Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce
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Speakers & Seminars

09.30am - 10.15am
Speed Networking

Join us for our  speed networking session, where you will have the opportunity to make up to 40 new contacts in just one hour.

Our speed networking events provide one of the most cost effective ways to develop your organisation, as well as promoting partnership working. Where else can you meet so many other organisations in one hour?

Speed networking sessions are hugely popular and always a sell-out, so we recommend an early booking to avoid disappointment. Whether you want to promote your business or make new contacts, this event is not one to miss.

Booking is essential, to request a place at this event please email [email protected]

10.00am - 4.00pm

Meet the Expert

This year we are offering you the chance to meet with some of our support provider experts for a free consultation at the Let’s Do Business Show. Depending on your needs you might want to meet up with an expert to discuss training, exporting, finance, skills, intellectual property or start up support.

Box 1 : Training

Serco & Skills Staffordshire

Box 2 : Exporting & Manufacturing Growth Programme

DIT / EGS

Box 3 : Trading Standards / Intellectual property

Box 4 : Finance

Business Growth Programme / High Growth Support

Box 5 : Apprenticeship Support

Apprenticeship Levy ( BSDC ) & HS2

Box 6 : Start up Support

Blue Orchid / Ready For Business

For more information or to book an appointment please email Pam Wallis at [email protected]

10.00am - 4.00pm
Growth Hub Business Support Clinics

  • Starting a new business?
  • Growing your business?
  • Want to access appropriate finance and funding ?
  • Looking to develop your marketing and promote your business to new potential clients?
  • Need to improve your productivity and increase profitability?
  • Want an introduction to exporting and international trade?
  • Recruiting and employing staff?
  • Want some guidance on tackling regulation and cutting through red tape?
  • Is your business looking to enhance environmental efficiency and business resilience?
  • Are you in the midst of handling rural business issues?
  • Dealing with premises and land issues?
  • Want to learn how apprenticeships can benefit your business?
  • And many more!

If you have answered Yes to any of the above then we can help you contact a range of specialist advisors, programmes or funds through The Growth Hub and introduce you to free, expert business advice and support.

The Growth Hub has been established to play a major role in the drive for strong, sustainable business growth across Staffordshire. It acts as the focal point for businesses that wish to grow, providing co-ordinated and cohesive growth programmes, business networks, growth groups and links to specialist information, advice and services.

Make an appointment to meet one of our SFEDI Accredited Growth Advisors at the exhibition. Our Growth Advisors are people who understand the day-to-day pressures of running a business. They can work with you to overcome barriers, solve problems and develop a strategy for growth. They all have specific knowledge of certain areas of Staffordshire too, and work closely with the relevant local authorities.

They provide a highly personalised and tailored service which is backed up by an excellent all round knowledge of business support and the type of funding that’s available. As well as helping your company grow, we want to help you create jobs.

Join us for a coffee and a chat that could boost your business! To book an appointment slot, please email [email protected] and let us know the area you wish to discuss, we will then make sure to book  an appointment with a specialist advisor.

 

11.15am - 12.00pm
Nick Holzherr – His Story

Most famous for being runner up in the 2012 series final of The Apprentice, Nick will share his story and his passion for business drawing on the lessons learnt along the way.

Nick Holzherr is founder and CEO of Helium Ventures, a group that founded and operates Whisk.com and HR software company Air.

Helium is a Venture Builder; a team that turns ideas into high-growth technology businesses.

Helium’s first product was Whisk, a path-to-purchase technology start-up that makes all online content -- recipe pages, video, display, search or social campaigns -- shoppable on any platform. Since Whisk’s launch in 2012, the start-up has partnered with many of the UK's biggest retailers, FMCG brands and digital food publishers. Every month Whisk is now seen by more than 80 million people on 500,000+ recipes.

Helium’s second product, Air, provides simple, beautiful and connected HR software for small businesses. Having launched in early 2017, the platform is already used by hundreds of SMEs.

  • Nick is an entrepreneur who was the runner up in the BBC Apprentice 2012 and went on to receive $2 million in funding for Whisk after pitching the initial idea to Lord Sugar in the final

  • Nick has been awarded an Honourary Doctorate from Aston University in 2016, and has previously been awarded Business Insider’s Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year, PPA Digital’s “Newcomer of the Year,” The Drum’s "One to Watch,” and The Grocer’s "Top New Talent".

  • Nick is a frequent industry speaker and has been featured in The Guardian, The Telegraph, BBC, Internet Retailing, Management Today, Food Manufacturer and The Next Web.

  • Whisk is a globally distributed team with hubs in Birmingham and Moscow.

Read more at:

www.nickholzherr.com

www.whisk.com

www.joinair.com

The speaker session is in association with COSAM Entertainment, Provider of Keynote Speakers. www.cosam.co.uk

2.30pm - 3.15pm
Speed Networking

Join us for our  speed networking session, where you will have the opportunity to make up to 40 new contacts in just one hour.

Our speed networking events provide one of the most cost effective ways to develop your organisation, as well as promoting partnership working. Where else can you meet so many other organisations in one hour?

Speed networking sessions are hugely popular and always a sell-out, so we recommend an early booking to avoid disappointment. Whether you want to promote your business or make new contacts, this event is not one to miss.

Booking is essential, to request a place at this event please email [email protected]