Everything you need to know about a small business Brexit

Monday 5 November, QEII Conference Centre, Westminster

The Small Business Charter has assembled a panel of experts to help small businesses navigate the complexities and risks of Brexit. This interactive panel discussion and Q&A session will offer advice and guidance to small businesses about how to tackle the challenges of Brexit.

Speakers include

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Rt Hon Lord Young of Graffham CH

Emma Jones MBE
Founder, Enterprise Nation

Professor Mark Hart
Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Aston Business School and Deputy Director, Enterprise Research Centre

Neil Warwick OBE
Partner, Square One Law and National Portfolio Chair for Brexit, Federation of Small Businesses

Michelle Ovens MBE
Director, peak b Ltd and Chair, Small Business Charter

Richard Davies
SME Banking Director, TSB

9:30   Registration and refreshments

9:50   Welcome

Lord Young, Chairman, Young Associates and Patron, Small Business Charter

10:00   Panel discussion: Everything you need to know about a small Brexit

Professor Mark Hart, Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Aston Business School and Deputy Director, Enterprise Research Centre

Emma Jones MBEFounder, Enterprise Nation

Neil Warwick OBEPartner, Square One Law and National Portfolio Chair for Brexit, Federation of Small Businesses

Richard Davies, SME Banking Director, TSB

Moderator: Michelle Ovens MBE,Director, peak b Ltd and Chair, Small Business Charter

11:30   Networking

12:00   Close

The QEII Centre is located in the heart of central London and close to some of the city's most impressive attractions, including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and the South Bank.

This session is free to attend for small businesses but will require a registration.

If you would also like to register for the Chartered ABS Annual Conference please contact Oliver Lowe (oliver.lowe@charteredabs.org).

Neil Warwick OBE
Partner, Square One Law and National Portfolio Chair for Brexit, Federation of Small Businesses

Neil is a partner and head of EU and Competition at North East commercial law firm, Square One Law. Neil specialises in all aspects of competition law in particular State aid and EU structural funding. Since being appointed as the National Portfolio Chair for Brexit for the Federation of Small Businesses, Neil has provided numerous businesses with advice on the practical implications of how Brexit will affect their industry.

Neil has also given evidence to Select Committees in the House of Commons and the House of Lords on the impact of Brexit. As Chair of the North East Sub-Committee for European Structural Investment Funding Neil has been consulted on the structure and purpose of the proposed Shared Prosperity Fund for the UK.

In 2017 Square One Law entered a strategic alliance with specialist Brussels based EU Law boutique, Kemmlers ensuring its clients have access to European institutions as well as giving them a base to have influence within EU’s trading community.  Square One Law has offices in Newcastle and Stockton.

Michelle Ovens MBE
Director, peak b Ltd and Chair, Small Business Charter

Professor Mark Hart
Deputy Director, Enterprise Research Centre and Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Aston Business School

Professor Mark Hart is Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship at Aston Business School, Associate Director of the Aston Centre for Growth, and Programme Director and Academic Lead for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme. A 2014 recipient of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, he has played a national role in promoting enterprise skills and supporting entrepreneurs. He is Deputy Director of the national Enterprise Research Centre which is jointly hosted by Aston University and the University of Warwick and has as its mission to understand the drivers of small business growth (www.enterpriseresearch.ac.uk).

 

Over the last 35 years, Professor Hart has worked and published extensively in the areas of entrepreneurship, enterprise and small business development and policy. He jointly manages the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) in the UK which is the only annual survey providing tracker data on entrepreneurial attitudes, attributes and activity (www.gemconsortium.org).

Emma Jones MBE
Founder, Enterprise Nation

Following a degree in Law and Japanese, Emma joined international accounting firm Arthur Andersen, where she worked in London, Leeds and Manchester offices and set up the firm's Inward Investment practice that attracted overseas companies to locate in the UK. In 2000, bitten by the dot.com bug, Emma left the firm to start her first business, Techlocate. After 15 months, the company was successfully sold to Tenon plc.

 

The experience of starting, growing and selling a business from a home base gave Emma the idea for Enterprise Nation which was launched in 2006 as the home business website.

The company has since expanded to become a small business membership community of over 75,000 people who benefit from events and support: online and in person.

Enterprise Nation also presents a campaigning voice to government and the media on behalf of its members.

 

In June 2012 Emma was awarded an MBE for Services to Enterprise. In November 2015 Emma was appointed by the UK Prime Minister as a Business Ambassador with a focus on increasing international trade. In July 2016, Emma was appointed SME Representative for Crown Commercial Service.

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Lord Young
Chairman, Young Associates and Patron, Small Business Charter

Richard Davies
SME Banking Director, TSB

Richard Davies has broad experience of building and leading commercial banking, with a particular passion for SMEs and digital innovation.  In December 2017, he joined TSB as SME Banking Director– a newly created role within TSB’s Executive Team to spearhead the Bank’s ramp up in business banking.

Richard previously joined HSBC in 2014 as Chief Operating Officer for the UK Commercial Bank, responsible for a range of areas including lending products, business and regulatory change, client on-boarding and digital transformation.  In 2016, Richard moved to a global role at HSBC focused on driving strategic change for clients, with a design led focus on digital innovation and client experience.Prior to joining HSBC, Richard was CEO of SME focused challenger bank OakNorth, where he led the process to design the business model, develop regulatory licence submissions, and recruit the team to enter the UK market.

Previously, Richard spent 9 years in senior roles at Barclays including Managing Director for UK Global Corporates, and Head of South East Commercial Banking.

Richard has a MA Economics and M.Phil Development Economics from Trinity Hall Cambridge.

Thank you to TSB for supporting this event