Upcoming Events and Speakers

COMING UP

  • NOVEMBER 2017 – A SPORT FOR ALL

     

    THURSDAY 16TH NOVEMBER 2017

     

    Clare Hazell (Chief Executive)
    Clare joined the PPA in April 2014 following 12 years at The Professional Jockeys Association. During that time her role involved managing and promoting the comprehensive package of support and welfare schemes available to Jockeys and mentoring youngsters embarking on their careers. She was also a Director of the Jockeys Employment & Training Scheme between 2002-2014. At the PPA, the responsibility for the sports’ development and success is central to her role, as well as its administration and provision of support and advice to all participants.

     

    Becci Thompson (Communications and Commercial Executive)
    After graduating with a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Sheffield in the summer of 2014, Becci spent the following year working for a Science Communication Charity. In her role at the PPA, Becci works to communicate effectively with participants and to promote the sport widely. Although a relative newcomer, Becci has quickly become passionate about the world of racing and is thrilled to be working in such an exciting sport with such dedicated supporters.

  • OCTOBER 2017 – ALISON EDGAR, THE ENTREPRENEUR’S GODMOTHER & MANAGING DIRECTOR OF SALES COACHING SOLUTIONS

     

    THURSDAY 19TH OCTOBER 2017

     

    Alison Edgar is The Entrepreneur’s Godmother and Managing Director of Sales Coaching Solutions. Alison has developed a fresh new approach to sales training and coaching, teaching start-ups, micro’s and small businesses to sell more of their fantastic products and services through her Easy Peasy Sales course.

     

    Alison has been recognised as one of the UK’s top 10 business advisors and was invited to attend the Queen’s Royal Garden party for her dedication to Enterprise. She won GB Entrepreneur of the Year special merit for service award in 2015 and is a Small Business Saturday and Enterprise Nation champion. She is regularly featured in national press and radio as a sales expert and has repeatedly contributed to BBC Breakfast. She was also recently named in Richtopia’s Top 100 Most Influential Entrepreneurs in Britain.

     

    For more information about Alison, The Entrepreneur’s Godmother, please visit her website: www.alisonedgar.com

  • SEPTEMBER 2017 – ARKELL’S BREWERY, QUALITY REFINED THROUGH THE GENERATIONS

     

    THURSDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 2017

     

    After running a pub in Oxford, The Rusty Bicycle, I moved into a role as area Business development manager for Arkell’s Brewery. This lead me into a deeper interest in Brewing and so I took a year off to do a master brewing qualification in Chicago and Munich, gaining an international insight into brewing. After this I spent some time working with Fuller’s brewery then returned to Arkell’s to take over the head brewers position. I am the 6th Generation of our family to work at the brewery, where we have been producing beer on the same site since 1843.

     

    I shall take attendees through the history of Swindon’s oldest business, Then give a short overview of the brewing process and how we brew our beers using our unique Victorian, steam brew house.

  • Simon West

    Speaker: Simon West (Partner) Net Sales LLP

  • Clare Hazell

    Speaker: Clare Hazell CEO, Point to Pointing

  • Alison Edgar

    Speaker: Alison Edgar Managing Director of Sales Coaching Solutions

  • Alex Arkell

    Speaker: Alex Arkell Head Brewer at Arkell’s

  • Graham Dawson

    Speaker: Graham Dawson CEO, Routes2Success, Faringdon

  • Richard Marsh

    Speaker: Richard Marsh BSc (Hons) Computer Systems Engineering, CEO, Computing Information Systems (CIS), Faringdon

  • John Kirk

    Speaker: John Kirk, owner of Home Instead Senior Care Swindon & Vale of White Horse and Chair of the Swindon Dementia Action Alliance.

  • Sarah Gardner

    Speaker: Sarah Gardner, Founder and Chief Executive of charity Action Through Enterprise (ATE)

  • Jackie Smith

    Speaker: Jackie Smith MBE, CEO, Uplands Educational Trust (UET), Swindon

  • JULY 2017 – EQUINE FACILITATED LEARNING

     

    THURSDAY 20TH JULY 2017

     

    Graham Dawson is an Equine Facilitator that might be simply defined as a ‘horse whisperer for humans’. He works with horses and humans to help them understand and develop emotions and behaviours that will allow them to develop the skills and resources they require to make progress in their personal and business life. The process is known as Equine Facilitated Learning which is a novel and powerful method of experiential learning based on interactions with horses.

     

    Graham will explain how this process works across a very broad spectrum of topics and issues ranging from leadership to personal relationships and wellbeing and how it is equally applicable for young people and Chief Executives. In management terminology, a horse might be defined as ‘500kg of instantaneous, non-judgemental feedback mechanism’. He works regularly with senior executives and teams from large organisations, as well as helping young and disadvantaged people develop emotional resilience.
    Graham’s first career was in the Army where he rode horses competitively but stopped when his ‘star’ ride retired. After leaving the Army and working in project management and management consultancy he trained as a coach and Neuro Linguistic Practitioner before being enticed back into the equine world. He will talk about the power and application of Equine Facilitated Learning as a process illustrating it with anonymised accounts of the benefit it has delivered.

  • JUNE 2017 – IS YOUR BUSINESS PROTECTED FROM CYBER ATTACK?

     

    THURSDAY 15TH JUNE 2017

     

    Richard is CIS’s CEO. With a BSc(Hons) in Computer Systems Engineering, Richard offers a rare understanding of how software and hardware interact at every level. Richard has directed IT for larger corporations such as Autonomy (AU. or AU,L) taking them through mergers and acquisitions. Richard has also helped to start and build smaller companies on very small budgets, assisting growth into multinational companies and eventually IP, the most successful being blinkx(BLNX) the world’s largest and most advanced video search engine. Richard has a vast experience working on worldwide scales, with projects over most of North America and parts of Europe. Now concentrating his skills on virtualisation and the SME market Richard helps CIS to provide some of the first class solutions that help many smaller companies grow and achieve contract wins in markets above their level.

     

    Attendees should expect a whirlwind 15 minutes about ransomware, viruses, security as a whole and how to better protect themselves and their organisations, what to look out for, what to definitely do and what not to do, all boiled down into English and facts.

  • MARCH 2017 – FINDING & FUNDING CARE FOR AN AGEING PARENT, RELATIVE OR LOVED ONE

     

    THURSDAY, MARCH 16TH 2017 at 12.30pm

    We are all ageing and most of us don’t like to think about the time we might become so frail that we or someone we love might need additional care and support.  Finding and funding good care is difficult enough when it’s planned but many of us tend to leave it until the situation has become critical.  John’s presentation will provide SHBC members with guidance on how to be better prepared. Home Instead is based on Shrivenham Hundred Business Park.

     

     

  • APRIL 2017 – ENTREPRENEURSHIP, ENTERPRISE AND RELATIONSHIP-BUILDING FOR SUCCESS

     

    THURSDAY 20TH APRIL 2017 at 12:30pm

     

    Following five years of teaching in Newbury, Sarah Gardner took a sabbatical to volunteer in a poor and neglected part of Ghana where she saw first-hand many barriers to children accessing education, disabled children being included in the community, and challenges for people starting up and sustaining small businesses. Sarah will share her experiences of setting up and leading a successful, small charity to tackle these issues, the importance of relationship-building to succeed, and the entrepreneurship of the small business owners ATE mentors to grow and survive in this tough environment. ATE is based on Shrivenham 100 Business Park.

     

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  • MAY 2017 – HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TO HELP THEMSELVES

     

    THURSDAY 18TH MAY 2017 at12:30pm

    Uplands is a school for students aged 11-25 years with severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties and/or Autistic Spectrum Condition. Since joining the school, Jackie has, together with the Board of Trustees, formed the charity Uplands Educational Trust (UET). She will explain how, with the help of local businesses, disabled young people can make a valuable contribution to their community.

     

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