The sun has arrived! And with it… Olympic spectators in their thousands. We wish you the best of luck over the next few weeks on the public transport! If you’re thinking about how best to manage your team when commuting becomes problematic, we just so happen to be researching remote working and ‘Leadership in a Virtual World’ – Read more
So Boris did it again...
We were however, delighted to meet with team Labour - Ken Livingstone and ... Read more
In the spirit of businesses being busy and needing no-fuss bitesize learning - we have an ultra short update this week.
January’s a bit grim isn’t it?
The weather’s hideous, the holidays are long gone and we’re trying to cut the flab from our bodies and our businesses.
Let us make it easier for you (business-wise that is- we can’t exercise for you!).
Learn from the challenges of your peers. Vicki Willden-Lebrecht (Managing Director, The Bright Group In... Read more
Happy New Year, from all of us at Knowledge Peers…We hope you’re keeping busy!
We certainly have been, publishing lots of constructive Case Studies, making improvements to our website, and putting in the preparation for our first live Videocast on 19th January.
Whether your new year’s resolutions are sticking or falling by the wayside, may we suggest one that may boost the health of your business? Think internationally. Don’t just take our word for it, he... Read more
Ever thought about ‘Going Global’? This month we’re all about new markets, exporting overseas, and hearing the insights from those who have ‘gone, seen and conquered’. With the economic scene in Europe looking less than optimistic, where else should growth companies be looking to explore?Read more
We are writing to you from our new offices! It’s great to be settled in at Canterbury Court, and to welcome two new members to the team – Mark Wilcox will be taking over as Manager of the Charity Leaders’ Exchange, and Sophie Orbaum as our new Communications Manager.
If you haven’t already booked, make sure you sign up for ‘ Read more
Thanks to everyone who attended ‘Marketing: a Controversial Spend?’ with the Charity Leaders’ Exchange last night. It was great to hear some heated debate over how, when and what marketing budget should be spent. Look out for the full event report next week.
On the marketing thread – take a look at our new Case Study with Lasa’s Read more
Thanks to all of the CIOs, directors and members that came to ‘Technology: Transforming Growing Businesses?’ at the Design Council last week. It was great to hear leaders in the sector speak about how Cloud, Virtual Working and most notably, the ‘social’ aspects of technology will continue to change the way growing businesses operate. Hear more about the night here...Read more
‘Technology: transforming growing businesses?’ is only a week away – if you haven’t yet registered, click here to reserve a space. It should be a fantastic event, held at the Design Council in Covent Garden, with expert speakers on Cloud, virtual working and ‘Bring Your Own Technology’. If you are the decision maker responsible for all things tech-related at you... Read more
This week we're focusing on Cloud computing: we all know it exists, but what does it really mean for growing companies? Are you utilising what the Cloud can offer to best effect? To find out more about how the power of Cloud can drive positive growth, take a look at our upcoming event - ‘Technology: transforming growing businesses?’ below. And if you’re a Direct... Read more
Has your business already felt the effects of ‘the Cloud’? New technologies, in the form of Cloud Computing, ‘bring your own’ and virtual working, are re-shaping the way growing businesses operate. We’re delighted to have begun work on a new piece of research with PAC on attitudes to these changes, and are holding an event in September for growing businesses to explore both the challenge... Read more
For growing businesses, expanding overseas is often a natural progression, but there is certainly an art to that expansion: CEO of WOW Toys, Nadim Ednan-Laperouse, is an expert – watch the full Case Study to hear more. We also have a new Case Study with Gilbert Hill, Business Development Director at Governor Technology – how will technology enable growth for UK ... Read more
This week we have launched a ‘new look’ for our Case Studies – video interviews are now easy to search, watch, and come with more related research. We want to know what you think – take a look at Ewan Phillips, CEO of Deltex Medical on why PR wins the marketing battle over advertising, and Lynne Berry, CEO of WRVS, on why “collaboration is at the heart of the ch... Read more
We’d like to remind you that this evening, the Fast Growth Club will be hosting a Members’ evening to bring together current members, and the experts who have helped us shape the business topics we’ve covered to date. For more information - see below. ‘Profiting from Intellectual Property’, the first Knowledge Peers Talking Guide of the year, has been released a... Read more
We'd like to announce a change of event date - 'Transforming business through technology: what's the future?' will now be held on the 14th September. We have commenced work on a major research study that will look at real trends and expectations for technology use in business - it's release will coincide with the event. If you are interested in helping us to sha... Read more
We are pleased to announce the launch of a new Fast Growth Club topic this month – ‘Web Enabled Growth’ will look at how growing businesses are transforming their performance by embedding the Web into their operations. To kick-start research and debate around the topic, join us for ‘Transforming business through technology: what's the future?’ on June 29th, with spe... Read more
Thank you to all of you who made it to ‘Raising your Profile’, our Fast Growth Club event held at the Getty Images Gallery last week. It was great to see entrepreneurs, growing businesses and even established companies, gathered to listen to a stellar panel. To read the report of the event...Read more
After the longest run of bank holidays we’ve ever known, and with the Royal Wedding behind us, it’s back to business at Knowledge Peers. We’d like to take the opportunity to note that we have been making some exciting new changes to the website, and to the way our membership runs. If you do experience any strange happenings on the site in the next few days, please b... Read more
At Knowledge Peers, our aim is to bring business and not-for-profit leaders together, to develop their organisations through experience sharing. It’s interesting then, that Nick Hurd recently suggested that charities could learn a thing or two from businesses. But what can the civil sector offer the private? Take a look at Gill Gibb’s blog: ‘Could the Private Sector... Read more
How much does your company spend on waste every year? Will Tyler is CEO of display specialists Octink, who recycle 16 tonnes each month and are already seeing the financial return – watch the full case study to see more. We also have another set of interviews with Tanya Steele, Director of Fundraising at Save the Children on the “nuanced relationship” donors present... Read more
This week we have a case study from Andrew Fiddaman, the Managing Director at Prince’s Youth International: why are mentors from businesses so keen to help young people, and what’s the return on their investment? We also revisit a marketing case study from serial entrepreneur David Soskin on PR for web companies.Read more
Thank you to everyone who came along to our 'Address Sustainability: Win in Business' event last week, if you missed it, take a look the event blog by Knowledge Peers' Matthew Honey. For any not-for-profits struggling with the issue of Reserves, don't miss our Charity Leaders' Exchange event in Parliament Square tomorrow evening.Read more
We are delighted to announce a new speaker for our Address Sustainability: Win in Business event on the 24th of March - Laura Mucha of Guardian Sustainable Business Intelligence will be coming on board as a key note speaker. There are limited places - register now to avoid disappointment.Read more
This week we're all about the environment - do you know what your company's carbon footprint is? We're holding an event to find out - join us on 24th March for a morning with an expert panel, practical guidance delivered via seminars and a tour of a green manufacturer. Find out more...Read more
Have you ever worried about how much you are doing to raise the profile of your business or charity? We are devoting an entire event to publicity in all its forms - join us at the Getty Images Gallery in May.
- On the theme of publicity, what can 'going green' mean for your public profile? Does it bring in more custom? What are the costs? Hear Charlie Bigha...
This week we're all about celebrities, football and charity horror stories…
- Stephen Browett, co-owner of Crystal Palace FC, talks football and business.
- Peter Dalton, Head of Fundraising at Addenbrooke's, explains the benefits of celebrity recognition for fundraising.
- Emma-Jane Cross, the dynamic CEO of Beatbullying, on horror stories from...
We've had a busy few weeks at Knowledge Peers HQ - our next round of events are fast approaching and we have a stream of new interviews going through edit. Keep looking out for news on an exciting CSR event we're planning for South East based manufacturers... This week we talk to Simon Gillespie, CEO of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, on transparency in not-for-prof... Read more
As cuts come hard this week, not least in the voluntary sector, we’ve been thinking about how businesses and charities can deal with tough times. Our CEO Chris Dines blogs on why ‘Survival isn’t a Strategy’ and we talk to Tanya Steele, Director of Supporter Relations and Fundraising at Save the Children, on why recession can mean positive change. You can hear from I... Read more
Welcome to the Knowledge Peers newsletter. Our IP protection event at the British Library was a great success, thank you to everyone who joined us. If you couldn't make it to the event, take a look at our video of the night with an interview from Julian Smith MP, one of our speakers. We were delighted to speak to Catherine Johnstone, CEO of the Samaritans, on her tho... Read more
Welcome to the Knowledge Peers newsletter. This week focus on two very experienced CEOs - Farr Vintners' Stephen Browett talks about why being a specialist in French wine, and only French wine, makes his company £100m in sales every year. We also hear from David White, CEO of Axia FX, on why slow growth is often safe growth for your company. We hear more from the Charity... Read more
Welcome to the Knowledge Peers newsletter! We have dug ourselves out of the snow in order to bring you new interviews.
Thinking back to warmer days, you may remember our interview with Anthony Lau of Cyclehoop from last summer. We caught up with Anthony again recently and he told us why he moved his product manufacturing back to t... Read more
Welcome to the Knowledge Peers newsletter. This week we tell you more about the imminent Charity Leaders' Exchange, hear why growing businesses need to 'think big but act small' when branding their company, and find out about the hidden benefits of winning international investment. The results from our most recent poll are out: UK growth businesses say it's not all ... Read more
Welcome to the Knowledge Peers newsletter. This week we are delighted to announce that Sir Eric Peacock will be joining Knowledge Peers as chairman. We look forward to having him on board and growing under his guidance. This week we introduce you to the launch of the Charity Leaders' Exchange, and bring you the highlights from our Fast Growth Club launch event last week.... Read more
In this issue:
- Does age matter? Oliver Kemp of Build Africa talks about being a young CEO
- Setting up in Dubai Limelight PR's Susanna Simpson shares her experiences
- Gender and salary - do women still earn less? Gill Gibb investigates in her latest article for the Charity Leaders' Exchange
- Knowledge Peer...
- Financing your technology company: Is it a risk to raise too little? CEO of Accretion Capital LLP, Stephen Bellamy, explains more
- From print media to pay per click: Re-learning marketing Colin Barnes, Director at Collabor8online, speaks about his own experience
- Beer and Partners: Annual Investment Fair Our friend...
In this issue:
- Growing a great company is an art, not a dismal science
- Interviews with Hermann Hauser and others
- Generating income in the downturn: new Talking Guides for professional services and not-for-profit sectors
- Take a look at our new executive programmes