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On 20 May Naggib Chakhane, Executive MBA class of 2005, joined us and shared the ‘5 Levels of Leadership’ strategy and what the top ten per cent of leaders are doing.
Former Learning & Development Manager, Taj group of Hotels, India.
Clair Fisher is the Founder & Director of Pashley Fisher ltd, with significant experience developing teams, leaders and partnerships. She began her career on the prestigious Civil Service Fast stream holding a variety of posts in Whitehall, Brussels and in Regional Government, most recently Deputy Director for 'Place Performance & Partnerships' in the South East.
Moderator, Jim Sears, and panellists (above)
Innovation has never been as important for business as it is today with challenges including slow economic growth, technology advances, globalisation and, more recently, Brexit. In turn, governments are increasing looking to small-and-medium size companies (SME’s) to lead this charge for economic and job growth.
The biggest challenge to innovation, though, is funding according to the BIS.* How do companies finance growth? What kind of finance should they consider? What are the changes in the financing landscape over the past year and what may they be as we look to the future?
For these reasons, Access to Business Funding, an event organised by the University of Surrey in conjunction with Surrey Chamber of Commerce on 13 October, could not be more relevant and proved to be a big success with more than 80 attendees including SME’s from around Surrey.
Keynote speaker, Terry Toms from CEO of R&D Tax Credits, highlighted opportunities for R&D tax credits for SME’s while a panel of financial experts provided a lively discussion about the above questions. The panel included Business Growth Fund, Crowdcube, FSE Group, Alternative Business Funding, UK Export Finance, Santander Bank and many more.
The event looked at a broader context for funding innovation from traditional sources such as debt and equity to other means such as tax credits, grants and pension-led borrowing. We look forward to developing this event further next year as the financing needs of SME’s evolve further.
*BIS, UK In novation Survey 2015;
Join us for the Access to Business Funding Forum, Thursday 13 October 6-9pm at Surrey Business School. Organised by Surrey Business School, University of Surrey in conjunction with Surrey Chambers of Commerce.
Interactive financial forum, with panel discussion and keynote speech, followed by networking and drinks reception. The event is targeted at companies of all sizes seeking external funding with a strong participation of a wide range of expert lending partners.
A keynote address by Terry Toms, CEO of R & D Tax, will provide a broad overview of financing alternatives for innovation before focusing on two key areas— R&D tax credits and grant fund-raising. Government initiatives such as Innovation UK provide grant opportunities but also have certain pitfalls while more than 16,000 SME’s have received £800 million as R&D tax credits as recently as 2014. Why not your company too?
The panel discussion will follow and cover key topics:
We will end the evening with a networking reception where participants can arrange 1-2-1 meetings to continue discussions with specific lending partners for the event.
Please contact Surrey Chambers of Commerce to book your place.
On Monday 19 September, the University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Max Lu and Head of Surrey Business School, Professor Andy Adcroft welcomed business delegates from across sectors to officially launch Surrey Business School’s Business insights Lab. The Business insights Lab brings ideas and people together, putting the latest thinking into practice within the digital economy.
Volatility. Uncertainty. Complexity. Ambiguity. ‘VUCA’ is the defining symbol of the Digital Economy.
The Business insights Lab (BiL) is a unique resource that helps us – collaboratively – to define, interpret, and navigate the digital landscape: from obstacles to opportunities; from old habits to new models; from disruption to new connections; from confusion to clarity and effective prediction – finding solutions to an equation that is constantly in motion.
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 praised the University of Surrey for being one of “the most innovative universities in the UK” and Surrey Business School’s Business insights Lab is innovation in action. CoDE was delighted to participate recently in an event to showcase and officially open the Lab, when the University hosted donors Alberto and Maria Verme, along with new Vice-Chancellor Professor Max Lu and guests from across academia and local industry, for a celebration, ribbon-cutting, lab taster-session, and Q&A.
Since opening its doors in September 2015, the Lab has engaged with over 30 companies and over 400 students from across the University to deliver a positive learning experience. Designed to teach business skills for the Digital Age, the Business insights Lab draws together research, teaching, brokering and problem solving, tapping on our strengths across the University, to foster new business innovation strategies. In the BiL, we don’t just study theory; we shape and develop new practice through collaboration and experimentation.
A constant stream of digital technology changes, optimised production practices, and flexible global delivery models has quietly turned into a revolution in business models, consumer expectations, and societal behaviours. The result: a ‘mash-up’ of sectors, issues, unexpected problems, and unlikely bedfellows – and a future that’s virtually impossible to predict.
But Digital, paradoxically, also provides us with the tools to solve the problem. The solution at the Centre for the Digital Economy (CoDE) is what we call ‘collaborative discovery.’
Our students problem-solve creatively, with unexpected partners, tackling ‘wicked problems’ in a changing landscape, and learning interactive skills and methods around innovation and entrepreneurship.
How much do you know about the face of Digital Business? Get in touch with us if your business could use some insight about what’s coming next: email@example.com