Visitors to this year’s business event have the choice to attend more than 35, content-rich learnShopsTM seminars addressing hot industry trends and issues.
These seminars are always very well attended and offer participants in-depth knowledge of the most recent developments within their field.
Dragons’ Den investor & Australian self-made millionaire, Richard Farleigh heads up the Innovation Lounge on Day 1. Richard will be discussing his business experience in his topic entitled: A personal story of the highs and lows of a rampant business angel.
Alex Epstein, The Apprentice contestant and local personality, is a brand, PR and marketing consultant, who specialises in working with businesses of all types to help them reach and then exceed their business and brand aspirations, will be speaking on Day 2.
David Taylor is a Chartered Marketer with a strong background in Sales and Marketing and has held executive board appointments in a number of multi-national organisations. David will be addressing visitors on Day 1 about gaining the edge over your competitors from the marketing perspective.
Stephen Law-Lyons is an experienced manager with a blue chip corporate background in international business, and Amanda Law-Lyons is a highly motivated management consultant with an impressive track record in business-to-business marketing and broad international experience. Stephen and Amanda will be speaking on Day 2 about the basics of how understand your customers and attract more.
Simon Naudi is a graduate in Psychology with a background originally in financial services and advertising, 23 years ago he set up a training consultancy the original Answers Training which has developed an international arm to the business throughout Europe, South America, the Middle East and the Far East. Simon will be speaking on Day 1 on Selling Differently in 2012 to safeguard profitability.
Guy Levine is the CEO of Return On Digital. A Digital Native and experienced digital marketer, he spends his time running the agency and sharing digital strategies at conferences worldwide. Guy will be speaking on Day 1 on 'How to make your competitors wish they never even built a website!'
Gordon Jones is the owner of Bury based Gregory-Jones Marketing Communications. Formed in 1992 it continues to provide clients with no nonsense solution to their marketing communications needs. On Day 2, Gordon will give you help with marketing your business on a tight budget.
Jim Symcox has worked at the highest level in blue chip IT consultancies before becoming a worldwide executive coach with a particular emphasis on the high tech. On Day 2, Jim will be discussing Twitter in marketing - how it started, where it’s going and the tactics you can use to help you maximise your impact whilst minimising the time it takes.
Jaqui Temperley is an experienced consultant, coach and trainer and runs a coaching and training company called Veritas and Associates Ltd. Jane Scott is the Managing Director of Key Stage Teacher Supply Ltd which was established 10 years ago to provide quality teachers and support staff to schools throughout the North West. Jaqui and Jane will be speaking on Day 2.
Phil Jones is Sales and Marketing Director of Manchester-based Brother UK and one of the North West's leading business figures. On Day 1, Phil, current Institute of Directors Manchester and North West Director of the year, will share his tips learned from running a large, multi-national technology company on how you can “grow for gold.”
Serial entrepreneur, Bill Morrow has been creating, building and selling businesses for the last 25 years. He is presently the founder and CEO of Angels Den, Europe’s largest equity funding facilitators, bringing business Angel investors and entrepreneurs together. Bill will be addressing visitors on Day 1.
David Wood has been at Cisco for 5 years, working on the development of Cisco’s data centre propositions in the service provider community. And previously to that has been at NetApp, Sun Microsystems and IBM, working on a variety of sales and management roles within the Consumer, Petroleum and Pharmaceutical markets. David will be presenting in the Times Think Digital learnShop on Day 2.
Panel Debate - On Day 2 at 2pm in the Innovation Lounge Kevin Feddy, Business Editor of the Manchester Evening News chairs this open discussion addressing matters including business funding, business growth in hard times as well as the influence of social media, with panellists;
Chris Fletcher, Deputy CEO, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Nikki Hesford, Director, Miss Fit UK
Scott Fletcher, CEO, ANS Group
Gavin Wheeldon, Chief Executive, Applied Language Solutions
Alan Millband is a specialist health, safety and environmental solicitor, and Christopher Penfold has developed his experience working within the professional service sector for over 10 years. Both Alan and Christopher, who will be speking on Day 1, are entertaining and accomplished public speakers and their insights into how to avoid the situations you all too often find yourselves in, promises to be an informative and enjoyable afternoon.
Nick Goode is the Head of Commercial Marketing for Sage Accountants' Division and will be speaking on Day 1 about 'Financial Control as a Strategic Differentiator'.
Following an extensive history as a psychoanalyst with businesses and other professional environments, David Masters proven thought process techniques helps motivate and re-centre directors and employees alike. David will we speaking on Day 1 on 'Building the Foundations of a Sustainable Business'.
Daniel Dresner is head of information assurance practice at The National Computing Centre. Daniel advises NCC members on security, risk, quality, and IT governance issues, often working from NCC's own templates. On Day 1, Daniel will be discussing the topic of 'Winning business with information security'.
Mark Williams, from LinkedIn LIVE, has 20 years experience in the recruitment industry covering roles from business development and ‘full cycle’ Recruiter positions through to Managing Director and founder of one of the UK’s first Supply Chain Recruitment businesses. Mark will we spraking in The Times Think Digital learnShop on Day 1.
In 2008, Andrew Greenyer became the Knowledge Manager for Business Link Northwest (BLNW), who provide business support, advice and information services funded by government and managed in the North West by the Northwest Regional Development Agency. Andrew will speak on Day 1.
Jennie Miller has worked in major FMCG and Consumer Durable channels for Coca-Cola Enterprises, Schwan’s and Reebok before joining Kellogg’s 2.5 years ago in the Category Insight Team. Past experience includes Trade Marketing, Category Management and Insights. Jennie will be speaking on Day 1 in the Innovation Lounge.
As SME Sales Manager at Red Cross Training, Jonathan Whitham is responsible for developing services and support for small to medium sized businesses. Jonathan will speak on Day 2 about ‘Health at the heart of the business’ and within this practical session he will open your eyes to the business benefits of a healthy training plan.
David Taylor, a former Digital Policy Manager for Objective One European Programme for Merseyside, is now the Director of David Taylor Webmedia in Chester. David will be speaking on Day 2 at 2pm on ‘How Google Ranks Your Business Website (and what you can do to improve it)’.
Nigel Botterill is the founder and Chief Executive of the Entrepreneur’s Circle aimed at sharing the wealth of knowledge and experience he’s built up launching and running his own businesses over the last 8 years. Nigel will be speaking on Day 1 about '18 Secrets that Super Successful Business Owners know and Do'.
... and check back soon to see who else has joined the line-up.