Speakers for 2019

The Digital Signage Revolution



Adam leads the marketing team at Hardy Signs Ltd who have recently been awarded manufacturer of the year by East Midlands Chamber of Commerce. With over 20 years’ experience in the signage industry, Adam offers insight in to the world of digital signage and it’s use as one of the fastest growing marketing tools in the world. Adam and his marketing team are passionate about helping their clients stand out from the competition – to ultimately increase their sales and profit.

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Achieve Online Success For Less



After years of helping small businesses achieve countless successes online, Adam knows the exact strategies to implement to help your business thrive online. Adam's focus is on helping businesses achieve a tangible return on investment through integrated marketing and design.

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How the University of Derby can help you attract, recruit and retain the right talent for your business



Amber has worked in employer engagement at the University of Derby for six years, joining the University back in 2013. Passionate about providing accessible opportunities, Amber has been involved in developing a range of events and programmes designed to enhance the employability of our students and graduates. Amber is experienced in developing mutually beneficial relationships within employer engagement and leading teams to provide a comprehensive and quality service to an external audience.

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Ten Top Tips to Improve Your Marketing (For Free!)



Beryl has worked in marketing for over 25 years, both in a corporate environment and in her own business, Ridgeway Marketing. Beryl understands the pressures of running a business, and clients find her advice both practical and affordable.

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HR trends, IR35 and the gig economy: maximising business protection, flexibility and opportunity in 2020 and beyond



Charlotte is an HR specialist at Mushroom. With a Masters by Research and experience in implementing successful HR services in growing companies across numerous sectors, she is dedicated to solving HR and administrative headaches for business owners who don’t necessarily have the time or knowhow to do so themselves.

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How the D2N2 Growth Hub Can Help Your Business Grow



Chris leads the Growth Hub team and works closely with the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, delivery partners and other key stakeholders to ensure the service is effective in delivering its primary aim – to support local businesses. He is responsible for the project delivering its targets associated with the European funding and reporting progress to funders and the Project Board.

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Accessing Finance to Successfully Grow your Business



Darren has spent 20 years in corporate finance with Smith Cooper Corporate Finance, Deloitte LLP and BDO Stoy Hayward LLP. He advises on mergers and acquisitions and finance raising and has successfully completed fund raises from £1m to £250m. He is passionate about the Midlands and working with local entrepreneurs to successfully drive results for them.

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Boardroom Body Language - It's not how you see it



Darren has been a regular in our TV screens since 2010 following a career dealing with liars cheats and criminals as a police officer. Darren is the UK’s no 1 body language expert dubbed the human lie detector.

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How To Make More Profit, Pay Less Tax and Work Less Hours



Through his experience of helping hundreds of Owner Managed SMEs to improve their results, David will explain the 5 key profit drivers for businesses, and provide some simple tips on how to leverage improvements in each one to generate significant improvements in bottom line results.

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Ambition, Determination & Execution: Essential For Success



My name is Emily and I'm a professional cyclist on the track. I have represented my country since I was 15 and next year I am aiming to make the Olympic team. My first major World Championships was back in 2013, where myself and three others won the Junior Team Pursuit and became Britain's first junior team to win a world title.

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ERP Innovation in Business



Harry has worked in the software professional services sector since 1986 undertaking various roles as director, programme director and project manager. Before working in this sector, starting as an engineering apprentice with British Steel he gained extensive hands on experience undertaking various roles in the UK manufacturing sector gaining a full exposure to all facets from shop floor to boardroom. Bring over 40 years of experience to the ERP sector he now specialises in advising, guiding, mentoring companies through the process of change. His speciality is leading or recovering high value, high profile or high risk multi international projects. He has the ability based on his experience understand and deliver the business needs from the boardroom down to shop floor, building the necessary confidence with all levels of the organisation to achieve goals and objectives.

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What Makes A Successful Bid For Funding?



John is a Director and current Chairman of specialist SME Business Growth Consultants, Mistral Associates Limited. John’s experience has included Executive Directorships of over half a dozen companies, three of which were Finance Directorships over a thirteen year period of significant engineering subsidiaries of the UK’s largest diversified industrial PLC. John has also been Managing Partner of a mixed professional practice of Chartered Company Secretaries and Chartered Management Accountants when in public practice. Previously, he was head of Group Purchasing within a major industrial group of companies before transferring to finance, and therefore also has a strong commercial background.

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A Simple Guide to Franchising



Having spent nearly 30 years in the corporate world, John has gained a wealth of sales and marketing experience and knowledge, which he now uses to help businesses grow their profit lines and build their brand awareness both in the UK and overseas, using the tried and tested licensing and franchising methods. John himself is a franchisee who joined the Lime Licensing Network at the start of the year.

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How Asset Based Lending Can Help Maximise Your Working Capital



With over 15 years experience in the banking sector working for RBS and Natwest, Ken spends his time helping SME businesses across the East Midlands access vital working capital funding. Ken specializes in providing Invoice Finance and asset-based lending facilities to a variety of businesses across the region. Ken is a committee member for Nottingham Professional Services, an independent voice for Nottingham’s professional sector. The main objective of NPS, is to invigorate business activity through better networking across all levels in the city.

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Occupational Health: Where to Start



Having spent many years advising companies on best practice in workplace health and wellbeing, Kevin is an established figure in the Occupational Health (OH) sector and leads a multi-disciplinary team of OH specialists at Central Occupational Health. Kevin spent his formative years in the British Army, travelling extensively and serving in many different military operations, including in Africa and the Middle East, whilst specialising in Arctic Warfare and Survival Training.

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What the heck is EOS?



Leigh started his business journey by opening post at the Queen’s bank but quickly realised he had a gift for explaining things to people in a way that they understood. Progressing through multiple investment banks, playing with software he moved to the East Midlands. Fed up of being a small cog in a huge corporate machine, it was time to branch out and test how much he could influence business. Working in a business of 500 employees he found EOS and realised this was it, this was how he could effect real change.

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Transform your Sales Leadership And Build A High-Performance Sales Culture



Mark is a sales professional with 30 years’ experience in engineering, sales and sales management in blue-chip companies in the technology sector including Canon, Northrop Grumman and major players in the IT industry. Originally an electronics engineer by profession, Mark spent his whole career sceptical of salesmen, sales methods and sales training. His team now helps sales people, sales directors and engineers win business without being ‘salesy.’ He operates at both strategic and tactical level and is now in his 12th year as CEO of Sandler Training in the West Midlands.

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Success v Failure: The Truth about Growing your Business



Originally from Lancashire, Mike relocated to the Midlands in 1993 when he joined Sunrise Medical in Brierley Hill. During his 7 years with Sunrise, Mike held a number of varying positions, including Customer Service Director, and Business Unit Director. During 2000, Mike was instrumental in the purchase of the Minivator stairlift division from Sunrise, and formed Minivator; initially their Sales and Marketing Director, progressing to Chief Executive.

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Credibility Marketing®: The New Rules for Winning Business



Nathan is a marketer, professional speaker and author who specialises in helping businesses to grow by attracting and winning more customers. Having started his first business at the age of just 12, he has become one of the UK’s best and brightest young business figures, with more experience than most people twice his age. More than a decade on, he’s worked with thousands of businesses across the UK and around the world to transform their online marketing and help them to generate better results.

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Employee Owned Business - Better Business and the Perfect Succession Solution



Peter has over thirty years’ experience of working with consulting and advisory businesses, investment management businesses, professional services and blue chip clients.

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Sales Strategies that Achieve Profitable Growth and Maximise your Company’s Value



Peter has led sales organisations and companies of all sizes in the UK, Europe and Asia including LEGO (UK and Northern European Sales Director), Manpower Group (Sales Director Europe, Middle East and Africa, MD Nordics Region) and WPP/Kantar (Asia Pacific). He has also consulted widely, drawing on his huge reserves of real-world experience to help business owners, management teams and investors accelerate profitable sales growth. Many years of accountability for revenue and profit performance influence his approach to consulting: solutions must generate immediate and long-lasting growth.

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Achieve Fast Growth - Transform The Energy And Capabilities Required To Gain Control Of Your Commercial And Cultural Destinies



hil Ives is a Partner in Assay Advisory UK Ltd, a hybrid consulting and corporate finance business which helps business owners to achieve clarity around the true value of their businesses; develop an ‘investor lens’ mindset and empowers them to accelerate to a transaction/event. He is also a Global Partner in Shirlaws Group.

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The Most Fun You Can Have Whilst Doubling Your Turnover!



From doubling turnover to increasing staff engagement and retention; through to being awarded an industry thought leadership position, to tripling your sales enquiries in under three months – Rach will share with you case studies and testimonials from her very own clients who have each experienced all this and much, much more.

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Procurement Diagnostic - It's not like going to the dentist



Working across the UK, Richard Beaumont is an internationally renowned Procurement Consultant and Business Advisor with over 30 years’ experience across multiple industry sectors. Specialising in helping SMEs to reduce procurement spend, reduce supply chain risk and build innovation through great supplier relationships; Bromley Wood Associates will conduct a diagnostic of your business and then help you to achieve sustainable growth and profitability through transformed procurement. After a career journey from Army Officer to MD to McKinsey Consultant to CPO, Richard realised that his passion was helping businesses to transform their procurement. His real excitement was found in helping SMEs, who lack resources and experience, to get the results that great procurement can achieve. To achieve this, Richard founded Bromley Wood Associates.

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Accounts Aagh!!



Sandra Quinn-Smith is an experienced and accomplished trainer, who provides all those wanting to gain knowledge and/or qualifications in Accounting, Bookkeeping and Payroll to do so in a friendly, supportive and straight forward way, to simplify and make accessible what can be at first glance a confusing and complicated subject. She has always worked in the accounting industry and after a career break to have her daughter, re-trained as a lecturer in business and accounting and worked for 17 years in further education colleges, where she attained Senior Lecturer status.

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3P's Business Intelligence



Steve has been helping business increase the quality and levels of inquiries thier business without breaking the bank - Steve has the answers. With a successful track record stretching back 32 years; from business start-ups to global corporations. His no-nonsense approach will save time, money and help you get even better results.

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Assumption vs Reality: How Big Data is driving Big change



William is the Sales Director at RDS Big Data Solutions, a Derby based firm providing advanced business intelligence. Prior to moving into Big Data, William held a number of leadership positions within Information Security/ Risk, where he advised businesses around security preventative services, data protection and remediation work following an attack. William has delivered seminars for major UK banking groups and bodies, acts as an ambassador for the BMF (Builders Merchants Federation).

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