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Wales' assistant football manager Osian Roberts to headline North Wales business conference

23 November 2017


A PIONEERING football coach will headline a flagship North Wales business conference in December.

Wales’ assistant manager Osian Roberts is among the guest speakers at the next 20Twenty Business Growth/ION leadership event, to be held at the OpTIC Technology Centre in St Asaph on Friday December 8.

The Meeting the Challenge of Change Conference has been organised by Bangor University and will focus on enabling company owners to grow and develop their organisations and managerial skills in the face of a constantly evolving economic environment. 

Both the ION leadership and the 20Twenty programmes help entrepreneurs to develop the tools they need to face change, both personally and in their professional lives.

Programmes discusses how to adapt to change and how to give them confidence to manage it effectively.

Prof John G Hughes, Vice-Chancellor of Bangor University, is to open the conference.

He said: “I’m pleased to open this conference which highlights the powerful training programmes that we are able to deliver to support the growth and development of the vital small business sector in the North Wales region. 

“Having read some of the testimonials, I can see how following the programmes has enables business owners to develop and grow their businesses, for the benefit of the region as a whole.”

Caroline Gray is Director of the OpTIC Technology Centre, part of Wrexham Glyndwr University.

She added: “We bring industry, academia and technology together, supporting start-ups through incubation and established businesses with research and design.

“This conference reinforces those values - we are proud to be hosting such a prestigious event.”

Other speakers include:  

Darren Lawrenson of Dasala Training and Development: Darrenfocuses his attention on helping drive change through thinking and behaviour on a global level.

Fiona McKay: An award-winning business turnaround, improvement & leadership expert and keynote & motivational speaker.

Jed Hassi: An innovative thinker who is not afraid to challenge the perceived wisdom of business owners and to make them re-examine their own preconceptions.

Businesses in north east Wales (Flintshire, Wrexham and North Powys) are able to benefit from the 20Twenty Business Growth Programme, which is subsidised up to 70% by the European Social Fund through Welsh Government.

The programme equips managers, leaders and owners with the skills required to deliver improved efficiencies, plan growth strategies and implement expansion goals. 

Collin Singer from Holywell-based Wagtail UK Limited, is one of those to have benefited.

He said: “I have found the North Wales 20Twenty Business Growth programme challenging and very rewarding so far. It has helped me focus on a Business Growth plan as well as improving my leadership and management skills. It also enables excellent networking opportunities with the leaders of other businesses on the scheme. I would highly recommend the programme to other business leaders.”

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