Stop Talking, Start Doing With Grazia’s New Entrepreneurial Networking Series

Got plans… but also an A+ in procrastination? Then maybe it’s time to stop boring friends/family/anyone who’ll listen and sign up for the first of our series of Grazia’s new inspirational entrepreneurial talks on 28 October…

School-of-GraziaStuck in a work rut? Do you have an idea for a business that you’ve been talking about for ages, but haven’t done anything about? Or do you simply have a back-of-a-napkin life-changing plan that you want to sound out to other like-minded individuals? Then why not sign up for the first of our series of entrepreneurial talks on 28 October at sketch in Central London.

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The O2 Business Show

The Business Design Centre,
Islington, London, N1 0QH

23-25 October

Free to attend

Wednesday 23 October 2013

8.30am – 12pm: keynote event with Shaa Wasmund and private viewing

12pm – 5pm: exhibition open to the public

5.30pm – 8.30pm: keynote event with Philip Ross and private viewing

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Thursday 24 October 2013

11am – 5pm: exhibition open to the public

Friday 25 October 2013

11am – 5pm: exhibition open to the public

Read more and sign up here.

University of East London Expert Series – Managing & developing staff

When: Tuesday 29 October 2013 08.00-10.00

Where: 10th Floor, UEL Office, One Canada Square  Canary Wharf London E14 5AB

Cost: Free

Do you want to learn new ways to better manage and develop your most valuable asset – your team? Explore new ways of overcoming these challenges and maximise your teams potential with UEL’s experts.

UEL is launching a new series of seminars for businesses which will see UEL Academics discussing key business topics at UEL’s Canary Wharf base. In the first of the series, Managing & developing staff Dr. Roger Bull will lead the discussion.

The seminar will include a chance for you to share your own ideas and network with other business owners to get a fresh perspective.

Dr. Roger Bull

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Roger teaches international management and leadership on the MBA and other postgraduate programmes. He combines his work within RDBS with his own organisational development (OD) and change management consultancy and coaching practice. Roger’s career has been mainly in business, working in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, including employment with the Oracle Corporation and the HSBC banking group in Asia.

For further information about the seminar programme, please email or 0208 223 7092.

To register click here.

Exporting Britain: trading our way back to growth


The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) is supportive of the Government’s intention to rebalance the economy after the recent downturn by placing an increasing emphasis on enabling an ‘export-led recovery’. However, our research has identified a number of policy barriers, which are discouraging London businesses – particularly SMEs – from exporting to important global markets.

Today, at a launch event with the Business Secretary Dr Vince Cable MP, LCCI published a new report, Exporting Britain: trading our way back to growth, which highlights the factors that are having a direct impact on businesses’ ability to export. It is based on the findings of a recent survey of London businesses, trade mission questionnaires and in-depth interviews with senior industry and commerce figures with experience of international trade.

The report highlights the benefits of trade missions to London firms and lists a number of key recommendations that should be implemented to help businesses realise their export ambitions. Specifically, it includes calls for:

  • A national exports and growth strategy to coordinate relevant Government departmental policies and outline the role that business organisations and private companies could play in creating greater exporting activity
  • Greater efforts by Government and UK Trade & Investment to work closer with private sector partner organisations to encourage greater take-up of exporting opportunities through trade missions and increase awareness of finance available to firms wishing to export
  • Reform of the UK visa regime to ensure immigration policies do not unnecessarily obstruct businesses’ ability to trade globally and to hire specialist skills needed to compete and grow internationally
  • A clear long-term vision for aviation that will enable the opening of routes to key emerging markets with untapped export opportunities, and policies that will make best use of London airports’ existing runway capacity in the short-to-medium term

To read the full report click here.

Opportunities for UK businesses presented by the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

One Great George Street
London SW1P 3AA

The UKIBC, together with UKTI and FICCI are holding an exclusive event featuring Amitabh Kant, Chief Executive, Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC), who will highlight the actual and emerging opportunities for UK businesses presented by the ambitious Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) mega project and other industrial corridors proposed across India such as the potential Bangalore Mumbai Economic Corridor Project.  Mr Kant will be accompanied by Mr Saurabh Chandra, Secretary of the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion and Chairman of DMICDC, and together they will detail the DMIC project, which is a USD 90 billion (£60 billion) infrastructure project currently in the planning stage, which, in Phase 1 alone, will see the development of seven new industrial cities across the States of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra.

For more information click here.

To register click here.

Make It Real – Graduation Event – Speaker update

You may have received our invite to the ‘Make it Real’ graduation event taking place on Thursday 17 October at the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green.  If you haven’t yet registered we would like to announce our fantastic speaker line up (below).  This will be followed by networking and a live marketplace showcasing the fantastic talent of the 15 emerging entrepreneurs supported by this programme.

Name: Rebecca Stevenson
Company: Royal Bank of Scotland
Position: Lead Contract Manager, Corporate Services

Rebecca joined the RBS Group in 2007 leading the supplier management across the UK and Ireland, of a number of Property Suppliers. In 2011, Rebecca took on a voluntary role as Chair of the RBS Focused Women network for the London region, shaping a programme of activity to attract, retain and develop female talent across the organisation. This in turn has led to Rebecca securing a permanent role in 2013, as Head of Inclusion, leading the strategy across Business Services, a global division with 25,000 employees. In her spare time, Rebecca mentors young entrepreneurs through the Princes Trust, and is actively involved with a number of charities including the Back Up Trust and Streetwise Opera.

Name: Faith Douglas
Company: NatWest
Position: National Enterprise Manager

Faith Douglas joined NatWest in July 1974 in Sheffield and has fulfilled a variety of roles, predominantly within Retail & Corporate Banking.
She is currently National Enterprise Manager, with the objective of generating sustainable business through Supporting Enterprise, Women in Business and Community Engagement, whilst at all times being aware of creating economic value for the Bank.  She has a passion for Sheffield which involves her in various fund raising activities in addition to working with Youth both the unemployed and the Graduates from the Universities.

Name: Lisa Burger
Company:  EasyJet Airline Company
Position: Head of Customer Experience

Lisa Burger, as Head of Customer Experience at easyJet has been championing and leading the customer transformation agenda for the last 2 years.

Lisa has worked in the aviation sector for the majority of her career and held senior executive Operational and Customer positions within easyJet, Head of Ground Operations and Head of Customer Services.

In 2007 Lisa transferred sector and joined the global coffee leader Starbucks as Director of Operations leading and inspiring store teams across London for 4 years within tough economic times and at the height of recession.

Lisa began her career with Monarch airlines at the tender age of 16 at Luton Airport where she was able to learn her craft within airport and customers operations, equipping her well for the opportunity that arose to form part of the start team at easyJet in 1995.

Lisa’s talents and professional success was recognised when she joined the elite female business women recognised in Management Today’s 35 under 35 in 2009, she has recently completed her Masters at Ashridge Business School and has balanced her career with being a mum to her two children Jake and Sienna.

If you would like to attend and hear from our finalists and guest speakers for the evening please register here by Friday 3 October.

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