7th Nov at JCB Visitor Centre

Hear from our three inspirational speakers on brand, team building and performance.

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Join us at the prestigious headquarters of manufacturing giant JCB.

We’ve got three great keynote speakers from the worlds of business, sport and entertainment:

  • Ulrik Garde Deu, President of the Living Division of Fiskars (which includes Wedgwood, Waterford and Royal Copenhagen)
  • Joe Clarke MBE, reigning Olympic Champion in the canoe slalom men’s K1
  • Debbie McAndrew, star of Coronation Street, theatre and co-founder of Claybody Theatre Company

This exclusive selection of speakers will provide inspirational talks on how to take your business to the next level by looking at key themes such as branding, performance and team building. Also included as part of the event is a delicious buffet (flown in especially from Lord Bamford’s estate) and a tour of the fabulous JCB Museum. This is a fantastic opportunity to come together with like-minded business professionals, at one of Staffordshire’s most iconic business locations, to look forward to an inspiring business future.

Be our guest, be inspired!

With less than 90 days until the launch, Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce is hugely excited to announce that they have confirmed three headline speakers to inspire businesses as part of their Staffordshire Business Festival.

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Hear from our speakers…

Ulrik Garde Due has been President of Living Business at Fiskars since January 24, 2017.

With more than 25 years of experience in luxury consumer goods and boasting a CV featuring Céline and Burberry, Ulrik has a highly successful track record of building and revising major consumer brands.

Ulrik is tasked with developing the Fiskars Living tabletop brand portfolio, strengthening their position in the market and further improving the business. The Fiskars Living business unit consists of the Scandinavian Living business, with the Iittala, Royal Copenhagen, Rorstrand and Arabia brands, as well as the company’s English and Crystal Living business, which consists of Waterford, Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, Royal Albert, and Rogaska. The latter group was added to the Fiskars roster after its acquisition of WWRD in 2015.

What the Fiskars Living brands do next, under Ulrik’s watch, could change the tabletop retail landscape.

Deborah McAndrew, actress, writer and co-founder of Claybody Theatre Company will join the Staffordshire Business Festival as a headline speaker.

Deborah began her acting career on the cobbles of Coronation Street where she played Weatherfield regular, Angie Freeman, in the early 1990s. In the years following ‘Corrie’ Deborah enjoyed a varied career in the theatre and television, playing everything from Shakespeare to Music Hall, and has appeared in countless dramas for BBC Radio.

Deborah’s performed and published plays include original work and adaptations of classic novels and foreign language plays for various theatres and companies. Her moving WW1 drama An August Bank Holiday Lark (for Northern Broadsides and New Vic Theatre) won both the UK Theatre Award and Manchester Theatre Award for Best New Play 2014.

Upcoming work includes Dirty Laundry – a new play for Claybody Theatre, which will be performed on the Spode Works site in Stoke in October 2017; a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol for Hull Truck Theatre, opening December 2017; a new adaptation of Hard Times for Northern Broadsides, touring in Spring 2018. Deborah is also the writer on the Chester Mystery Plays 2018.

Joe Clarke made history at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by becoming the first ever British athlete to win K1 canoe slalom gold.

It was also Team GB’s first medal in the event in 12 years, since Campbell Walsh took silver back at Athens 2004.

In the buildup to Rio the Staffordshire canoeist took K1 team bronze at the 2014 and 2015 World Championships and silver at the 2014 and 2015 European Championships in the same event.

Joe was awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Year’s honours list for services to canoeing.

Joe will be sharing his personal story in the hope to inspire others to go out and achieve their dream, in whatever industry that may be.

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