Berkshire Means Business 2015

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Guest Speakers

Once again we will be delivering the best speakers programme in Berkshire.

Some of Berkshire best known Entrepreneurs and business leaders will share their experiences and impart advice that money just cannot buy.

Can't Pay Won't Pay - High Court Enforcement Solutions

Mark Noble

Eventbrite - Mark Nobel - Can't Pay We'll Take it Away
You've seen them in the TV series of Can't Pay We'll Take it Away. What legal action can you take and what will have your debtor laughing all the way to the bank! Hear how to make your debtors pay and some amusing stories of those who tried to outwit Dave's 28 years of experience in Insolvency. Mark brings 28 years of experience in Insolvency (Corporate & Individuals), Bailiff Law and Company Law. Aware of all the ‘tricks’ used to frustrate the system by Debtors. Perhaps more importantly his skill set dictates that we have additional ‘tools’ in our arsenal when it comes to non-cooperative Debtors. High Court Solutions was formed in February 2013. Our primary goal is to offer effective High Court Enforcement solutions. We pride ourselves on being Client focused and believe that good communication and providing up to date information is the key to success. Our bespoke team bring a wealth of experience in Debt Enforcement and Recovery, Debt and Business Management and focused Customer Service, enabling us to take a professional and rational approach to any given scenario.

" A" Winning Attitude - Character and Attitude Development

Rosie Hamilton-McGinty

Eventbrite - Rosie Hamilton-McGinty - A Winning Attitude
Rosie is the Author and Founder of A Winning Attitude Book and Licensed Program of Character and Attitude Development, website: She has lived and worked for twenty years in Chichester on the South Coast and is a qualified and experienced Personal Development Presenter, Trainer and Coach. Some of her other self-help book titles include, Simple Steps to Happiness, Stress in the Workplace, Believe in Yourself and Don’t just dream about it –Do it. A Winning Attitude book is also published and printed in India by Jaico Publishing, Mumbai for local distribution. Her A Winning Attitude Book and Program has been well received by many organisations in both UK and overseas, and include Gems International Schools, Coventry and Portsmouth Universities, SMEs, DeVere Venues, Event and Hospitality, Checkaprofessional, NHS, Learning Links, Spirit FM Radio, and various UK Charities and assists individuals looking for character and attitude personal or business coaching and day workshops. Her 90minute Presentation ‘How to bring out the Best in People’ aims at assisting teams and managers to engage more fully with their colleagues and team members by making adjustments to one’s character and attitudes responses to ensure everyone is made to feel significant and valued in their role. Whatever your job, success with colleagues and customers depends on your attitude. Active leaders will learn how to motivate their staff to get the best out of them. The benefits’ of this Presentation aims at empowering and engaging staff to become: • Efficient and punctual • Motivated and enthusiastic to achieve • Develop self-belief and confidence • Be willing to try their best and go the extra mile • Optimistic about the day’s challenges • Co-operative and care about other people “Winners have Oomph they have get up and go” Quote from A Winning Attitude Book

The property market – An Investors Perspective

Ricky Bhurji - Romans, Investment Portfolio Manager

Eventbrite - Ricky Bhurji - An Investors Perspective
Ricky has over 10 years’ experience in property investment. Over the last 48 months alone he has provided his extensive knowledge and expert advice to investment buyers who have purchased in excess of £100m worth of buy to let property. That is over 500 properties to buy-to -let investors. Ricky is constantly assessing the market analysing insights, trends and forecasts as to how the market is expecting to perform; offering forward guidance to customers on relevant data that will affect their investments. Attendees to Ricky’s presentation will receive the most recent housing market update from a large, reputable and award winning South East estate agent. Covering market trends and practical advice to those looking to invest, Ricky will give an insight into property predictions and local investment hotspots.

Sport is a Business and Business is a Sport

Derek Redmond, one of the world’s most inspirational athletes and motivational speakers

Eventbrite - Derek Redmond - Sport is a Business and Business is a Sport
During this seminar, you will hear from former Olympian and World Champion athlete Derek Redmond on what it took him to be the best 400m sprinter in the world, and how the techniques he used to maximise his athletics performance have prepared him for life in the world of business. Drawing on his experiences as a world class athlete, Derek will demonstrate how the behavioural and emotional traits of a successful sportsman are not dissimilar to the traits of a successful businessman, highlighting the ways in which business can learn from sport and vice-versa. It all began at the tender age of seven when he joined Milton Keynes Athletics Club. A youngster with an interest and talent for running, he soon rose in prominence, becoming county champion and 400m sprint record holder. By the late 1980s and early 90s he had established himself as one of Britain’s leading athletic stars, winning a host of 400m individual and relay gold medals for Great Britain at World, Commonwealth, European and British levels. Yet it was his now iconic moment at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona which sealed his place in the history books forever. A favourite for the gold, Redmond was just 150metres into the 400m Semi-Final when his hamstring snapped and he fell to the ground. Staggering to his feet through the excruciating pain he knew it was all over, but he was determined to finish the race. He began to hobble on in agony while his father, Jim, broke through security and ran onto the track to help him complete the final 250 metres to the finish line. The emotional and inspirational footage continues to be seen the world over some 21 years on, and was featured in a TV commercial for Visa Go World, the official sponsors of the 2008 Olympics. His athletic career may now be in the past, but the pride, passion and sheer determination of a man who refused to give up on a race he knew he had already lost have made him one of the world’s most popular and most sought-after public and motivational speakers. Since retiring from athletics, Derek has played basketball for England and professionally for the Birmingham Bullets and has played competitive rugby union for Coventry RFC and Stow RFC. He is also a respected coach and advisor for international athletes. Redmond joined Thomas International in 2014 as their Group Performance Director, bringing a wealth of experience from the sporting world to the business. Derek is passionate about helping Thomas to change the lives in business, education and sport.

BBC's Comic Relief - Peoples Strictly 2015 Participant


Eventbrite - Trishna Bharadia - The People's Strictly 2015 participant

Trishna Bharadia, 35, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis seven years ago when she was 28. An unpredictable, incurable and neurodegenerative condition, it most commonly hits people in their 20s and 30s, a time when they’re just starting on or consolidating their career path. A full-time business press translator for M-Brain, an information services company, Trishna turned her diagnosis into something positive by getting involved in charity work to raise awareness about the condition and help others who have MS. She’s undertaken varied work for the MS Society, Asian MS, the MS Trust and, among others, which has included speaking at information events, writing for magazines, speaking as an expert patient at pharmaceutical and healthcare preceptorships, participating in poster and information campaigns, being on the judging panel for the MS Society Awards 2014 and sitting on the committee of Asian MS. She is also the editor of the Asian MS quarterly publication.

Her work earned her the title of “Volunteer of the Year” at the MS Society Awards 2013, as well as being runner-up in the 25-64 year old category for Volunteer of the Year at the Windsor & Maidenhead Voluntary Action awards 2013. Most recently, she was chosen out of over 11,000 people to take part in the first ever People’s Strictly for Comic Relief on the BBC, which saw her take to the famous Strictly Come Dancing floor to dance a jive with professional dance partner Aljaz Skornajec.


This talk will focus on how encouraging your employees to undertake charity/voluntary work will bring overall benefits to your business, using my own personal experience as a case study.

I will be talking about:

-My own experiences of undertaking charity work: why I started and what I’ve done, including my time on “The People’s Strictly” for Comic Relief

-How businesses can work with their employees to enable volunteering opportunities

-Why it’s important for employers to support employees who undertake external and company-sponsored charity work

-What do employers and employees get out of charity work? It’s a two-way street!

There will also be plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

How the economy is currently performing?

Eddie Curzon, Regional Director, CBI

Eventbrite - Eddie Curzon - How the Economy is Currently Performing?
Eddie Curzon is Regional Director for the CBI in the Thames Valley and is responsible for working with CBI members across the region, cross sector and size to ensure their interests are best represented as the CBI works with government to ensure it continues to provide the best possible environment for businesses to prosper. Eddie joined the CBI in 2012 and formerly worked with global infrastructure, engineering related companies in his previous role as Assistant Regional Director in London. Prior to joining the CBI, Eddie amassed more than 15 years’ experience from working in major professional services firms including Deloitte and BDO. Eddie studied Business and Marketing at Gloucestershire University and grew up just outside Reading in Sonning Common. During the session Eddie will be able to provide business insights on how the economy is currently performing, the challenges and opportunities that are facing business and also discuss how the CBI will be looking to engage with the newly formed government capturing it’s key priorities for the government’s first 100 days.

Business Woman of the Year 2014

Claire Edmunds

Eventbrite - Claire Edmunds - Lessons Learnt: Advice I would give to my start-up selfÂ’
Claire Edmunds is the CEO of Clarify, a company she founded in 2003 after identifying a gap in the market for a specialist business development capability. Through organic growth, the company now employs 50 people and has a turnover of £4m. Clarify works specifically with global B2B enterprise clients and dynamic high-growth tech start-ups with high-value, complex sales processes. Clarify’s innovative approach enables its customers to create influence at the right stage of the buying cycle, accelerate business growth and reduce the overall cost of winning business by up to 30%. In 2014 Claire was named Woman of the Year (SME) at the Business Magazine awards and Clarify was highly commended runner up at the SME Business awards. In her 30minute presentation, Claire will focus on ‘Lessons Learnt: Advice I would give to my start-up self’ Focusing on 5 areas which have helped shape Clarify’s development: * The transition from start-up to SME – from managing a business to survive to managing a business to grow * Working with advisors and Non-Executive Directors – listening with caution and having ambition without ego! * There is always a way… finding the right path and learning much more from what doesn’t work than what does * Really understanding how your business makes money – learning from the ‘lean’ periods * Punching above your weight – surmounting the psychological barriers when pitching to large organisations This session will be invaluable for any business experiencing growing pains; it will demonstrate how common challenges can be tackled and provide an insight into how hurdles can be surmounted to reach the next stage of growth.

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