Inaugural event for UK Director Magazines

Norfolk Director, Essex Director and Suffolk Director’s first event ‘Helping to Run your Business Better’, has been hailed as a huge success by business leaders across the region.

Published in Norfolk Director Magazine Spring | Summer 2023

Event: UK Director Magazines

Hosted by the University of Suffolk (UoS), the networking conference brought together leaders representing a wide array of sectors around the county and further afield – all keen to find out more about what it takes to maximise business success. More than 100 sole traders, directors, entrepreneurs, partners and owners converged in the UoS’s Lecture Theatre, to share and discuss the key challenges they face, and learn how to take success to another level.

Held in association with Ellisons, Paddy & Scott’s, Ensors, and Pound Gates, the occasion provided a great opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and to glean expertise from exceptional business leaders and experts in their field.

Overcoming challenges

Delegates listened to inspirational and motivational presentations given by keynote speakers, William Kendall and Minnie Moll. They were then able to question an expert panel on a range of  issues currently being faced by companies in the area.

The keynote speakers recalled the highs and lows of running a business, and the challenges they have had to overcome along the way.

First to speak was Minnie Moll, Chief Executive of the Design Council – the UK’s national strategic advisor for design – who was previously Chief Executive of retailer Jarrold in Norwich, as well as Joint Chief Executive of the East of England Co-op. Then environmentalist, entrepreneur and Suffolk organic farmer, William Kendall, followed with a presentation where he spoke about his experiences of running several businesses and building brands.

After a break to network, the second part of the morning took the form of a Q&A, where a  panel of experts representing the legal, HR, finance, risk and insurance, grants, funding and international trade sectors, brought their wealth of experience to bear, in answering questions on topics that included: how to achieve business growth, resilience during challenging times, recruiting in a skills shortage and hybrid working post-Covid.

Second event now planned

Plans are now underway for UK Director Magazines’ second event, ‘Growth and Scale Up’. Held once again at the University of Suffolk, a definite date is yet to be confirmed, but it is likely to take place in September or October. Watch out for more about this event and ticket information, which will be posted on Norfolk Director’s social media platforms.

Sue Wilcock said: “As publishers of three business magazines, which all have one simple aim – to help people run their business better, we are very proud that our inaugural event was such a success.  

“We wanted to stimulate a healthy discussion around the real issues that concern businesses in the area and create an opportunity for leaders to share their experiences and learn from others.

“We’re delighted with the feedback, which has been overwhelmingly positive. We’ve managed to create a unique insight into the business community locally, and we’re excited to see where we can grow the opportunities for the benefit of everyone.”

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