2019 Agenda

Day One - 8th October


Networking and Registration


Chair’s Opening Remarks


Big Picture Panel
Remaining True to your Culture, Brand and Mission as Operations Expand

  • Maintaining integrity and company identity throughout the growth process
  • Together through growing pains - The ins and outs of staff remuneration and retention
  • Staying in touch with operations “on the ground” and preserving integrity
  • Maintaining team collaboration across departments and working towards a collective goal
  • Sharing lessons learned

Chair: Emma-Jane Flynn, Managing Director, The Supper Club

Charlie Bigham, Founder, Charlie Bigham’s

Mark Campbell, Managing Director, Higgidy Pies

Karl Glennon, Chief Technology Officer, Roomex

Rebecca Mayhew, Co-Founder and Director, GoApe

Pippa Murray, Founder, Pip&Nut


Trailblazers: The Characteristics of High Growth Companies

  • Santander’s ground-breaking research identifies the key characteristics that give Britain’s high-growth companies an edge on the competition
  • Our bi-annual survey of more than 1,000 businesses provides a regularly updated overview of what it takes to create and sustain rapid growth in today’s tough marketplace
  • This session will discuss these characteristics and how you can harness them to help your business reach its full potential

Darren Hart, Head of Growth Capital, Santander


Expert Presentation
Expanding Operations Internationally – From Outsourcing to Exploring Global Opportunity

  • Finding the right strategy for moving into the global marketplace

  • Manufacturing internationally – Discussing outsourcing as growth vehicle
  • When to approach new avenues of financing beyond the UK
  • Finding the right partners to facilitate expansion, from government agencies to advisory firms and beyond
  • Planning your move in an uncertain economic and political climate

Stephen Voller, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, ZapGo


Networking and Coffee Break


Keynote Address
Growing your Business the “No Bullsh*t Leadership”-way

In this keynote, Chris Hirst, Global CEO at Havas Creative and author of No Bullsh*t Leadership: Why the World Needs More Leaders and Why That Leader is You, will present a practical guide to getting things done, everyday: no jargon, no guff, no unworkable theories.

• A step-by-step working guide on how to lead through difficult periods of growth and transformation

• Demystifying an over-analysed subject, to get to the heart of modern leadership

• Exploring principles and actionable steps to grow your business across sector boundaries

• Understanding the importance of confident decision-making, company-culture, and how to create teams that outperform the competition

Chris Hirst, Global Chief Executive Officer, Havas Creative


Expert Panel
Big Reputation - Excelling at PR and Managing your Image

  • How to maximise exposure for your Business at different stages of growth
  • Creating a clear image and company identity to hit the ground running
  • Aiding HR-proceedings through building your public image
  • Identifying stakeholders, building a relationship and growing your exposure
  • Adding credibility through PR vs. advertising efforts

Chair: Alison Shadrack, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Adia PR

Claudia Lambeth, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Luna Mae London

Harriet Hastings, Founder and Managing Director, Biscuiteers



  • Determining the Value of your Customer Data - Hugo Spalding, Managing Director, Gather
  • Mental Health in the Workplace - Bradley McManus, Managing Director, AM Marketing
  • How to Create a Travel Programme for High-Growth Companies - Mick Steele, Director, Roomex

Networking Lunch


Expert Address
Busting the Myths of Brand Design

Design is everything because everything is designed. But are you fully realising the value of design in your business? Are you using design as a competitive advantage to grow your brand? Ed Silk, Head of Strategy at Bulletproof, a leading international brand design agency, will demonstrate the role design needs to play to help you stand out from the crowd by standing for something.

Ed Silk, Head of Strategy, Bulletproof


Expert Interview
Purpose and Profit - Managing CSR/ESG Policies as Expectations are Changing

  • Sharing differing approaches to CSR and how
  • Your company is making a difference
  • Preparing your stance and solidifying policies as you lose start-up stage anonymity
  • Managing your processes to deliver a positive impact to all stakeholders
  • Addressing CSR approaches as core stakeholder and investor draws
  • Integrating CSR policy into everyday operations and engaging your team with it

Chair: Antony Ross, Partner, Bridges Fund Management

Charlie Dorman, Director, Connection Crew

Guy Schanschieff, Founder and Managing Director, Bambino Mio


Networking and Coffee Break


Growth Hacking Power Session – Growth Tribe UK

  • Furthering company growth through rapid experimentation and growth marketing
  • Investigating saturated marketing channels and how to stand out from the crowd
  • Harnessing data analysis, behavioural psychology, coding and more to drive growth
  • Charting the journey towards a consumer-centric, experiment and data-driven strategy

Mitchell Platt, Country Manager UK, Growth Tribe


Stronger Together(?) - The Ups and Downs of Co-Founding and Partnership

  • Examining the intricacies of trusting someone else with your life’s work
  • Reconciling professional partnership with private connections
  • Examining the reasoning behind splitting equity and what it means for your business
  • Finding the right division of responsibilities within your business
  • Sharing accountability and finding the best way to keep each other focused

Emma-Jane Flynn, managing Director, The Supper Club interviews Antony Woodcock, Co-Founder and Managing Director, GigToGig


Chair’s Closing Remarks and Drinks reception

Day Two - 9th October


Networking and Registration


Chair’s opening remarks


Market Overview – Beauhurst
Discovering Funding Trends for Growing Businesses

  • Taking a look at where capital is coming from – angel investors, crowdfunding, VC and beyond
  • Investigating investment appetites in growing businesses – from geographical trends to sector preferences
  • The role of grant funding and public sector support in financing UK businesses

Henry Whorwood, Head of Research and Consultancy, Beauhurst


Big Picture Panel
Implementing the Right Funding Model to Support your Company’s Growth

  • Dealing with the difficulties of early-stage funding and maintaining control
  • Making the right capital allocation choices to maximise success
  • Incorporating later stage funding methods as your business grows
  • Considering funding options and when it could be right for your business

Chair: Darren Hart, Head of Growth Capital, Santander

Graeme Hossie, Co-Founder, Mr. Lee’s Pure Foods

Michael Richards, Chairman, Webexpenses

Camilla Taylor, Chief Financial Officer, what3words

Digby Vollrath, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Feast-It.com


Case Study
David vs. Goliath: How Small Businesses can take on Corporate Giants

• How to understand your strengths and weaknesses compared to corporate giants

• Going to market without the resources of a large corporate

• Using customer trends and advocacy to your advantage

How collaboration with corporates can be a winning strategy

Tushar Agarwal, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Hubble HQ


Expert Panel

A Winning Team - Structuring and Hiring for Growth

  • How to recruit a winning team and get your company structure right
  • Maintaining company culture throughout the growth process
  • Aligning your internal people plan to deliver your business
  • Ensuring clarity of roles and responsibilities as the team grows
  • Integrating new team members with long-serving staff throughout rapid growth

Chair: Orlando Martins, Chief Executive Officer, ORESA

Kathy Allison, Global People Director, FitFlop

Nihat Arkan, Global Chief Executive Officer, thebigword

Patrick McCrae, Chief Executive Officer, Artiq


Networking and coffee break


Out of the Box Speaker Address

5 Things the Next 5 Years Will Bring - Exploring the Future of Tech-Innovation

Hear from renowned Futurist Leo Johnson, about the technological advancements which will shape the future. What - in the tsunami of exponential technology - is real and what is hype? More importantly, what is the impact going to be on business?

  • Discussing the Future of Business in a changing world – from energy to AI
  • Planning for the future in the face of technological advancement
  • Addressing the changes the next decade will bring and how the world will respond

Leo Johnson, Presenter of Radio 4’s FutureProofing and PwC’s Head of Disruption


Innovator Panel
Discovering the Future of Tech – Looking Ahead and Keeping Up

  • Finding the strategy to drive growth and stay at the forefront of innovation
  • Onwards and Upwards - Buying into the tech crunch to accelerate growth
  • Creating societal change and mapping the future of information through technology
  • Identifying Implementable Innovation to actively aid your business strategy

Chair: Leo Johnson, Presenter of Radio 4’s FutureProofing and PwC’s Head of Disruption

Tarryn Gorre, Chief Executive Officer, Kafoodle

Laurence Kemball-Cook, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pavegen

Richard Potter, Chief Executive Officer, Peak AI


Chair’s Closing Remarks and End of Conference


Networking Lunch

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