Sum­mit set to in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion of en­trepreneurs.

Yorkshire Post - Business - - BUSINESS / NEWS - Greg Wright DEPUTY BUSI­NESS EDITOR @greg­wrightyp

PRO­FES­SION­ALS who have left cor­po­rate life will have the chance to pass on tips to ris­ing stars of the tech­nol­ogy world at a ma­jor event in York­shire.

The Next-Up con­fer­ence, which is be­ing held on Novem­ber 20 at North­ern Bal­let’s con­fer­ence venue in Leeds, will bring to­gether a num­ber of tech en­trepreneurs, char­i­ties and head­hunters who are look­ing for ex­pe­ri­enced pro­fes­sion­als as ad­vis­ers, con­sul­tants, trustees, non-ex­ec­u­tives and in­vestors.

Vic­to­ria Tom­lin­son, inset, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Next-Up, said: “We want to show how dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions can add value to each other and open up very dif­fer­ent op­por­tu­ni­ties for ‘un­re­tired’ peo­ple.

“Del­e­gates will meet and hear from ex­cit­ing busi­nesses and char­i­ties, all look­ing for their ad­vice, skills and ex­pe­ri­ence, whilst also pro­vid­ing an easy way to get up to speed with the lat­est in­no­va­tions in busi­ness.”

A spokesman said: “The day is in­ter­ac­tive. Char­i­ties and en­trepreneurs will put a chal­lenge to con­fer­ence del­e­gates.

“The is­sues to be ex­plored will range from adapt­ing prod­ucts to in­ter­na­tional mar­kets, con­tin­gency plan­ning for Brexit and the best way for a char­ity to de­velop its prop­erty.”

Ms Tom­lin­son added: “We have an amaz­ing line-up of speak­ers – with the tech en­trepreneurs talk­ing about tech­nolo­gies from vir­tual re­al­ity and cy­ber se­cu­rity to data an­a­lyt­ics and voice search.

“They will be look­ing at where the busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties are for the fu­ture – and their cur­rent busi­ness chal­lenges.

“Char­i­ties have wide-rang­ing is­sues they would also like help with, from lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment to work­ing with lo­cal gov­ern­ment.”

Sue Tyrer, a part­ner of ex­ec­u­tive search firm The Or­cid Part­ner­ship, who will speak at the Nex­tUp con­fer­ence, said: “The non-ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tors who stand out are those who can add value in terms of chang­ing mar­kets, tech­nol­ogy and spot­ting dis­rup­tion and threats com­ing over the hori­zon.

“This con­fer­ence is an easy way for non-ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tors and ad­vis­ers to keep up to date and demon­strate that wider in­ter­est and con­ver­sa­tion, when dis­cussing non-ex­ec­u­tive roles with chair peo­ple.” Rich Wood, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the fast-grow­ing dig­i­tal agency, Six and Flow from Manch­ester will talk about the fu­ture of con­ver­sa­tional mar­ket­ing, which is the art of “hu­man­is­ing” the sales and mar­ket­ing process when peo­ple go on­line.

He be­lieves this con­fer­ence is a great op­por­tu­nity for ex­pe­ri­enced di­rec­tors and pro­fes­sion­als, He said: “I have seen too many peo­ple with valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence and skills who are re­ally keen to share their knowl­edge as a nonexec or ad­viser, but it just doesn’t hap­pen.

“There is a lot of ta­lent be­ing wasted. I am hop­ing this con­fer­ence will in­spire del­e­gates to take the leap into help­ing and join­ing busi­nesses like ours.”

The con­firmed speak­ers for the event in­clude Si­mon Bar­ratt, who will talk about vir­tual re­al­ity, and Zan­dra Moore, who will an­a­lyse data an­a­lyt­ics.

Next-Up, which was launched in May, aims to help busi­ness lead­ers keep on work­ing be­yond the nor­mal re­tire­ment age. It helps find or­gan­i­sa­tions who would ben­e­fit from their ex­per­tise.

To find out more about the event visit, https://www.next-up.com/ events/the-next-up-con­fer­ence or call Next-Up on 01423 562400.

We want to show how dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions can add value.

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