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Flagship Event

IoD Brittelstand London Mid-market Symposium 2020

25 Mar 2020
Institute of Directors, London

Addressing the challenges of Mid-Sized Enterprises

In partnership with PWC

Featuring a host of leading line-up guest chairs and an exceptional list of relevant keynote speakers and panellists, attending the IoD Brittelstand London 2020 gives you access to personal stories and experiences from those who have successfully navigated this marketplace. You will have the opportunity to connect with like-minded leaders who share similar experiences and ambitions, as well as grow your knowledge in key areas of challenge.

You will also leave armed with practical advice as we discuss the strategies that will elevate the performance and growth of your business. This year with enhanced networking and breakout sessions, you will be able to make vital connections amongst your peers and have the time to explore them.

Sessions include:

  • Recruiting and Skilling a modern Board for Scale
  • How to Access Funding
  • The Digital Decade & Connected Business
  • Marketing Masterclass: Building Customer Loyalty
  • Scaling Your Business for International Trade
  • The Future of Business: Sustainability & Climate Change

Early Bird Offer of £99 inc VAT. Limited places, book now! 

Eligibility to attend

Directors and shareholders of wealth creating businesses with an annual turnover of more than £1m and typically less than £100m are permitted to register their interest in attending.

Wealth creators are those directors, shareholders and/or their companies that are not mostly suppliers of services to UK businesses, and typically export to a greater or lesser extent

Places are limited and you must meet the minimum eligibility to attend.

Why should I take a day out of the office?

Discover all the benefits of this Symposium by reading our brochure here

Any time spent away from your organisation can feel difficult to justify, however you will hear personal stories and experiences from leaders whom have successfully navigated this marketplace and you have the opportunity to make genuine business connections with like-minded peers who share your ambitions;

All subjects have been crowd sourced from within your peer group, are delivered by practicing experts in the field, and offer tangible, genuine learning opportunities.

Hear how others have benefited from the Brittelstand symposium

Jimi Clarke of AEC People, who joined the IoD 99 in late 2018, attended the event, and shares his experiences - of both the symposium, and his early impressions of IoD membership - below.

“As a new IoD 99 member, I must admit that my first impression of the IoD was a little intimidating. I feel like I need to mention this, as some individuals may have the same impression and perhaps feel that “one might not fit in”. However, in retrospect, I could not have been more wrong. I would encourage anyone who entertains the idea to become a member to do so now and I hope my recent experience at the Brittelstand Symposium illustrates why".

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To Book

Please contact Sophie Breeden to secure your place

What is Brittelstand?

Our purpose

(Biz Utd, supported by the IoD & PwC)

To connect and support a select group of owners and managers of wealth creating businesses with turnover greater than £1m such that we can grow our businesses while forming a core of excellence in the business community. We work together to...

  • Share problems and discuss business challenges.
  • Provide a network of senior contacts at a local, regional and national level within government, policy units and the business community.
  • Syndicate investment and mentor growing companies.
  • Provide advice and access to contacts to assist with growth investment and mentoring.
  • Build a highly respected business ‘think tank’ resource that will provide strategic business leadership at a local, regional and national level.

The Brittelstand Symposiums role in our community

The Symposium is our signature event series, lead and co-created with our community of peers, to deliver two annual high-quality symposiums, in world-class venues with practical, actionable insights and learning delivered by truly inspirational speakers, in London at the home of the IoD 116 Pall mall, and in the Thames Valley, in partnership with the IoD and PwC.

Attendees will have the unique opportunity to make business connections amongst peers, explore opportunities of mutual interest, find out how others are embracing innovation, share insights and good practices, learn from the diverse range of speakers, discover how business owners have accessed funds for growth and many other relevant benefits.

Key details

Date & time: 25 Mar 2020 09:00 - 17:00
Location: Institute of Directors, London
CPD Hours:

Prices from

82.50 GBP + VAT - Early Bird Rate and Advanced Member Rate
160.00 GBP + VAT - IoD Member Rate
250.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Rate

Event manager:
IoD Events Team
Contact phone:
0207 766 8919
Contact email:
[email protected]


 Welcome Chris Dodson, Brittelstand
Edwin Morgan, IoD
 Keynote 1 - opening address Minister
 Keynote 2 - opening addressIrene Graham OBE, CEOScale-Up Institute
10:30 - 11:10Session 1a – Accessing Funding
In the transition from start-up to scale-up, a critical factor for a growing business is the quality and flexibility of available funds. In this regard, early-stage start-ups are reasonably well catered for, but once they look to pass the development stage – with a viable, revenue- generating concept and sustained profitability assured – business owners struggle to raise capital to fund business growth. This session will talk you through the process of the different funds available and give you the tools to access it successfully.
Stephen Welton, Business Growth Fund

Jamie Burns, PwC

Ben Barbanel, OakNorth

Paul Stuart-Smith, Zero Carbon Finance Limited
10:30 - 11:10Session 1b – Recruiting and Skilling a modern Board for Scale
Whilst most small businesses typically don’t have a board of directors, they do have investors or multiple business partners with a substantial interest in the success and growth of the company. In this sense, talk of corporate governance in the small business setting makes sense. Following the best practices that many large businesses have established through corporate governance and D&I, small businesses and start-ups can set out on the path to streamlined and accountable operations. In this session you’ll hear from businesses that have done just that plus gain practical tips to help you do the same with recruitment, retention and culture, key points of discussion.
Catherine Allen, Ella's KitchenKathryn Stone, Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards
Elizabeth Oni-lyiola, Inclusive Boards
Roger Barker, Head of Corporate Governance, IoD
11:10 - 11:35Refreshment break  
11:35 - 12:15Session 2a - Digital decade & connected business
Connections are everything in business. The best work happens when the right people and organisations are brought together to achieve more than they could do alone. Leveraging diverse perspectives that challenge you to think differently can prove the difference between success and failure. At the heart of these connections is the technological infrastructure that enables us to collaborate. This session will discuss crucial factors in the successful application of technology and its importance as we move into the digital decade
Assam Siddiqi, PwCJon Camp, Tube Tech
Eoin Marsh, Tech Nation
Melanie Hayes, KYND
11:35 - 12:15Session 2b – Marketing Masterclass (building customer loyalty – practical session)
Building customer loyalty gives you a high return on the time, effort and money you invest in providing good customer service. Loyal customers buy more, more regularly, and the cost of selling to them is low. And they will frequently recommend your business to others.
Join this masterclass to discover how-to get it right.
Ben Neville, ProdriveElliott King, MintTwist Bev Burgess, ITSMA
12:20 - 13:00Plenary Session - Scaling your Business for International Trade
Some small business owners have scaling up in their sights from the get-go, while others are ill-prepared for significant growth. So how do you decide if scaling up is right for your business and what are the pitfalls to avoid? As trade agreements evolve in the current political climate, what does your business need to consider before taking the next step? Join a panel of international trade experts, along with enterprises who have been there and done it themselves and are willing to share their knowledge with you.
Allie Renison, Head of EU & Trade Policy, IoDEd Bussey, Quill
Tagore Ramoutar, The Oxford Artisan Distillery
13:00 - 14:30Lunch and networking
14:30 - 15:30Plenary Session – Sustainability & Climate Change Panel
At a time of great economic uncertainty, environmental credentials might seem an inessential ‘nice to have’ for SMEs or onerous reporting burden for bigger companies. But should business leaders be doing more? And could putting a purpose at the heart of your business give you a competitive advantage while also benefitting the planet?
PwCMike Barry, ex M&S
John Isherwood, Obliquity Group
Helen Browning, Soil Association
15:30 - 15:50Refreshment break
15:50 - 16:20Closing keynote: Q&A future of businessTheo PaphitisRetail magnate and entrepreneur Theo Paphitis.
Best known for his appearances on the BBC business programme Dragons' Den and former chairman of Millwall Football Club.
Q&A (10 minutes)
16:20 - 16:30Closing addressJon Geldart, Director General IoD




Prices from

82.50 GBP + VAT - Early Bird Rate and Advanced Member Rate
160.00 GBP + VAT - IoD Member Rate
250.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Rate


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  • Institute of Directors
  • 116 Pall Mall
  • London
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