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Harness The Power Of Big Data & IoT: Accelerate to Net-Zero

Dan Smith

In this seminar Dan will discuss how businesses across the region need to radically reduce their emissions and he will demonstrate how advanced energy monitoring solutions can help them Accelerate to Net Zero

Dan is responsible for a wide-ranging energy management portfolio helping ClearVUE’s customers improve their energy efficiency and reduce their bills on their net zero journey.

He is a successful Head of Energy and Chartered Energy Engineer with a depth of experience working for and with a variety of clients, including major blue-chip corporations such as IKEA, Rolls Royce Aerospace and Siemens. He has operated internationally (Europe, Africa and Asia) in FMCG and manufacturing sectors, and has a proven track record of delivering and managing projects, developing and delivering operational strategies, and managing energy and influencing large corporates with respect to energy and sustainability. He is responsible for annual energy budgets up to £20 million, and single-value projects up to £3 million.

His depth of experience brings to ClearVUE an extensive specialist knowledge gained from nearly 30 years in energy engineering, energy services and energy management, in many different sectors all over the world, from China to Zambia.

What Does Cyber Security mean for SME's 

Phil Pugh

The arms race between cyber criminals and Businesses has gained pace over the last few years. The level of sophistication employed by both sides has reached new heights, and the trend is set to continue for the foreseeable future. Desktops and laptops are designed to enable end users to do their jobs, not to prevent malware attacks.

But, we are asking these devices to do more and more in preventing breaches which, invariably, means increases in system resource usage and ultimately slows them down, thereby preventing their original purpose – to support the end user. This discussion reviews the types of attacks we are experiencing and how SME’s can plan both financially as well as educated their employees to cope and combat with this growing threat.

The proposed changes to R&D tax credits!

Ian Cruickshank

In this seminar Ian will take you through the new proposed changes of R&D tax credits and the action that HMRC will be taking to counter fraud in the R&D sector.

Ian will also cover how Patent Box can benefit companies with patents and the potential benefits for those companies who are looking to patent the product.

Ian is a solution focused professional who always ensures that the clients expectations are delivered.
He specialises in Research & Development Tax Credits, Patent Box, and Embedded Capital Allowances Tax Relief.
Has over 35 years experience in helping clients in a multitude of industries from a one man band to multinational organisations. To date he has reclaimed over a quarter of a billion pounds in real cash for his clients.

Ever thought about advertising on TV, but thought it was too expensive, think again!

Anton Davies

In this seminar Anton will show you how TV advertising can be more affordable than you thought.
For years, many businesses have thought that TV advertising has been out of their reach due to its mass appeal and associated costs. AdSmart is turning that thinking on its head – making TV relevant and affordable for businesses across the UK.

But why use TV to help your business? Because TV is the most effective form of advertising there is…

Anton heads up the AdSmart from Sky team in the North of England. He has overseen the team’s expansion in recent years with AdSmart going from strength to strength.
With over 28 years of experience across TV, Radio and Digital Advertising, Anton has a vast knowledge of how business can grow their businesses and get ahead of their competitors.

How to pay less tax with smart, strategic tax planning

Karen Whiting

Karen specialises in providing complex and specialist tax advice to Individuals, Businesses, Trusts and Estates.

Her specialisms include:
- Tax planning and supporting services for Film and TV Production companies from the set up of the company and through its life cycle. Including applications for the Tax Credits for Film, High End TV, Animation & Gaming.
- Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) & Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) structures.
- Corporate restructures
- Planning for Tax efficient extraction of income from a company
- Tax efficient rewards for employees using share schemes
- Planning for the exit from a company or retirement.
- Family Investment Companies
- Inheritance Tax planning for the protection of family wealth
- Management, tax and accounting services for Trusts and Estates.

 

Top Tips to Manage your Business Travel

Steve Banks

Travelling for business, whether for a meeting, company conference or flying overseas, can get very complicated – especially in the post-pandemic world we are living in. In this session, Steve Banks, gives his top tips on how to manage travel and the key considerations. Whether you already have a travel management policy and programme in place or it is completely new to you – Steve gets back to basics on everything to do with managing business travel.

Steve has worked in corporate travel and meetings for over 30 years, holding roles across account management, consultancy, business development and his current role of Chief Commercial Officer at Agiito. It’s fair to say, Steve is very passionate about the business travel sector and the solutions we provide to customers. He is also a big advocate of what the industry stands for, so enjoys working with various trade bodies such as the Business Travel Association and is a proud North and Midlands Committee member for the Institute of Travel Management. Steve’s passion, broad experience and knowledge of compelling and innovative solutions combine with his history of delivering retention and growth strategies to customers across all travel commodities and sectors.

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In Conversation with.....

John McCabe

At the first Chamber Showcase @ North East Expo since he became Chamber CEO. Find out about John McCabe’s priorities in the role and what's on the horizon for the Chamber.

Ask the chief executive of the region’s largest independent business organisation anything from what levelling up means to how the Chamber can support your own business growth.

John McCabe was appointed chief executive of North East England Chamber of Commerce in October 2021. He has previously served on the Chamber’s board, council and as president from 2017 to 2019.

Prior to his appointment as Chamber chief executive, John held senior roles with some of the largest organisations in North East England, specialising in corporate affairs, economic development and strategic communications. During his 12 years as corporate affairs director at a multi-national manufacturing and energy business, John regularly represented the company and wider industry at the highest levels of the British government and in international trade associations. In 2013, he founded his own communications business and over the next eight years managed its growth and diversification, establishing it as one of the leading firms of its kind in the region.

Having spent many years working in and with large organisations and subsequently starting and growing his own small business, John is well-placed to understand the challenges and opportunities facing businesses across the North East.

In addition to leading the Chamber, John is a non-executive trustee at Millfield House Foundation, the charity which funds policy work with the aim of reducing poverty and inequality in the North East. He is also a member of The Prince’s Trust North East development committee, helping young people in the region create a better future for themselves through employment, education and enterprise.

All of these experiences fuel John’s passion for a stronger North East based on a more inclusive economy.

Away from work, he is a self-proclaimed ‘keen runner of limited ability’, annually taking part in the Great North Run and rarely missing a week of either taking part in or volunteering at a local Parkrun.

Born and brought up in the North East, John lives on the outskirts of Newcastle upon Tyne with his wife and family.

Five simple steps to celebrating your social impact

Jayne Graham

This 45 minute session with social entrepreneur Jayne Graham MBE FIEP will fuel your ideas about how you can dust off your CSR policy and take just 5 simple steps to really make your mark on people’s lives.

As Commercial Director I have the privilege of being a member of the forward-thinking and ambitious leadership team of Citizens Advice Gateshead; a local charity with a national reach. The charity has a track-record spanning 6 decades, during which time it’s grown into one of the biggest providers of Citizens Advice services in the country, with a turnover exceeding £4m and employing over 180 staff, as well as being supported by dozens of wonderful volunteers. One of the best bits of my job is leading the development and growth of our trading subsidiary social enterprise Society Matters cic which, within a couple of years, has become recognised as a leading, national social welfare training provider. Before joining the charity in 2018, my career has spanned private, public and charitable sectors. After graduating in business I developed my ‘formative career’ in the recruitment industry, ultimately leading the growth of a private national recruitment business to a turnover of £24m. In 2000 I took on a new challenge as the CEO of a publicly funded business support agency in County Durham, again growing it from £1m to £10m and from a staff of 24 to over 100, then in 2004 I set up my own consultancy business which I ran from home, combining working full time + with looking after my young family, until eventually taking up my current role, after spending three years supporting local charities with strategic direction, digital communications and income generation. I was humbled to be awarded an MBE for services to the small business sector in the North East in 2017 and in 2021 was appointed as a Fellow of the Institute of Employability Professionals.

Roadmap to Growth

Graham Robson

Regardless of where you are at right now, whether you are coping with a surge in demand or the opposite - trying to make sense of the number of opportunities available to you - or questioning the long-term viability of your current model, the Business Growth Roadmap Planning Workshop and Toolkit will help you create a framework for you to develop your own business growth strategy together with some simple steps to help you implement it.

Graham Robson is one of a growing number of Business Doctors around the UK that help other businesses with hands-on, friendly, practical support, helping their clients develop strategies to achieve growth.

If you own or run a small or medium-sized business and are targeting growth, then business doctors can help you to get your organisation onto the right path to achieve its full potential

Why Innovation & Marketing should go hand in hand!

Chris Thompson

In this seminar Chris will talk about innovation, marketing techniques and how both should be aligned together.

Experienced media marketing entrepreneur skilled in commercial video production, advertising, scripted and unscripted media planning, Innovational development, and Digital Media Strategies.

Minutes to Milestones - Grow your Business in 3 Minutes

David Noble

Our quick and easy technique generates action, insight, and understanding of any challenge that you or your business may face. This seminar shows how you can apply our minute3 method, a 3-minute habit, to grow and better understand your business.

Growth is the heart of any enterprise  it generates an irresistible force that energises a business like no other. However, creating, developing, and sustaining growth in our world of risk and uncertainty is challenging; it demands walking a fine line between success and failure every day, and that requires a very specialised skill set.

Fortunately, we all possess the required skills and tools  we use many of them every day; unfortunately, their nature often remains hidden from us until we’re reminded of their true power and potential. We can  and should, recover our self-reliance, and once again confidently depend on our bold thinking, thoughtful practice, and adventurous spirit to guide us on our path to sustainable growth.

Building on decades of experience in many operational and managerial roles across a breadth of industries, David turned his attention to creating Axios3, a guided decision-making and action-taking programme that enables us all to build better businesses by simply understanding and applying the tools and creative skills we all possess.

 

 

 

Building Resilience & Managing Stress - a new approach for 2022

Russell Thackeray

The last two years have tested us all. We’ve had to navigate our way through challenges that led to increased stress and heightened anxiety. Now though we need bounce forward from these difficult circumstances and into future where we’re more focused, more strategic and ultimately more successful!

Strong personal resilience skills can help you maximise your potential, perform more efficiently, pull through change and achieve your objectives as well as helping to deal with daily stress and pressure and build the skills to adapt to the almost constant changes happening around us.
This seminar will introduce you to key resilience topics that will help you attain:

• Better relationships
• More optimism and positivity
• The ability to deal with change
• Better decision making
• Increased focus and energy
• Improved personal performance
• Greater confidence and self-esteem
• Greater awareness of the effects anxiety and stress
• Tools to improve mental toughness, confidence and mindset.

Dr Russell Thackeray is a business psychologist, certified coach, trainer and renowned speaker who works with the ‘soft issues’ in business. He helps people and organisations to drive change, achieve goals and win, by building the strong culture and emotional and mental toughness that allows people to thrive, whatever life throws at them. Dr Thackeray’s fast-paced, impactful and engaging training, workshops and presentations provide real world, practical strategies and skills that drive the improvement of performance in both organisations and individuals.

Passion Sells: 4 steps to stronger sales

Oliver Randall

Tribe365® are a behavioural governance organisation which delivers their services via a plug and play app. Data from Tribe365® has shown that the link between performance and an individual’s passion, honesty, collaboration and balance is undeniable. In this session the Tribe365® team will run through 4 focus areas and examine how the focus areas can benefit participants and render them more powerful and happy in their current roles within their teams.

Oliver Randall is one of the founding members of Tribe365® and HPTM® (High Performing Team Members) theory. Oliver comes from a background of delivering projects in complex areas such as the UK Health Services and Pharma

 

 

Workplace Wellbeing - the best way to look after yourself and your colleagues

Patrick Masheder

In this seminar Patrick will cover physical and mental wellbeing. Plus, staying positive with a mindful moment and positive desk-based posture. Informative, fun and interactive. This is a must-attend session for those who recognise that people are a company’s most important asset.

Why learning along the way is the best way to thrive as an entrepreneur

James Moon

In this seminar James will be talking about his business journey to date, the highs and lows.
What they don't tell you when starting a business, overcoming hurdles along the way

Why making mistakes is a good thing when running your business.
- Not being afraid of standing out and taking risks.
- There is no rule book for running a business, how leaving school at 16 was my best decision.
- Being realistic and setting goals/timeframes that are achievable
- The power of a team around you or experienced mentor
- Investing in yourself and taking time to switch off

Having started flying well before he could drive and then becoming one of the UK’s youngest pilots aged only 17, James Moon has aviation in his blood. Despite major life traumas, James has boundless ambition, which has led to him setting up a charity and also founding the aircraft remarketing company Moon Jet Group.
Despite being funnelled towards higher education, James knew what he wanted to do in life and so at the age of 16 he left school to pursue his ambition of becoming a pilot. It was during this private pilot training when disaster struck and he suffered a broken spine playing football; he was told by medical staff that it would be highly unlikely for him to ever fly again. Given that becoming a pilot had been a lifelong dream, James was devastated but he was determined to prove medical staff wrong and go solo again in an aircraft, which of course he duly did.
This life-changing experience reinforced to James that anything is possible and he wanted his love of flying to help disabled, terminally ill and disadvantaged children, which is why he founded the charity ‘Stratus Flying’. Stratus continues to change lives in the UK and overseas whether it is taking people flying or treating malaria and avoidable blindness within developing countries.
However, with his dream of becoming an airline pilot gone, James saw a huge gap in the aircraft sales market for an honest, genuine and trustworthy international aircraft remarketing firm that connected serious buyers with serious sellers. Following 2 years of preparation, Moon Jet Group was launched in 2015 and is now selling second hand aircraft around the globe from its Newcastle HQ, to an array of customers ranging from airlines and private jet companies, to high net worth individuals.
In 2016 the hard work paid off considerably when Moon Jet Group landed a $168m deal to sell two Airbus A330s as part of over 90 aircraft on their books, levelling the enterprise up as ‘the largest aircraft remarketing firm in the world’.
James remains committed to scaling further heights and increasing sales throughout 2017 as well as beginning aircraft charters and an aircraft management service. Further plans include opening even more global offices to provide Moon Jet Group services to a greater breadth of clients and organisations.
As the CEO at only 23 he does meet people who question his ability to grow Moon Jet Group, in typical James fashion he puts this down to experience and says that it helps to shape him and just makes him stronger. He has used business mentoring successfully and was recently described as one of the entrepreneurs to watch in 2017.
His typical week is pretty busy, but always starts on Monday morning with a Group-wide conference call to make sure that the team is updated on all issues and to ensure that they are all pulling in the same direction for the week ahead. James then has a series of conference calls at all times of the day and night as well and high-level meetings with aviation authorities to discuss business growth.
Being a CEO at 23 is exhausting work but James loves every minute of it and wouldn’t change where he is now for the world. His quote for life is ‘Carpe Diem’ (meaning seize the day) and he lives by 2 rules: #1 Never quit #2 Always remember rule # 1...

 

Communicating purpose through branding (connecting with audiences in a meaningful way)

Mandy Barker

Your brand is not a logo. It's a promise to stand for something, create the best product and do better business. It's an opportunity to communicate meaningfully with audiences, collaborators and competitors. If you find your purpose, you find your audience.
In this seminar Mandy will focus on strategies to bring this to life.

Mandy is founder of Sail Creative, and a branding designer focusing on story-led solutions. Mandy built Sail to collaborate directly with clients and audiences to find design solutions that are relevant and meaningful. With experience spanning the corporate, non-profit and culture sectors; Sail create relevant projects through branding, campaign work, narrative and experiences.

www.sailcreative.co.uk

 

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