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BIG 2013: Local:Global

Business Innovation for Growth - Conference: Wed 10th July 2013

Speakers: Clive Grinyer: Cisco, John Ashcroft: The Economist Martin Higginson: IDE Group, Phil Jones: Brother, & Wayne Hemingway MBE
Time & Date: 12.00-5.45pm (followed by reception 6-8pm), Wednesday 10th July


The conference is designed to help Lancashire's business leaders from all sectors to think differently about business growth and explore ways of growing businesses through exploiting new technologies and conquering new markets.

Keynote speakers for 2013 include: Clive Grinyer - Cisco John Ashcroft - The Saturday Economist/Sunday Times & Croissants, Martin Higginson - IDE Group (formerly of Monstermob), Phil Jones - Brother UK, & Wayne Hemingway MBE.

Why should you attend BIG 2013

The conference has been designed for business leaders and professionals from all sectors who are looking to implement new ideas throughout their business.

The day will combine keynote speakers, workshops and seminars with practical demonstrations and case-studies to showcase what is possible and hopefully inspire new ideas and new ways of working.

Delegates will hear from business and tech' experts who have applied innovation and creative thinking to their own businesses - ultimately increasing sales, delivering efficiencies and contributing to the bottom line.

"BIG conference last year highlighted how good design is essential in all parts of a business, in how we present our service and the customer journey. Innovation is not just about creating new products, it's about exploiting new techniques to create things in new cost effective ways, developing new business models and services that help you, help your clients and help you stand out from your competitors." Martin Ainscough - Ainscough Group: Hotels & Leisure

This years' conference theme is Local:Global and will be looking at opportunities for business growth in two cross cutting themes: New Technologies & Global Markets. Creativity and innovation are at the heart of business growth, business leaders will have to think differently to successfully grow during testing economic times.

New Technologies:

Workshop 1A. BIG Technology: 'Harnessing Innovation'

Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) can potentially make complex parts more cheaply and could revitalise many manufacturing sectors.  The panel will explore new market opportunities.

with Dr Rachel Cooper - Imagination Lab LICA, Design Council, Graeme Bond & James Saunders - FDM Digital and Haydn Insley - Fab Lab Manchester

Workshop 2A. BIG Broadband, BIG Data: Digital Revolution

What's going down the big pipes? With the implementation of Superfast Lancashire  (97% broadband coverage across the County by 2015) looking forward, what are the technologies and opportunities for (Lancashire) businesses

with Katie Gallagher - Manchester Digital, Clive Grinyer - Cisco, Chris Thompson - Connected Digital Economy Catapult Centre and Tony Foggett - Code Computer Love

Global Markets:

Workshop 1B. BIG Brands - How to build a global brand

What is the DNA of a successful brand with leading businesses and practitioners, and exploring some of challenges faced when transferring strong brand values overseas

with Wayne Hemingway - Chair, Alan Kemp - Graham & Brown, Colin Mustoe - Senator International and Liz Lowe - Coca Cola

Workshop 2B. BIG Markets: 'Those who export innovate.'

Prestigious awards and accreditation can open doors to market territories and accelerate growth overseas. A panel of Lancashire 'Queen's Award' winners and UKTI discuss how businesses can grow internationally

with Clive Drinkwater - UKTI and Dan Davies DDH Global, Melisa Barton - Goody Good Stuff

(Additional speakers to be confirmed)

Growth Accelerator: Innovation Masterclass Workshop (2 Hour Session)


We are planning to run this session again on a future date - for more information and to register your interest contact:

We will also be running an 'Innovation Masterclass' for business leaders who want to roll up their sleeves and get started on making changes - places are limited. This interactive workshop will introduce you to creative problem solving techniques, help generate new ideas that will unlock new market opportunities, grow sales and improve bottom line performance. For more information click here

Design Council Reception

Following the conference delegates are invited to attend an end of day reception hosted by Design Council. Peter Mileham will introduce a keynote address by Martin Higginson, one of the North Wests leading entrepreneurs who started a publishing business at age 19, which he later sold to IPC Media before launching Monstermob - a mobile business that currently employs 1,000 people in 13 different countries.


12.00 Registration: Market Space & Exhibitions (buffet served)
12.45 Welcome/keynote plenary: BIG Opportunities John Ashcroft, Economist & Phil Jones,Brother
14.05 Movement Break
14.20 Workshop 1A. BIG Technology: Harnessing Innovation
         Workshop 1B. BIG Brands - How to build a global brand
15.20 Interval Break (Tea & Coffee)
15.45 Workshop 2A. BIG Broadband, BIG Data: Digital Revolution
         Workshop 2B. BIG Markets: Those who export innovate
16.45 Movement Break
17.00 Keynote Plenary Panel: Think BIG & Grow - discussion and Q&A with speakers from the day
17.45 Closing Comments
18.00 Design Council Reception: Drinks & BBQ/Buffet - keynote address by Martin Higginson
20.00 END

The Innovation Masterclass Workshop runs from 14.20-16.20 aprox.

REGISTRATION (Register now for free and save £60)

Pre registration for the conference is essential. Delegates can currently take advantage of the opportunity to register FREE for BIG 2013 by completing the form on the opposite side of this page. You can also choose the package of workshop sessions you would like to attend (NB. normal delegate rate is £60). If you register but fail to attend you will be charged 50% of the normal delegate rate.

Travel To BIG 2013 at LICA Lancaster

By Rail

There are direct rail links between Lancaster and London, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Oxford and major cities in Scotland. The X1 bus service runs between the Railway Station and the University every 20 minutes Mon - Sat daytimes and hourly on Sunday afternoons and evenings. The journey takes approximately 15 minutes.

By Car

Leave the M6 motorway at junction 33 and take the A6 north towards Lancaster. Turn right at the third set of traffic lights on the A6 into the University main drive. Take the first exit left from the roundabout at the top of the main drive, then the first avenue on your right. This brings you to the Reception Lodge where security staff will direct you to your destination on campus.

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