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Conference 3

Transformation for Growth: SME Conference

The Conference took place at Aston Business School, Birmingham, UK on 22nd September 2014, between 6pm and 8pm. The venue was at capacity, 100 attended, including West Midlands SMEs.

It focused on the exchange of good practice by hearing from an academic and practitioner perspectives, specifically the notion of there being contexts for change that are highly receptive (and the opposite), and what to do in these situations. Participants heard representatives from award winning SMEs discuss entrepreneurship and transformational change.

  • Chaired by Dr. Michael JR Butler

Speakers included:

  • Jason Wouhra, Co. Chair of The Library of Birmingham Advisory Board, Chairman of West Midlands IoD, and Director at East End Foods plc: Spice Up Your life!
  • Pegram Harrison, Fellow in Entrepreneurship, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford: Bad Ideas and Great Opportunities. View Presentation
  • Gabriela Butler, Member of CIMA West Midlands Committee, and Transformation for Growth Project, Aston Business School: Bean Counter or Business Partner? Gabriela shares good practice from highly receptive to change award winning SMEs who took part in her Research Project at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. She presented findings using the Receptivity for Change Toolset from Transformation for Growth, which included an SME responding to their results and hiring a Financial Controller. View Presentation
  • Rebekah Ricketts, Financial Controller at Click Travel Ltd, an award winning Travel Management Company in Birmingham, ranked 22 in Sunday Times “Tech Track 100” in 2012: There is Nothing Permanent Except Change. View Presentation

Their presentations can be viewed and downloaded by selecting the relevant above links.

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