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Conference 2016: A round up of Thursday's must-see events

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  • 17 March 2016

We hope that you’re looking forward to the opening of this year’s hotly anticipated FSB Small Business Expo and National Conference as much as we are. It’s your chance to get support when you need it most and a fantastic opportunity to network with over 1,000 UK-wide businesses. If you’re a non-member, you can immerse yourself in FSB culture and take a look at the benefits you might be missing out on!

Conference 2016: A round up of Thursday's must-see events

As the UK’s largest business support organisation, we hope to motivate you with seminars and presentations from a selection of the most inspirational business individuals including Fraser Doherty and Sharon White – among others.

Last year The Birmingham ICC hosted the conference, the three day event was a roaring success and attracted more non-members than ever before. This year we’re hoping that the success will continue, delegates from all regions and branches will be in attendance representing FSB.

In case you’re not up to speed with what’s going on, we’ve put together this handy guide which features some of the most talked about seminars and speeches that are all taking place at The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow during the three day event.


Thursday is all about easing you into what is going to be a great weekend, full of useful business acumen and inspiring stories from the SME world. Don’t miss:

What: Seminar on ‘Cyber Crime – What is it and what are the protection and insurance options?’
When: 17/03/16 @ 10am-10.30am
Where: Seminar Theatre in Exhibition Hall
Presented by: Tim Lazenby – MD FSB Insurance Service, Towergate Insurance 

This is a topic that is at the forefront of most SMEs minds currently as our businesses become more and more reliant on digital and electronic communication and trading. In a global environment, the opportunity for Cyber Crime grows exponentially each passing year. Small Businesses need to know about the risks and how to protect themselves.

What: Seminar on ‘Branding from the inside out’
When: 17/03/16 @ 10.45am-11.15am
Where: Seminar Theatre in Exhibition Hall
Presented by: Andrew Dobbie - Director, MadeBrave®

Think global; act local – even as local as your very own office. Andrew Dobbie, Founder of creative agency MadeBrave®, weighs in on the benefits of creating a company culture and building a brand from the inside out.

What: Seminar on ‘Digital Garage from Google – Tell your story online
When: 17/03/16 @ 12.30pm-1.30pm
Where: Seminar Theatre in Exhibition Hall
Presented by: Ade Bamgbala - Lead trainer, Digital Garage from Google

The first step towards making the most of the internet is to show off the best of your business online. Make your website shine, on computers and mobile devices, develop rich content, and learn about the importance of measuring success with analytics.

What: FSB Armed Forces Challenge
When: 17/03/16 @ 11.00am-12.30pm
Where: Exhibition Hall

Do you have the skills to work with a small team to develop innovative solutions to practical problems? Find out by taking the FSB Armed Forces Challenge and get free training from military instructors on how to improve your leadership, communication, and problem solving skills!

The challenge will be held in the Military Tent area within the Expo. We are offering attendees of the Conference and Expo the opportunity to book into these Personal Development Experiences.

These dynamic events involve solving practical tasks in small teams, and are terrific fun. No physical exertion – it’s about brains not brawn! There will be 3 x 90 minute Personal Development Experiences available on 17 and 18 March.

What: First Time Attendees Reception
When: 17/03/16 @ 4.00pm-4.45pm
Where: Carron
Presented by: Dave Stallon, Sandra Dexter and Janet Jack, FSB Directors

A great opportunity for first-time attendees at conference to network and mingle with other FSB members and small business owners. If you’re not sure about where you should be spending your time, this is your chance to find out where likeminded individuals will be going and what seminars they will be watching.

What: Pensions Auto Enrolment – What’s it all about?
When: 17/03/16 @ 2.45pm-3.15pm
Where: Seminar Theatre in Exhibition Hall
Presented by: Steve Venables - Business Development Manager, FSB Workplace Pensions

Auto Enrolment affects every employer, even if you only have one employee. The rules are complex and there are fines for non-compliance. FSB Workplace Pensions, the ONLY approved auto enrolment provider to FSB, will explain the facts and how FSB is assisting its members with an exclusive service. If you employ staff, make sure you attend.

For more information on the events taking place this weekend, visit the conference website.

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