New speakers announced for Innovation Conference

Kayleigh Davis, creative lead at LEGO has been confirmed as speaker at the BIG 2014 Conference due to take place at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, on June 18.

BIG2014LEGO has successfully transformed a failing business into a $4.5bn success story through understanding its users and by radically innovating across its business.

Joining Kayleigh on the relationships with users panel will be Richard Scholey, director of the national design agency The Chase and Darren Evans MD of The Engine Rooms.

BIG Conference has been designed for business leaders to grasp the opportunity for change, to create new sense of purpose, direction and momentum whilst the business landscape transforms.

Keynote speaker Christopher Sanderson is co-founder of The Future Laboratory, where he is responsible for delivering the company’s extensive global roster of conferences. Chris's inspirational keynotes have been delivered to Gucci Group, the European Travel Commission, Retail Week, Selfridges, M&S, Chanel, Harrods, Aldo, H&M, General Motors, BBDO, Design Hotels, Conde Nast Media and Omnicom.

Chris recently presented Channel 4 TV’s five-part series, Home of the Future. Chris co-writes a monthly column for Luxury Briefing and is a SuperBoard member of The British Fashion Council’s Fashion Trust.

For Lancashire businesses who have the ambition to grow but feel they have hit a glass ceiling there will be invaluable advice from Phil Jones CEO of Brother, a popular speaker from BIG 2013.

The possibilities of international innovation with specific attention to China, will be promoted for those who are considering R&D across continents. Jennifer Mein, leader of the county council, who will open the BIG conference, said: "The economy is moving into a period of growth. Business leaders need to respond quickly to take advantage of expanding and emerging markets, as well as increased demand for goods and services."

Expert advice will be on hand for any business looking to grow through exploiting their intellectual property, Leighton Cassidy from Fieldfisher will demonstrate the potential possibilities of IP as Daniel Charny will promote the benefits of creative commons and open source through his company From Now On.

Delegates will hear from tech experts Dr Ania Servant as she explains the importance of the substance 'Graphene' and Dr Paul Coulton assesses the infinite possibilities of the 'Internet of Things'.

The conference will host a number of fireside chats with business who with the help of Boost business support have applied innovation and creative thinking to their own businesses - ultimately increasing sales, delivering efficiencies and contributing to the bottom line. For more information about BIG, or to register visit