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Experiences / Closing


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About B4

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Cotswold Hall Exhibition Plan

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Opening Ceremony -


FAQ’s and Bus Timetable

Oxfordshire LEP


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Welcome to Business in Oxford 2017. This is the 4th year that the largest business networking and showcase event in the county has taken place and we are delighted to be holding the event at The King’s Centre. At BIO2017 we aim to celebrate and showcase Oxfordshire as a county, for business and economic growth, with 60 exhibition stands, renowned keynote speakers from some of the most innovative brands in the county and beyond and some great interactive experiences and networking to keep you on your toes! Not just an event, BIO2017 is a platform for integration, innovation and business growth, sharing knowledge, experiences, expertise and enthusiasm. If you’ve missed out being involved this year, please don’t hesitate to get in touch about BIO2018 by calling me on 01865 742211 or, better still, come and say hello today. BIO2017 wouldn’t happen, however, without the help of a huge team, and that includes you. I would like to thank the following for their support for today: my team including Lydiah, Keith, Lorna, Rob, Emma, Jess, Abi, Sue and Colin who have dealt with every enquiry, copy change and spreadsheet

superbly; our sponsors, without whom this event wouldn’t be possible; all of our exhibitors; Maria and the team at The King’s Centre for their support in the preparation and hosting of today’s event; Councillor Bob Price and Sebastian Johnson of Oxford City Council and Richard Venables of VSL for setting the ball rolling five years ago; our presenters who have given their time to inspire us today; our support staff assisting throughout the venue; our photography and video team; Oxford Bus Company and City Sightseeing for providing transport to and from the venue; and of course, you, our delegates. Please do stay around to join us for a gin and tonic once the last slide has disappeared and, as we say on the back page advert, you can tell us how we can get better, but please do tell everyone involved what a good job they’ve done…. everyone has invested a lot of time and effort into making this a memorable event. We hope BIO2017 will provide you with invaluable business advice, inspiration and the knowledge to help your business exceed its goals. Enjoy your day. Richard Rosser, Founder, Business in Oxford

Please keep mobile phones and devices on silent during the seminars. Please refrain from handing out leaflets unless you are an exhibitor. Please ensure you use the refreshment breaks to avoid leaving the room unnecessarily during the presentations.

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INTRODUCTIONS Councillor Bob Price, Leader of Oxford City Council & Board Member of the LEP The Oxford economy continues to grow at a historically rapid rate, and the prospects for the years ahead look very positive. The regeneration of the West End, from Westgate to the Station will create a 21st century business and innovation quarter of the highest quality. Further afield, the Northern Gateway and the Churchill sites are set for exciting new developments. Oxford was shortlisted alongside

seven major cities in the European Capital of Innovation 2016 competition – a genuine reflection of the quality of our local business, research and social enterprise culture. Business in Oxford is the outstanding annual showcase for the richness and dynamism of Oxford’s economy. It provides an exciting opportunity to catch up with new developments and to learn about the exciting prospects for the future.

Sebastian Johnson, Manager of the Oxford Strategic Partnership The Oxford Strategic Partnership brings together businesses, universities, and public and voluntary sector bodies to develop a long term vision for Oxford. One of our priorities is supporting economic development and growth. The national focus on the Industrial Strategy and the Oxford to Cambridge corridor and the opportunities these bring, alongside our world leading research in a range of science and technology areas, means we are well placed for investment and growth. However,

there are clearly challenges ahead - we must not be complacent but focus on working together to ensure the continued success of Oxford, Oxfordshire and the UK. The Oxford Strategic Partnership is proud to be a founding partner and sponsor of Business in Oxford and I look forward to a day that will highlight the great business and enterprise that exists in and around Oxford; and a day that will inspire us to create new enterprises, partnerships and ventures.

John F Kennedy, BSc FIDM Business in Oxford 2017 I am from a marketing and brand development background now specializing in brand protection. I am also a Fellow of the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing (FIDM). I am a regular speaker on brand and marketing strategy as well as on the commercial aspects of IP strategies. I have been lead speaker at the last 10 Induction Days for new members of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys CITMA and Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys CIPA.

Business In Oxford has grown into one of the essential business events in the South East and UK. It brings together business leaders, thinkers and strategists from a diverse array of sectors and creates a platform for collaboration, better knowledge sharing and business growth. It is one of the few business events that everyone involved benefits from – the delegates, the sponsors and the speakers.

Nigel Tipple, Chief Executive of Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership Nigel joined OxLEP in June 2013 and has already made his mark with energetic and inspirational leadership. He spearheaded the bid for the Oxford and Oxfordshire City Deal, the EU Structural and Investment Fund and Strategic Economic Plan submissions and is assisting the county’s businesses into a period of exceptional growth. Oxfordshire is already a powerhouse of innovation and wealth creation – Oxford University is one of the


world’s top five universities for creating a successful innovation ecosystem – and Nigel is focused on building upon the region’s unique strengths to deliver economic success through the commercialisation of innovation. Nigel has over 20 years’ experience in the formation, development, operation and management of Public/ Private sector organisations.

SPECIAL THANKS Slido Slido will be providing their audience interaction platform for Business in Oxford 2017. Allowing our team to crowd-source the best questions for our Q&A sessions and get instant feedback via live polls. You can ask questions and answer polls by visting and inserting the code #BIO.

City Sightseeing & Oxford Bus Company We are happy to announce that Oxford Bus Company and City Sightseeing Oxford will be running complimentary bus services for all Business in Oxford attendees. The timetable can be seen on page 48. City Sightseeing Oxford are the only official operator of the City Sightseeing Tour in Oxford and have over 20 years experience in the industry. Oxford Bus Company has kept the people of Oxford moving for the past 134 years. Their services now span the width and breadth of Oxford and take passengers to London, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports.

The King’s Centre is delighted to be hosting Business in Oxford 2017. You are very welcome here and we hope you enjoy the facilities we have to offer. As your business grows please keep The King’s Centre in mind as an extension of your working space, we can scale our space to serve 1 to 1,000 delegates. We are the perfect choice for interviews, meetings, conferences or awards. Located in a prime position in Oxford, access to the King’s Centre is easy with excellent national connections. The King’s Centre Limited is a non-profit organization which gives back to the local community. Our purpose is to serve clients, community and all who come through our doors. Michelle Fernandez, General Manager, The King’s Centre

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The Business in Oxford Team Our team’s aim is to celebrate and showcase Oxfordshire as a county for business and economic growth and the conference is built in this spirit. We do this through an exciting and engaging conference programme-boasting expert and thought leadership through workshops, panel presentations, keynotes, and networking opportunities. Being part of BIO is an experience like no other!

ABOUT B4 run events throughout the Thames Valley and have done so for five years. We were asked in 2013 by the Oxford Economic Growth Strategy Steering Group to recommend ways in which Oxfordshire could raise its profile as an excellent place for business and at the same time facilitate contact between Oxfordshire’s leading businesses. Business in Oxford does just this - There is something for everyone, whether you want to listen to engaging keynote talks, attend intimate seminar and presentation sessions or connect with useful contacts through informal and formal networking opportunities.

About B4 Emma Davis

Designer/Social Media

Lydiah Igweh


Building Bridges Between Businesses - B4 is Oxfordshire’s Business Network, in print and online, launched in June 2006 with our fantastic new website only helping to solidify B4’s presence.

In Print

Lorna Dodson Production Manager

Richard Rosser

B4 Magazine is now regarded as one of Oxfordshire’s leading business magazines, mailed quarterly to 3,000 key business decision makers with a further 4,500 copies made available to sponsors, featured businesses, advertisers and through our network of display stands in key locations such as conference centres, professional offices and also public places such as hospitals.

Chief Executive

B4 is distinctive, not only because of its high production values, including first class design and print, but also its excellent editorial content, featuring a range of businesses, individuals and themes. As an integral part of the Oxfordshire business landscape, B4 is seen in key office receptions, selected display stands in conference centres and the desks of leading businessmen and women in Oxfordshire.

Rob Scotcher


Keith Simpson Senior Designer

Online With on line communication a vital part of our lives, we have been working hard at B4 to develop what we believe will be an invaluable addition to your on line communication strategy. Building on the success of the printed Magazine, the new B4 website is poised to play a growing part in helping you keep in touch with Oxfordshire’s business landscape and enable your business to maintain, or, if the case may be, raise its profile.

Face to Face Jess Palmer Events Manager

Abi Rosser Office Assistant

B4 Business hosts a wide range of events each year – from business networking with cocktails and canapes, to showcases featuring great speakers from member companies, to charity events. B4 Events are open either to B4 Ambassadors, Members and their guests, and some events are open to everyone.

Colin Rosser Chairman


Sue Rosser

Accounts Manager

Venues we have held events at or will be holding events at include: Belmond Le Manoir, Blenheim Palace, Ashmolean, Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Weston Library, Sheldonian Theatre, Rhodes House, Newbury Racecourse, St Anne’s College, Christ Church, Malmaison, Williams F1 and more.

Choose Chiltern for fast, spacious trains from Oxford Station to London Marylebone. Trains leave twice an hour, with journey times from just over an hour. Book today at


EXHIBITION STANDS Stair Access to Ridgeway Room & Chiltern Room VIP Area only Aston & James

WELLNESS AREA CityRowing Oxford TLA Fitness

Savvy Construction

Complete Massage

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Shaw Gibbs

Helen Money Nutrition

Rhodes House


aisle CIS

Oxford Bus Company

James Cowper Kreston

Blake Morgan

Blake Morgan

Oxford Innovation




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Henry Stone Ltd

Complete IT

Conference Oxford

Connect Catering

Whitley Stimpson



Indulge Media

The MGroup

Luna Branding

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Payrolls Direct

University of Oxford



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Allen Associates

Allen Associates

Oxford City Council

Oxfordshire LEP

Oxfordshire LEP


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Saïd Business School


Oxford Product Design

The Evergreen Academy



Carter Jonas

STORAGE Ridgefield Consulting

Oxford Brookes University

Intouch CRM

Roger Watts


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Findlay Chauffeur Service

You HR


Sobell House



Oxford Duplication Centre

Community Albums

The Ley Community


Cowley Rd Carnival

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aisle Mr Digital

Two One Services

Stair Access to Ridgeway Room & Chiltern Room VIP Area only

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8:00 – 10:15

Room: Cotswold | 8:00 – 10:00 | Breakfast Buffet Room: Cotswold | 8:30 - 9:15 | Speed Networking Sponsored by Carter Jonas Room: Thames | 09.15 - 10.15 | Opening Ceremony sponsored by Oxfordshire LEP Where we will hear from Nigel Tipple, Chief Executive of Oxfordshire LEP, Richard Rosser, CEO of The In Oxford Group. Councillor Bob Price, Leader of Oxford City Council and Eliot Forster of Immunocore.

10:15 – 10:30

Refreshment Break

BANK 1 10:30 – 11:30

Room: Cotswold | Seminar: “Doing Business in an Ever-Changing World” Room: Thames | Seminar: “Establishing a Strong Brand Presence in Today’s Crowded Business Landscape” Room: Cherwell | Seminar: “Know your Business with Google Analytics” Room: Hinksey | Seminar: “Elevate Your Business” Room: Vale | Seminar: “Oxford - A Dynamic Economy” Room: Ridgeway | Seminar: “Employability: Inspiring and Training Tomorrow’s Workforce” Room: Wytham | City Mazes Interactive Experience Room: Cotswold | The Cocktail Service | Session 1: 10: 30 – 10:55 | Session 2: 11:00 – 11:25

11:30 – 11:45

Refreshment Break

BANK 2 11:45 – 12:45

Room: Cotswold | Seminar: “The Secret Formula For Sales Success” Room: Thames | Seminar: “Running a Family Business: The Issues and Solutions” Room: Cherwell | Seminar: “How to stay ahead as Digital Transforms Your World” Room: Hinksey | Seminar: “Winning Team: Moving from High Potential to High Performance” Room: Vale | Seminar: “Financial Muscle for Your Business” Room: Ridgeway | Seminar: “Wellness” Room: Wytham | City Mazes Interactive Experience Room: Cotswold | The Cocktail Service | Session 1 : 11:45 – 12:10 | Session 2: 12:15 – 12:40

12:45 – 13:45

Room: Cotswold | 12:45 - 13:45 | Lunch Room: Cotswold | 13:00 - 13:45 | Speed Networking Sponsored by Carter Jonas Room: Wytham | City Mazes Interactive Experience Room: Cotswold | The Cocktail Service | Session 1 : 12:45 – 13:10 | Session 2: 13:15 – 13:40

BANK 3 14:00 – 15:00

Room: Cotswold | Seminar: “Business in the Community (CSR)” Room: Thames | Seminar: “Innovation in Oxford” Room: Cherwell | Seminar: “Global Markets, Creative industries, & UK innovation” Room: Hinksey| Seminar: “Tell your Story Online” Room: Vale | Seminar: “The Building Blocks of Oxford” Room: Wytham | City Mazes Interactive Experience Room: Cotswold | The Cocktail Service | Session 1 : 14:00 – 14:25 | Session 2: 14:30 – 14:55

15:00 – 15:15

Refreshment Break

BANK 4 15:15 – 16:15

Room: Cotswold | Seminar: “The Vision of Smart Oxford: the Living Lab and Learning City” Room: Thames | Seminar: “Fit for Business: How to achieve an effective Work Life Balance” Room: Cherwell | Seminar: “The Future of the Digital Economy” Room: Hinksey | Seminar: “Leadership” Room: Wytham | City Mazes Interactive Experience Room: Cotswold | The Cocktail Service | Session 1 : 15:15 – 15:40 | Session 2: 15:45 – 16:10

16:30 – 18:00

Room: Thames | Closing Ceremony, Drinks and Networking Join us for the BIO closing ceremony where you’ll hear from Tom Nicolson of The Oxford Artisan Distillery, complimented by a refreshing Gin and Tonic courtesy of The Cocktail Service. Relax and unwind after a thought provoking day with Live Music courtesy of The Jazz Trio, accompanied with Fine Wine and tasty Nibbles.


OPENING CEREMONY During the opening ceremony, held in the Thames room at 9.15am - 10.15am, we will be joined by Richard Rosser of In Oxford Group, Councillor Bob Price of Oxford City Council and Eliot Forster of Immunocore, alongside the following representatives of Oxfordshire LEP. Nigel Tipple, Chief Executive of Oxfordshire LEP The Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership has developed with its partners an Oxfordshire Strategic Economic Plan, focused upon four thematic priorities of People, Place, Enterprise and Connectivity. Through targeted programme support and facilitation these priorities support the continued growth of the Oxfordshire economy, its businesses and communities. Nigel Tipple, OxLEP Chief Executive, will provide an update on their programme activity to date, précis the support available for business and opportunities for investment in Oxfordshire’s economy over the next 3 years.

Lisa Norgate-Barnes, Marketing and Event Manager of Oxfordshire LEP I have many years experience of working with small businesses across the Thames Valley area. I have also run my own successful businesses, so I know first hand how challenging and rewarding running a small business can be. My role as Marketing & Events manager at Oxfordshire Business Support is to raise awareness of OBS, across Oxfordshire, and also raise awareness of the support OBS can offer, established and start-up businesses, across the county.

Helen Haines , Skills Manager of Oxfordshire LEP The OxLEP Skills team supports the strategic priorities identified in the Oxfordshire Skills Strategy. This is achieved through delivery of programmes to support education business links, including work experience and the Enterprise Adviser Network. The team also supports the national Apprenticeship agenda and are considered to be experts in skills related areas such as careers education, labour market information and training provision. Skills Managers, Helen and Sarah will outline further why business should engage with the skills agenda and the support that the team can offer.

Sarah Cullimore, Skills Manager of Oxfordshire LEP The OxLEP Skills team supports the strategic priorities identified in the Oxfordshire Skills Strategy. This is achieved through delivery of programmes to support education business links, including work experience and the Enterprise Adviser Network. The team also supports the national Apprenticeship agenda and are considered to be experts in skills related areas such as careers education, labour market information and training provision. Skills Managers, Helen and Sarah will outline further why business should engage with the skills agenda and the support that the team can offer.

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EXPERIENCES CityMazes “Can you Escape?” Would you like to play a game...? Here’s your chance to test your wits, and challenge your mind! Your objective is to work together as a team, to solve puzzles and clues that are in front of you inside the game room, to figure out what you need to do, and hopefully escape within an hour. You need to work together, and use all the minds in the room, so this is a great way to have fun, but also work on your teamwork and communication skills! Come and try our CPD games... and let us lock you up! See workshop times on page 12.

The Cocktail Service “Become a professional Mixologist!” Learn to make cocktails like a professional with The Cocktail Service! Our fully interactive cocktail making sessions will not just give you industry tips and techniques, but show you how to create cocktails like a professional Mixologist! All workshops will be held in the cotswold room, timings can be found below. Time From

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During the closing ceremony meet the founders of The Oxford Artisan Distillery. They will take you through the story of TOAD - its unique proposition and how they built its extraordinary team. They will talk about how they secured funding to develop and launch Oxford’s first distillery and finally, Tom Nicolson will share TOAD’s future plans. Complete with a gin & tonic for each delegate, supplied by The Cocktail Service and pork scratchings supplied by Snaffling there’s two good reasons to stay the distance! Later in the evening we will be joined by The Oxford Jazz Trio; Martin Pickett - piano/keyboard, Steve Smith - bass, Tim Richardson - drums, making a highly professional outfit performing a great mix of jazz tunes from the American Songbook with some snappy pop tunes for good measure. The trio was established 7 years ago, as individuals the members have played venues internationally as diverse from a railway carriage to a Roman amphitheatre. All three live in Oxfordshire.

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 TIME: 10:30 – 11:30  ROOM: Thames

A company’s brand is more than just it’s logo. It is what the company outwardly projects and how the company tells us as potential clients and consumers what they are about, what they value, and what we can expect from their product or service. John Kennedy, Wildbore & Gibbons “ The Challenges for Brands in a Changing Landscape” John is from a marketing and brand development background now specializing in brand protection. John is a Fellow of the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing (FIDM). He is a regular speaker on brand and marketing strategy as well as on the commercial aspects of IP strategies. He has been lead speaker at the last 10 Induction Days for new members of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys CITMA and Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys CIPA.  02030 050010 

Mark Beard, Beard Construction “Building trust, People and Customer Service” Mark has led the business since 1999 during which time the turnover has grown from £18 million per annum to £135 million per annum. He has been central to developing a business culture that is focused on employee development, customer service and continuous business improvement. Mark has responsibility for leading the Board, Company strategic direction and maintaining the Company’s unique supportive culture.  01793 868040 

Alun Williams, Luna Branding “Branding Essentials For Business Growth” Alun having been a Marketing Director in a multinational manufacturing business and an Associate Lecturer in the Business School at Oxford Brookes, he now runs a specialist Oxfordshire branding agency. A talk on essential elements that every business needs to build into their branding: from storytelling, culture and experience to building loyalty, flexibility and consistency. Strong brands clearly define their strategy as well as create a strong visual identity. This is looking at the whole brand not just it’s logo.  01367 705055 

Marios Papadopolous, Oxford Philharmonic “How to run an Orchestra like a Business” In 1998 Marios Papadopoulos founded the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra of which he is Music Director. His guest conducting engagements include a UK tour with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus, European Union Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He will give a presentation on Running an Orchestra as a Business.  01865 987222 


 TIME: 10:30 – 11:30  ROOM: Cotswold

The EY team will be sharing a range of perspectives relating to the unprecedented challenges and opportunities facing those who live and work in Oxford and indeed, the wider Thames Valley. David Birch, who leads EY’s activities across Oxfordshire, will be joined by three colleagues. David Birch, EY David is a partner in the People Advisory Services team at EY with responsibility for their People Advisory Services business in the south of England. David has 20 years’ experience of dealing with international mobility issues. EY work globally and collaborate to address complex issues relating to organisation transformation, end-to-end employee lifecycles, effective talent deployment and mobility, gaining value from evolving and virtual workforces, and the changing role of HR.  01189 281338 

Peter Arnold, EY “UK Economic and Regional Outlook” Peter Arnold has 15 years’ experience in advising public and private sector clients on macro-economics, economic and sector policy and impact assessment. Peter will be sharing perspectives on and forecasts relating to the UK and Global Economy post Brexit to set the scene and context of the growth opportunity that we see.  0207 951 5587 

David Rutherford, EY “Market Observations and New Research Designed to Facilitate Debate” & James Ward, MyClientSpace “Building a Business In Oxford” David Rutherford leads EY’s activities in the Private Mid-Market across the Thames Valley will set out relevant market observations and a new piece of research designed to facilitate debate as to how to maximise regional growth. David will be joined by James Ward, the founder of MyClientSpace which we consider to be a great example of the opportunities and challenges facing entrepreneurs in IP-Rich, High-Growth sectors that the region specialises in.  0207 951 2638 

Josie Cluer, EY “Talent - The Opportunity from The Apprenticeship Levy” Josie Cluer is a Director in EY’s People Advisory Services focusing on talent and performance. She has 15 years experience leading people change across the public, private and third sectors. Josie leads our advisory work with clients – both employers and providers – on the impact of the Apprenticeship Levy. She is a former Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Innovation Universities and Skills, where she wrote policy on employer-led learning and industrial strategy.  07780 223030 

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Google digital expert, Abbey Oladapo, will teach you what is needed to gain a competitive advantage in the ever changing digital landscape. Holding two seminars which involve telling your story online and knowing your business with Google Analytics. Abbey Oladapo, UpSkill Digital With over 7 years in the digital sphere he has empowered hundreds of SMEs to improve their presence online and grow through digital skills training. Prior to his current role, he championed Google products and services as the London market manager where he worked with technology partners like HP, Sony, Acer & Asus. During that period, he was also involved with the launch of the first Google stores globally. He studied International Business Economics at The University of the West of England and currently lives in London.  07802 228469 





10:30 - 11:30


“Know your business with Google Analytics”

Learn about the importance of digital analytics and how to use a tool such as Google Analytics to collect data, understand insights and create goals for your business.

14:00 - 15:00


“Tell Your Story Online”

Learn how to make your website shine across all devices and improve your digital presence through social media, online video and Google My Business.



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 TIME: 10.30 - 11.30  ROOM: Hinksey

Are you serious about your business? Are you looking for improvement? This seminar will aim to help elevate your business. Providing training and development sessions to support your team. You can elevate performance, increase business and maintain you client retention. Trevor French, Barclays “Supporting your Business in a new Trading Landscape” Following the June 2016 vote by the British public to leave the EU after more than 40 years of membership, Barclays are actively researching and assessing the on-going impact of Brexit. Trevor French Head of Region, will provide a summary of some of the issues and potential impacts and looks at solutions that may support your business in a new trading landscape.  07917 426547 

Nik Powell, National Film & Television School “10 Lessons of an Entrepreneur” In this entertaining but also serious talk, I use my career producing and distributing distributing records and films to draw out 10 lessons that I have learnt co-founding ventures such as Virgin Records and Palace Pictures in the entertainment business, as well as running the UK’s National Film and Television School and chairing the European Film Academy and BAFTA Film. 

Joy Le Fevre, Haiku Consulting “Powering up your PR” Expect to understand how PR works to harness influential endorsement, and how this can benefit your brand over and above other communication methods like advertising. Learn how ‘purpose’ can provide a critical centre of gravity for all of your communication efforts – and how it can power up your PR to turn simple stories into compelling reasons for your customers to engage.   07885 066163 

Carl Selby, Hedges Law “Next Level Professional Advice” Have you ever been left frustrated by your professional advice? Carl will explain how you can take your professional advice to the next level by insisting your advisers collaborate with other professionals, creating a multi-disciplinary approach.  01865 594265 


 TIME: 10.30 - 11.30  ROOM: Ridgeway

The term employability is used in different contexts and in different ways - employability is not the same as gaining a graduate job, rather it is about the capacity to function successfully in a role and be able to move between occupations, thus remaining employable throughout their life. Ryan Johnson, National Citizen Service “Engaging the Next Generation” Why are the government committing £1.26 billion towards teenagers over the next 3 years? Ryan Johson will be providing an introduction to the governments flagship youth and community programme National Citizen Service (NCS), the Social impact being made locally here in Oxfordshire. What skills are being developed by young people and differences made to community. What attracts the next generation to employers and how all organisations can be a part of their community.  01865 815870 

Alistair Fitt, Oxford Brookes University “How to deliver the Industrial Strategy” Professor Alistair Fitt is the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, a university where over 9 out of 10 graduates go on to getting a job or further study within six months of leaving. With over 20 years of experience in the higher education sector and having published over 90 research papers, Alistair is revered in the world of academia. Alistair will be speaking on a panel in line with the theme of employability and how to inspire and train the workforce of tomorrow.  01865 484801 

Liam Tootill, SUPA Academy “How do we best prepare people for the workplace of tomorrow?” Supa Academy is a training provider for humans that make, hack, do and sell. We focus on human acceleration – delivering multi-sector, practice-based learning experiences – providing unparalleled access and enterprise opportunity.  07738 336912 

Laura-Jane Rawlings, Youth Employment UK, “What it takes to be a Youth Friendly Employer” Youth Employment UK is a specialist organisation that supports young people and the organisations around them. At a time of big political change it is important to understand what employers can do to be ready for young people entering the labour market through apprenticeships, traineeships and graduate roles and how creating a Youth Friendly culture can reap benefits such as low attrition, loyalty and retention of skills.  08444 143101 

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 TIME: 10.30 - 11.30  ROOM: Vale

Exploring the rich and dynamic economy of Oxford and Oxfordshire with a focus on growing the innovation economy, the new areas for economic development and housing - Northern Gateway and Begbroke, Osney Mead and Oxpens, Churchill and Warneford Hospital sites, Station site and South of Grenoble Road – and a look into the future of the city and the county. Dr Eliot Forster, Immunocore “Working together to grow our Innovation Economy” Eliot joined Immunocore as Chief Executive Officer in January 2015. He has more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry and previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Creabilis from 2010. Prior to that he was Chief Executive Officer of US biotechnology company, Solace Pharmaceuticals Inc. Other previous roles include Head of EU Development and Operations for the EU and Asia at Pfizer. Eliot is currently Chairman of the MedCity project that promotes the Life Sciences in the “Golden Triangle”.  01235 856899 

Councillor Bob Price, Oxford City Council “New Areas for Economic Development” Councillor Price has been a member of Oxford City Council since 1983, and Leader since May 2008. He is also a Board Member of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the Oxfordshire Skills Board, the Advisory Council of Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, and the LGA Innovation Board. His professional career spanned periods as a university academic, and senior management roles in the UK Research Councils and Oxford Brookes University.  01865 725218 

Richard Venables, VSL & Partners “Future commercial development in Oxfordshire and innovations in property development” Richard established VSL & Partners in 2002 and has considerable experience in office, industrial, retail development and investment agency work. He dedicates considerable time and energy to economic and cultural development in Oxfordshire. Richard is a board member of the Oxford City Council Economic Growth Steering Group, a board member of Experience Oxfordshire, a member of the Ashmolean corporate circle, Chair of Reciprocate and a board member of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.  01865 848488 


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We have offices in: Oxford • Reading • Newbury Henley-on-Thames • London • Southampton James Cowper Kreston is a member of Kreston International, the global network of independent accountants and business advisers. Registered to carry on audit work in the UK and Ireland and regulated for a range of investments business activities by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

 TIME: 11:45 - 12:45  ROOM: Cotswold

Learn to develop the skills that will have people thinking differently about the selling process. In fact, selling can be one of the most rewarding tasks you’ll undertake as a business owner - but only if you follow the lessons learnt in “The Secret Formula for Sales Success” seminar. Samuel Boateng, SPB Projects “The Secret Art of Sales Unveiled” Samuel Boateng, from the last series of BBC’s ‘The Apprentice’, is an award-winning sales professional who has quickly ascended the ladder of various companies due to an insatiable drive for success and a natural flair for management. Have you ever wondered why certain people or companies are so good at sales? Is there a secret formula they use that guarantees sales success? Samuel will look into The Secret Formula for Sales Success and will share his secret tips on how to effectively sell products and services. 

Nick Coleman, Snaffling Pig “Yes, this is a Talk about Pork Scratchings” Nick Coleman has founded businesses in the medical, logistics and food industries. Believe it or not, this talk is about pork scratchings. Nick believes that innovation can happen in the simplest of ways and instead of competing in a crowded market, you can expand into other categories if you’re willing to think a little differently.  020 309 65200 

Mike Clare, Clarenco “Perseverance, People & Passion” Although a serial entrepreneur, Mike is probably best known as the founder of Dreams which he launched with one store in 1987. Mike then went on to form Clarenco LLP, a holding company for various property companies, in 2009. Mike’s talk is an inspirational list of tips and advice that he learned from his 21 years at Dreams, his individual and passionate thoughts on business and life in general (as well as several jokes) apply to almost every business in the country…you certainly won’t get bored!  01494 682000 

James White, InTouch “TRACKFARE - The Foundations you MUST have in place to obtain Sales Success” With over 20 years of sales and marketing experience including 11 in running his own online software business, James White knows what it takes to win new business. James has helped over 4000 businesses worldwide achieve sales success and has developed 3 models which he uses to guide great businesses to deliver on the business and sales targets they have set. Within the presentation, James will outline his new ‘TRACKFARE’ model which are the foundations EVERY business needs to have to convert more prospects into customers!    0333 200 7273 

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 TIME: 11:45 - 12:45  ROOM: Thames

With family businesses you have that intertwining of family relationships and business relationships and sometimes that can be to the detriment of both, the family and the business and it’s how you keep those two elements apart that is key. Sue Staunton, James Cowper Kreston Sue Staunton is a Business Services Partner for James Cowper Kreston based in the firm’s Oxford office. She specialises in assisting businesses and their owners in their strategic development and has over 20 years of experience in working with family businesses in this context – whether the issues are about growth, succession or exit. A key feature of such businesses is often the conflict between the family and the business relationships.  01865 861166 

James Pitt, James Cowper Kreston James leads a team for leading accountants and business advisers, James Cowper Kreston. The team build a close working relationships with family-owned business clients, to help them achieve their objectives. From basis accounting to complex business advice, the team provides the right support and guidance along the way. James has experience advising family-owned businesses and corporate clients, in a wide range of sectors, throughout their business life cycle from initial start-up through to succession or exit.  01865 861166 

Toby Walker, Hedges Law Toby Walker is a Director & Head of Dispute Resolution at Hedges Law. Toby brings to mediation a wealth of experience from his commercial practice as a litigator, including insight from the Courtroom as a Solicitor Advocate. Whilst he has knowledge of the legal framework of most disputes, he tries to explore the practical and financial needs of parties involved, using that understanding to help them move towards a workable solution.  01865 594265 

Case Study - Hook Norton Brewery Hook Norton is a proudly independent and passionate family business. Our history and heritage are a large part of the picture. It is one of only 32 family owned breweries and is the finest example of a Victorian Tower Brewery in the country. The brewery is about so much more than just its fantastic range of award winning beers. We welcome over 25,000 visitors a year to our Visitor Centre and 37 of our pubs are at the heart of many of local communities, serving great drink and food to the region. Many of you will know Hook Norton, having tasted one of our beers, visited one of our Hook Norton pubs or indeed having come for a brewery tour, but few will know the full story.


 TIME: 11:45 - 12:45  ROOM: Hinksey

High-performance teams is a concept within organisation development referring to teams, organisations, or virtual groups that are highly focused on their goals and that achieve superior business results. Annabel Chaffey, Team GB “How to Achieve Success” Annabel will be talking about her experiences in the sport of bobsleigh including what she has learnt about the concept of success; what success is and how you can achieve it. Annabel will also cover how this can potentially be applied to those who work in business. 

Jeremy Mohamed, Payrolls Direct “Ultimate Time Hacking Tips” Jeremy has worked in HR and Payroll Management for over 15 years. He is passionate about helping businesses become lean and efficient through smarter people practices. Jeremy will be talking about his: ultimate time hacking tips. Our time on this earth is finite, therefore, we should spend it on only the most important things. For those of us that lead busy professional lives, this can be easier said than done. Learn some new tools and techniques to help you get more work done in less time.  07789 118777 

Paul Avins, Oxonetix, “Team Dynamics - Secrets of High Performing Teams that Deliver Growth in Competitive Times” Paul Avins is one of the most sought after Business Growth Experts, Leadership Mentors and Team Performance Trainers the UK today. As CEO of Oxonetix, the Worlds No1 Talent Dynamic Global Partner, Paul knows that all great companies are build on great Teams. It starts by helping Leaders and Entrepreneurs understand their own Talent, the Talents of their People as well as knowing how to build Trust. Learn the 5 Secrets of High Performing Teams in this dynamic and fast moving presentation that is sure to get you buzzing.  01869 278900  /

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 TIME: 11:45 - 12:45  ROOM: Cherwell

Digital technology will have a profound influence on the way businesses work and the way they relate to their employees. Those who embrace digital technology have the opportunity to make their mark on the business, to innovate and steer company strategy. Paul Wood, Indulge Media “Intelligent Website Management” SEO has always been about understanding your target market, taking care of the technical health of your website and designing something that makes it simple for users to become customers. These are principles that should lead the way with any website, and we call it intelligent website management; we’d like to introduce you to the concept.  01865 686093 

John Woods, Sharp Ahead “How to generate 200 new sales leads in 3 months with no additional staff” Dr John Woods, Founder and Director of Sharp Ahead, is an experienced technology CEO, CTO, data scientist and serial technology entrepreneur with over 15 years’ experience consulting for and supplying to B2B companies. His entrepreneurial projects have spanned market research, web analytics, and energy storage, as well as providing consultancy services to a range of early stage, technology-based businesses. John is a graduate of Oxford University, holding a PhD in Astrophysics.  07769 976502 

Karen Bonnett, Vodafone “Understanding the role of Technology in Improving Productivity“ “The Power of Productivity” from the London School of Economics, identifies three key levers with the power to unlock business productivity by up to 20%. During this session Karen, Regional Director for South East of Vodafone Enterprises, will reveal the three key levers and explore how your business can respond to the challenge.  07469 414230 

Richard Marsh, CIS “Are you ready for GDPR?” Richard Marsh, CEO of CIS joined the organisation in 2007. Bringing more than 13 years of industry leadership and technical experience. Richard’s presentation will cover; Helping businesses to understand the best practice in storing confidential data securely on the private cloud, including, how to avoid data breaches and how to protect your business from Ransomware attacks as well as understanding the implications of (and how to be compliant with) the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation.  01367 700555 


 TIME: 11:45 - 12:45  ROOM: Vale

How do you define financial success? What would make you confident that you are maximizing investment opportunities? Focus on life’s events, and your investments will deliver results and make you more confident that you are maximizing your investment opportunities. Simon Smith, Wellers “How to shift your start-up into growth” During the start-up journey, entrepreneurs will experience a range of emotions and brick walls they need to overcome to achieve growth. Simon Smith will explore how Founders can recognise those feelings along with their impact on decision making. He will also explain when the need for investment will arise and the options available to early stage businesses.  0333 241 6000 

Christina Nawrocki, Wellers “The business tax reliefs you need to explore” Moving a business into the growth phase often requires a significant investment of time, effort and money. Many owner managers fail to realise that their investment projects and intellectual property could qualify for various tax reliefs. Christina Nawrocki will examine some of these, the rules, how they work and why they can save significant sums of money for some organisations.  0333 241 6000 

Ifty Nasir, VESTD “Why Cash isn’t your only option for Growth” Your equity is a powerful yet untapped resource for growth in your business. By rewarding shares to teams, partners, customers or collaborators you can incentivise loyalty and strengthen working relationships - it’s the currency of future-thinking startups and SMEs. At Business in Oxford 2017 Ifty Nasir will explain why cash isn’t your only option for growth.  07817 798633 

Ian Roberts, Business Doctors Oxford “Antidote to the Dragon’s Den” Discover how to achieve business growth, without the need to face the Dragons’! You will be given a blueprint for achieving growth by establishing objectives, assessing your business environment, and formulating and implementing strategies appropriate to your own business.  07880 355562 


 TIME: 14:00 - 15:00  ROOM: Cotswold

In the present challenging times never has it been more vital for businesses, of all sizes, not only to create the jobs and find the markets we need, but also to scale up their local engagement in communities across the country. Deborah Astles, Unipart “Unipart’s strategy for Responsible Business” Deborah Astles is HR Director, Policy and Corporate Responsibility for the Unipart Group, a post she has held for the past 5 years. Previous to this, she held a range of different roles in Human Resources – although always with Unipart - where she has worked for most of her career. Establishing a Wellbeing Programme can be rather bewildering and knowing where to start is often the biggest challenge. Deborah will share the approach taken in establishing Unipart’s Award-winning Wellbeing programme and offer some straightforward tips for employers.  01865 383068 

Jayne Woodley, Oxfordshire Community Foundation ”Reciprocate - Achieving Profit with Purpose” We believe that doing good is good for business. Members of Oxfordshire Community Foundation’s responsible business group Reciprocate share similar values: integrity, a willingness to share experiences, a real heart for those in our community, and a commitment to becoming more responsible. This session will help you bring your CSR policy to life, sharing some examples of great community engagement from our members, offering you guidance and support from an organisation at the heart of the community sector.  01865 798666 

Celine Gagnon, The Funding Network “Corporate Crowdfunding & The Funding Network Oxford” The Funding Network organises live crowdfunding events which innovatively promote social and charitable projects to the community whilst pooling together time and resources to the benefit of society. Find out how The Funding Network’s unique live crowdfunding model provides businesses with an original and easy mechanism to meet CSR objectives. TFN offers the opportunity to effectively engage staff, learn about pressing social issues and support local non-profit organisations with both time and money.  0845 313 8449 

Imran Malik, Imran Malik PR, “Diversity within the Creative Industry” Diversity is being embraced with open arms, different races, sexual identities and gender norms are being challenged. This might be the case from the outside, however there seems to be a different landscape when it comes to the individuals working behind the scenes and making it happen. Imran Malik was able to use his background to his advantage and tackle the corporate environment, successfully build his brand over the years and create an empire at the forefront of the entertainment industry working with some of the biggest names.  07540 988511 

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 TIME: 14:00 - 15:00  ROOM: Thames

Oxfordshire is a hotbed for science, innovation and enterprise, with some of the most exciting high tech companies making Oxfordshire their home. Explore some of the components that businesses need to grow, and why Oxfordshire is such a good place for businesses to do that. Jo Willett, Oxford Innovation “Supporting Oxford’s innovations through three decades” Jo is a Division Board Director responsible for business development activity, setting up Innovation Centres from new builds to remodelling existing buildings. Throughout our 7 innovation centres in Oxfordshire, we have supported some of the region’s most innovative and entrepreneurial businesses. In this session, Jo will highlight the key mechanisms of support and what today’s entrepreneurs should be looking for to succeed in an ever-changing environment.  01865 261480 

Mike Lawton, Oxford Space Systems “From Ideas to Orbit - The Challenges of Developing Technology in the New Space Race” Space entrepreneur Mike Lawton, CEO of Oxford Space Systems, a venture capital backed business based at the Harwell Space Cluster will give a lively talk about the challenges of developing technology for a notoriously risk adverse industry. Mike will cover why we abuse term ‘innovation’ and explain what investors really look for in a technology business.  07740 937935 

Claire Jacques, BrookStreet des Roches “Safeguarding your Data in a Digital World -Data and cyber security legal update” The significant increase in the value and quantity of data that businesses use brings a range of commercial opportunities and legal risks. To keep you on track in managing these risks and protecting your data Claire will provide an update on the latest legal developments and news relating to data privacy, cyber security and the cloud.  01235 836643 

James Noble, AdaptImmune “From the Lab to Patients” James Noble has served as AdaptImmune’s full-time Chief Executive Officer since March 2014 and parttime CEO from July 2008 to March 2014 and is one of their co-founders. From July 2008 until March 2014, Mr. Noble was also part-time CEO of Immunocore Limited. Mr. Noble has 24 years of experience in the biotech industry. He has held numerous non-executive director positions, including at CuraGen Corporation, PowderJect Pharmaceuticals plc, Oxford GlycoSciences plc, MediGene AG, and Advanced Medical Solutions plc.  01235 430000 



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 TIME: 14:00 - 15:00  ROOM: Cherwell

Multilingualism in multinational workforces, particularly for big firms, and the cultural community aspects of productive workforces. The social enterprises that arise from our Universities and how they are supported and networked into the commercial sector. Professor Katrin Kohl, University of Oxford “Multilingual advantages in international markets and creative industries” A vibrant business community thrives on creative links, influences and networks in supply chains and markets. There are many languages in international trade, and also business languages such as technical and marketing terms. Professor Katrin Kohl leads one of the largest Arts and Humanities Research Council programmes in the UK, which includes working with UK and international companies and other organisations on the contribution of linguistic diversity to creative interconnectivity and career development in a thriving business community.  01865 270158 

Professor Rajinder Dudrah, Birmingham City University “Multilingual advantages in international markets and creative industries” Rajinder Dudrah is Professor of Cultural Studies and Creative Industries in the School of Media at Birmingham City University. Language binds community, and also facilitates creativity; Professor Rajinder Dudrah examines how languages work in the creative arts and performances of film, popular music, TV, radio, digital and other new media, and their associated industries, both in terms of communication and aesthetics. Within Professor Kohl’s ‘Creative Multilingualism’ programme, Professor Dudrah leads the strand on Creative Economy.  0121 331 5000 

Matthew Smart, University of Oxford “Informing national strategic investment through the Oxfordshire Transformative Technologies Alliance Science and Innovation Audit” Matt facilitates and manages knowledge exchange projects between the University of Oxford and stakeholders such as policy makers, public society, and private enterprise. He project manages the Oxfordshire Transformative Technologies Alliance Science and Innovation Audit, for the Government’s BEIS department, to inform 10-20 years of government science and innovation strategic investment, and he assists DCLG in Government on national communications plans for European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).  01865 270158 

David Hartley, Oxford Brookes University “Informing national strategic investment through the Oxfordshire Transformative Technologies Alliance Science and Innovation Audit” David has been the Commercial & Knowledge Transfer Manager at Oxford Brookes for seven years, covering a wide range of technical and professional sectors. He has substantial board-level experience in private, public and not-for-profit sectors, in bioscience research, food & horticulture, and business services. David specialises in research-led innovation and the establishment of new ventures, new product and service development, strategic marketing, intellectual property management, and the management of corporate finance and services.  01865 484387 

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 TIME: 14:00 - 15:00  ROOM: Vale

One of the world’s most famous university cities, Oxford is a beautiful, privileged place. It is steeped in history and studded with august buildings. The elegant buildings of the university’s colleges, and various attractions throughout the city, wrap around tranquil courtyards along narrow cobbled lanes. David Dunne, Savvy Group “Future proofing the City with Maintenance and Renovations” Businesses and the buildings they house consume one fifth of our total energy. Savvy will talk about how the work they do in both maintenance & renovations, as well as construction, helps to shape the future of the city, by allowing for growth and expansion, providing sustainable development, and helping companies to revamp their current infrastructure. In turn making them smarter and more cost effective, allowing them to spend their money on areas of growth, future proofing the city for the next generation.  01865 920020 

Lycia Lobo, Ashmolean Museum ”Ashmolean Museum - A financially sustainable model?” Lycia moved over to the heritage sector in 2013, when she joined the V&A Museum in London, and after seeing the commercial value and expertise she could bring from the high street over to the heritage sector, she has not looked back. Lycia joined the Ashmolean as Commercial Director in January 2016. She is responsible for overseeing the retail, publishing, licensing, catering, and venue hire channels at the Museum. Lycia is also responsible for advising in a commercial capacity across the other Gardens and Museums in Oxford.  01865 278000 

Piers Scrimshaw-Wright, Oxford Science Park “The Ingredients for Successful Place-making” A science and business park specialist, Piers is responsible for leading the on-site team and driving forward ambitious growth plans. Piers is a qualified chartered surveyor with over 20 years’ experience in development and asset management. Piers Scrimshaw-Wright’s presentation will capture the ingredients for successful place-making in the science & technology and research & development sectors in the modern era, with an insight into the ‘open innovation’ agenda and the added value it can bring to a commercial cluster.  01865 784000 

Mike Naworynsky, Conference Oxford “From B&B to Rocket Science - the challenge of finding unique venues for meetings, conferences and events in Oxford” Mike is Chair of Conference Oxford, a conference and event venue-finding service in Oxford representing 63 venues, and is Domestic Bursar of an Oxford College. Mike will be looking at some of the opportunities that are provided across Oxford by College and University venues and also highlighting some of the broader challenges that we all face in attracting visitors to Oxford.  01865 276190 


 TIME: 15:15 - 16:15  ROOM: Cotswold

Smart Oxford represents a commitment by Oxfordshire Partners to develop efficient and effective use of data and technology for the benefit of its citizens. The Vision of Smart Oxford is of a city where innovative ideas, active citizens, and aligned stakeholders come together to co-create a better Oxford. Sebastian Johnson, Oxford City Council & Smart Oxford “Improving the city through innovation, technology and creativity” Sebastian Johnson is vice chair of the Smart Oxford Board, Manager of the Oxford Strategic Partnership and Principal Economic Development Officer at Oxford City Council. He will provide an exciting presentation on the work of the Smart Oxford Partnership and the range of projects being run in Oxford and Oxfordshire – these include driverless cars, 3D mapping of the city, using sensors to detect potholes and broken street lights, smart parking pilots, integrated transport apps and being a playable city.  01865 252317 

Phil Southall, Oxford Bus Company “Innovate to Survive” Oxford Bus Company operates a comprehensive network of services in the city, as well as express coach services to London and the airports. As technology takes a larger role in the way we go about our daily lives, the transport industry is embracing this to make bus travel easier. Whether it be through contactless payments, intelligent multi-modal journey planning or advanced fleet management systems, the task is clear - innovate to survive.  01865 785400 

Llewelyn Morgan, Oxfordshire County Council “Innovating to tackle transport challenges” Llewelyn leads a service area within Oxfordshire County Council that encompasses transport, planning policy and strategy and early stage scheme development. Llewelyn has also built an outward focused Research and Innovation team, leading on developing a more innovative mobility strategy. He will highlight the need for new approaches to modelling to support the decisions that need to be taken in the short term to support long term mobility investment, highlighting the potential implications of new mobility services that are emerging.  07881 268208 

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 TIME: 15:15 - 16:15  ROOM: Thames

Help reduce stress and anxiety, increase focus, self-control and cognitive flexibility and boost optimism and resilience. In the workplace this translates into more harmonious relations, better client focus, less absenteeism and greater job-and life-satisfaction. Hussain Manawer, Hussain’s House “Mental Health Matters” Hussain Manawer is an astronaut in training alongside being an inspirational poet, campaigner for humanitarian causes, and the Creative Director of Hussain’s House online channel. Hussain has touched many lives with his campaigning for mental health through his gripping poetry and he can count stars such as Piers Morgan, Cher and Sadiq Khan among his admirers. The poet will be travelling into space as early as 2018 and he hopes his journey will be able to raise more awareness for mental health and he dedicates his trip to mental illness. 

Jonna Mundy, YouHR “It’s all about the People” Jonna is a Human Resources and Organisational Development expert. She set up a consultancy in 2010 after feeling the need for a more “people” focussed approach to HR. A fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD) with over 20 years experience in Human Resources across both public and private sector, from the NHS and RBS to Centrica and the Royal Mail.  01491 820800 

Richard Hart, Oxford City Athletics Club “Volunteering and participating in sport as an essential part of the work/life balance” Richard Hart is Chairman of Oxford City Athletics Club, a club now in its 71st year which has produced many Olympians and international athletes. Richard studied at Cambridge University and trained as a lawyer before embarking on a career in publishing. He and his wife founded the legal publisher Hart Publishing in 1996 and sold it very successfully to Bloomsbury Publishing in 2013. Sport has been an essential part of his life since childhood and he still competes in veteran athletics.  07932 152413 


What does low unemployment mean for you as a business? According to the latest report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), unemployment is just 4.7 per cent (lowest since 1975), and long term unemployment is at an all-time low since before the 2008 recession. So, what does this mean for recruitment? Kate Allen, managing director at Allen Associates, explores some of the possible implications for employers. The good news is that the rise in employment continues to be driven by full-time work with the average weekly wages growing by 2.2% over the last year and this is set to continue. The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) reports that: • • • •

59% of companies have increased their headcount in the last year. 1 in 5 hirers (22%) plan to take on more permanent staff in the medium term (4 to 12 months). Only 1% of companies are planning to decrease their headcount. A third (34%) believe that UK economic conditions are improving, while 29 per cent think they are getting worse. Almost 8 in 10 (78%) need to take on staff to meet an increase in demand.

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So, what does this mean for employers? Worryingly, 51% of employers anticipate a shortage of candidates to fill permanent jobs, according to the REC. Employers with more than 250 staff are particularly concerned about the lack of talent available, with 63% expecting it to be an issue. This is not seen as a new problem but many feel that the fall-out from Brexit has created fresh challenges. Therefore, it is important that the jobs and company cultures on offer give real fulfilment and opportunity for existing and new employees to grow and remain loyal. Don’t worry, there are steps which can be taken to improve your business’s appeal: • • • • • •

Put candidate attraction and retention at the top of your strategic agenda. Review your recruitment processes and make sure that they are flexible, user friendly and you can move quickly. Ensure your salaries and benefits are competitive. Network, network, network – be proactive about how and where you find your talent. Make sure that you are appealing to your target audience through the right channels. Constantly review and improve relationships with your recruitment partners.

Focussing on creating a winning culture will make businesses more attractive and most importantly, in today’s market, it also provides a much-needed competitive advantage. Is your business facing a talent shortage? If I can help in any way, please contact me at

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 TIME: 15:15 - 16:15  ROOM: Hinksey

The main difference between leaders and managers is that leaders have people follow them, while managers have people who work for them. A successful business owner needs to be both a strong leader and manager to get their team on board to follow them towards their vision of success. Dr. Paul Jackson, Oxford Brookes University “Why digital matters – and what you can do about it” Paul is a senior lecturer at the Oxford Brookes Business School. At this year’s BIO, he will be speaking about ‘digital leadership’, and the issues senior managers face in preparing their organisations for the threats and opportunities presented by advanced information technology. Drawing on recent research at Oxford Brookes, he will also discuss the characteristics and capabilities of firms that are leaders in digital innovation, and what Oxford businesses can do to put themselves in the driving seat.  01865 485733 

Alison Haill, Oxford Professional Consulting “The Neuroscience of Engagement” How a little Neuroscience can help you grow a lot of trust, engagement and innovation in your team. Through the MRI scan much has been discovered about how humans think and behave. We know already that teams do better when they are happy at work. I will briefly show how you can use a little Neuroscience to change how you interact with your staff, clients and family to gain very valuable results.  01865 436791 

Chris Gardener, Strategic Mentors “Less Busyness More Leadership” How often do you hear the question “How’s business going?” And how often is the answer, “It’s great – we’re really busy!” Since when did “busy” come to mean “successful”? If it’s results rather than busyness that matters most, why are we so seduced by being busy? This funny and thought-provoking presentation reveals how personal leadership can get more results by waking up, thinking better and doing less.  01993 771728 

Councillor Bob Price, Oxford City Council “Can a City be led?” Councillor Price has been a member of Oxford City Council since 1983, and Leader since May 2008. He is also a Board Member of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the Oxfordshire Skills Board, the Advisory Council of Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, and the LGA Innovation Board. His professional career spanned periods as a university academic, and senior management roles in the UK Research Councils and Oxford Brookes University.  01865 725218 


 TIME: 15:15 - 16.15  ROOM: Cherwell

Digital technology in the form of the Personal Computer and the Internet has already transformed work, education, government, leisure and entertainment, generating new market opportunities and having a major economic impact across a broad range of sectors. Tim Killeen, Complete I.T “The Prolific Rise in Ransomware” Complete I.T. are an IT Support Provider based in Oxford with 5 more offices throughout the UK. We have over 24 years’ experience in supporting over 400 SME businesses across many different industries. A presentation from Complete I.T. (a leading provider of IT support services to SME’s) to introduce and discuss the prolific rise in Ransomware. Learn more about this major threat, how it works and how to keep both your users and business protected. With practical tips and suggestions from Complete I.T.  01865 593012 

Antony David, The Oxford Technology and Media Network “Technology & Media in Oxford” The Oxford Technology & Media Network, whose founders and directors give their time for free, runs unique, invitation-only networking events for senior executives and entrepreneurs from these key industries who work in, live in or are connected to Oxford. Antony David, Managing Director of Solid State Logic and co-founder of the Oxford Technology & Media Network, explains why the network came together, what it does and how it hopes to contribute to strengthening the region’s capacity to innovate.  01865 842300 

Aaron Rudman-Hawkins, The Evergreen Academy “Empowering Small Businesses” The Evergreen Academy is a unique online training provider for small businesses who want to learn SEO and take control of their business destiny. Set up in 2016 by Aaron Rudman-Hawkins, the Academy has a flagship training course called SEO Success, which is tailored specifically toward small businesses, independents and startups who want to grow their business online. Aaron will share some of the SEO related changes that business owners need to make to their website and discuss the future of SEO for small businesses.  01869 242713 

Jacob Wedderburn-Day & Anthony Collias, City Stashers “How the Digital Economy Shapes Marketplaces” Jacob and Anthony met at Keble College, Oxford, where they both studied Economics. Jacob studied Economics and Management and Anthony wished he did. They came up with the idea for CityStasher the summer after graduating, and built it part-time alongside a Masters and a job in a digital marketing agency respectively. Jacob will talk about how they spotted the opportunity and developed their marketplace, and the challenges they faced. Anthony will discuss the future of marketplaces in the digital economy.  020 3355 3544 

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FAQ’S Are there any age restrictions?

There are no age restrictions for the event, although alcohol will be available, so please beware if any of your guests are under 18.

What shall I do in an emergency?

For any emergencies please locate a member of staff, who will be able to assist or locate the correct assistance.

Where can I find food & drink?

Food and drink will be available for purchase in the main hall.

What time will the venue close?

The King’s Centre will be closing at 6pm.

Where do I go for lost property?

Please report your missing item to the front desk and they will try to locate it for you.

Where are the toilets?

The toilets are located by the front desk, they can also be found on the map in your programme.

What hashtag is being used on social media? Join us on twitter with the hashtag BIO2017.

Can I take photos/videos?

We encourage it! Make sure to share them with us on twitter @businessinox

How do I give a suggestion for improvement or a complaint?

We are always trying to make your experience at BIO2017 the best it can be, please get in touch at

How do I book to take part in BIO2018?

We’d love for you to join us at next year’s event, please get in touch at

Will I be able to get copies of the professional photos taken today?

All photos taken by our team will be uploaded to the website

How do I join in with the interactive Q&A’s/polls? Visit and enter code BIO

How do I access the WiFi?

Network: KingsCentre Password: delegate


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