There is no magic formula, it takes dedication and drive. But it can be lonely at the top and sometimes what you’d really like is objective and practical advice from experienced business advisors.
To help give you the advice you need we’ve gathered a diverse team of business experts; they’ll guide you through the things you need to think about, and how to get them right in your business. Topics will include shareholder and investment agreements; setting up in the UK; tax breaks; business plans; ARTES support; international growth and fraud prevention. Presentations will be followed by a panel Q&A.
This will be a valuable opportunity to hear from knowledgeable business advisors who’ll share the practical advice you need to build and grow the successful business you want to run.
Meet Our Business Experts
Protecting What You Have. Mark Chapman, Herrington Carmichael LLP
Mark will take you through what you need to look out for in shareholders and investment agreements, T&C’s and contracts. The devil is always in the detail; Mark’s advice and experience will help you avoid some of those common pitfalls before it’s too late.
Mark is a Legal 500 recommended Partner in Herrington Carmichael LLP’s Corporate & Commercial Department, with extensive experience advising on commercial matters, both in house and in private practice, with a focus on cross border and complex commercial projects.
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Steve Ringler, Managing Director, Spacetime Development
Steve will share his lessons learnt as an American setting up a business in the UK. It’s not easy expanding into a new territory; compliance, regulation and ‘the way things are done’ are a steep learning curve if you are new to the UK. Hearing what Steve has to say will resonate with anyone who has had to deal with red tape in a new country.
Steve is passionate about space and linking people and businesses to space having held roles at The Aerospace Corporation and the Science Technology and Facilities Council. Steve is Head of Future Business for the Satellite Applications Catapult and simultaneously runs a consultancy, Spacetime Development Ltd., which provides business development and strategic partnership facilitation for the UK space sector.
Are you making the most of UK corporate tax breaks?
Chris Cairns, Alliotts Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors
Chris will guide you through some of the key UK tax incentives available to innovative UK companies looking to raise finance to establish and grow. Chris will focus on the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) which provide generous tax reliefs to individuals investing in early stage, high risk companies as well as looking at Research and Development (R&D) tax reliefs. Chris will talk about recent developments affecting these reliefs and how to ensure your company can qualify for these valuable incentives.
More than an accountant, Chris takes on the role of the business owner’s strategic partner. He works with clients to help identify opportunities, to be in the right position to take advantage of those opportunities and ultimately to maximise the value of their business. He specialises in working with UK based and inward investing high growth companies and in the application of practical tax solutions to meet the needs of the business owner.
Why do you need a business plan?
Nick Watterson, Alliotts
A business without a business plan is like a spaceship without a mission. It has no way of knowing it’s purpose, no measurement of success; no way of knowing the skills needed on board; no way of showing investors what’s been achieved and future plans; no basis for personal objectives. Nick will present a compelling case to support why a business plan is essential if you are serious about your business.
Nick specialises in advising businesses in the tech sector. He works with business owners helping them improve the day to day running of their business, as well as ensuring they are compliant. His ultimate aim is to help businesses operate as efficiently as possible and to be ready to take advantage of opportunities.
Getting ARTES support from UKSA
Gidi will describe a successful example of project funding via ARTES Competitiveness and Growth Satcom Applications programme, which was created to support projects relating to satellite telecoms and related areas. He will include a real life case study about how one business was successful in securing ARTES support and the benefits it received.
Gidi Talmor, Satixfy UK Limited
Over 25 years of sales management experience in telecommunications including satellite technologies, mobile and defence projects worldwide. Prior to joining SatixFy Gidi was VP Marketing for Orbit Communications, VP International Defence sales at Gilat Satellite Networks, VP Sales at Clariton Networks, VP product marketing at Satlynx and General Manager at Charter Kontron.
Fraud – lower the risk to your business
Using real life case studies Jonathan will show how businesses can fall victim to fraud and where vulnerabilities lie. With a total of 305,562 incidents of fraud committed against organisations reported to CIFAS in 2017, businesses can’t afford to ignore this real threat and the financial and reputational damage.
Jonathan Graham, Alliotts
A senior member of Alliotts’ Fraud and Forensic team Jonathan specialises in advising on fraud preventative controls and systems. Drawing on his skills as an auditor and his knowledge of accounting processes Jonathan quickly identifies areas of vulnerability in a business and advises on procedures that can be implemented to mitigate the risk of fraud.
Helping you grow internationally
Where do you start when you want to expand internationally? Tim will go through the options available to a growing business; he will share experiences of the challenges and the common pitfalls to avoid on the road to global growth, and some of the great successes too.
Tim Benzie, Enterprise Europe Network
Tim Benzie helps companies and academics in the South East of England to find new European partners for the co-development of innovative technology, manufacturing and licensing agreements, and to join bids for major funding. Tim is Chair of the BioChemTech sector group within EEN and has worked with EEN since its inception in 2008.