‘What SMEs have done to grow their business’ Speakers’ Panel

19 October 2015

‘What SMEs have done to grow their business’ Speakers’ Panel

'I'm now better equipped to grow my business' was the feedback on the 'What SMEs have done to grow their business' Speakers' Panel held at Henley Business School on Monday 19 October 2015

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Supported and sponsored by the Thames Valley Berkshire Business Growth Hub, the Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship hosted the 'What SMEs have done to grow their business' Speakers' Panel at Henley Business School on Monday 19 October 2015.

Attended by over 40 SMEs and introduced and moderated by Ed Cooper, Director VitalSix and Visiting Fellow at the Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship. The speakers presented in turn and told their story of how they had grown their business, describing things that had worked and those that had worked less well. They shared their advice and answered questions.

The presentations were opened by Pete Doyle, Founder and CEO of Social Retail, a small company with ambition to grow and become a £100m company. Peter spoke with passion about the importance of social media to SMEs and espoused with examples of how a tailored solution can help grow and SME business.

Pete's approach has won him customers from small to large well known high street retailers.

Stephen Hickey, Founder & CEO of Cookie Reports, a company which provides cookie compliance services for companies at home and overseas spoke about the importance of delivering services that add value to client businesses, and supporting clients long term

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Catherine Jenkins, Business Development Director Maxx Design, a creative design studio, spoke about her top tips and in particular the importance of hiring and developing the people as key to business growth, and today Maxx Design prides itself that it's customers stay with the company because of it's talented people, clients say 'we like working with you - you have a great team' which it recommends all SMEs strive to achieve.

The audience provided some positive feedback;

Heidi Banniser, MD of Arthur Edwards 'Always good to share ideas and grow the business'

William Quinton, MD of Halarose 'A wonderful opportunity to work on your business in an interesting and stimulating setting'

Quentin Gunderson, Executive Director of Gap Education 'Real life examples from people 'telling it like it is', without spin. Great use of a couple of hours! I am now better equipped to grow my business, thank you'

The UoR is committed to work with the SME community in the Thames Valley Region for mutual benefit.

Contact and notes:

Jurek Sikorski
Business Development Lead & Executive in Residence, Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship

Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship
Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship is part of Henley Business School at the University of Reading which provides a hub for teaching and research in the subject, inspiring student sfrom accross the University to embrace, develop and apply their entrepreneurial abilities.

E: jurek.sikorski@henley.ac.uk
W: /research/research-centres/henley-centre-for-entrepreneurship/

 

Ed Cooper
Director, Thames Valley Berkshire Business Growth Hub

Thames Valley Berkshire Business Growth Hub
The Growth Hub offers a new way of working to Berkshire's high growth businesses. Backed by Government it provides a single gateway for ambitious businesses who are seeking the information, guidance, support, expertise, finance, knowledge and experience they need to scale up and grow, boost performance and find new ways of working.

E: info:berkshirebusinesshub.co.uk
W: www.berkshirebusinesshub.co.uk

 

 

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