As the world prepares to emerge from a difficult year – what have we learned and what do businesses need to be thinking about to come back stronger?
Join us for a series of unmissable discussions with some of the UK’s best known entrepreneurs offering insight and inspiration for businesses looking for opportunities in the new normal.
We’ll be hearing from entrepreneurs Kanya King CBE, founder of MOBO Organisation and diversity talent platform, MOBOLISE, and Tamara Lohan MBE, CEO and founder of Mr & Mrs Smith, to hear their lessons from lockdown and get to the heart of two issues driving business recovery in 2021 – digital innovation and sustainability.
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity. As we speed towards COP26 in November and the government’s new zero emissions deadline in 2050, sustainability is now intrinsically linked to a business’s bottom line. So how do businesses not only prepare to meet new targets but embrace the benefits of becoming a sustainability champion?
Join us as our panel, led by Mr & Mrs Smith’s founder and CEO, Tamara Lohan MBE, share their lockdown learnings and discuss the sustainable changes we need to see across all industries, how ‘going green’ can give businesses the competitive edge and the small, easy steps businesses can embrace now to become more energy efficient.
Rapid digitisation offered a lifeline for businesses of all shapes and sizes during the pandemic. This adoption of technology shows no signs of slowing down. So how can businesses embrace innovation now to stay ahead of the game?
Our panel of experts, led by Kanya King CBE, founder & CEO of MOBO Group and diverse talent platform, MOBOLISE, will share digital knowhow and explore how businesses can accelerate digitisation, what kinds of tools they might need and how they can equip their people with the skills they need to make the most of the opportunity.
Paul is a senior leader with 30 years of experience in financial services. He leads a network of
regional teams who support some 60,000 small and medium-sized corporate businesses across the UK and
is the Chairman of the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation. Paul has held a number of leadership roles
in various businesses at Lloyds Bank, including Managing Director, Consumer & Commercial Cards,
Chief Executive of Lloyds Bank International based in Sydney and Director for Lloyds Bank business
across Asia. He has also led on a number of major business transformations, including the £2 billion
acquisition and integration of MBNA from Bank of America and the acquisition and integration of HBoS
Corporate and Commercial Bank.
An internationally renowned entrepreneur through her role as CEO, founder, and visionary, of the MOBO organisation, Kanya has displayed the rare drive and ambition needed to help take black music from the margins of British popular culture to the heart of mainstream culture in the UK and around the world.
Since the organisation’s inception in 1996, Kanya has built MOBO into a globally respected brand and with her expert guidance, the MOBO organisation has established itself as a champion of diversity, inclusion, and recognition for various talent within music, culture, arts, fashion, media and the larger society as a whole.
Tamara is Founder and CEO of Mr & Mrs Smith, the boutique hotel booking specialists. An entrepreneur with a background in marketing and technology, she co-founded Mr & Mrs Smith with her husband James, and has been responsible for evolving the company’s digital infrastructure ever since. Pivoting from publishing house to online travel agent in 2005, as CTO she oversaw the development of Mr & Mrs Smith’s in-house booking engine and proprietary availability-management systems, apps and Alexa voice skill. In 2016 Mr & Mrs Smith acquired a villa company, and in 2018, an experiences company called SideStory. Today, Smith has more than 1.5 million members worldwide and a fully distributed global team. Tamara and her husband were awarded MBEs for services to the British travel industry.
Eric Lyons is a Butchers and Farm shop based in Knowle, Solihull. Established in 1903, 5 generations of the Lyons family have owned the shop. In the past 3 years they have undergone the biggest change in the company’s history. Embarking on a full shop and back of house refurbishment aided by a Lloyds Bank loan, which enabled them to create their dream flagship store. More recently they have been developing a website www.ericlyons.co.uk offering free local delivery within 5 miles and a click & collect service for customers. They now plan to offer national deliveries starting in January 2022, looking to capitalise on changing customer habits.
Having cut her teeth writing about technology more than a decade ago, Hannah now specialises in entrepreneurship, leadership and management. She is the deputy editor of The Times Enterprise Network, the dedicated channel for entrepreneurs and business owners, and regularly hosts events including The Times CEO Summit. She is also a contributor to Times Radio.
James Wright is joint Managing Director of Jude’s - the UK’s first Carbon Negative ice cream company and a certified B-Corp. Jude’s has won over 60 Great Taste Awards and supplies the top restaurants across the UK and is listed in the leading retailers. Prior to Jude’s James worked at Longview Economics and Deloitte.