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DIGITAL BIRMINGHAM

Big Data Corridor – a new business economy. SME or technology innovator in the Greater Birmingham or Solihull area?  Find out more about an exciting opportunity to be a part of the Big Data Corridor grant funded programme which will provide your business with access to technical and commercial expertise to exploit the opportunities of data driven innovation. Little or no experience of handling data?  Support to develop knowledge and skills with assistance to learn how to use data and information to the advantage of your company Already know what you are doing?  Technical expertise and business advice to accelerate your product development and/or business plans
Fiona Ollerenshaw
Fiona Ollerenshaw

IGS

Joyful Business Software. UX matters in your business software just as much as in consumer products. Positive reinforcement is a vital component to maximise productivity & satisfaction.
Rich Holdsworth
Rich Holdsworth

ProBrand

In the world of Cyber Security, the road to breach is paved with good intentions. Do you consider yourself a target? How much importance is placed on security in your business? How do you account for the ‘human factor’? In this session, we explore the hallmarks of considering your risk, and identify where you can improve your Cyber Security through better defences, better training, and better policy.
Mark Lomas
Mark Lomas

Data Intensity

Cloud presents one of the best opportunities for SMEs and start-ups, to utilise enterprise grade software for database and applications. But how do you choose? Data Intensity will share the key questions you need to ask your business to help you decide.
Philip Brown - Red Stack Tech
Philip Brown

Cloud Technology Solutions

Moving to Google Cloud – Benefits for a Small Business. Cloud technology helps SMEs boost operational efficiency with cost effectiveness, it is proven that moving to a cloud infrastructure makes organisations grow faster and become more profitable. With Google Cloud, SMEs can benefit from the innovative features while providing the security, data storage and compliance that companies need. These tools increase collaboration and communication within their teams, as well as improved productivity, and having the scalability they need as their business grows.
James Smith
James Smith

Coventry University Enterprises

APPSKILL looks at improving the level and quality of education, skills and employment in the mobile apps industry by anticipating the future skills needs.
Soizic Linford
Soizic Linford

Centralis

Secure Digital Workspaces in Azure
John Moody
John Moody

NATWEST / FREEAGENT

Using FinTech solutions to improve your business As well as partnering Natwest, at FreeAgent we have a number of integrations or built in functionality to help clients keep on top of their finances, chase/collect fee’s and some other interesting options. This will allow a good overview of the market from this point of view, as well as going over the benefits of our partnership with Natwest which i think will be interesting for the audience.
Andrew King
Andrew King

CAPTIALSTEP

Revenue-based Royalty Finance. Capital Step provides an innovative, non-dilutive and non-control permanent capital solution to SME’s. The product is specifically designed to be more flexible than debt and cheaper than equity. In this presentation, Capital Step will explain the product in more detail, as well as go through some recent case studies.
Jonathan Schneider
Jonathan Schneider

ART Business Loans

The ‘A’ guide to Access Appropriate Finance for Businesses.
Steve Walker - Art Business Loans
Steve Walker

Unity Trust Bank

Believe business banking can be better
Daryl Wilkinson - Unity Trust Bank
Daryl Wilkinson

CP Hanbury Wealth Management

Using your business to fuel financial independence.

Birmingham City Council

Business As Usual – Major Funding Opportunity in West Midlands Dr Suresh Patel from Birmingham City Council will give an insight as to how the ERDF £33m Business Growth Programme can support SMEs with their growth plans, the four strands of grant support on offer and the type of projects which qualify for consideration.   Over 200 businesses have already benefitted from Business Growth Programme grants and Dr Patel is urging SMEs to capitalise on this EU funding opportunity while they still can. 
Suresh Patel - Birmingham-Council
Suresh Patel

Low Carbon Workspaces

Reducing Business Energy Costs with a Low Carbon Workspaces Grant
Kathy Hopkin
Kathy Hopkin

Alternative Business Funding

Rise of alternative finance and the role of comparison websites. The changing face of funding business growth has been driven by a sector dedicated to delivering non-bank alternatives to SMEs looking for finance. This has given rise to a community of differentiated platforms with one goal, providing the right type finance for the business owner. Where are we now and what is the future of alternative finance?
Anthony Carty - Alternative Business Funding
Anthony Carty

CITB

Investing in skills, supporting Business Growth. CITB explores the topic of why investing in skills is important and the support available via CITB for companies to recruit and train the current workforce to support business growth.
Lorraine Gregory
Lorraine Gregory

Coventry City Council

Bright ‘Green’ Ideas – How SMEs can save energy and reduce costs. Want to reduce your energy costs, save carbon and promote your green credentials? If you need some ideas or inspiration on becoming more energy efficient then this seminar is for you. It will look at the different ways you can save energy and money in your business – from no costs initiatives to investing to save. You’ll also hear about the Green Business Programme.  This provides energy efficiency grants of up to £50k to help SMEs in Coventry & Warwickshire, which can be used on measures such as LED lighting, new heating systems or more efficient machinery.
Sarah Watson

Calderdale College

Profiting from Skills Skills Support for the Workforce – how upskilling your employees can improve efficiency and effectiveness, and impact on your bottom line.  Find out more about these Skills for Growth programmes in the Black Country and in Leicester and Leicestershire, and how to access the skills support and training that they offer, while they are still available.
Julie Hobbins
Julie Hobbins

Keele University

How universities can help your business to out-innovate your competitors. Marek and the team will show how SMEs can work with universities and access ideas and funding to boost their business to the next level. They’ll give real examples of the diverse range of SMEs that are working with Keele University to innovate, access new markets and collaborate. The team will take your questions on innovation and funding and will be available after the event to talk one-to-one about specific proposals.
Marek Hornak
Marek Hornak

TBAT

Maximising your R&D Tax claim – Hints and Tips This not to be missed, fast paced and informative talk will take you through the key aspects of the UK R&D Tax scheme for both large organisations and SMEs, what the latest rules are and how you can maximise your claim. Hints and Tips will be given to ensure you claim what is rightfully yours, both historically and moving forward. For an SME the R&D scheme can generate tax savings of 46p for each £1 spent on R&D if you are profit making and up to 33p cash back if you are loss making. This is a great opportunity to help every SME fund future R&D as well as reward you for what you have done already.
Sam Stephens
Sam Stephens

TBAT

How to access the right grants for your product development The UK government has made available over £450m in grant funding for SMEs to develop new and exciting products and processes. UK grant scene is complex and highly competitive with only well-researched and written applications for strong projects receiving support. This session will inform you of the strategy and key themes the UK has to fund R&D, what the latest and forthcoming grants are, how you can maximise your chances of securing them and, equally important, what not to do. For more ambitious projects the talk will also cover key EU schemes – pros and cons. This will be a “must attend session” for anyone looking to understand how to fund their next product development.
Sam Stephens
Sam Stephens

Innovation Birmingham

Don’t Stop Me Now: How the band Queen couldn’t even save my music/games business. In the six years between 2010 and 2016, Cliff tried to grow a technology games/music business out of Birmingham. During his time at SoshiGames, Cliff; • Secured major deals with Queen, The Beatles, Universal Music and Sony Music • Raised £1.3m investment funding • Built a studio of up to 15 developers • Built games achieving over 1m users globally • Beat Angry Birds in the gaming charts! Despite deals with bands like Queen and significant social media promotional activities out to 10s of millions of fans, Cliff had no choice in 2016 but to start the liquidation process for SoshiGames. Cliff now spends some of his time at Innovation Birmingham helping other start-up founders through the pitfalls of growth. In this talk, Cliff describes the literally rock and roll journey of trying to build a...
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Cliff Dennett - Innovation-Birmingham
Cliff Dennett

University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham Advanced Materials Characterisation And Simulation Hub (AMCASH). The AMCASH project is a University of Birmingham and ERDF funded initiative established to support small-to-medium sized businesses in the areas of Microscopy, Polymers and Software Modelling of materials. Local Enterprise Partnership areas covered by the project are Greater Birmingham and Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire, Black Country, and The Marches.
Omar Bellfield
Omar Bellfield
Dr Catherine Kelly
Dr Catherine Kelly

Intellectual Property Office

Think business potential, Think Intellectual Property. Once you have an idea that puts you ahead of the pack, imitations and rip-offs could follow, unless you take steps to protect your originality. Intellectual Property gives you the basis for securing the commercial rights to what makes you unique. In a world where ideas can easily be transmitted and reproduced at minimal cost, IP stops anyone else using your brainwaves and gives you a proper chance to profit from them. But it doesn’t just apply to radical breakthroughs in thinking. IP offers legal protection for all sorts of information and techniques that you use to run your business. It is an everyday commercial and financial issue. IP can assist you in almost every aspect of your business development and competitive strategy, from product development to marketing. It may also play an important factor when considering exporting or expanding your business abroad.
Gary Townley - IPO
Gary Townley

Patent Outsourcing

Patents for your commercial advantage. You’ll be able to find out about the practical aspects of obtaining patent and other Intellectual Property rights for your business, building upon the preceding presentation from the UKIPO. We will also inform you on how to decide when there is a commercial case for protecting your Intellectual Property, practical criteria for identifying inventions and how to make best use of a Patent Attorney. We’ll also be giving you information on a typical timeline for a patent application,  as well as commenting on the other forms of rights that bring commercial value to a business.
Mark Houghton
Mark Houghton

British Business Bank

Funding Growth in Midlands Businesses. Patrick Magee is the Chief Commercial Officer at the British Business Bank, the UK Government’s economic development bank. Patrick will be informing delegates how the Bank aims to improve finance markets for smaller businesses, so they work more effectively and dynamically, and, in turn, help more businesses prosper and build economic activity in the UK. In particular, he will be advising how the Bank is addressing current, regional disparities in finance markets through initiatives, such as the recently launched Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF).
Patrick Magee - British Business Bank
Patrick Magee

The Federation of Small Businesses

Developing uplifting diversity and positive vibes in business.  Hear from Helen on how business diversity works in practice and brings social and economic rewards.
Helen Walbey
Helen Walbey

CW LEP Growth Hub

Establishing Growth Hubs to attract Investment and Grow the Local Economy. Attracting and supporting both national and international investment through CWLEP Growth Hub, engaging with 1,880 businesses and generating £31.7 million in the first year Outlining the benefits of partnering with the West Midlands Combined Authority, Midlands Engine, CWLEP and local councils in order to attract new business opportunities Establishing the new Coventry and Warwickshire ‘Festival of Business‘, designed to stimulate business growth and attract new investment into the area Highlighting the importance of local expert knowledge when attracting foreign investment and new business opportunities
Craig Humpries - Coventry-LEP
Craig Humphrey

Birmingham City Council

Post Brexit Funding Opportunities to Grow Your Business Birmingham City Council has been successfully delivering a business support strategy for several years and this work received recognition when, in 2016, Birmingham won the accolade of the “Most Enterprising Place in Britain” Award.   Suresh will outline the Council’s Business Growth Strategy, the challenges faced by the City Council and the funding opportunities available to SMEs in a post-Brexit world.  There are still EU funding opportunities available to SMEs and this session will inform the audience of what’s on offer.
Suresh Patel - Birmingham-Council
Suresh Patel

McCann

Marketing isn’t what it used to be. We’re more connected, more educated and we have more effective tools and channels than ever before. For SME’s, creating demand in any form, whether it’s enquiries, leads, sign-ups or hard sales, is at the top of the agenda. We share our experience and some straightforward tactics for driving short, medium and long-term demand for your business.
Tom Fearn
Tom Fearn
Paul Lock
Paul Lock

Enterprise Nation

How I Made It: Richard Harpin, Founder, Homeserve.  In this on-stage conversation, the founder and Chief Executive of one of the Midland’s largest companies, HomeServe, will be interviewed by Enterprise Nation founder, Emma Jones, and talk about how he has built the home maintenance company into a £700 million per annum turnover international success. 
Richard Harpin
Richard Harpin
Emma Jones MBE - Enterprise Nation
Emma Jones MBE

BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL – FIND IT IN BIRMINGHAM

How to do business with Birmingham City Council. Birmingham Council spends millions of pounds on the procurement of work, supplies and services each year, with a diverse local supply market (of all sizes), offering a wide range of commercial opportunities. This seminar aims to help potential tenderers, particularly SMEs wanting to work with Birmingham City Council. We  recognise  that there are several barriers and challenges that SMEs face when looking to bid for Local Authority tenders, including understanding the procurement process, the documentation and the legal requirements. The seminar will give an overview of: Our Vision, Priorities and Procurement Objectives How to find out about our Work Opportunities How to Bid for Work How we Evaluate and our Awards Process Contract Management and Transparency Checklist to help you Contacts if you need any further information.
Maureen Griffiths
Maureen Griffiths

FL1 Digital

Inside Google Analytics; what’s really happening to your website. We’ve all heard that time is money, but we also know Knowledge power! It’s easy to spend too much time getting bogged down in often unnecessary detail, just trying to gain a little more knowledge. We look at what’s really useful, and leveraging some of the leveraging some of the very latest features of Google Analytics, we look at how you can gain useful knowledge with only a little time.
Jason Sammon - FL1 Digital
Jason Sammon

PPC Stars

The Digital Journey – From Start Up to Online Success  
Tony Humberstone
Tony Humberstone

Microsoft

Online Marketing – Why One Size Will Never Fit All Simon Jacobson – UK SMB Lead – Microsoft Search Advertising Online Marketing has evolved at such a rapid pace over the past 20 years, it can be hard to keep up. For Small businesses and Start-ups, the challenge of where to put our first £1 is often the greatest one. The most popular method online is Search Engine Marketing. Here, Microsoft lifts the lid on the size of the opportunity for you, and how to target your audiences, as well as how to kick-start and optimise online search campaigns easily using the Bing Ads platform.
Simon Jacobson - Microsoft
Simon Jacobson

Clear

Improving the visibility of your brand in Google’s search results is very achievable. But it’s also complicated, and there are a lot of myths out there. In this session, Russell cuts through the misconceptions, explains how Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) works and gives practical tips you can use to get more people visiting your website. If you’re still measuring the length of your meta tags in characters (or don’t know what meta tags are) this is for you.
Russell Welch
Russell Welch

The Wonderland

Marketing touch points – Getting your customers journey right! When a business grows rapidly, your customer journey can become the victim of your success. Even in established businesses, understanding your customers’ journey and making it part of your organisation’s decision making is still relatively new. We’ll share with you our top tips on how to acquire and retain customers through effective brand touchpoints.
Inge Degooijer - Wonderland
Inge Degooijer

Start Up Loans

Since 2012, the government-backed Start Up Loans Company (SULCo) has provided over £300 million of funding to support more than 45,000 start-up businesses. In October 2017,  SULCo will be exhibiting at SME2017 at the Midlands NEC and presenting a seminar, looking at how the scheme has helped these businesses and showing real-life examples, exploring the marketing activities that have helped them to be successful.
David English - Start Up Loans
David English

R&D Tax (& IBD)

What are the RandDTax Relief rules for SMEs,  How do SME’s claim, When can SME’s claim and for what period, Which costs can be included.
Jaime Lumsden
Jaime Lumsden

IBD

Are you ready to grow – is anything stopping you?
Gaynor Gosling

Johnson Fleming

Leading workplace pensions and employee benefits specialist, Johnson Fleming will provide insight and tips for your SME business. They’ve taken their 15 years’ experience of providing outsourced support to some of the UK’s largest businesses and put together a great presentation. Key topics they will focus on are:  Why choosing the workplace pension matters The do’s and dont’s of auto-enrolment The upcoming phasing of contributions The business benefits of using salary sacrifice As well as the potential benefits of outsourcing all of these responsibilities, so you can focus on what really matters; your business.
SME David Roderick
David Roderick

HR Solutions

Most employers are aware that the volume of complaints to the employment tribunal fell dramatically following the introduction of fees, and have remained at a low level. However, tribunal rulings and the Employment Appeal Tribunal rulings are now available online – meaning that your investors, employees, unions, customers, clients and competitors can access and read the full judgement of any case you are involved in. It therefore makes sense, not only to follow best practice and take steps to minimise the risk of ending up in tribunal, but also to ensure that any grievances, allegations of wrongdoing, disciplinaries, redundancies, ill-health dismissals or other dismissals are handled properly.
Alison Blackhurst
Alison Blackhurst

Business Plan Stan

How to Guarantee Business Success. In life and in business the entrepreneurial spirit can take you far, but effective planning takes you the distance. In this seminar, Victoria Thompson explores the secret to business success; planning and execution. Join the Business Plan Stan Founder and CEO to learn how to secure long term success to discover and distinguish a winning edge for your company.
Victoria Thompson
Victoria Thompson

HR Dept

Proactive HR Management for companies large or small that adds to the bottom line
Denise Waite
Denise Waite
Business IT
Finance
Funding
GOOGLE DIGITAL GARAGE
Innovation Platform
Keynote
Marketing
Outsourcing

Jack Enterprises

Process Optimisation – helping work smarter and spend wisely. We use processes for everything we do from vendor selection through to everyday business operations. We will explore, some simple techniques to understand how we work today, how to identify areas for improvement and how we can implement some of those into reality.
Ryan Bishop - Jack Enterprises
Ryan Bishop

Clockwork IT

Easy Steps to Smart Data/Information Flow in your Business Discussing the flow and solution to a successful transition from disconnected ‘silos’ of data to a centralised, easy to access repository that streamlines data and communication within the business. 1. Creation of Task Force 2. Staff Buy In 3. Managing Expectations 4. Removing Barriers 5. Staged Approach or ‘Big Bang’ 6. Re-assurance 7. Effective Training 8. Training Revisited 9. New User Take On 10. Regular Evaluation
Steve Adams
Steve Adams
Andy Milner

SALPO Technologies

Are you powering your business through relationships? LinkedIn, Facebook, Amazon & Apple have successfully used this strategy. So can you. Over the last few years, we have seen a seismic shift in technology and the use of digital services, understanding your customer has become more important than ever before. Digital has meant the removal of boundaries, business is no longer constrained by a ‘bricks and mortar’ product centric model but is built on a customer centric approach using multiple communication channels. This Omni channel approach means your customer can communicate with you in multiple ways from wherever they may be in the world using multiple technology types.  Understanding relationships are key, how your customer prefers to communicate with you, which device types are they using, are all considerations needed when delivering the right experience.  Understanding relationships have meant that data analytics tools have become more important than ever. Some of...
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Paul Lawrence
Paul Lawrence

KONICA MINOLTA

Mobile Data Capture – are you ready to make the efficiency move? Join Objectif Lune to discover why more and more people are moving to mobile device capture to improve their field services.  Although paper is widely used and necessary in some cases, it remains associated with many inefficiencies and additional costs. Learn how Capture on the Go (COTG) tackles the inflexibility of paper form handling by going digital and automating costly paper based processing to improve the reliability of important data input. Documents needed in the field can easily be accessed, completed, signed and sent in real time on a tablet device, allowing for a more efficient, and productive business process.  
Shanial Charan
Shanial Charan

RandD UK

Grow your business with R&D tax credits! Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to discover how to be rewarded for innovation through the Small & Medium Enterprise R&D Tax Relief Scheme. Find out how to recognise if your business qualifies for the scheme, the process of making a claim and case studies from other SMEs successfully reclaiming money with randd uk.
Phil Tooley
Phil Tooley

Blue Sky Corporate Finance

Preparing for Investment & Accessing Local available funds. Tony will discuss the importance of ensuring your business is investment ready and will outline some of the key points you should consider before approaching funders. Tony will also look at the numerous alternative and additional sources of finance available to local SMEs and how best to gain access to them.
Tony Seaton - Blue Sky Corporate Finance
Tony Seaton

SATAGO

The impact of technology on the invoice finance industry The invoice finance industry is going through a period of change, with a number of new finance providers, products and introducers.  The role of technology in driving this change is significant, and has helped to open the market up such that SMEs are now able to find new and innovative sources of finance to help grow their businesses
Peter Robinson
Peter Robinson

British Business Bank

Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF), Debt Finance – Meet The Fund Managers. MEIF is an initiative launched by the government-owned British Business Bank. It is a key part of the government’s vision aimed at boosting the region’s economy and supporting the growth of smaller businesses between 2017 and 2022. The government firmly believes that SMEs form the foundation of the region’s future growth. MEIF therefore aims to nurture regional entrepreneurship by providing investment and support for small businesses between 2017 and 2022. MEIF’s funding will support new and growing SMEs, create jobs and encourage and attract additional private sector investment. This seminar gives SME’s and intermediaries the opportunity to meet the Fund Managers appointed to deliver the first £120m tranche of the MEIF on the Small Business Loans and Debt Finance options. The Fund Managers are responsible for evaluating applications and allocating funds to businesses. Their work is complemented by...
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Speaker Lauren Tunnicliffe - British Business Bank
Lauren Tunnicliffe

Santander

A Growth Story: How Mobile Innovation is Powering SME Growth
Ian Naylor
Ian Naylor

Birmingham City Council

Business As Usual – Major Funding Opportunity in West Midlands Dr Suresh Patel from Birmingham City Council will give an insight as to how the ERDF £33m Business Growth Programme can support SMEs with their growth plans, the four strands of grant support on offer and the type of projects which qualify for consideration.   Over 200 businesses have already benefitted from Business Growth Programme grants and Dr Patel is urging SMEs to capitalise on this EU funding opportunity while they still can. 
Suresh Patel - Birmingham-Council
Suresh Patel

Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP

Top 5 Ways the Growth Hub can help your business – at no cost!
Ian McLaughlan GBS LEP-Growth Hu
Ian McLaughlan

UK Business Angels Association (UK BAA)

Become an Angel – learn about investing in early stage businesses. Investing in early-stage businesses can be incredibly rewarding, both personally and financially, but it also comes with significant risks. This session will lift the lid on the angel investment ecosystem, providing guidance on how and where to start and insights on effective investment strategies.
Rod Beer
Rod Beer

UK BUSINESS ANGELS ASSOCIATION (UK BAA)

What you need to do to secure investment From creating an investment pitch to structuring a business plan, this session will guide you through the intricate process of preparing your business to attract investment.
Rod Beer
Rod Beer

Entrepreneurial Spark

Pitch for Equity Finance – see the best of local businesses seeking to pitch to investors

BALTIC TRAINING

Gain and Retain in Tech & Digital world Discussing the current digital landscape, what this means for businesses it has on our economy. Looking at the importance of growing our own tech talent and future proofing our business.
Ruth Watson
Ruth Watson

Sustainability West Midlands

How to get support and funding to increase your energy efficiency and reduce cost. Anna Bright, Chief Executive at Sustainability West Midlands, will outline the business case for energy efficiency, and how you can overcome barriers such as capital funding and payback periods by accessing SME support and funding in the West Midlands. Please also find attached the flyer for the Low Carbon Growth Support Project which offers an average grant of £5-10K towards energy efficient equipment such as lighting, heating etc.
Anna Bright
Anna Bright

Coventry University Enterprises

Successful business innovation depends on many factors, but one of the key items is “the idea”. This workshop will outline how organisations can spark their creative thinking and develop processes that enable them to generate and evaluate ideas. This approach is applicable across all sectors, from product innovation through to business innovation.
Judy Lambourne
Judy Lambourne

Innovation Birmingham

Innovation is part of (y)our DNA, but how much is it part of your businesses everyday activities? This workshop will take you through the key components in making innovation part of your everyday operations. Discover the stages in making innovation part of your business and how the impact on your Strategy, Leadership, Management, Culture, Tools and Processes. This proven model from the last 8 years is growing globally and is used by both small business through to dynamic organisations like Waitrose.
Hugo Russell - Innovation-Birmingham
Hugo Russell

Nexus IE

Benefits of Outsourcing in the UK 
Adrian Brown
Adrian St Clair Brown PhD

DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Selling online … how to internationalise your website. Opportunities for international online sales are huge, and still growing strongly. With a great digital presence you can access new markets and gain new customers 24 hours a day, often at low cost. You can monitor sales in real-time and use data to make business decisions, and keep your customers coming back with targeted, engaging content. A properly internationalised website can be a shop window to the world for your product or service. This is your chance to join a free, interactive workshop and take the steps to adapt or design your website for an international audience. Sarah Lumley-Holmes, our West Midlands Digital Trade Adviser will give you the knowledge you need to implement a successful international website and will cover: domain strategy content localisation SEO social media with an international audience online research tools
Sarah Lumley-Holmes
Sarah Lumley-Holmes

DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Kick start your global growth.  The Department for International Trade (DIT) is hosting an interactive session aimed at businesses that want to grow and consider selling internationally – if this is you, then please come along to this workshop. Hosted by Christine Hancock, an International Trade Adviser who specialises in working with companies who are in the early stages of formulating an export plan. Christine will bring her experience and know-how to encourage and support you in thinking about why you should take the first steps in selling overseas…. What to expect: learn about why exporting can be beneficial and how it could boost your profile, credibility and bottom line hear success stories from local business leaders and learn why they would never look back meet your local DIT team and get sight of the journey your business could embark on with the aim to join an organised visit to...
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Christine Hancock
Christine Hancock

Innovation Birmingham

Digital Innovation – a business necessity. Dr David J Hardman MBE – CEO Innovation Birmingham.  “The Future isn’t what it used to be” – never has this Steve Jobs’ quote from 1983 seemed so relevant. The exponential pace of arrival of new digital products and services is driving a new industrial revolution. It provides for a connected, data-driven world of opportunity, but alongside the increasing application of artificial intelligence, it will change the world of work beyond all current recognition. But this creates opportunity for those SMEs that are prepared; although conversely those not moving at sufficient pace are at risk. The American writer Eric Hoffer said: “In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” The pace of digital innovation raises the issue of just what the next generation jobs are going to be? Artificial...
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Dr David J Hardman MBE
Dr David J Hardman MBE

BizBritain – Meet the lenders panel

Meet the Lenders Panel and Pitch your Funding Session Wednesday 4th October – Keynote Theatre – 13.00 – 14.00 Hosted by BizBritain. The Meet the Lenders Panel brings together an array of top lenders to share where they can play a role, answer your questions and give advice. Every aspect for borrowing money, whether you’re starting, growing, establishing or expanding your business will be covered. You can pitch your funding requirement on the day at the Pitch for Debt Finance event.
Damon Walford
Damon Walford
Richard Steele
Richard Steele
Kevin Vendel
Kevin Vendel
Brian Cartwright
Brian Cartwright
Richard Parks
Richard Parks
Anthony Carty - Alternative Business Funding
Anthony Carty
Gary Lennon
Gary Lennon

BizBritain – Pitch for Debt Finance

Pitch for Debt Finance.  You will have the attention of an array of experienced lenders sharing simple details: your name, your business name, what your business does / industry sector, age of business, amount of finance sought, purposes and timing. From this information, lenders will ask you specific questions, guide you to the best solutions and share tips on how to get the best deal as well as helping you improve your business financially speaking.
Gary Lennon
Gary Lennon

WOMEN IN BUSINESS PANEL

Dave Sharpe
Dave Sharpe
Anita Dinnes
Anita Dinnes
Julie White
Julie White
Sarah Windrum
Sarah Windrum
Elinor Perry-Hall
Elinor Perry-Hall
Sally Eaves
Sally Eaves
Paula Hemmings
Paula Hemmings
Tracey Hudson
Tracey Hudson
Inge Degooijer - Wonderland
Inge Degooijer

Kick Ass Entrepreneurs

Zero Budget Marketing for Microentrepreneurs
Paula Hemmings
Paula Hemmings

SPRAY MARKETING

Search Engine Optimisation: Why aren’t you being found? Search Engine Optimisation can sometimes seem like a minefield, the complexity of SEO scares many people into not acting through fear of failure. This seminar will take you through the basic principles anyone should know before venturing into SEO.
Adam Taylor
Adam Taylor

PINK LIZARD PROMOTIONS

Creating A Lasting Growth Pattern
Orian Mendes
Orian Mendes

Chartered Institute of Marketing

Practical Marketing for driving SME Business Growth
Michael Payton
Michael Payton

Shakur & Sangany, Birmingham Young Entrpreneurs Meetup Lead

Six Step Blue Print To Generating More Sales Using Social Media
Abdul Shakur
Abdul Shakur

Companies House

Know Your Responsibilities as a Company Officer. Come along to our seminar if you already have or are considering setting up a Limited company in the UK. We will explain what information you must file to keep upto date on the public record. We will also demonstrate what information you can view for over 3.5 million companies and their officers.
Paul Hughes - Companies House
Paul Hughes

Academy Training / Centric HR

Realising Business Goals Through Your People  Very often a Company has goals but does not share them with their employees.  If you want to make a difference to your bottom line you’ve got to get your employees to buy into your business goals in order to make a difference.  We can show you how to prepare a strategy based upon your objectives which results in: Motivated and productive employees Happy customers A healthy bottom line
Marie Stephenson
Marie Stephenson
Sandra Berns
Sandra Burns FCIPD

Woodshires Business

Widely misunderstood Tax Allowances – A simple guide to a huge benefit. After helping over 300 clients gain over £5m in benefits Paul of Woodshires will be explaining simply. R&D Tax credits – Available to any business developing ideas, systems, solutions or products.  Capital Allowances – Hidden within a commercial building and can be worth up to 50% of the cost. Stamp Duty Reclaim – as 25% of transactions could be incorrectly calculated and can be claimed for the past 4 years. Relevant Life – Your business can pay your life insurance and tax free!
Paul Wood
Paul Wood

R&D Tax Claims Ltd

R&D Tax Relief- To Claim or not to Claim Are you an innovative SME? If so you could you be overpaying Corporation Tax by tens of thousands £s every year by ignoring R&D tax relief. Mark Evans of R&D Tax Claims Ltd demystifies the process and shows how significant refunds can be achieved quickly and efficiently. The Government backed R&D Tax Relief Schemes allow UK companies involved in Research and Development to claim back corporation tax on money spent on developing and/or improving their products and processes. Approx.150,000 eligible UK SMEs could benefit from the scheme, but less than 20,000 actually make a claim, often because they don’t know how to, or consider that what they do would not be considered as R&D. Mark Evans sets out to demystify the process.
Mark Evans
Mark Evans

The Curve Group

Does your People Strategy Match your Business Ambitions? If you talk to SME business owners, it is usually the case that recruiting and retaining good people is amongst their top 3 most pressing issues. Keren Walsh of The Curve Group will discuss how to develop your HR and People strategy to address these key challenges, so that your business has the talent in place to ensure you are equipped to realise your future business ambitions.
Keren Walsh
Keren Walsh

ACTION COACH

5 Ways to Grow Your Business Fast Do you want to make more profit in your business?  During this Seminar we will demonstrate a proven method used by thousands of businesses world-wide. Not only will we demonstrate how to achieve this, but how to achieve it with Great Results, and to keep repeating it year after year. Interested? Join us to find out how?
Tim Holmes
Tim Holmes