Portfolio Event - It's All About The Timing, Managing Growth And Resources: 1st December 2015

Tony - It's All About the Timing


Midven’s December 2015 event for portfolio companies focused on the theme “It’s All About The Timing, Managing Growth and Resources”.

The speakers included:


Gary Luke: Ups and Downs and Ups Again

Gary is the former Managing Director of Ardentia Ltd, a Health Business Intelligence company which grew 10 fold in staff and turnover during a 10 year period, culminating in the successful sale of the business to a US corporate. He is currently assisting two Exceed portfolio companies, Connexica and Health2Works who have fantastic business intelligence and digital enablement offerings for the Health and Wellbeing sectors. Gary’s presentation will cover:- When do you change your mindset from cost control to growth? How do you know when the upturn in trade is going to last (talk to competitors, your friendly vc, suppliers, trade exhibitions etc). Do you have good levels of recurring income?

Mark Ball: Managing Growth

Mark is Chairman of Quantum Compliance which provides tailored, cost effective solutions to risk management problems. Their services range from risk assessments, through corporate auditing, to health and safety management systems. Mark’s presentation will cover:- Attempting to grow your company without proper infrastructure and how it can lead to busy fools, lots of work, no profit, dissatisfied clients, bad debts etc. The need for good bureaucracy and project managers etc before you grow. Good bureaucracy leads to predictable profits and a virtuous growth circle.


Peter Chatterley: Recruitment for Growing Companies

Peter is the MD of Thetalenthackers.com, an innovative new startup that is bringing hiring techniques and tools from the world of recruitment to SME’s and startups, with the mission of ‘bringing recruitment back in house’. In his first year, he has worked with a number of the leading startups in the Midlands and London, helping them recruit over 50 staff in areas from technology, marketing, sales, HR even a caretaker for one company. His presentation will cover some of the basic mistakes that SME’s and startups make when hiring, how to forecast a hiring plan and putting accurate timescales in place through to some useful hints for us all on what we can do to hire faster and better.

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