
 Founder and Managing Director,
 routes4media
Time: 14:30 - 15:00
Organisation: Whistl (Doordrop Media)
Unlocking Leaflet Distribution for the SME market
Mark Davies,
 Managing Director,
 WHISTL (DOORDROP MEDIA) LTD
Time: 10:00 - 10:30
Organisation: River Acquisitions
Finish Large: How to Exit your Company on Top and Be Happy With the Outcome
Martin Scott,
 Managing Director,
 River Acquistion
Time: 10:45 - 11:15
Organisation: CIM
Content Marketing for Non-Marketeers
... Read more

Organised by:

Michael,
 Board Member,
 CIM
Time: 11:30 - 12:00
Organisation: Brewd Marketing
How agile marketing solves current complex SME marketing challenges
Steev Glover,
 Founder and Director,
 Brewd Marketing
Time: 12:15 - 12:45
Organisation: Viewble Media
How to cut through the noise and deliver engaging messages in-store with digital signage.
Steven Antoneemootoo,
 Head of Sales UK & Europe,
 Viewble Media
Time: 13:00 - 13:30
Organisation: YELL Business
Why your online reputation is more important than ever
Emma Hill,
 Marketing Manager,
 Yell
Time: 13:45 - 14:15
Organisation: Experian
Make better decisions about your business, suppliers and customers
Time: 14:30 - 15:00
Organisation: Enterprise Nation
You've got to be seen to be liked - understanding the algorithms of social media
Time: 15:15 - 15:45
Organisation: Shezad Nawab MBE
Communication barriers between the deaf, disabled and hearing people in business?
Shezad Nawab,
 Award Winning Entrepreneur and Management Consultancy,
16th October 2018
17th October 2018
Time: 10:00 - 10:30
Organisation: EEF
The Employment Tribunal Landscape
Kam Bains,
 Solicitor and Senior Adviser,
 EEF
Time: 10:45 - 11:15
Organisation: HR4UK
Working with a trusted HR partner to help meet your business objectives
Paul Martin,
 Director of Business Development,
 HR:4UK
Time: 11:30 - 12:00
Organisation: Intellectual Property Office
Everyone Owns Intellectual Property what do you own? Once you have an idea that puts you ahead of the pack, imitations and rip-offs could follow, unless you take steps to protect your originality.
Emma Richards,
 Business Outreach Manager,
 Intellectual Property Office
Time: 12:15 - 12:45
Organisation: Hive 360
Employee engagement: the powertool to grow your business
David McCormack,
 Managing Director,
 Hive 360
Time: 13:45 - 14:15
Organisation: NatWest
NatWest panel session: Learn from a lively guest panel about how SMEs can build a strong culture, focus on wellbeing and understand the complexities of HR
Christine Charles,
 Life Coach, Radio Presenter,
 The Health & Wellbeing Show
Lynn Kennedy,
 Area Director,
 NatWest Mentor
Neil Morrison,
 HR Director,
 Severn Trent
Yasmin Akram,
 Consultant,
 NatWest
Time: 14:30 - 15:00
Organisation: Vestd
Streamlining the process of sharing ownership with your team
Time: 15:15 - 15:45
Organisation: ACAS
Mental Health in the Workplace
Sarah Taylor,
 ACAS
Time: 10:00 - 10:30
Organisation: Marianne Page
How to free yourself from the day to day of your business
Marianne Page,
 Marianne Page
Time: 10:45 - 11:15
Organisation: Talie Prowse
Attracting and retaining talent
Natalie Snow,
 founder and CEO,
 Talie Prowse
Time: 11:30 - 12:00
Organisation: A2D Solutions
Change by design (not by threat)
Alun Parry,
 A2D Solutions
Time: 12:15 - 12:45
Organisation: ACAS
Common pitfalls encountered by SME'S and the support ACAS can offer to help avoid them
Malcolm Boswell,
 Director,
 ACAS
Time: 13:00 - 13:30
Organisation: Intellectual Property Office
Everyone Owns Intellectual Property what do you own? Once you have an idea that puts you ahead of the pack, imitations and rip-offs could follow, unless you take steps to protect your originality.
Emma Richards,
 Business Outreach Manager,
 Intellectual Property Office
Time: 13:45 - 14:15
Organisation: DAVIS
Is your management of workplace driving a prison sentence waiting to happen?
Richard Brown,
 Managing Director,
 Licence Check Ltd
Time: 14:30 - 15:00
Organisation: Cranfield School of Management
From Inception to Exit: my no-nonsense retrospection on where it all went wrong. And where it all went right.
Oliver Gleave,
 Entrepreneur,
 Cranfield School of Management
Time: 15:15 - 15:45
Organisation: Higher level Skills Match
Minding the skills gap: Why a one-way ticket to talent is key to SME business growth
16th October 2018
17th October 2018

How to Grow a Profitable Business in 10 Simple Steps

Growing a business can be a daunting task. Join our masterclass to learn which simple yet effective actions you can take right now to give your business a boost in the right direction. Delivered by business counsellors from Cranfield’s Business Growth Programme (BGP), this masterclass draws upon decades of experience working with SMEs and helping them to make the necessary changes in order to grow profitably. Participants will be given the opportunity to have 1-2-1 discussions with the business counsellors after the session.

Schedule:

16th October 17th October
11.00 - 11.30 11.00 - 11.30
12.00 - 12.30 12.00 - 12.30
13:00 - 13:30 13:00 - 13:30
14:00 - 14:30 14:00 - 14:30
15:00 - 15:30 15:00 - 15:30