Growth event highlights the secrets of successNov 06, 2018
Held at the DoubleTree by Hilton at Stadium MK, the event brought together over 100 small business leaders and entrepreneurs for the growth hub’s annual business event.
Business leaders heard from guest speakers including:
- Alan Wilson from Milton Keynes-based Expandly;
- Nick Coleman, founder of The Snaffling Pig Co.;
- Sharon Ghouila, founder and managing director at Green Steps Consulting;
- Tanya Teasedale Brown, director at Plus Wipes;
- John Hones, founder and chief executive of SeeLocal;
- Gary Higson, business development manager at Matchbox Architects – winner at the Northamptonshire SME business awards.
- Pictured: Nick Coleman, founder of snack manufacturer The Snaffling Pig Co.
The morning event brought together SME business founders and directors from across the South East Midlands to showcase business excellence, share their personal journeys from start-up to growth as well as top tips with other aspiring business owners.
The sessions focussed on three core business themes critical to managing successful businesses: accessing finance, leadership skills and scaling-up.
In an interactive session, guests were invited to reflect on and share ‘why’ they are in business with others as a way to best understand what makes the local business leaders tick to be the vibrant and successful community it is today.
This year’s event also marked the end of a three-year Velocity Project run by the Growth Hub, part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund. The project has enabled the Growth Hub to support over 2000 businesses in the South East Midlands area through one-to-one advice, grant funding and business skills workshops, with the majority of the event attendees having benefited directly from this project.
Following the end of their current project, the Growth Hub has some exciting plans for the future and plan to share these with local businesses early in the new year.
SEMLEP’s growth hub manager Malcolm Johnston said: “The growth hub’s ‘Show me Success’ event has exceeded all our expectations. The feedback from attendees, exhibitors and speakers has been tremendous and it was really inspiring to see and hear the range of speakers, the quality of interaction and the level of engagement in the room at this year’s event.
“I am very proud to hear first-hand from speakers and attendees about how the support from the Velocity Growth Hub team has contributed to the success of their business.
“This event is a double celebration for us. As well as bringing together businesses to showcase business excellence, we are also celebrating the huge success of our business support project that draws to a close at the end of 2018.”