Event: What does it take to build a successful business?

On 3 July Harwell Campus is hosting a free morning of workshops focusing on the skills and knowledge it takes to grow a successful business. Full details for the event are as below. You can register for free by clicking here.


Tue 3 July 2018
08:30 – 12:45 BST
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European Space Agency
Fermi Avenue
OX11 0FD

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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 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 will share the practical advice you need to build and grow the successful business you want to run.

If you have any questions about this event, contact Abi Richings abigail.richings@harwellcampus.com.

Meet Our Business Experts:

Protecting What You Have: Mark Chapman, Herrington Carmichael

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.

About Mark: 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.

“*!)& I hadn’t thought of that!”: 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.

About Steve: 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?: Norma Chisholm, Alliotts

Norma will guide you through some of the key UK tax incentives available to innovative UK companies looking to raise finance to establish and grow. Norma 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. Norma will talk about recent developments affecting these reliefs and how to ensure your company can qualify for these valuable incentives.

About Norma: Business tax partner Norma advises entrepreneurial companies and their owners on UK and international tax issues. Secondments to in house tax teams during her career has given Norma a unique dual perspective on the challenges that businesses face and a greater understanding of the how practical tax solutions can meet the needs of the business owner.

Why do you need a business plan?: Chris Cairns, 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. Chris will present a compelling case to support why a business plan is essential if you are serious about your business.

About Chris: 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 advising space sector businesses, working with UK based and inward investing companies in this high growth area.

Getting ARTES support from UKSA: Gidi Talmor, Satixfy UK Limited

Gidi will explain the eligibility criteria for 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.

About Gidi: 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: Jonathan Graham, Alliotts

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.

About Jonathan: 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: Tim Benzie, Enterprise Europe Network

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.

About Tim: 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.

Do get in touch if you have any questions or would like to know more about this event, contact Abi Richings abigail.richings@harwellcampus.com.