16 speakers / 4 keynotes / 12 seminars
Grow your mind. Grow your business.
Grow Gloucestershire. June 20th.


8:15 – 9:00

Registration and Networking

9:00 – 9:10


Welcome from conference chair
Jonathan Nicholls – Gloucestershire Chair, CIMA

9:10 – 9:40

Keytone: Introduction to the 4th Industrial Revolution – How to survive an existential tsunami

The 4th Industrial revolution and how it will impact your life is Adam Starkey’s starting point for the opening keynote of the conference. But attendees should be prepared to buckle their safety belt as Adam guides us through what to expect over the next ten years…. and how to prepare for it!

Expect Robots, expect AI and expect big opportunities! Entertaining and upbeat, Adam will help us to understand why some of us will survive and prosper whilst others will quickly become redundant. Lawyers and accountants beware!

What will future change mean for professional life and what changes can we expect in family and personal life? How can we survive and thrive in the 4th revolution?

And all before the first coffee break!


9:40 – 10:30

Keytone: Networking: How To Get The Most Use Of Your Time

Your time is valuable so make the most of it when attending this or any business event

Will Kintish, now an acknowledged leading UK authority on this subject, in an entertaining and motivational manner, will help you by:

· Divulging the secrets to help you destroy all those fears of working the room.
· Helping you be in control, break the ice and start the conversation with strangers.
· Showing you how to approach the appropriate people, break into groups and move on with ease and consideration.
· Presenting you with ideas with what to talk about and how to be interesting.
· Spelling out a process for following up; ensuring you leave every event with a potential business opportunity.


10:30 – 11:00


11:00 – 11:40

Choose from one of four seminars, see below for more information.

11:40 – 12:20

Choose from one of four seminars, see below for more information.

12:20 – 12:50

Keytone: What are the 5 key economic challenges facing Gloucestershire and what does that mean for you?

An update on progress for both the Growth Fund capital programme and the European funding programme and learn how Gloucestershire is preparing for the future.


12:50 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:20

Choose from one of four seminars, see below for more information.

14:20 – 14:55

Keytone: 5 Essentials to Thriving in Times of Change

“Things are getting better & better, and worse & worse, faster & faster.” – Tom Atlee

Atlee’s quote sums up the challenge of leading in this modern, fast-changing world.

More than ever, business owners and leaders must respond effectively to rapid change.

Human psychology is foundational to success and this event is designed to help you harness it. This means understanding human resistance, motivation and flexibility.

First, we must challenge common assumptions about change, certainty, and control.

You will discover:
• The mindset adjustment essential to facing and embracing change;
• Why certainty is a short-term friend and your long-term enemy;
• How the change journey is an ongoing cycle with 4 stages;
• The important interplay between order and chaos;
• How you can be very wrong about your business.

Delegates should be able to take away at least one valuable insight to revitalise their approach to leading and managing their business during these uncertain times.


14:55 – 15:00

Formal Close

15:00 – 17:00

Informal networking and coffee at The Growth Hub

Take the opportunity to deepen or follow up with people you have met at the

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Networking Masterclass with Will Kintish

Will has kindly offered to stay on after formal close at 3pm to run an informal Masterclass in 2 key areas of effective networking: Knowing the best business questions to ask when meeting new people How to follow up on connections you make networking.


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Big Data and Machine learning

What is big data? What is machine learning or artificial intelligence? What is blockchain? How do these technologies affect me or my business? These are questions you need to be able to answer if you are going to survive and thrive over the next few years. Jonathan will give an overview of these technologies and the impact on our lives and work.


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The future is here: How the 4th Industrial Revolution has transformed China

China is developing at break neck speed. It is Darwinsim on steroids as new ideas and companies struggle in a highly competitive market place. People now look to China not California for the next big thing. In the space of two years the big cities have gone from virtually 100% cash to cashless – even street food vendors and beggars have their own QR codes to facilitate cashless payments. Alibaba is eBay and Amazon combined, WeChat is all encompassing app touching all areas of people’s lives – not just a social network like Facebook or a messaging app like WhatsApp. You can share books (and track reading), hire bicycles, use the payment functionality to pay for your meals (including splitting the bill between friends). Are people right to trade privacy for convenience?


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Easy ways to protect your existence in a digital world

The world has changed: our digital identity is in many ways more real than our actual identity. For many of us our entire life is online. And it could be used against us. Criminals recognise this. Theft, loss or corruption could be catastrophic to our lives and businesses. Yet we don’t really understand the risks we face or the simple steps we can take to protect ourselves.

Andrew will show you ‘why’ and ‘how’ to make easy, inexpensive and effective on-line related changes to protect your business, your work records, your identity and your memories. Expect insights into passwords, on-line accounts, social media and more!


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Separating fact from fiction – your rights under GDPR

The introduction of GDPR on 25th May is one of the biggest and most wide reaching legal changes in recent years. We have probably all been on the receiving end of unwanted marketing approaches, calls regarding PPI or received mail or contact from companies you have little recollection of.
Individuals are better protected regarding their personal information and how it is processed. GDPR is designed to ensure that all data held about individuals is done so lawfully and that information is processed fairly and transparently. Organisations need to be able to satisfy one of six legal bases if they want to hold information. Join Iain Garfield as he explores the rights of individuals under the GDPR and how the new regulations might affect you.


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Making your business fit for the future

Technology is changing business faster than most people realise. It provides both an opportunity and a threat, especially to smaller businesses. It’s important to understand where you are and where you need to be to stay competitive. We will cover some of the bigger aspects of this fast changing digital landscape and helping you understand what your business can focus on to get fit for the future.


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21st century marketing – the impact of modern technology, and the shape of things to come

Over the past decade, there has been an enormous shift from traditional to digital strategies. Not only have we seen a wide array of new marketing tools in that time, we have watched those tools evolve – becoming ever-smarter and more useful. The effect and interaction of various marketing activities can now be analysed and understood in amazing detail in order to inform future activities, create better communications, and build stronger customer relationships. Remi and Lee will show you how marketing has changed thanks to tech giants like Google and Facebook, as well as talk about the latest developments, and what the future has in store.


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Reputations: being human in a digital world

Growing and protecting the reputation of your organisation requires excellent communications. With an ‘always-on’ 24-hour news-cycle, and social media platforms giving everyone a voice, what does PR best practice look like today?
Sarah will provide insight into the changing face of PR, offer tips on how to avoid classic mistakes and share some thoughts on what may lie around the corner…


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How to use social medial to grow your business and not spend all day doing it

How many people can you speak to in real-life in the limited number of hours you have put aside for business development? Can you afford to pay to advertise to the hundreds or thousands of people who might or might not want what you offer?

Even if you have plenty of cash, it makes sense to learn how you can use social media to help you grow your business – for free. Learn how to make the most of the key social media networks and tools that have the power to transform your business by putting it in front of your dream clients, day after day.


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5 ways to get sales naturally

The ability to sell effortlessly and in a non ‘salesy’ way is a skill for now and the future and not just for people with ‘sales’ in their job title. In this talk you will hear about selling universals and how things are changing as all things digital become increasingly significant.


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What will management look like in the future? How will management tasks be accomplished and what are we going to do with the role of ‘boss’?

Hear the views and insights of an individual with forty years of experience in industry who, at the age of 63, is embarking on his next adventure – starting up a AI software company to predict the future resilience of enterprises. Richard Byford will be interviewed by a member of the Chartered Management Institute’s regional board – with opportunities for discussion.


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Millennials are old news and it’s all about Gen Z, or is it….?

With advances of the 4th industrial revolution where technology leads the way, how can we accommodate all of the different generations in one workplace to ensure we maximise the attraction and retention