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Ignite Business Growth seminars

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Ignite your business growth at our free business seminars, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet many other local business owners and pick the brains of successful entrepreneurs.

Places going fast – book today

Alternatively, why not register to watch live online on 20 or 22 November?

Register for the live webinar

Why attend

Back by popular demand, Adam Balon reveals how Innocent Drinks dealt with the twin challenges of cashflow under pressure and growing its market share, the decisive action that put the business back on track, and the brand promise that boosted sales. Local entrepreneurs will also share their business successes and challenges, plus you get the chance to put your questions to them and network with like-minded business owners.

A must-attend seminar

  • A unique mix of face-to-face and satellite-linked events with the opportunity to put questions to our panel
  • Avoid letting small cashflow mistakes snowball out of control
  • Increase sales so you have more cash coming in than going out
  • Create strong and efficient sales structures and processes
  • Hosted by Lucy Alexander, TV presenter and conference host
  • Hear from Adam Balon, co-founder of Innocent Drinks, arguably the UK entrepreneurial success story of the last decade
  • Successful local entrepreneurs offer tips to improve sales and share their cashflow challenges
  • Get insight from Sue Hayes, Managing Director of Business Banking
  • An unrivalled opportunity to connect with other local business owners
Speakers, Adam Balon, - Boosting Business Online Seminar Speaker

Guest speakers

Meet our successful guest speakers – set to provide entertaining, informative and thought-provoking talks at our seminars.


Sarah Curran - Boosting Business Online Seminar Speaker


Meet local entrepreneurs at each of our seminars who share their experiences and offer advice.


The agenda

Join us on 20 and 22 November from 5pm for what promises to be a thought-provoking and inspiring evening of discussion, debate and networking. A unique mix of face-to-face and satellite link-up streamed live across 10 locations. This is your chance to question entrepreneurs from around the country and hear live from our brilliant keynote speaker, Adam Balon of Innocent Drinks.

5pm  Registration 

5:45pm  Welcome – from Barclays Head of Regional Business and Lucy Alexander

  • Entrepreneur interview – sharing their top tips for increasing sales and getting on top of cash flow during an interview and audience Q&A
  • Networking break – refreshments and your chance to connect with other local business owners face to face or by joining our live Twitter conversations across the country
  • Barclays presentation – get insight from Sue Hayes, Managing Director, Business Banking
  • Keynote speaker – Adam Balon explains how Innocent used innovative ways to keep customers and grow sales
  • Interactive Q&A – Your chance to question Adam Balon and Sue Hayes

8:30pm  Refreshments and more networking 

9:30pm  Close

Locations and dates

Back by popular demand, Barclays latest Ignite Business Growth seminars promise the potent mix of live face-to-face and linked satellite events across 2 nights where you can ask our speakers questions from any of the 10 locations in real-time via video and Twitter. We’ll be in Manchester, London, Bradford, Cardiff, Gloucester, Leicester, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Southampton and York.

Places going fast – book today

You can also watch our Ignite Business Growth Seminars live online.

Spaces at some of our seminars are limited, so why not register to watch the live webinar on 20 or 22 November from the comfort of your home or office?

Register for the live webinar

Tuesday 20 November 2012

Manchester (Hub location)
The Point at Lancashire County Cricket Club
Talbot Road
Old Trafford
Manchester M16 0PX

Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes Conference Centre (MKCC)
Strudwick Drive
Milton Keynes MK6 2TG 

Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel
24-26 Newport Road 
South Glamorgan CF24 0DD

Norfolk Showground
Dereham Road
Norwich NR5 0TT

The Royal York Hotel
Station Parade
North Yorkshire YO24 1AA


Thursday 22 November 2012

London (Hub location)
London Hilton on Park Lane
22 Park Lane
London W1K 1BE

Sorry the London seminar is fully
booked – please choose
another location

Leicester Tigers Rugby Club
Aylestone Road
Leicester LE2 7TR

Abundant Life Conference Centre (ALCC)
Wapping Road 
West Yorkshire BD3 0EQ

Hatherley Manor Hotel
Down Hatherley Lane
Gloucester GL2 9QA

Macdonald Botley Park Hotel
Winchester Road 
Hampshire SO32 2UA


The partners

 Business seminar partners

Adam Balon is the co-founder of Innocent Drinks, the number 1 smoothie brand in Europe. Innocent started in May 1999 by Adam and 2 friends and has grown in just over 13 years to a turnover of over £100 million

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Manufacturers of smartphones, tablets, apps and software

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Works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets and to encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice

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Global body for professional accountants

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Self-help portal of action-focused information for small and medium businesses, linking to all relevant public sector departments and authorties

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Build a better business at, a well-established website for anyone looking to start or grow their business

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An online resource with news and strategies for ambitious entrepreneurs who wish to grow their business


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Interested in future seminars?

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