Leeds Business School gears up for Leeds Business Week
Leeds Beckett staff will be hosting a number of events as part of Leeds Business Week, which will see over 100 business-focused events take place across the city from 12-16 October.
The series of business-focused events, now in its third year, is managed by business networking group, The Yorkshire Mafia, and aims to bring together the city’s businesses to meet, share and connect. Last year, 130 businesses held events across the week attended by over 3,500 local business people.
Leeds Business School is one of the main Leeds Business Week sponsors and events taking place across the week range from seminars and workshops to exhibitions, master classes and drinks evenings, all of which are delivered by senior business people who operate in Leeds, including those from Google, Vodafone and our University.
Speaking about Leeds Beckett’s involvement with Leeds Business Week, Professor Chris Prince, Dean of the Faculty of Business & Law, said: “Businesses in our region need great graduates with the relevant skills and experience to help to drive the growth of our city region and cement our position as a real powerhouse of the north. When business and universities come together, you get a really unique combination of skills and expertise which can be very powerful. It’s vital that we work hand in hand with businesses and being such an integral part of Leeds Business Week will help us to reach out to an even bigger audience.”
Becky Black, Director at Yorkshire Mafia, added: “For one week every year, we aim to bring together the region’s businesses and wider groups to share their expertise, build better business relationships and to inspire growth and innovation.
“Leeds is home to a diverse range of businesses, ranging from micro organisations to large, multi-national companies and Leeds Business Week is a celebration of the city’s assorted business landscape.
“We’ve got some really high profile organisations and speakers taking part this year, and with over 100 events covering a huge array of topics, we’ve created a programme that offers something for everyone. We’re hoping this will be the biggest Leeds Business Week yet and we’re looking forward to meeting with organisations and individuals over the course of the week.”
On Tuesday 13 October Professor Paul Turner will be hosting an event, ‘Develop Your People; Your Customers Will Follow’ as part of Leeds Business Week’s Customer Conference. Paul Turner is Professor of Management Practice at Leeds Business School and the author of books and articles on the subjects of leadership, management, talent and workforce planning. In his presentation, Professor Turner will look at some of the evidence from organisations around the world in the quest to ‘make your people.’
The event will cover issues including - understanding the people issues, how to ensure that managers throughout the organisation buy in to the importance of ‘making your people’, how to give everyone the chance to develop, engaging and retaining a skilled workforce as well as looking at how to become Chief Talent officer as well as Chief Executive Officer.
Also as part of the Customer Conference, Anderson Lima will be delivering a workshop ‘Developing a Marketing Strategy’, designed to help businesses identify the key activities of strategic marketing. The presentation will look at how to turn marketing ideas into action and how to access new markets and exploit market opportunities.
On Wednesday 14 October, three Leeds Business School academics will be delivering workshops as part of Leeds Business Week’s Festival of Business. Simon Robinson, Professor of Applied and Professional Ethics and the Director of the Centre for Governance, Leadership and Global Responsibility at Leeds Beckett, will be delivering a seminar, ‘You Haven’t Got a Hope in Hell’. The session will build on recent psychologies of hope in organisations through reflecting on the use and meaning of hope in the workplace, how leadership can generate hope, how this might affect the work culture, and how this relates to enterprise and ethics.
Leeds Business School Senior Lecturer, Robert Minton Taylor, will then deliver a session, ‘Crisis? What Crisis?’, where he’ll assess how to communicate well during a crisis to help stem negative media coverage and avoid the desertion of customers. Robert will explain some simple steps to prevent an issue escalating into a crisis and how to protect an organisation’s reputation in the face of a media onslaught.
Dr Michael Cassop Thompson will present ‘Leading Differently: Creativity for Engagement and Profitability’ where he’ll look at why, for leaders to be truly effective, an understanding of creativity which informs leadership actions is required. He’ll explain why great leaders informed by creativity principles can foster environments that are fun to work in, attractive to customers and ultimately lead to profitability.
To find out more about the Leeds Business Week, view the full timetable of events or to book a place on any of the events, please visit www.leedsbizweek.com.