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Sunderland Business School is pleased to announce its second series of the popular Business Breakfast Seminars, which began in January and will run until July 2017. All of the award-winning businesses invited to lead these events represent different facets of the core theme which is Leading with Impact. Not only do they represent a clear alignment with the core values of our Strategic Plan, the award winning businesses leading these free events have been carefully selected as aligning with the core values underlining our new strategic plan: inspiring, innovative, collaborative, inclusive and excellent.

Leading with Impact also reflects our commitment to developing excellence in leadership and management development as one of our strategic growth areas. Indeed our new dual accredited (with the CMI) BA (Hons) in Leadership and Management - a Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship.

The seminars provide a learning and networking opportunity where award winning business leaders share their experience and expertise on the major challenges facing organizations today. This is a great opportunity for business leaders to start the working day with some with some time out to learn from their peers, share experiences, reflect, and engage in lively dialogue about the best ways of addressing key strategic challenges.

Prior to the seminar starting, participants are able to take advantage of a light business breakfast and an opportunity to make initial introductions and network. During the seminar itself, speakers will leave plenty of time for an interactive dialogue and debate on the lessons learnt from their experiences.

The seminars will take place between 8-10am on Thursdays at Sunderland Business School, the Reg Vardy Centre, St Peter’s Campus, St Peter’s Way, Sunderland SR6 0DD on the following dates:

Previous 2017 speakers have been Claire Preston (CEO) and Sarah Earl (Business Development Manager) from Sound Training (NE Small Business of the Year 2016), who spoke about how they have developed their company through continuous innovation and also being able to demonstrate measurable impact that its product has had on the learning and development of young children. Which has led to a rise in demand for their services not only in the UK but also in some leading export markets. Gavin Richardson (Managing Director ) from Opus Building Service, a high growth SME spoke at our March seminar on the importance of leadership and learning for business growth.

The next seminars will be:

  • 15th June - Leading through Supply Chains in the Automotive Sector

Guest Speaker: David Land, Director, Drive 2 Business

Starting out as an apprentice with Cummins Engines in Darlington David Land has gained his experience through working with large organisations within the manufacturing and automotive sector. David was part of the team that developed one of the regions oldest established engineering companies into a global player in the Automotive Industry. During his time at Tallent Engineering they went from a copy part supplier with a turnover of £10m to a designer and developer of chassis structural components for the global automotive industry with turnover at the Aycliffe site reaching £200m. In addition to that growth they also supported the development of sites in North America, China, India and Turkey Tallent and are now owned by the Gestamp Group, which is one of the largest in Automotive supply chain.

David will explain the journey they undertook, learning about the automotive industry, understanding the needs of their own business as well as ensuring customer satisfaction was achieved.

David is now using his extensive experience and is actively involved with many business groups, promoting and support the growth of the manufacturing in the North East. He was one of the original team involved in gaining approval and opening the regions first University Technical College on the Aycliffe Industrial Park. The other two partners for the UTC were the University of Sunderland and Hitachi Manufacturing in Newton Aycliffe.

David is also a member of:

NELEP - Business Board Member

Business Durham - Associate Board member

South Durham UTC - Trustee and Dept. Chair

County Durham Manufacturing and Engineering Network CDEMN - Chair

  • 6th July - Responsible Leadership and Social Impact

Guest speaker: Emma Walton: Head of People (Central Operations), Greggs

Emma has over 15 years experience in HR and has worked in a variety of roles within the organisation both in an operational capacity in stores and supply sites as well as at Greggs Head Office in Newcastle. Emma has most recently undertaken the role of Head of Reward and Policies before moving into the Head of People role with responsibility for L&D, shared services, reward, policy and recruitment.

Emma will provide an engaging overview of Gregg's Social Responsibility Plan - which will included an indepth consideration of social impact in relation to

- Our People

- Our Customers

- The Communities in which we operate (including information on our ‘Fresh Start’ Programme)

- The environment

- The Greggs Foundation


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The Sir Tom Cowie Campus has two large pay and display car parks: one next to the Reg Vardy Centre, and one next to The David Goldman Informatics Centre.

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