Make the most of global markets

Delegates at the Business Innovation for Growth (BIG) Conference will hear from business and tech experts who have applied innovation or expanded into global markets - ultimately increasing sales, delivering efficiencies and contributing to the bottom line.

BIG conferenceThe conference taking place on July 10 at Lancaster University from midday and has been designed for business leaders and professionals from all sectors who are looking to implement new ideas throughout their business.

A keynote speaker will be Martin Higginson, one of the North West's leading entrepreneurs, who has started, grown, sold and listed numerous media and telecommunications businesses.

Martin was actively involved in a £2bn flotation of Thus plc (formerly Scottish Telecom) in 1999 - his first foray into the public markets. He left the company in 2000 to start Monstermob, which was listed on the AIM in 2003 and grew into a top 50 AIM-listed business.

Martin is currently a partner in M Capital Investment Partners LLP, a company focused on 'hands-on' investments in early stage businesses and establishing Studio Liddell, a fast-growing CGI animation business.

How to exploit new technology and conquer global markets will be the theme of the innovation conference taking place next month in Lancashire.

Queens Award winner and LEP member Dennis Mendoras will lead a panel of speakers who will talk about the importance of new global markets for expansion.

Dan Davies, global markets expert, said:  "For businesses who want to grow, but feel they've hit a glass ceiling, there'll be invaluable advice on the opportunities presented by expanding global markets, one hundred times larger than the UK market, and showing stronger year-on-year growth. "

Phil Jones, managing director of multinational company Brother will be opening the conference by sharing what SMEs can learn from large businesses about innovation and growth.

Delegates will also hear from Cisco's Clive Grinyer, who designs digital customer experiences for retail, financial services and public sector projects. Clive's recent projects include the Interior Inspirer for Marks & Spencer Home, the Style Me digital mirror for John Lewis, and the Dialogue Café public video installation.

Clive has held senior design management roles in a number of consultancies including IDEO in the US and UK and was founder of design company Tangerine (along with Sir Jonathan Ive, now EVP of design at Apple).

Design guru Wayne Hemingway will lead a panel including Graham and Brown on 'how to build global brands'. Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

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