LIVEtalk – Forum

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#BI21.4 Employment & Skills Forum

Wednesday 9th June | 12:00pm

Lead Participant: Gamu Matarira, Founder and CEO, GEN-A Consultancy

Born in Edinburgh, Gamu grew up between the UK and Zimbabwe with shorter stints in Europe and the US – an experience which broadened her horizons and unearthed a desire to understand and appreciate a variety of cultures. This led to Gamu working internationally between Africa, the UK, Japan and the Middle East.

With over 2 decade’s experience in international business environments, Gamu is now focusing her time helping SMEs gain clarity and growth while making an impact in Africa, through coaching, training and consultancy.”

Event:

Employment and Skills in business are crucial areas of thinking on a national or international level.  Understanding that businesses across the globe face similar issues and looking at how the different countries and cultures are thinking about it is important as we think about the sector.

In a Globally connected age, with digital communications we can look beyond national boundaries for businesses to fill skills gaps and for candidates to build careers.  Brexit in the UK and international political thinking is constantly changing the employment landscape for both employers and candidates.

Our international Employment forum, thinks about opportunities for businesses and job seekers and how we can look beyond the normal boundaries we think about

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#BI21.4 Diversity and Inclusion Forum

Wednesday 9th June | 15:00pm

Lead Participant: Tony Solomon – Gloucestershire Gateway Trust

With over 25 years experience in senior marketing roles with an international financial services provider Tony now devotes his time to the not-for-profit sector. An Opportunity Hunter with the GEM employability project, Tony believes, passionately, that everybody deserves the opportunity to engage in meaningful work.

He is relishing the challenge of helping employers to reap the many benefits of embedding a diverse workforce and inclusive culture. Tony is also chair of St Michaels Cornerstone trust and a director and trustee of Fresh Hope

Event:

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion  – a better business mix?    What does it take for a business to fully embrace, diversity and an inclusive culture in the workplace? What changes need to take place with people, culture, systems and processes to fully realise the business benefits? Employment on merit or positive discrimination?

What part does personal cultural experience of owners and decision-makers play? We will be sharing success stories and unpacking some of the challenges to embedding these transformational opportunities.

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#BI21.4 Access to Finance Forum

Wednesday 9th June | 15:45pm

Lead Participant: Richard Holling, Commercial Finance Advisor, Dales Finance

An experienced business executive with 30 years of business and financial services experience. Richard has worked as a consultant, sales executive and manager for several major international companies.

In 2018 he changed focus and started to work with start-ups and SMEs. In 2019 he formed Berkshire Dales, which offers SMEs advice on getting the right business finance, and other consulting services.

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Access to finance is a key business function and fast-changing, whether a sole trader or an established significant business. Having good finance in place is critical to facilitate international trade.

Our Access to Finance Forum hosts a discussion with our international partners around approaches to funding in different cultures and different national interests following a very difficult trading period and looking to a global recovery.

The discussion is held as a virtual boardroom discussion of professionals.  20 observer seats are available for those who have an interest in understanding the industry sector.  The Chair will invite input from the observers during the forum discussion.

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#BI21.4 International Trade Forum

Thursday 10th June | 10:00am

Lead Participant: Roger Mackrill, Sabre UK Ltd

Following an extensive career in automotive, aerospace, nuclear power engineering and senior management in US, UK, Europe, India and China, Roger is the director and founder of Sabre UK Ltd. Founded in 2007.

With abundant experience as Quality Director, Managing Director in a wide range of global corporations, including GM, Rolls Royce, SKF, ISMT India, Kalyani Group India and Changan Group China, Roger is an experienced professional guiding clients through strategic direction and planning to enter and establish presence in Asian markets.

Event:

Development of International trading opportunities comprises one of the most important routes to building a strong economy in any county.

Our International Trade Forum brings together professional advisors and businesses involved in international trading from across different countries and continents.

Understanding culture, language, protocol and local custom is vitally important to developing lasting international trade relationships and our forums discuss, help understand and underpin trading relationships that will build on opportunities to do business across boundaries.

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#BI21.4 Environment & Climate Forum

Thursday 10th June | 10:30am

Lead Participant: Zoe Darlington, Owner, Pure Improvement

Zoe helps engineering and manufacturing leaders shift from high waste and inefficiency to green & lean in 6 months, embedding sustainability that saves time and money.

She believes that businesses that do good – do good business.

Zoe has over 20 years Continuous Improvement, Quality Improvement and Change Management experience, within the electronics, engineering, aerospace, defence & FMCG sectors. She has a proven track record for delivering cost saving Continuous Improvement and waste reduction.

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Our Climate Forum brings a discussion together across international boundaries with businesses who share a common interest in seeing how this important area for everyone evolves moving forward.

We have a diverse and innovative culture of small and medium sized businesses that both generate renewable and sustainable energy, distribute across micro networks and also invest heavily in renewables, carbon capture and energy efficiency.

We’re looking forward to a very engaging discussion as things start looking beyond the Covid pandemic and preparing for the future for business with Climate change becoming the planet’s number one threat.s we move through 2021

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#BI21.4 Engineering & Manufacturing Forum

Thursday 10th June | 12:30pm

Lead Participant: Zoe Darlington, Owner, Pure Improvement

Zoe helps engineering and manufacturing leaders shift from high waste and inefficiency to green & lean in 6 months, embedding sustainability that saves time and money.

She believes that businesses that do good – do good business.

Zoe has over 20 years Continuous Improvement, Quality Improvement and Change Management experience, within the electronics, engineering, aerospace, defence & FMCG sectors. She has a proven track record for delivering cost saving Continuous Improvement and waste reduction.

Event:

Innovation, engineering and manufacturing are stable background to business across all cultures and nations.

Internationally outsourced procurement and supply chains create employment and skills on a sustainable basis.

Our #BI21.4 Engineering and Manufacturing Forum looks at the parallels in the sectors in different places in the world.

Sustainability and environmental challenges are becoming significant discussions with an increased awareness in supply chains that it’s a growing procurement criteria, they also create huge opportunities for innovation and international business development.

We’re looking forward to an engaging discussion!

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