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Paul Drechsler CBE, President of the CBI, to give opening address at Brittelstand Symposium 2017

Before joining the Bibby Group in 2014, Paul Drechsler was Chairman and Chief Executive of the privately-owned construction firm Wates Group from 2006 until 2014. Prior to joining Wates, he worked for ICI PLC, spending the first ten years of his career on Teesside.

Paul has been recognised for his outstanding leadership, winning KPMG Chief Executive of the Year for the construction industry and PwC ‘Private Company Chief Executive of the Year’. During his tenure at the helm, Wates Group won the Business in the Community Company of the Year and the J.P. Morgan Best UK Family Business Award.

Paul will be joined by a line-up of leading speakers addressing important issues that we all face.

You can choose to attend four of the eight 45m breakout sessions during the day that will cover topics such as accessing growth finance, leadership 4.0, accessing and retaining talent, innovation strategy, building high performance teams amongst others - all genuine learning opportunities, the subjects crowd sourced from your peer group.

By attending, you will make business connections amongst your peers, explore opportunities of mutual interest, find out how others are embracing innovation, share insights and good practices, learn from the speakers, find out how your peers have accessed funds for growth and many other relevant benefits.

'...thank you for inviting me to by far the most stimulating business seminar that I have been to in years (possibly the best ever).  I came away full of fresh ideas and things that we would like to do with our business....' SB Hampshire 2016

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