Who dares wins – no stone unturned in pursuit of growth

August 28, 2013

Senior executives from small and medium businesses in the West Midlands are invited to attend an event on innovation and transformational change, to unlock their business growth potential.

Birmingham, 28 August 2013 – Senior executives from small and medium businesses in the West Midlands are invited to attend “Who dares wins – no stone unturned in pursuit of growth” an event on innovation and transformational change, to unlock their business growth potential. Three speakers from different areas of expertise will share best practice examples and encourage the audience to engage in open discussions about innovation and transformation.

Event information:         

Tuesday 22 October, 5:30pm for 6:00pm start
New Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square
Speed networking and buffet served on arrival

Partners

The event is organised in partnership by:

  • Centre for Innovation Change and Renewal, Aston Business School (CICR/ABS)
  • Chartered Institute Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Science Capital
  • Robert Half
  • New Library of Birmingham

Speakers:

Dr Michael JR Butler, Director, Centre for Innovation, Change & Renewal (CICR); & Founder/Director, The TRANSFORMATION Project at Aston Business School – Transformation for growth in SMEs

Dr  Michael JR Butler is Reader in Transformational Change; Director, DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) Programme; and Director, Centre for Innovation, Change & Renewal (CICR) at Aston Business School, UK. 

He has developed the Butler Receptivity for Change Model – the five factor model reveals the processes that make organisations high performing.  An early adopter of the Model was the OECD.  He founded and directs The TRANSFORMATION Project which translates existing academic theory into practitioner management tools appropriate for all sectors e.g. receptivity is being used to explore innovation and growth in the sustainable energy sector in India. 

In his presentation, he will draw on good practice case studies from his research which have improved performance and which have received national recognition from the prestigious CMI and ESRC.

Dr Chris Upton, Reader in Public History, Newman University Birmingham -Innovation, Industry and Birmingham's History

Dr Chris Upton teaches at Newman University in Birmingham, specialising in the history of the West Midlands and its wider appreciation. For the last 20 years he has also been a feature writer for the Birmingham Post, and now writes a weekly columns and a blog on many aspects of life in Birmingham and the West Midlands.

From the 1770s onwards Birmingham was one of the most dynamic and innovative economies in Europe, combining art, science and mass-production as part of a global economy. Are there lessons for us to learn in these more challenging and insecure days? Chris explores Birmingham's past and reflects upon the differences and similarities in two ages of globalism.

Simon Beckett Managing Director of Becketts Farms, 2012 Midlands Family Business of the Year - “Imagineering”, Imagine the dream and engineer reality

Simon was awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship in the late 1980’s to look at motivation in people for a period of six months living in the USA. The study tour taught him a lot about people, the relatively simple things in life which will contribute towards a person’s output.

Simon will present on the transformational changes in his family business. “I am the third generation in a family business which has evolved over the past 70 years. My Grandfather was a dairy farmer and my father made him sell all his cows. My Father was a poultry farmer and I made him sell all his chickens. We now effectively farm people and have changed a business which in 1992 was technically insolvent to a business with an asset base pushing 50 million and the winners of the 2012 Midlands Family Business of the Year."

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About Robert Half

Robert Half is the world’s first and largest specialised recruitment consultancy and member of the S&P 500 and #1 in our industry on FORTUNE® magazine’s “World's Most Admired Companies” list (2016). Founded in 1948, the company has over 325 offices worldwide providing temporary, interim and permanent recruitment solutions for accounting and finance, financial services, technology, and administrative professionals. Robert Half offers workplace and job seeker resources at roberthalf.co.uk and twitter.com/roberthalfuk.