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Wednesday 2nd November 2011

Welcome to the
Knowledge Peers Newsletter

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 ‘Growing into New Markets’, our December event for businesses. We’re delighted to have Lara Morgan (Company Shortcuts), Liz Love (Z-Card) and Nadim Ednam-Laperouse (WOW Toys) on board as panellists. We also have an impressive panel building for ‘Charity Trading: Cashing In’ – read more below.

We were delighted to interview the Director General of the IoD, Miles Templeman, on "business people as Trustees" – rather fitting for Trustees’ Week. You can also hear insights from Richard Jeffrey on International Operations, take a look at our latest Talking Guide on Charity Collaboration, and see events from our partners below.

News From The Fast Growth Club

New Event: Growing into New Markets

Wednesday 7th December, IBM Forum London, South Bank

Transforming busines through technology

If you are a decision maker at a successful SME, you will constantly be looking at new growth opportunities. The UK and Eurozone economies are stagnant, but there is fantastic growth being seen in many emerging economies, and not only the “BRICs” : we’re coming cross many businesses generating new sales in countries such as Mexico, Indonesia, Turkey and parts of Africa. However, entering new markets is challenging, and we will be exploring different routes into emerging markets at our event, and also through our range of related content.

Find out from businesses who’ve been there, know the ropes, and have advice on the challenges of expanding into news markets. Held in the newly refurbished IBM Forum London, South Bank, this event offers growing companies a chance to learn, be inspired, and network with peers.

Panel includes Nadim Ednan-Laperouse MBE, CEO, Wow Toys; Liz Love, MD, Z-Card and Lara Morgan, Co-Founder, Company Shortcuts.

Register here

Interviews coming up - what would you like to hear?

Transforming busines through technology

We have a series of exciting interviews planned for the next few weeks, and we're always interested to hear from you - what would you like us to ask? Today we are speaking to Neal Ghandi, CEO of Quickstart Global, a recruitment firm that enables SMEs to recruit worldwide. He has also authored a book, Born Global which guides SMEs on how to become successful global businesses. We will be speaking to him about successfully growing a large international business and how he sold a previous business to a Nasdaq listed company.

We also have upcoming interviews with Liz Love, MD, Z-Card, specialists in producing PocketMedia® that export two thirds of what their UK production, and Ria Barnabas, MD of Recom Research, a global market research company, that has recently worked in markets such as Haiti

Email Patrick Rusby with your questions, and we will try and include them.

The Fast Growth Club is Sponsored by:
SAP Brunel

News From The Charity Leader's Exchange

Charity trading: Cashing In?

Monday 12th December, Sadler’s Wells Theatre

SCI Headquaters

Is it really worth setting up a trading arm at your charity? How do you run it most effectively and innovatively? Do you have to be a social entrepreneur to do it?

Is it vital for a charity, in today's environment, to have a trading subsidiary to diversify its income streams? What about the tax implications of a trading arm - and do you know what to do with the operating profit? Finally, where charity trading arms compete with business, is it ethical to run a business where you replace paid staff with volunteers, have donated stock and get 80% business rate reductions?

Panel includes Phil Brown, Head of Finance, King's Fund, Ruth Sutherland, Executive Director of Services, Scope and Steve Porter, Corporate Services Director, The Children's Society. What better way to explore these issues than with other charity leaders who have been there and done it!

Register here

Charity Collaboration: All together now?

Vicky Reynolds Blogs

Collaborations and mergers are increasingly seen as essential to the not for profit sector. Whether this is in the form of informal alliances, Joint Ventures or formal mergers, there are challenges associated, but the potential benefits often outweigh these.

Download our new Talking Guide to hear insights from Stephen Lloyd (Senior Partner, BWB), Lynne Berry (Formerly CEO, WRVS), Dr. Carol Homden (CEO, Coram), Tim Jones (CEO, Allia) and Leonor Stjepic (CEO, RAFT).

Click here to download the Guide // +44 (0)20 7831 0076
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