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Wednesday 21st September 2011

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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

We were delighted to interview Mark Prisk MP, Minister for Business and Enterprise this month – take a look at his interview for insights on how BIS is planning to boost UK enterprises. We also hear from Oxfam GB’s Bob Humphreys: how is the fundraising landscape changing? Finally, RAFT’s CEO, Leonor Stjepic, blogs for us on ‘Why parting is such sweet sorrow’.

To link in with our focus on technology over the summer, we recently published a new Talking Guide – ‘Web Enabled Growth’. The Guide covers multiple aspects of the Web for growing businesses, from its effects to the challenges it presents - this is a must read for quickly developing, forward thinking company directors.

News From The Fast Growth Club

What happened - ‘Technology: Transforming Growing Businesses?’

Transforming busines through technology

Thanks to everyone who made it along to our event at the Design Council last week – ‘Technology: Transforming Growing Businesses?’ tackled some of the challenges that Cloud, Virtual Working and ‘Bring Your Own’ are throwing up for SMEs. It was great to hear from speakers Tony Lavender at Plum, and Nick Gill, Planning Director at DCH – they both raised questions about how ‘social’ business development is becoming.

You can hear our speakers and panellists in bite-sized interviews we ran on the night. Nick Gill wrote a great a blog on the evening and has posted up his presentation – take a look here

Watch videos from the night here

 ‘Web Enabled Growth’: New Talking Guide released

Transforming busines through technology

Web services, cloud based software and infrastructure are having a transformative effect on growth businesses. This Talking Guide (created from the insights of experts in words and video) tackles the challenges and advantages that arise from embracing new web-based technology.

The Talking Guide includes insights from Phil Carnelley, Research Director at PAC, Ian Anstey, UK Manager, SAP Business By Design and Drew Rockwell, CEO at MDS.

Download the Guide here

Sponsored by:

The Fast Growth Club is Sponsored by:
SAP Brunel

News From The Charity Leader's Exchange

‘Why parting is such sweet sorrow’ – the first piece from our new blogger, Leonor Stjepic, CEO at RAFT

Leonor Stjepic

“I was not a romantic teenager.  I didn’t kiss posters of popstars before I went to bed.  Nor did I consume romantic novels and sigh for a strong man to sweep me up and carry me away.  (So it was hugely ironic that I met my husband by fainting into his arms – but I digress). I thought Romeo and Juliet were soppy.  And I could never understand the line, “Parting is such sweet sorrow.”

As I grew older, I understood it even less.  I’ve had to say goodbye to people.   Parting was painful and there was nothing sweet about it.
I didn’t really understand it until I started managing staff..."

Want to read the full blog? Click here

Two weeks to go – ‘Marketing: a Controversial Spend?’

October 4th 2011, 6pm

SCI Headquaters

Should you spend more money, time and effort on your marketing? Rather than accepting the donating public's wariness of charity marketing, how can you persuade them otherwise? In what ways can you internally justify and make a business case for your marketing spend?

We will find out what marketing-savvy charities, both small and large, are doing right and what their approach to marketing is.

Speakers include Judith Brodie (Global Brand & Funding Director at VSO) and Judith Davey (Director of Performance & Accountability at ActionAid).

Register here // +44 (0)20 7831 0076
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