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Open House on the Road
Global Business


Exploration creates opportunity. Expanding operations to, and trading with, new overseas markets offers the possibility of real growth for UK companies. But with complex factors transforming Britain’s role on the international stage, business leaders must understand how to quickly adapt to, and navigate through, a turbulent global economy. 


09:00 Registration

Welcome from the IoD

Introduction from the Event Chair

BEIS update - The 4th Industrial Strategy

Managing cultural diversity
Preparing your staff to set up overseas networks, manage negotiations with “foreign” clients/distributors and lead and develop multi-cultural (non-UK originated) teams.

Case study: How I set up abroad
This session will give you an insight into leaders that have been there and done it already and will share with you their tips for success.


Raising finance for growth
This session will help you navigating how best to source funds to help you expand your business.

  How does a board prepare for global expansion
This talk will provide you with some practical tips and suggestions to assess board readiness and how to kick start a risk assessment.

  Panel Session – Investing in Technology
Globalisation, trade control barriers and ever-growing supply chain networks has created a complex and challenging environment for businesses. This panel will discuss how can investing in technology can provide the highest value,  discuss the challenges and risks and give advice on how digital can support your new global journey.

Working lunch round tables
- Global trade: why digital is key to navigating change
- Managing cultural diversity
- Developing a robust supply chain
- Growing your exports: Technology & SMART cities
- How to take your brand global

13:30 Event Close


Key benefits

Technology and trade have made our world smaller, with goods and services moving across the globe in a click or two. Global business has become truly borderless. at these events you’ll learn how to navigate this complex world with the help of trade experts and global business leaders with unique perspectives on international issues.

Dates & Prices

Grange St.Paul's Hotel, London
10 May 2019 09:00 - 14:00
0.00 GBP + VAT - Member Rate
75.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Rate

National Conference Centre , Solihull

13 May 2019 09:00 - 14:00

0.00 GBP + VAT - Member Rate
75.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Rate

Cardiff Castle, Cardiff
13 Jun 2019 09:00 - 14:00
0.00 GBP + VAT - Member Rate
75.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Rate

UWE Bristol Business School, Bristol

27 Jun 2019 09:00 - 14:00

0.00 GBP + VAT - Member Rate
75.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Rate

Manchester Marriott Victoria and Albert Hotel , Manchester
13 Nov 2019 09:00 - 14:00
0.00 GBP + VAT - Member Rate
75.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Rate

The Deep , Hull

20 Nov 2019 09:00 - 14:00

0.00 GBP + VAT - Member Rate
75.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Rate

Newmarket Racecourse, Newmarket
21 Nov 2019 09:00 - 14:00
0.00 GBP + VAT - Member Rate
75.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Rate


Lilian Small, Partner, Temple Bright LLP
Lilian is a partner at Temple Bright LLP in London where she handles financial services investigations and contentious regulatory matters both domestic and cross-border. She has acted for banks, asset managers and hedge funds, financial advisory firms, listed companies, commodity houses and other market participants.


Malcolm Johnston, Director & Consultant
Malcolm has over 22 years B2B line management experience working with businesses in the UK and internationally; leading multi-cultural teams in Europe and Worldwide covering varied disciplines including sales, marketing, accounts, engineering and operations.


Geoff Taylor, Managing Director, AEB (International) Ltd
Geoff Taylor and his team in the UK are helping manufacturers and traders across industry sectors to understand the impact of global trade changes such as Brexit, HMRC system changes, US trade wars or any other dynamic development, and what it takes to build efficient and flexible supply chains in the digital age to ensure future success.




Niels Turfboer, Managing Director of Benelux and the UK for Spotcap
Niels has over 10 years experience in the banking industry with ABN AMRO and ING in both the Netherlands and France and an Advisory Board Member for Fiduciam and Alterest Investment Technologies.He obtained an MBA at the IE Business School in Madrid and specialised in Strategy and Finance at the NYU Stern School of Business in New York. 



Dr Chris Moore, Technology Specialist at the Department for International Trade (DIT)
Chris is a Technology Sector Specialist at the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT), working in the Technology and Smart Cities Team. In this role, he assists technology companies to establish a presence in the UK, and UK tech companies to do trade overseas. Chris covers the Software sector, with specific interests in artificial intelligence, data analytics, cloud computing, data centres, and cyber security. He has also been engaged with the development of the UK Government’s AI Sector deal, working closely with the Office for AI, and is the lead DIT contact for the AI Grand Challenge

Nick Chism, Director General - Enterprise at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Nick has promoted better collaboration between the public and private sectors around the world. His professional background is in corporate finance. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, and an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. 

Nick Obolensky, Complex Adaptive Leadership
Nick has extensive experience of working abroad including Europe, Middle East, Americas, Australia and Asia with large multi-national and local companies. Nick’s experience includes: being a UK Army Major, a Strategy Consultant for a blue-chip firm, a FTSE 100 director, blue chip business school Professor, entrepreneur and best-selling author. He is the MD of CAL’s Chinese wholly owned subsidiary.

Dr Christopher Foster
Chris Foster is currently a Presidential Fellow at the Global Development Institute, where he joined in October 2018. His research focusses on the digitalisation of production, and the implications of new digital innovation on the global distribution of production, work and labour. Prior to joined GDI, Chris was a Lecturer in ICT and innovation in the Information School in Sheffield (2015-2018). He worked as a researcher at the University of Oxford (2013-2015), exploring the impacts of broadband internet in East Africa.

Richard Voke
Richard handles Risk & Regulation matters, advising and defending organisations in their dealings with regulatory bodies such as the HSE, the Environment Agency, Environmental Health, the Food Standards Agency, Trading Standards and fire authorities. He has worked extensively with high hazard industries such as energy, construction, waste and manufacturing.

Rollo Hope, Head of Exports, Technology and Smart Cities at DIT
In March 2019, Rollo was promoted to Head of Exports for Technology and Smart Cities. He manages a team with a global focus on assisting UK technology companies export their products and services across capabilities including Telecomms, AI, Sensors, Data Management and Data Centres.


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