The 2018 NEN Annual Conference was sponsored by Barclays and took place on Friday 16th November at Barclays Head Office in Canary Wharf, London. CEO of Business Banking, Barclays UK Ian Rand delivered the Keynote. Ian shared his insights on Leadership in a Keynote focused on Being an Agent for Change.
Our Speakers, Breakout programme and Lunchbite
In 2017, we introduced Breakout sessions to complement the main conference programme. Hugely popular, we once again ran breakouts at our 2018 conference. These sessions offered smaller groups the chance to explore the latest issues and trends within a more informal and relaxed setting. Our Lunchbite session also returned. This year we offered a chance to view and participate in a Lunchbite from Eagle Labs – Barclays UK Ventures.
We were also joined by specialist insurer Stackhouse Poland at #NENinspire18 – signifying the launch of our new strategic partnership; working together to support start up businesses.
Keynote Ian Rand, CEO of Business Banking, Barclays UK
Ian was appointed in March 2016 as CEO of Business Banking, Barclays UK. He is responsible for the business that provides banking services to circa 1m UK small business clients, ensuring that Barclays support their growth and deliver outstanding service every day. Ian joined Barclays in 2008, prior to that he was a COO at JPMorgan in London and New York for 8 years, working in Sales, Trading and Research. Prior to his career in banking, Ian served in the British Army for 10 years.
Motivational Speaker: Tom Cassidy
Tom Cassidy is the co-founder and Principal of Cambridge Leadership College. He is an education reformer whose mission is to create education and training systems in a rapidly changing world. His proprietary system is a blend of accelerated learning, entrepreneurship and leadership development with individual and collective agency. Tom has been delivering the ‘Cassidy Method’ of online training programmes since 2012 and currently has over 200,000 enrolled across all the courses. His motivational talk straight after lunch will look at ways of inspiring leaders of the future.
Motivational Speaker: Caroline Robinson
Caroline Robinson is Director of Sandler Training, a world leading leadership and sales training/consulting company. Caroline is a sought after speaker and her strategy consultancy, training and people development career began with 11 years of advising blue chip pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer, GSK, Johnson and Johnson and AstraZeneca. Her motivational talk at the end of the conference programme will be looking at mental toughness for growth – asking how do we ensure we maintain our mental toughness despite the pressures and challenges that business (and life) brings us?
Morning Breakout sessions
Future Impact of Enterprise: What does the future look like for start-up businesses?
A range of panel contributors from differing enterprise perspectives will offer their views on the place enterprise holds in our society and reiterate what they believe is important for the future of this essential area. The discussion will then be opened up to the delegates for further debate on predictions, hopes and vision for the future of the enterprise sector.
Facilitated by: Tim Adler Editor of SME magazine
Making Tax Digital: Overview and predictions
With this Government initiative having set out a vision for the ‘end of the tax return’, in this session we ask if it will it make tax administration simpler and more effective. Come along to hear what this new approach is likely to mean to small businesses now and in the future and understand the part you play.
Hosted by: Heather Elliott, Stakeholder engagement lead for the Making Tax Digital for Business Programme, HMRC
Beyond GDPR: Using your data to build trust with your stakeholders
GDPR was a big buzz word earlier this year – what has changed since it came into force? Are there further changes ahead for Data Protection, Privacy and Legislation? Whilst some organisations have GDPR fatigue, others are actively using Data Protection and Privacy to build trust, engagement and competitive advantage as well as a solid compliance framework. Find out how in this dedicated session.
Pull NOT Push: A revolution in selling for people who hate it
How to transform your entire team’s sales potential with simple upskilling to make your business development strategy a reality.
Hosted by: Lisa Ansell – Business development specialist and performance coach, pullnotpush.co.uk
Afternoon Breakout sessions
Productivity: A key driver for government
Businesses are vital for driving productivity so it’s no surprise that Government has developed policies and principles to ensure UK productivity growth is strong. Come and hear the latest views and insights on this key policy area and understand how the enterprise sector fits with the vision for the future.
Hosted by: Dr Dan Mawson – Head of Economy Team, BEIS
Marketing: Business Advice fit for the Digital age
Make sense of today’s increasingly digital landscape and understand the challenges faced by today’s SMEs to survive, thrive and compete in this landscape. Learn about the potential consequences of not adapting to a changing marketplace. Find out how you can easily create a modern, digitally-adaptive business as well as innovate your offering.
Hosted by: David Taylor – Business communications expert, author and digital coach – DNAsix®
Mental Health: Are you thinking about your thinking?
With Stress, Depression and Mental Health heavily documented in the press at the moment, we look at how this can affect staff within the workplace and consider how you can offer Mental Health First Aid to a person in crisis. MHFA is an evidence based programme which explains Mental health conditions, helps break down stigma and allows conversations to start.
Hosted by: Danielle Bridge – Managing Director, ABC Life Support CIC
Cyber security: Latest thinking
With businesses and individuals being online more than ever, it’s vital to keep up to date with the latest cyber security issues and best proactive approach to protection. This interactive presentation will show how fraudsters can fake emails, text messages and phone calls to deceive and manipulate individuals into divulging confidential or personal information that can then be used for fraudulent purposes.
Hosted by: Joseph Cooksey, Digital Engagement Manager – Specialist Client Solutions – Barclays