The Headline Speakers

Our Headline Speaker Venue is where our keynote speaker items are held. 

A theatre seated venue, we schedule some of the most important items to be affecting the Business Community at the current time. Events can be booked via our Eventbrite Page.

WEDNESDAY 2ND OCTOBER 2019
11:30am

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ENOY IT – 5 Stages to Succession and Exit Planning

Most people go into business to build value for their future yet more than half do not develop a strategic plan for extracting the value they are building and more tragically 40% will exit their business because of circumstances outside their control.  Christine helps business founders Identify, Protect and Maximise their business value so they can make the most of their life’s work and have the retirement they deserve – whichever way they want to exit their business.

The average age of business owners in the UK is 49 and more than 80% have no plan for retirement or contingency plan for unexpected events.  This risks the biggest transfer of wealth between generations the world has ever seen and will have a significant impact on all generations, employees and business owners alike.

No one wants their business to just fade away, so Christine presents five action points to make sure that doesn’t happen to you and your business.

Christine Nicholson
12:30pm

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Growing Your Export Markets Post Brexit

Trade expert and keynote speaker Marcus Broix explains the effects of Brexit on small and medium sized companies. He advises on hands-on solutions for the most frictionless trade with the EU 27 states and farther afield.

Don’t let trade barriers affect your business! Find out how you can proactively bypass (most of) them. Including a Q&A session for your specific queries.

Marcus Broix
1:30pm

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Thriving at Work South Gloucestershire

Thriving at Work South Gloucestershire is a range of partners which South Gloucestershire Council has created and who have the expertise and specialism to provide free support to local employers, promoting mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.  Width a breadth and Depth of experience in their own discipline areas, they come together to present an up to date picture of knowledge and available support

Join us to find out more about what Thriving at Work South Gloucestershire can provide your workplace to promote the positive mental health and wellbeing of your staff.  We provide free training courses, information and materials, tips and advice and sharing of best practice to promote positive mental health and wellbeing in your workplace.

Don’t let trade barriers affect your business! Find out how you can proactively bypass (most of) them. Including a Q&A session for your specific queries.

2:30pm

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Young Entrepreneurs – Motivating a Generation

Our business community is a core driver of society.  It will reflect the world we live in and never has it been more the case than now that it needs to look to the future in an innovative, positive, ethical and open way. Join our panel discussion to help our community to understand this better.

Although widely managed by those well into their working life, the business and entrepreneurial community must attract and reflect the values of those who will shape the future, bringing fresh thinking, innovative ideas into play.  We must also see social and ethical values develop strong and thriving roots to support our wider society’s needs.

Si Ellis of Ellis James Creative chairs a discussion about how we best shape our business communities and ensure that young people look to a career in business, innovation and entrepreneurial opportunity is an attractive proposition in today’s fast changing world.  Si is joined by a panel of businesspeople who share a passion for engaging a younger generation with a career in entrepreneurship and innovative business

Si Ellis
3:20pm

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Innovation Business – Inventions into Reality

Creating a market-ready product from your innovative thinking can be challenging, especially if you are on your own or only have a small team.

The Ignitec Team share their experience of years spent developing ideas into products in a wide range of industries.  Join us for some great tips and guidelines for your product development journey.

Innovation, invention and product development is a critical discipline for any business.  Without new ideas and fresh thinking we can’t move forward.

How does your business deliver outcomes from the innovation that we value though? That is what Ignitec Do.  In a hardware environment, they want to work with you to foster your team’s thinking and bring the output to market with prototypes an design expertise.

A session that will help you find the path you need to get your idea developed into a prototype and then to market.

Si Ellis of Ellis James Creative chairs a discussion about how we best shape our business communities and ensure that young people look to a career in business, innovation and entrepreneurial opportunity is an attractive proposition in today’s fast changing world.  Si is joined by a panel of businesspeople who share a passion for engaging a younger generation with a career in entrepreneurship and innovative business

Richard Gold
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