Knowledge Peers

Knowledge Peers is a directors' network with a difference. We cut out the armchair experts and enable business leaders to tap into each others' experience informally. This newsletter brings you just some of the 2000+ video interviews, articles and interactive guides available on our website.

As cuts come hard this week, not least in the voluntary sector, we’ve been thinking about how businesses and charities can deal with tough times. Our CEO Chris Dines blogs on why ‘Survival isn’t a Strategy’ and we talk to Tanya Steele, Director of Supporter Relations and Fundraising at Save the Children, on why recession can mean positive change. You can hear from Ian Harvey, Chairman of the IP Institute, sharing more insights on why planning ahead with IP is essential for SMEs. If you missed our IP event – listen in to the follow up webcast next week.

Angel News is hosting a range of events in their 'Pitching for Management' series, and we bring you the details from SAP's 'Catching the next boom' event - take a look at the listings below. Keep reading for Fast Growth Club and Charity Leaders' Exchange news, including blogs, upcoming events and interviews.

Our latest Knowledge Peers interviews: Tanya Steele, Save the Children and Ian Harvey, Chairman, Intellectual Property Institute

It's not all doom and gloom: what are the positives of a recession?

Tanya Steele is the Director of Fundraising and Supporter Relations at Save the Children - she is also a Trustee at the Institute of Fundraising. Tanya's interviews on 'Managing your Board' struck a chord as cuts from the government on third sector projects were announced this week. In this clip, Tanya explores the recession as a positive: does it force charities to take stock and gain clarity on the way they govern themselves?

Click here to watch Tanya's videos

“British companies spend too little on Intellectual Property“

Ian Harvey is a seasoned IP specialist - he has worked in the field of patenting all over the globe. After kindly joining us as a speaker at our IP Protection event with the British Library, we interviewed Ian for more insights. There is a general concern that British companies are lagging in an IP-obsessed global market: why is IP so important for SMEs and why is it important to plan ahead?

Click here to watch Ian's videos

Chris Dines blogs: is survival a strategy?

As the former CEO of a company that met business booms and busts along the way, Chris knows what it means for a company to struggle - how can growing companies avoid just 'surviving' as businesses?

“My last job was CEO of a business that went from boom to (near) bust and then to boom again. The company operated in the Technology, Media and Telecoms sectors, supplying research and analysis around the world. Great brand, great people, high quality product. If I look back, the near bust period was a pretty seismic period of my own life. Scarcely a day went by when I was not worried about cash, sales pipeline and cost cutting…” Click to read more

Fast Growth Club News

Free IP webcast, 15th February, 1pm

If you missed our intellectual property event at the British library, this is a great way to engage with an expert on patents.

Join SAP and the Fast Growth Club on Tuesday 15th Feburary, 1pm for a free webcast

Inventor of the Anywayup Cup

Mandy Haberman joined the Club as a speaker for our recent IP event. As an entrepreneur and the creator of the Anywayup Cup, Mandy has vast experience of the significance of IP.

Watch Mandy here

The value of "knowhow"

Justin is the CEO of Venus Business Communications, a company which doesn't currently hold a patent - does the company need one?

Watch Justin here

The Fast Growth Club is sponsored by:

Charity Leaders' Exchange News

Brave New World: are charities afraid of change?

Charities will face tougher decisions this year as funding plummets - how can they keep thier members involved? "Is this the way of the future..."

Gill Gibb blogs

Build Africa CEO on Fundraising

Using a hedgehog and fox to develop core 'products' at charities...

Oliver Kemp's thoughts on fundraising strategy

Next event:

Paralysed by fear - managing your board as they manage your reserves

After our last Fundraising event we're already looking forward to the next. Join the Exchange to hear from speakers Lynne Berry, CEO, WRVS and Rodney Buse, Chair, Charity Trustee Network.

Click here to reserve your place


Angel News event: Pitching for Managment™

Pitching for Management™ February and March Tour Dates
Find an exciting company to work with

Sponsored by Lloyds TSB and in association with Intramezzo

Find your next career challenge for 2011 and look out for these exciting events coming to a city near you!

London: Wednesday 9th February at 6pm. Guest speaker, David McMeekin.
Nottingham: Thursday 10th February at 4pm. Supported by GINEM. Guest speaker, Toby Reid. JOB ROLES ANNOUNCED ON BOOKING PAGE
Oxford: Wednesday 23rd February at 6pm. Hosted by Charles Russell. Guest speaker David Mott
Cambridge: Thursday 24th February at 6pm. Hosted by St John's Innovation Centre. Guest speaker Alex Van Someran
Birmingham: Tuesday 29th March at 6pm. Hosted by Wragg LLP. Guest speaker, Norman Price
Manchester: Wednesday 30th March at 6pm. Supported by Techcelerate. Guest speaker, Alan Edwards
Leeds: Thursday 31st March at 6pm. Hosted by PwC

April events are taking place in Sheffield, Edinburgh and London

For further details or to reserve your place click here
or call AngelNews on 01275 333443.

Thanks to the sponsorship of Lloyds TSB there is no charge to attend the launch events.

If you are interested in pitching at one of AngelNews' events, please call 01761 452248 for information.

SAP event: What you do now determines your future, as an SME you should prepare for the next boom

We're in the long flat 'drag' phase of this recession. That doesn't mean your business has to go flat too. Now is the time to whip it into shape so you're ready to take advantage of growth opportunities as soon as they appear - today and in the next boom. This practical 20-minute guide for SMEs shows you where to spend your time and effort to prepare for the recovery, and fully unlock your potential for profitable growth.

Download your free eBook ' Catch the Next Boom'

Join us at one of the following seminar stops to find out more...

London - 28th February Click here to register
Cardiff - 17th March
Glasgow - 5th April
Southampton - 7th April

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