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Birmingham: Accelerate, Scale up and Game On: Grow your business

An event aimed at helping businesses and startups navigate the barriers on route to achieving their growth goals

Agenda

09:00 Registration & Networking Breakfast – Paperwork completion*
10:00 Opening with David Hardman CEO, Innovation Birmingham
10:15 Jason Stockwood, Group CEO, Simply Business – Reboot: a Blueprint for Happy, Human Business in the Digital Age
11:00 Break – Opportunity to meet Jason and be the first to see his newly published book.
11:15 Lee Wilcox, On the Tools – How to Build an Online Community
12:00 Jack Thompson, Head of Investor Relations, Angels Den- How to Get Access to 13,000 Investors
13:00 Lunch*
13:45 Gill Hutchinson, Director, Aardvark Marketing – Top Tips for Increasing your Sales & Profitability
14:30 Choice of Workshops:

– Renaldo Edmondson, Digital Marketer, FBaddicts.net – How to choose which social media platform is most profitable for my business
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– Naeem Alvi, Founder and MD, Notepad Studio – How to find your brand purpose and get noticed

16:30 Break
16:45 Paul Richardson, Chief Strategic Officer, Gymshark Ltd The amazing rise of Gymshark – the current holder of the Fast Track 100 award for Britain’s fastest-growing private enterprise
17:30 Tech Wednesday Registration
18:00 Professor Mark Hart, Solving the Productivity Puzzle
21:00 Ends

*Aimed at Start-Ups and SMEs, this event is part-funded by ERDF and so is free to attend. As a result of the funding, participants will be required to complete some project paperwork on arrival.

* Breakfast, Lunch and Refreshments will be provided.

Speakers

Jason Stockwood, Group CEO, Simply Business

Responsible for developing Simply Business, Jason sets the challenge for defying the insurance company stereotype. From technology and data science to customer experience and people engagement, Jason’s leading the mission to create something better.

Headlines predict that whole industries will be decimated by Artificial Intelligence and automation. Some bosses and bankers are rubbing their hands at the prospect of cost savings and staff cuts.

But there is another way. New technology can also empower teams, fuel creativity and make people happier.

At Simply Business, twice voted the UK’s best company to work for, big data and automated systems are being harnessed to generate positive growth, their Northampton office is trialling a 4 day week. In this bold blueprint, group CEO Jason Stockwood – named by the Sunday Times as the UK’s best leader – shows how any organisation can think freshly and benefit from technology by putting its people first.

Be one of the first to purchase a copy of Jason’s newly published book : ‘Reboot: a Blueprint for Happy, Human Business in the Digital Age’ during the break.

Lee Wilcox, On the Tools

Natwest Great British Entrepreneur Award for Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the Year. Lee Wilcox is co-founder and CEO of On the Tools, the biggest construction community in the world, with over 2.1million followers across their social media platform. The site now has well over 1 billion views, has the highest viewed piece of branded content in the UK this year, beating the likes of LADBible & UniLad, and the company even hosts its own industry awards.

Jack Thompson, Head of Investor Relations, Angels Den

Angels Den is an online investment platform that makes it simple to own shares in early-stage companies that could potentially become the next big thing. What makes it different is that it ensures a lead investor is on board before funding is open to their wider network of investors. The lead conducts due diligence, invests their own money and often provides mentorship and connections to help the business grow. This has proven to be highly successful with over 90% of our funded deals still in business. Presentation to include:

– What investment is out there?

– Is angel funding for you?

– How to value your business

– What equity to give away


Gill Hutchinson, Director, Aardvark Marketing – Top Tips for Increasing your Sales & Profitability

Aardvark Marketing was established to help small and medium-size businesses in the West Midlands get better results from their sales and marketing activities. Unlike most marketing agencies, they work as outsourced marketing specialists, so have access to skilled sales and marketing expertise as and when you need it. In 2018 they were awarded Best UK Company for Excellence in Marketing Management Services and the Best UK Social Media & Content Marketing Specialists. Gill is currently a mentor on the Nat West Entrepreneur Accelerator Programme.

At this event Gill will cover :

– How to understand your customer and increase your sales

– How to get the sale at the right price

– How to close the deal

Renaldo Edmondson, Digital Marketer, FBaddicts.net – How to choose which social media platform is most profitable for my business

Renaldo is an expert of impression based advertising (paying to be seen and heard on social media, profitably!) With a rare blend of skill as a practitioner, expert trainer, and speaker he holds perspective that is practical, actionable and current. Working with a diversity of multi-national brands like Gracie Barra, XQ America, Demac Property, he has a grasp for working with the landscape like very few do.

As an agency owner of Digital Addicts and more commonly known Facebook Addicts, his deeply entrenched social media experience (and specifically Facebook Advertising Expertise) has allowed him to connect the dots and redefine how businesses advertise on social media with a refreshing level of clarity.

Naeem Alvi, Founder and MD, Notepad Studio – How to find your brand purpose and get noticed

Naeem Alvi is a seasoned brand strategist and the founder of Notepad. After a decade of working with fast-growth SMEs and big companies like RBS, Nike, Natwest and Argos to help them better define and grow their brands, Naeem founded Notepad to connect big brand experience with ambitious start-ups and new ventures that want to define, launch, and grow their brands quickly, effectively and affordably.

Paul Richardson, Chief Strategic Officer, Gymshark Ltd The amazing rise of Gymshark – the current holder of the Fast Track 100 award for Britain’s fastest-growing private enterprise

Paul Richardson Is a passionate entrepreneur and has a strong track record in developing companies. His role at Gymshark involves business planning, development and strategy. Gymshark has developed into one of the fastest growing and most recognisable brands in fitnessapparel. This growth comes from a devotion to producing innovative,affordable and effective fitness wear with an ever-expanding social presence of over 6.5 million followers, and above all a commitment to the Gymshark vision. Gymshark currently sells to 177 countries and sales topped £100m in 2018.

Professor Mark Hart, Solving the Productivity Puzzle

The role of leadership and management in improving productivity, including the benefits that benchmarking, cultural change and adoption of new technology can bring to business longevity and growth. During the event Mark will discuss the new national Productivity through People (PtP) programme which begins in November 2018 for SMEs in the Midlands.

PtP is born out of a unique collaboration between the public and private sectors and is designed to improve the UK’s productivity growth by helping SMEs become High Performance Workplaces. The programme is directly supported in the Midlands by Rolls-Royce plc, EY and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP.

Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/accelerate-scale-up-and-game-on-grow-your-business-tickets-49440950213

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