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Business Unusual 2015: How will your business respond to tomorrow's challenges today?


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The Edge Conference Centre
The Endcliffe Village
Sheffield S10 3ED

Society's expectations on business are growing. Building profitability, while managing today’s economic, social and environmental landscape, requires imagination. This conference will provoke and support businesses to make the positive changes for a sustainable future. Business as usual is not an option.

Speaker update

We are delighted to announce that Peter Emery, Operations Director of Drax Power Ltd will join our exciting programme of speakers at the Business Unusual Conference on Wednesday 6 May 2015 at The Edge Conference Centre in Sheffield.

Other speakers include:

Estelle Brachlianoff, Senior Executive Vice-President UK & Ireland, Veolia

Veolia provides a comprehensive range of waste, water and waste water management services designed to build the circular economy and preserve scarce raw materials. Why is sustainability at the heart of their business strategy? Because Veolia understand that our core values are changing, and that as a provider of key services for everyday life, we need to trust the company with such an influence on how we live.

Tony Walker, Deputy Managing Director, Toyota Motor Europe

Toyota has invested heavily in developing new technologies that they see as essential to their and our sustainable future. Understand why they’ve made these choices and some of the risks involved – squirrels eating the cars was never part of the plan! Whatever the size of your company, you need to understand the importance of technology on future sustainability.

Chris Harrop, Chair of the UN Global Compact UK Network, Group Marketing Director, Marshalls

Working with the United Nations to convene businesses on global sustainability issues, at the same time as being Group Marketing Director for Yorkshire based Marshalls, has given Chris a sharp focus on big picture world issues. Understanding, communicating and setting business strategy around the elephants in the room like population change is what makes Chris such a fascinating speaker. Hear what you’ve probably been ignoring and how it affects your business.

Dax Lovegrove, Director of Sustainability and Innovation, Kingfisher

Kingfisher was one of the first major names to make resource use part of business strategy. But it doesn’t stop there, with Dax Lovegrove (previously of WWF) on board, this is a company at the forefront of understanding the pressures on business to  grow and be successful while managing the impact on the precious resources of our planet.

Peter Emery, Operations Director of Drax Power Ltd

Focusing on the climate change related issues that drove Drax Power – the largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the UK - to divest carbon burning technology. The transformation of Drax into a predominantly biomass-fuelled business has attracted a great deal of attention. How could your company be influenced by this decision?

Dr Kamal Birdi, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Psychology, Sheffield University Management School

Interactive session professionally facilitated  by Dr Kamal Birdi using the ‘Clear Ideas’ app. Delegates will be guided through the decision making process to transform strategic thinking into a practical plan of action to take away.

Why should you attend Business Unusual?

Business Unusual 2015 will focus on the ‘Forces for Change’ research that will be released this Summer, which will explore the pressures on business, and how leading businesses are addressing them. You will hear about the revolutionary work that is being done to assess the risks and opportunities for their businesses and how they are responding.

Delegates will learn about these pressures, see some solutions, and in an interactive exercise using a specially developed app, understand how these might affect their business. Delegates will then be able to make a plan to overcome these pressures– and embrace them as part of the future.

The event is ideal for business leaders who focus on strategy, and for practitioners who seek to make their work relevant to their business, so that they can get the investment they need.

Topics include changes, disruption and reaction to: climate; access to resources; technology; values; political arrangements and demographic patterns.

Please note, there is a booking fee of £4.78 (member price)/£6.15 (non-member price).