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Brittelstand Symposium 2017

Brittelstand Symposium 2017

The Brittelstand Symposium – addressing the challenges of Mid-Market Enterprises, including those of Brexit

This one day event is invitation only for the leaders of mid-sized wealth creating businesses with an annual turnover of more than £1m. 

With the effects of Brexit still difficult to forecast, we still need to plan to sustain or grow our businesses while the Brexit effects evolve, probably over many years. Join your peer group - directors and shareholders of mid-sized £1m+ turnover wealth creating businesses – at an invitation only gathering, the Brittelstand Symposium, to discuss your issues and seek solutions from those that have been there before you. This daylong event gives you a chance to influence the evolving Brexit policy, understand more how you might be impacted by Brexit and how to adjust your strategy to your advantage.

Last year, the iconic Anya Hindmarch CBE gave the opening address to the invitation-only Brittelstand Symposium for the leaders and shareholders of mid-sized wealth-creating businesses. This year we are honoured that another iconic business leader, Paul Drechsler CBE, Chairman of the Bibby Group and President of the CBI will deliver the opening address.

Before joining the Bibby Group in 2014, he 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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When

20/09/2017

08:00

Location

Henley Business School, Greenlands, Henley-on-Thames RG9 3AU

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Welcome


Speaker: Chris Dodson OBE DL, Business United

Welcome address by the founder of Business United

Keynote 1


Speaker: Paul Drechsler CBE, CBI President

Paul will open the event with his views on where we are with Brexit and what our companies need to plan for in changes that are likely to occur. Paul's position as President of the CBI and Chairman of one of the most successful British family businesses gives him an unparalleled perspective on a range of industries across the UK and an understanding of their needs.

Keynote 2


Speaker: Professor Graeme Leach, CEO macronomics

Graeme will present an overview of the macroeconomic, geopolitical and future megatrends which will shape the future business landscape. Graeme will show how the UK and global economies are in a race between amazing potential versus awesome challenges. This is a race to capture the positive benefits of technology before growth is undermined by the negative impact of demographics.

Breakout Sessions 1A - Leadership 4.0


Speaker: Professor David Pendleton, Henley Business School; Dan Daly, MD Lein Applied Diagnostics; Graham Ewart, MD Direct Healthcare Services

The aim of the session is to provide an insight into leadership in the fourth industrial revolution that is characterised by the seamless integration of the physical environment with information networks, rapidly advancing digital technologies, the emergence of IoT and growing machine interconnectedness where machines are communicating with each other such as that been seen in the manufacturing industry.

Breakout Session 1B - Growth Finance


Speaker: Chris Dodson OBE DL, Business United; Claire Dorrian, Senior Manager Primary Markets, London Stock Exchange Group; Angus Grierson, LGB Corporate Finance; Paul Ambrose, PwC; Chris Baker, LDC

This session will explore the routes to getting finance to grow our businesses. We will explore debt finance, private equity and listed sources of finance with acknowledged experts.

Breakout Sessions 2A - Innovation Strategy


Speaker: Jane Galsworthy and Eric Wood, Oxford Innovation; Benamin Reid, Enswarm.

The “soft” elements of management practice such as values, culture, purpose and leadership have long been recognised as playing an important role in shaping an organisation’s ability to manage innovation effectively and create value from it. They influence innovation processes in a variety of ways such as the relative status of different disciplines and functions, openness to critical commentary, ability to recognise flawed assumptions and capacity to learn from failure. These have a powerful influence on an organisation’s ability to manage uncertainty, to limit the cost of failure and maximise the value of breakthroughs. Accordingly, many organisations have sought to fine-tune elements such as their culture to match the demands of their particular innovation context. However, the demands that innovation places on organisations tend to change over time whereas an entrenched culture tends to favour certain innovation scenarios at the expense of others. For example, a culture that promotes effective exploitation of existing technology can hamper the exploration of new technology and vice versa. This session will provide a window into the relationship between culture and the ability to create value from innovation. It will draw on simple frameworks that provide practical insights into the key dilemmas concerning innovation and culture and how to manage them.

Breakout Session 2B - Brexit Planning


Speaker: Professor Graeme Leach, CEO macronomics; Dr Phillip Lee MP for Bracknell and Under Secretary of State; Panny Loucas, Partner PwC; Rob Lewtas, DIT.

This session will discuss the issues to be considered as Brexit evolves. What are the implications of setting up a European entity, what is the tax situation, what are the likely restrictions on labour mobility going to be and many more issues that will be identified.

Breakout Session 3A - Workforce of Tomorrow


Speaker: David Bloxham, GCS Recruitment; Chris Sykes, Volume Global; Sally Fuller, Vodafone; Jon Dymond, PwC.

What will the wokforce of tomorrow look like? Robots with AI, technicians, programmers?

Breakout Session 3B - Acquiring and Developing Talent


Speaker: Pablo Lloyd, Activate Enterprises; Jonathan Adams - Activate Learning; Karen Ovenden, Hireserve

Employer-led Education: Developing a talent pipeline There is a widely acknowledged skills gap in science and technology with 43% of vacancies in those sectors being reported as ‘hard to fill’. However, 30% of STEM graduates progress into non-technical roles outside of science and technology and 12% of IT graduates are unemployed six months after completion of their course. This session will explore how businesses can be involved in the design and delivery of STEM education to encourage more young people into these sectors and to ensure that they develop the skills needed by employers.

Keynote 3


Speaker: John Cridland CBE

Business as a Force for Good - how can business that has such a poor reputation, undeservedly, be shown actually to be a force for good? John Cridland will bring his experience from across the whole of British Industry to bear on this difficult issue for all businesses.

Panel Session


Speaker: Rebecca Reading, PwC - Chair; Martin Taylor, Content Guru; Chris Sykes, Volume Global; Paul Lindley, Ellas Kitchen

Interview and panel discussion with a group of leaders of businesses that have achieved significant growth, exploring with them how they achieved it and their tips for others that are following. This session will include continuous Q&A.

Breakout Session 4A - Protecting against and dealing with the inevitable cyber attack


Speaker: Jonathan Holmes, PwC; Ray Stanton, National Grid.

Companies are dealing with cyber threats on a daily basis, are you prepared for an attack? What will you do when the inevitable hapepens?

Breakout Session 4B - Building high performance teams


Speaker: Jurek Sikorski, Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship; David Griffiths, CEO Fiscal Technologies; Tim Barker, CEO DataSift

Building a senior management team is crucial for the success of every organisation and no less so for SMEs with ambition to grow and become large. A high performance senior leadership team is often described as an organisation that: exhibits participative leadership (where every member takes on a leadership role), is aligned on purpose (where every member is clear on and believes fervently in the company’s mission), task focused (where every member working alone or as a team performs ‘value creating’ tasks), shares responsibilities (where the team works as a team that shares the work to achieve the common goals); strongly innovative (where the team is creative and driven to translate ideas into practice), productively solves problems (where the team works together to bring about solutions to challenges, difficulties and problems faced by the business), communicates effectively (where the team communicates fully, honestly and regularly with all stakeholders that includes employees, customers, investors, partners and suppliers) and responds positively (where the team is accessible, accommodating and available to deal with any threats and opportunities) The speakers will each open with a brief talk (maximum 5 mins) that will be followed by Q&A. The session is intended to be a learning experience and very interactive, facilitated by the Chair who has considerable experience in building senior leadership teams.

Keynote 4


Speaker: Simon Biltcliffe, Webmart

Founder and CEO of Webmart®: Your Print Partner, Simon describes himself as a Marxist-capitalist, TED speaker, Barnsley FC fan, dad and yellow shed dweller. Simon and his business have garnered many titles and awards, including IoD Director of the year 2010, and Future Champion in the 2013 National Business Awards. "As founder of print services specialist Webmart, he has blended capitalism and Marxism to create a £30 million turnover business and, true to his upbringing, he ensures the profit is shared among his team and further afield via The Webmart Charitable Trust. A combination of innovator and history buff, his quirky approach is never more evident than in the wood-panelled ‘boardroom’ complete with faux fire and portraits of famous explorers – each with their faces replaced by management team members." - The Business Magazine

Keynote 5


Speaker: Joe Hemani, Westcoast

Joe is the ultimate scale up leader - the founder of one of the biggest private firms in the UK, with a revenue of £1.9 billion last year alone with ambitions to hit £2.3bn in the near future with expansion into mainland Europe. Joe is a combination of self motivation, ability and compulsive enthusiasm. A Berkshire resident and passionate Europhile, Joe has strong views on Brexit, education, the ever-increasing march of IT as well as golf, the Henley Festival and Chelsea FC. Hear about his remarkable journey, and find out how he took his British Start-Up to such monumental success.

AGENDA

Time Session Speaker(s) Summary
0900 - 0905 Welcome Chris Dodson OBE DL, Business United Read more
0905 - 0930 Keynote 1 Paul Drechsler CBE, CBI President Read more
0930 - 0955 Keynote 2 Professor Graeme Leach, CEO macronomics Read more
1000 - 1040 Breakout Sessions 1A - Leadership 4.0 Professor David Pendleton, Henley Business School; Dan Daly, MD Lein Applied Diagnostics; Graham Ewart, MD Direct Healthcare Services Read more
1000 - 1040 Breakout Session 1B - Growth Finance Chris Dodson OBE DL, Business United; Claire Dorrian, Senior Manager Primary Markets, London Stock Exchange Group; Angus Grierson, LGB Corporate Finance; Paul Ambrose, PwC; Chris Baker, LDC Read more
1040 - 1100 Break
1100 - 1140 Breakout Sessions 2A - Innovation Strategy Jane Galsworthy and Eric Wood, Oxford Innovation; Benamin Reid, Enswarm. Read more
1100 - 1140 Breakout Session 2B - Brexit Planning Professor Graeme Leach, CEO macronomics; Dr Phillip Lee MP for Bracknell and Under Secretary of State; Panny Loucas, Partner PwC; Rob Lewtas, DIT. Read more
1145 - 1225 Breakout Session 3A - Workforce of Tomorrow David Bloxham, GCS Recruitment; Chris Sykes, Volume Global; Sally Fuller, Vodafone; Jon Dymond, PwC. Read more
1145 - 1225 Breakout Session 3B - Acquiring and Developing Talent Pablo Lloyd, Activate Enterprises; Jonathan Adams - Activate Learning; Karen Ovenden, Hireserve Read more
1230 - 1300 Keynote 3 John Cridland CBE Read more
1300 - 1400 Buffet lunch
1400 - 1440 Panel Session Rebecca Reading, PwC - Chair; Martin Taylor, Content Guru; Chris Sykes, Volume Global; Paul Lindley, Ellas Kitchen Read more
1445 - 1525 Breakout Session 4A - Protecting against and dealing with the inevitable cyber attack Jonathan Holmes, PwC; Ray Stanton, National Grid. Read more
1445 - 1525 Breakout Session 4B - Building high performance teams Jurek Sikorski, Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship; David Griffiths, CEO Fiscal Technologies; Tim Barker, CEO DataSift Read more
1525 - 1545 Tea Break
1545 - 1615 Keynote 4 Simon Biltcliffe, Webmart Read more
1615 - 1645 Keynote 5 Joe Hemani, Westcoast Read more
1645 - 1700 Closing Address Chris Dodson, Business United; Chris Maw, PwC
1700 - 1800 Drinks Reception

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