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Day One – 12 March 2018

Hear some of the business world’s sharpest thinkers discuss everything from smart cities, robot employees and cyber security to employee wellbeing and emotional intelligence.

Sunrise Session

Enjoy a hefty dose of motivation over a hearty breakfast with Caspar Craven. Caspar has spent the last 30 years building winning teams in business and his own extraordinary adventures, while creating three separate million-dollar businesses. He even sold one of them while crossing the Pacific Ocean.

Speaker: Caspar Craven, Adventurer and Entrepreneur

Read here why 30 minutes with Caspar Craven could change your life

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Main Stage

March 2018 marks the one-year countdown to Brexit. This session offers a unique perspective from the Prime Minister of Malta; one of the 27 member states poised to vote on the final deal.

Here, you’ll hear an EU view of Brexit and how the UK’s imminent departure could affect your business.

Speaker: Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta

A closer look at what leaving the EU really means for your business from a UK-centric perspective.

Here, you’ll learn about the practical precautions you can take to weather the changes.

How can the world produce the energy it needs to broaden prosperity without damaging the environment beyond repair? A panel of experts will lead this debate about the world’s resources.

Find out what the scarcity of commodities will mean for fuelling the global economy and your own business.

Speaker: Francisco Carranza, Nissan Energy

With three decades in the car industry where he started out as a technician’s apprentice, Mike Flewitt talks about his journey to become CEO of McLaren Automotive.

Learn about McLaren’s future, where electric vehicles fit in and the importance of innovation.

Speaker: Mike Flewitt, McLaren Automotive

Seminar Room

As China leads the effort to create the world’s largest economic platform, we’ll take a closer look at China’s continuing growth through 2018 and beyond.

Here, you’ll find out about the science, technology and policy that will power China’s illustrious future.

Speakers: Elspeth Cheung, Kantar Millward Brown
Jon Geldart, Grant Thornton International

A closer look at what leaving the EU really means for your business from a UK-centric perspective.

Here, you’ll learn about the practical precautions you can take to weather the changes.

(Live relay of Main Stage)

From notes on napkins to flourishing SMEs, we’ll examine the challenges of business growth, offering insight and advice from one of the UK’s most successful global challengers.

In this session, you’ll learn how to expand your enterprise while staying true to your vision.

Speaker: Henry Dimbleby, Leon Restaurants

With new knowledge about how physical and mental ill health impacts business productivity, we’ll look at ways to create a workplace environment that both protects and improves people’s wellbeing.

Here, you’ll learn how to put your employees’ wellbeing at the heart of your business, while boosting your bottom line.

Speakers: Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, ukactive
Chris Fung, Crussh
Richard Holmes, Westfield Health
David Capper, Westfield Health

Workshop Space

In this session, Kevin Uphill provides a unique insight into building business value and unleashing successful M&A strategies in today’s complex and increasingly challenging markets. He expertly guides business leaders to progress from day-to-day operational management to true leadership – driving significant growth, creativity and shareholder value. The second part of this session discusses the importance of M&A and value of strategic alliances, whilst exploring the growth opportunities offered by new territories and markets.

Speaker: Kevin Uphill, Avondale

Many of the recent high-profile cyber attacks have been attributed to basic mistakes being made by the companies affected. As the journalist and commentator Anthony Hilton has said; these mistakes raise questions over the competence of management along with a host of reputational and trust issues, and have the potential to do severe long-term damage.

In this presentation, Andy Thomas will walk you through the dark web landscape and the cyber risk reality faced by all businesses, and demonstrate how businesses can identify and manage potential cyber risk issues before they become the next target to be called “stupid”.

Speaker: Andy Thomas, KYND

A closer look at what leaving the EU really means for your business from a UK-centric perspective.

Here, you’ll learn about the practical precautions you can take to weather the changes.

(Live relay of Main Stage)

If you are a business that buys and sells overseas, you know that navigating the waters of international trade can be complex. A panel of business experts will explore the opportunities and challenges in today’s global trade landscape.

Get unique insights on how growing businesses can successfully unlock the opportunities held in trading abroad.

In this masterclass from the School of Life, you’ll learn why emotional intelligence is so important to your performance at work. You’ll also learn about how philosophy and psychology can help you understand and build your emotional intelligence.

Find innovative ways to apply emotional intelligence in the workplace, from improving employee wellbeing to effective negotiation.

Speaker: Sarah Stein Lubrano, School of Life

In today’s hyper-connected world, no one is safe from cyber terrorism. We’ll investigate the challenges of securing your workplace and explore the technology and human behaviours behind this invisible threat.

Chair: Anne Duncan, IoD France

Speakers: Jessica Fine, MSD
Gareth Wharton, Hiscox

Evening Programme

Sunset Session

Unwind and chew the fat with fellow Open House guests while sampling some exquisite artisan gins.

Day Two – 13 March 2018

Tuesday’s agenda takes a closer look at the potential effects of Brexit, emerging markets that are too intriguing to ignore, and the art of recruiting and retaining top talent by creating a truly inclusive workplace.

Sunrise Session

In this sunrise session, we’ll help you reflect on your organisation’s sales strategy and how to implement it effectively, all while sharing a hearty breakfast. We will reveal what high-performing companies focus on to ensure sustainable success, and introduce three key approaches that increase sales growth significantly.

Speaker: Darin Enefer, Mercuri

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Main Stage

Voted Businesswoman of the Year, Karren Brady, CBE will reveal her unparalleled insight on what it takes to make you and your business a success. One of the most influential, high profile and respected female business leaders in the UK, this is a unique chance to hear one of the most powerful and discerning voices in British business.

Speaker: Baroness Karren Brady, CBE

Following 2017’s exploration of the potential held in countries such as Russia, South Africa, Mexico and Brazil, we’ll assess the attraction of 2018’s most promising markets.

Find out how you can expand your business with fresh markets in mind.

This panel session will explore how businesses, individuals and Government should pull together to meet the urgent challenges of digitisation and automation. Matthew Taylor, advisor to Tony Blair in Downing Street and current Chief Executive of the RSA will start off the session with insight into his commission by Theresa May to lead the seminal review into the future of work, which is due to receive a Government response.

Speaker: Matthew Taylor, RSA
Kate Bell, TUC

In this session, we will hear from Caroline Casey, award-winning social entrepreneur, businesswoman and founder of #valuable on why she believes that for significant change to happen, we must combine purpose-driven leadership and purpose-driven business. Leaders must align their personal purposes with their business mission to generate meaningful success.

Speaker: Dr. Caroline Casey, Binc

Seminar Room

Voted Businesswoman of the Year, Karren Brady, CBE will reveal her unparalleled insight on what it takes to make you and your business a success. One of the most influential, high profile and respected female business leaders in the UK, this is a unique chance to hear one of the most powerful and discerning voices in British business.

(Live relay from the Main Stage)

Speaker: Baroness Karren Brady, CBE

With a focus on cyber security, big data and AI, this session takes a pragmatic look at financial services disruptors and explores risk, ethics, policy and more.

Find out about the new technologies that are key to building revolutionary reform across sectors.

Speaker: Gemma Godfrey, Moola

Jargon gets dangerous when people try to use it to run a company, yet unfortunately that’s what many ‘digital transformation’ programmes often boil down to. In this talk based on her new book, ‘Digital Transformation: Build Your Organization’s Future for the Innovation Age’, Lindsay Herbert will share some of her own hard-won lessons, as well as from other global leaders.

Find out how to transform traditional organisations into ones that adapt to change as the new business-as-usual.

Speaker: Lindsay Herbert, IBM

Cyptocurrency: the digital asset that has the business world talking. We discuss the world of bitcoin, its highs and woes and whether it can get past this ‘blip’ and join it’s successful cousin blockchain in a revolution that could transform how almost every industry will operate in the future.

Here, you’ll get the latest insight into digital currencies and blockchain, whether its a friend or foe and how to tell the difference.

Speaker: Denis Baranov, Data Art

With employment at record highs and firms suffering from skills shortages, the need to find the best staff, whoever they are, has never been more pressing.

Here you’ll find out how to open up recruiting and working practices to remove stumbling blocks to diversity.

Speakers: Dominie Moss, The Return Hub
Josh Graff, Linkedin

Jenny Roper, HR Magazine
Camilla Carson, Moola

In this session, we’ll discuss the potential of data to drive innovation in your business.

Find out how new data and privacy regulations could translate into a business growth opportunity.

Speaker: Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, The Open Data Institute

Workshop Space

Voted Businesswoman of the Year, Karren Brady, CBE will reveal her unparalleled insight on what it takes to make you and your business a success. One of the most influential, high profile and respected female business leaders in the UK, this is a unique chance to hear one of the most powerful and discerning voices in British business.

(Live relay from the Main Stage)

Speaker: Baroness Karren Brady, CBE

In this session, you’ll hear from MMPR founder and Managing Director Meri Mance and Director James Sinclair-Smith – the team behind the PR success of Patty & Bun, Swingers, Pergola on The Roof and The Crystal Maze: The Live Experience.

Learn how to use public relations to effectively achieve long-term success when building a brand.

Speakers: Meri Manse, Meri Manse PR,
James Sinclair-Smith, Meri Manse

For years, Poland has been perceived as a country of remarkable investment potential of particular interest to both private and corporate foreign investors. Join the seminar to discover the diverse potential of Lubelskie, the third-largest and one of the most buoyant provinces in the country.

Speakers: Michael Dembinski, British Polish Chamber of Commerce
Stella Donoghue, Donoghue Consulting Ltd
Wiktor Doktor, Pro Progressio Foundation

Whilst we worry about Brexit and other man-made disasters, we risk overlooking the generation who are just getting on with creating the future. Multi award-winning entrepreneur Sam Conniff Allende will give an advance preview of his forthcoming book Be More Pirate (Portfolio/Penguin May 2018) and the young global hustlers who are following in the footsteps of the Golden Age Pirates when they rewrote the rules of a broken system 300 years ago.

Speaker: Sam Conniff Allende

High-performing teams are made, not born. Join like-minded professionals as Nis Arend, Founder of The Corporate Confidante, reveals skills the top 1% leaders have mastered and how they’ve overcome challenges to get to the top of their game without leaving a trail of tired teams in their path.

Learn how you can use the same strategies to elevate performance, build teams and shape the best people to help you achieve success.

Speaker: Nis Arend, The Corporate Confidante

Evening Programme

Sunset Session

Details to be announced soon.

Day Three – 14 March 2018

Join scintillating discussions on how a new generation of business model is influencing the markets, how to venture into the exciting world of exports and ways in which design is influencing innovation – to name but a few.

Sunrise Session

Around the world, a new consumer group is poised to dominate the economy of the future: women. Why is half the human race considered new? Because brands and marketers have failed to adjust to the unprecedented pace of change affecting every area of women’s lives. The only solution is a future-facing approach. Find out more over a hearty breakfast with Lucie Greene.

Speaker: Lucie Greene, J. Walter Thompson

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Main Stage

With dire predictions abounding of automation and algorithms making human work obsolete, we’ll look at how we ensure that humans and machines can work in harmony.

Find out how the automated future could boost productivity and free up space for creativity.

Speaker: Umang Patel, Babylon Health

For businesses to thrive in the connected world, they need to connect with people – their lives, their hopes and their ambitions. In this session, we’ll focus on how ensuring your employees’ wellbeing at work can boost your bottom line.

Here, you’ll learn how increasing connectivity can improve productivity and take your business to the next level.

Speaker: Paul Farmer, Mind

In this session, we will hear from Paul Lindley, founder of the UK’s leading purpose-led business, Ella’s Kitchen, on why he believes disruptive business thinking can help the economy work better for people and the planet.

Learn how business can disrupt a broken system, from climate change to economic inequality.

Speaker: Paul Lindley, Ella’s Kitchen

This session will explore how innovators build meaning into products and services through creativity and insight.

Here, you’ll learn how innovation can create an unbeatable and sustainable competitive advantage.

Speaker: Dick Powell, Seymourpowell

From unimaginable technological advances to changes in working lifestyles, we’ll take a glimpse at the future of business in 2038.

Take a look into the future of business with the Director General of the IoD.

Speaker: Stephen Martin, Institute of Directors

Seminar Room

In conversation with some of the UK’s brightest young business leaders, innovators and game changers, this session will explore the potential of tomorrow’s leaders.

Find out how the next generation is transforming the way we work, reshaping the boardroom and changing the way we do business.

Speaker: Kate Robertson, One Young World

In this session, Peter Horrocks will discuss the impact of workplace automation and benefits of lifelong learning.

Here, you’ll learn how our education system, employers and workforce need to adapt, train and develop to ensure a future for skilled workers.

Speaker: Peter Horrocks, The Open University

With 13.5 million people living with a disability in the UK, how can workplaces change, grow and develop to include this highly valuable group of people?

Learn how opening recruitment and embracing diversity can drive innovation and growth.

Speaker: Mike Adams, Purple

How will our future leaders disrupt contemporary business culture? We’ll discuss how they’re set to impact the boardroom and how they’ll affect the economy.

Find out more about our new generation of directors and how they’ll change the face of business.

Speaker: Lucie Greene, J. Walter Thompson

From unimaginable technological advances to changes in working lifestyles, we’ll take a glimpse at the future of business in 2038.

Take a look into the future of business with the Director General of the IoD.

(Live relay from the Main Stage)

Speaker: Stephen Martin, Institute of Directors

Workshop Space

This interactive workshop is aimed at SMEs which buy and sell overseas. Learn how you can protect your business from unpredictable movements in the global foreign exchange market by implementing simple FX strategies tailored to your company needs.

Please note, this workshop has a maximum capacity of 30 delegates.

(Double session. Continues 11:30am)

Choosing the right agent or distributor for exports can make or break a company, so it’s essential to enlist the help of the Department for International Trade. During this ‘speed matching’ session, you’ll meet with trade advisers covering a range of markets from China to the USA.

Learn where you should be setting your sights in 2018 and how to avoid the pitfalls of exports.

Can culture as a strategy deliver high ROI? In this session, we will share research and insights into what organisational culture really means.

Here, you’ll learn how leveraging your company culture can improve individual and business performance.

Speaker: Thomas Davies, Temporall

The workshop will cover two key elements of cyber security. Firstly, to help you increase awareness and develop or expand a cyber security strategy. Secondly, to realise, react and reflect on a security attack and stay ahead of tomorrow’s threats.

Get practical advice on how to protect your business from cyber attacks.

Speaker: Paul Forrest, Purple Management Consulting

From unimaginable technological advances to changes in working lifestyles, we’ll take a glimpse at the future of business in 2038.

Take a look into the future of business with the Director General of the IoD.

(Live relay from the Main Stage)

Speaker: Stephen Martin, Institute of Directors

Evening Programme