The Lanarkshire Transform Business Festival - What to expect...

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The Lanarkshire Transform Business Festival promises to be an incredible day packed full of networking, engaging, learning, connecting, exploring and growing!

Wondering if you should attend?  You'd be crazy to miss this free event...

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Here's an overview of the day.

Time Events
08:00 - 09:30 Business Breakfast
with Keynote Speaker & networking
09:45 - 11:45 Bitesize Business Sessions
plus Fireside Chats & more
12:00 - 13:30 Networking Lunch
with guest speakers & networking
13:45 - 16:00 Bitesize Business Sessions
plus Fireside Chats & more

To find out more, you can download the full itinerary here:

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The headline events will inspire you and your business to transform.

  • 8am - 9:30 am Business Breakfast with Giles Duley, Professor Gary McEwan.  Opened by North Lanarkshire Council and South Lanarkshire Council.

Hear from our inspirational speakers on the importance of building resilience in life and business.

  • 12noon - 1:30pm Confidence/Mindset-Fit for Business Networking Lunch with Charlene Jones, Dynamique Fitness, Commonwealth Medalist & Lee Jones Glasgow Warriors & Scottish International Rugby Union Player. Opened by North Lanarkshire Council and South Lanarkshire Council.

Along with good food and chat, our guests will help you to get ‘fit for business’!

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  • 10am – 11am Give To Get Speed Networking

Speed networking designed around getting the help your business needs, whilst helping other business owners with theirs. Everyone has unique knowledge and skills they bring to their business, or that they’ve used in their pre-business-owner-life. We’ll show you how to share that knowledge to help one another to solve your business challenges.

  • 2pm – 3pm 'What chocolate bar is your business?'

More networking – this time with chocolate!  Thinking about your marketing, in small groups we’ll hone what chocolate bar your business is, and what qualities make your customers drool… Then you can pitch them to each other.

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Throughout the day, our carefully selected programme of workshops has something for everyone.

Which ones will you attend...

9:45am – 10:15am Resilient & Nimble - Surviving the Cost of Living & Cost of Doing Business Crises with FSB and McDougall Johnstone Accountants

  • A timely session geared towards helping your business beat the cost crisis.

10:30am - 11am Net-Zero, What Does it Mean for Your Business 

  • Dr Colin Andrews, Extend – University of Strathclyde

11:15am – 11:45am The Future of your Workforce with Flexibility Works 

  • A session to help you to plan ahead - whether you have a workforce or are a sole trader.  

1:45pm – 2:15pm The Secret Behind Effective Marketing

  • Anna-Marie Taylor, Taylor Communications.

2:30pm - 3pm Making the most of Google Tools *Sponsored by SDI  

  • Stephen Whitelaw

3:15pm – 3:45pm Opportunities for your business on Amazon Marketplace *Sponsored by SDI  

  • Discover the secrets of selling on Amazon Marketplace. Delivered by Karen Riddick, Founder of Second Nature Online

 Fireside Chats

Join our 'speakers' corner' and hear from local success stories and our partners, for these 15mins bursts throughout the day.

9:45am How to access affordable TV advertising with the STV Growth Fund - STV Commercial

10:15am Business Support & Funding from North Lanarkshire Council - Allan Conry, North Lanarkshire Council

10:45am Starting Your Own Business - Business Gateway Lanarkshire

11:15am Skills for Growth & Apprenticeships - Neil Cunningham, Skills Development Scotland

2:00pm Business Support & Funding from South Lanarkshire Council - Yvonne Rogers, South Lanarkshire Council

2:30pm Innovation: bringing the best people together with Interface Jackie Wynne, Interface

3:00pm Accelerate Your Business Growth - Business Gateway Lanarkshire

3:30pm Raising Funding for Your Business - Business Loans Scotland

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