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Thursday 17th November

Friday 18th November


10.15 - 10.45

Warren Cass

How To Develop Your Reputation & Influence

We live in competitive times where there is so much noise… standing out is a challenge. It is so much easier when the business comes to you as a result of your reputation & influence, or referred from your trusted relationships. In this talk Warren will share simple strategies to help you become better known, easily found and instantly trusted


11.00 - 11.30

Richard Hanscott

Find out how your business can remain ahead of your competition in an ever changing digital world

Richard shares insight into the changing digital marketplace and the key ways businesses can stay ahead of their competition. This engaging presentation provides real life examples of consumer behaviour shifting online, highlighting the increased importance of digital marketing. Richard also draws on his experience in leading Yells Digital transformation to become one of the largest digital marketing services providers and Googles longest serving premier partner.


11.45 - 12.15

Edward Relf

The Power of the Pivot

Award winning digital entrepreneur Ed Relf takes you on a case study on how Laundrapp became one of the UK’s fastest growing startups by pivoting the business to success. An opportunity to learn some real growth insights, how they can be applied into your early stage digital startup and how to develop and validate your ideas to turn them into a real business!


12.30 - 13.00

Touker Suleyman

Star of BBC's Dragons' Den

Q & A With a Fashion Retail King.


13.15 - 13.45

Julie Deane

Julie Deane discusses support for the self-employed and apprenticeship schemes.

Real Business interviews Julie Deane, CEO of The Cambridge Satchel Company, to see how she took her business from kitchen counter-top to over 120 export countries in eight years. Deane will touch on British design and manufacture, collaboration with leading brands, innovating to stay ahead and the value of apprenticeships for young and growing companies. She’ll also explain her work with the government on supporting the UK’s self-employed workforce.


14.00 - 14.30

Sarah Wood

Sarah Wood on building a social video advertising business

Real Business interviews Sarah Wood, co-CEO of Unruly, to find out how the founding team went about setting up an advertising technology company in 2006 and then built it up into a market-leading service – winning countless awards along the way. As the firm behind making the famous Evian’s Roller Babies go viral, she’ll also explain how she sold her business to News Corp in 2015.


14.45 - 15.15

Brett Akker

Launching and Growing a Disruptive Business

Learn how serial entrepreneur Brett Akker has achieved business success in disrupting established industries not once but twice – first with Streetcar, which was sold for $50m, and then with LOVESPACE, which is currently disrupting the UK’s £0.4bn self storage industry.


15.30 - 16.00

Jonathan Dowden

Start your business in a Weekend

Do you have an idea for a business? Confused about where to start? Does the thought of writing a business plan fill you with dread? This is the seminar for you, we will show you an effective way to get started and develop your idea into a successful, sustainable business without extensive business plans and market research upfront. All you need is an idea, an iPhone and the determination to succeed.


16.15 - 16.45

John Davies

Disrupting Business Banking

Technology is rapidly driving change in the banking sector and attracting new players. Traditional banks are having to move at a slower pace due to challenges with their legacy systems. However, we believe existing banks will continue to play a major role in servicing SMEs and smart newcomers will benefit from adopting our open and collaborative approach. John discusses how technology is disrupting the market to the benefit of the end user.