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Conference 2016: Friday's most anticipated events

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  • 18 March 2016

With so much going on, Friday is a date you need to pencil into your diary. Not only will you be able to catch our Keynote Speaker, superstar entrepreneur Fraser Doherty MBE, of SuperJam but First Minister of Scotland and leader of the National Scottish Party, Nicola Sturgeon will be addressing conference attendees too.

In the Main Conference hall, you can also see Sharon White, Chief Executive of Ofcom speak in the afternoon at 2.45pm. 

Non-members will be able to attend our exhibition and local market between 9am-5.30pm in the Exhibition Hall. We find nothing more enjoyable than supporting small businesses, we’re giving some the chance to showcase their products and services, so bring plenty of spending money! 

Conference 2016: Friday's most anticipated events

Round off the eventful day with evening drinks reception and dinner – 7pm at the Crowne Plaza, where you can mingle or network with other like-minded business individuals. 

Friday promises to be a spectacular day – book your places now and avoid missing out!

What: Keynote Speech on ‘The Adventures of Jam Boy
When: 18/03/16 @ 9.30am-10.10am
Where: Main conference hall
Presented by: Fraser Doherty – SuperJam

Fraser will share the incredible story of how he built SuperJam from his Grandmother's kitchen in Glasgow to the supermarket shelves and beyond. After learning her recipes at 14 years old, he started selling his homemade jam at farmers' markets and to small shops. After he came up with a way of creating jam completely from fruit, he managed to convince Waitrose to stock his products. Since then he has sold millions of jars through thousands of stores around the world.

He will share some of his ups and downs, lessons learned and highlights, which include seeing his brand entered into the National Museum of Scotland and his story made into a TV drama in Japan!

What: Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party
When: 18/03/16 @ 10.30am-11.15am
Where: Main conference hall
Presented by: Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland can’t succeed without small businesses, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will tell the Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) National Conference in Glasgow on Friday. Days after the UK Budget, the First Minister will address more than 1,200 small business owners at the business campaign group’s largest-ever event, being held at the city’s SECC.

What: Sharon White, Chief Executive of Ofcom
When: 18/03/16 @ 2.45pm-3.15pm
Where: Main conference hall
Presented by: Sharon White, Chief Executive of Ofcom

Sharon White, Chief Executive of Ofcom, is a trained and highly respected economist. Before taking her position at Ofcom, Sharon had worked in the civil service and was the second Permanent Secretary at the Treasury, becoming responsible for overseeing public finances. Sharon is known for her coaching and mentoring of young female professionals, encouraging them to apply to more senior roles where possible. We hope this talk will bring a great deal of inspiration to conference.

What: From 0 to 20 million in ten years
When: 18/03/16 @ 2.45pm-3.15pm
Where: Seminar Theatre in Exhibition Hall
Presented by: Jonathan Elliott - CEO, Make It Cheaper, FSB Energy

FSB energy can help you save time, hassle and money. Jon believes small businesses are the lifeblood of the British economy and is passionate about saving them as much time and money as possible. The service ‘Make It Cheaper’ offers, boosts other small businesses' profits and prospects for growth.

As a vocal campaigner for the fair treatment of SMEs by utility companies, Jon collected ‘SME Consumer Champion’ ‘Most Trusted’ and 'Customer Service' at the Energy Live Consultancy Awards for the last three years. His company has grown rapidly (3x in Sunday Times Fast Track 100) because customers love what they do and Jon be sharing tips on how to grow your business from the lessons he’s learnt along the way.


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