Risky Business! Building solid foundations for growth, through solid Tech, HR, Business Governance and Risk controls

Date: Tuesday 30th January 2024
Time: 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Location: Fieldfisher LLP, 17th Floor No 1, Spinningfields, 1 Hardman St, , M3 3EB
Cost: Free
Financial and Professional Services
Member Event
Member event
SME Club

As entrepreneurs and business leaders we are always looking to minimise our risk, increase our return and do more with less; not to mention attracting, retaining and developing our most important asset, our people!

But, in a new world of ever increasing technology, HR complexities and Health and Safety requirements; how do we combine all these changing demands upon ourselves and businesses, to build solid foundations for growth? How can we look to embrace these changes; turning them from a challenge, to a competitive advantage; a foundation for growth, moving into the future.

This event will see a panel of business leaders, discuss how best to tackle these issues, the quick wins, areas of support and initiatives available to you, to ensure that you are in the best possible position to tackle these challenges head on and build the foundations for growth.

Takeaways from this event will include:

  • Why should you consider changes to what has served you well to date?
  • The ways effective risk management can release, not just absorb, capital.
  • A basic model for identifying and treating risk to you and your business.
  • How to prioritise budget versus business protection.
  • How HR can be your friend and not your enemy.
  • Technology and Ai- friend or foe.
  • Road map for planning for growth and scale.

The event will be interactive, engaging and relatable, to real world challenges and opportunities.

About the Speakers:

Ian Hutchings Managing Director - Vita Safety

Ian is a chartered safety and health practitioner with over 25 years experience working with organisations to achieve tangible benefits for the health, safety and wellbeing of their colleagues. Working with the boards of companies and charities, Ian will set out the many benefits you can build on to engage your board and senior teams in the value of best practice in managing remote and hybrid teams.

Alastair Swindlehurst Founder - EZHR

Alastair is the Founder of EZHR, a HR subscription solution for SMEs that wants to lower barrier of entry to really good advice.

Prior to that he spent 15 years’ working in house for various Blue Chip FMCG and manufacturing businesses along with a number of global BPO organisations. His work was across various areas of specialism including employee relations, organisational change, development, TUPE, and business sale.

Additionally, he hosts The Alternative Business Review. A podcast for early-stage founders that offers an alternative take on what it’s really like founding and growing a business.

Martin Keelagher CEO - Agile Automations

Martin Keelagher is a Serial Entrepreneur, Chair, Non-Executive Director, and Board Member in various businesses spanning Security, Automation, AI, Robotics, Insurance, FinTech, InsurTech, Philanthropy, and Family Office. As the CEO of Agile Automations, he brings over two decades of experience in business development and strategic planning. Martin guides the business towards exceeding new horizons, actively collaborating with clients and delivery teams.

Sarah Harkness Managing Director - IN Accountancy Limited

Sarah is quick to remind us that she’s NOT an accountant.

Following a corporate career in Strategy, Sales & Marketing, Sarah set up her own business coaching and consultancy before joining the IN team. Now, she works tirelessly to ensure that all IN Accountancy clients receive a top-quality service with a smile.

Having joined the IN Team as a consultant in its infancy back in 2013, Sarah’s focus on providing clients with exceptional quality and service has driven double digit profitable growth in every successive year.

When Sarah’s not serving her clients and managing the workplace, she is a full-time taxi for her two crazy teenagers. You may recognise Alex from his explanatory tax videos on our website. As a keen walker, runner, tennis player and cyclist, Sarah loves to be out and about in the fresh air.
quick to remind us that she’s NOT an accountant.

Catherine Brown Barrister, Coach, Trainer - Skilful Conversation

Catherine Brown practised as a barrister for 15 years at Kings Chambers in Manchester and brings all of that advocacy experience with her into her coaching and training business, Skilful Conversation Limited, www.skilfulconversation.com.

Since leaving the bar, Catherine has worked globally as a trainer and coach, founding her company in 2018.  Through coaching and facilitation she has made it her mission to support, challenge and empower senior people both inside and outside the legal profession.

As a coach, she deploys her forensic skills to delve beneath the surface and identify what is perhaps not being said, or any incongruity between what is being said and what is being done.  She specialises in providing a reflective space which professionals can use to problem-solve or as a sounding board.  This has enabled her to assist clients in: obtaining and adjusting to promotion, improving communication skills including presentation skills, developing strategies to develop greater productivity and a better work-life balance.

She has also distilled her vast experience from the courtroom and negotiations into workshops on topics such as Managing Difficult Conversations, helping people break through barriers which are stopping them asking for what they want, or those who are struggling to communicate effectively.


Interested In The Event?

If you’re interested in attending, you can book online here.

For any further enquires about this event, contact [email protected]

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