High-profile entrepreneurs to speak at Vodafone’s week-long digital conference

More than 30 industry leaders will share their inspirational and often challenging stories with the UK's SME owners.

High-profile entrepreneurs to speak at Vodafone’s week-long digital conference

More than 30 industry leaders will share their inspirational and often challenging stories with the UK’s SME owners. 

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn and beauty entrepreneur Sharmadean Reid are just two of the high-profile personalities speaking at next week’s digital conference organised by Vodafone. Titled #ThoseWhoDare, this five-day event will feature more than 30 leading entrepreneurs, with each day assigned to a different topic.

On Monday, May 17th, the theme is ‘Business Resilience’, followed by ‘Changing social attitudes and customer behaviours’ on Tuesday. The next couple of days will be devoted to ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Data and Digital’ respectively, with ‘Talent and Retention’ bringing this inaugural event to a close on Friday 21st. Vodafone, the British telecommunications services provider, is hosting this digital conference for the benefit of small and medium size enterprises (SMEs).

Among those booked to take part is Eddie Hearn, the boxing promoter who is now chairman of the company his father Barry founded almost 40 years ago ‘ Matchroom Sports; Tom Sellers, a Michelin starred chef and restaurateur; the private investment king Ric Lewis; beauty entrepreneur Sharmadean Reid, who is the founder of WAH Nails and Beautystack; financier Ric Lewis; fashion chief executive Adam Brown; and sustainable food brand owner Jenny Costa. 

It will be a fast-paced event, starting daily at 10 am, featuring bite-sized content that will cover a number of topics. Day one will see newly appointed Matchroom chairman Eddie Hearn discussing his career to date, while in conversation with Vodafone UK‘s business director Anne Sheehan. 

The event will also feature talks from senior leaders at other organisations, including Spotify, Google and Porsche. Anne Sheehan of Vodafone says: SMEs are the lifeblood of our economy, and the business community needs to come together to support them. 

The past 12 months have been especially hard for SME owners and leaders, many of whom have had to put their long-term goals on hold, while they steady the ship and ride out the storm. This event brings together a huge range of inspirational individuals who have faced and overcome challenges. Hopefully they will inspire SME owners long into the future. 


Monday 17th May: Business Resilience.

Powerful stories of resilience, with real-life examples designed to help businesses thrive. Running your own business means never losing your edge. But while resilience doesn’t always come easy, it’s vital to ensure that you continue to thrive ‘ no matter what life throws at you. Daring and ambitious leaders will share how they bounced back from tough times. 

Tuesday 18th May: Changing social attitudes and customer behaviours.

It’s vital to learn how to change the game, while keeping pace with ever-shifting customer demand. As the world around us changes, so do consumers. Businesses are under continuous pressure to meet these new demands. However, keeping up with changing trends is a hard task to master. Leaders will discuss what consumer habits might look like in a post-pandemic world.

Wednesday 19th May: Sustainability.

How to make sustainability part of your business! Consumers admit it’s important to reduce negative impact on the environment. So, for businesses to succeed nowadays, they must remain mindful of this topic. Discover how experts embed sustainability into their day-to-day operations, and in a manner that’s both practical and affordable.

Thursday 20th May: Data and digital.

Learn how digital skills have helped businesses reduce cost and boost efficiency. Businesses of all sizes have one thing in common. They need to be digital to survive. This is because the right data provides a better understanding of who your customers are, and what they want. It will help to minimise costs, and enable your business to run smoother.  

Friday 21st May: Talent and Retention.

This is all about keeping staff happy, fulfilled and motivated ‘ which is crucial to the success of every company, especially SMEs. It’s vital to cultivate a workplace that is inclusive, educational and geared towards your employees’ health and wellbeing. It needs to be achieved. Learn about the pioneers who are nurturing talent, while building successful businesses. 

To register your attendance visit: https://hopin.com/events/thosewhodare_en

Andy Swales
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