By 2020, smartphones will account for two out of every three mobile connections, creating an online community of almost 6 billion people. This will create an incredible opportunity for businesses to engage with customers around the world. Ten years ago, international expansion was beyond the reach of all but the largest or most determined of businesses. Mobile is making the world smaller and more connected than ever. Join us to understand how it allows local business become global and small business become large.
At Facebook, our mission is to give people the power to share and to make the world more open and connected. That includes helping people connect with the businesses they care about.
Bibby Financial Services (UK) is a leading funding partner to over 7,500 small and medium sized enterprises and the country’s largest independent invoice finance specialist.
Formed in 1982, we are members of the Asset Based Finance Association and support businesses in over 300 industry sectors through our 18 local offices in the UK. We handle annual client turnover of £5 billion and in 2016, we advanced more than £3.1bn to UK businesses.
With operations in 13 countries spanning Europe, North America and Asia, we provide specialist and adaptable trade, asset and working capital funding and foreign exchange services, helping businesses to grow in domestic and overseas markets.
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DHL Express is the global market leader in the international express business, specialising in time and day critical shipments to all corners of the world. The DHL Express network is composed of more than 220 countries and territories and has a global workforce of approximately 100,000 Certified International Specialists.
DHL Express UK supports businesses of all sizes to grow internationally through export. Whether you are a new or experienced international shipper, DHL is here to help. From improving your website’s international appeal, to the intricacies of customs duties and taxes – DHL Express offers support at every stage of the export journey.
Founded in 1836, Legal & General is today one of the UK’s largest investment managers, as well as a leading provider of life and general insurance, pensions and retirement financing. With over $1.2 trillion of assets under management, Legal & General is a major long term investor in the UK – not just through investments in equity and debt instruments but also by investing its own balance sheet directly in UK housing and infrastructure, urban regeneration, clean energy, health and growing SMEs. The firm has a particular focus on investing in regeneration and corporate scale-ups outside London. It intends to grow its current £12bn of UK direct investments to £15bn, including by expanding real asset investment portfolios to between £500m and £1bn in all our major city-regions.
The company’s strategy is driven by long-term growth trends including ageing populations, globalisation of asset management and the requirement to provide today’s capital. It occupies leading positions in the provision of intermediated and lifetime mortgages, pensions auto-enrolment and corporate pension de-risking, and is growing its US operations in asset management, insurance and pension de-risking.
London Stock Exchange Group (LSE.L) is an international markets infrastructure business. Its diversified global business focuses on capital formation, intellectual property and risk and balance sheet management. LSEG operates an open access model, offering choice and partnership to customers across all of its businesses. The Group can trace its history back to 1698.
The Group operates a broad range of international equity, ETF, bond and derivatives markets, including London Stock Exchange; Borsa Italiana; MTS (Europe’s leading fixed income market); and Turquoise (a pan-European equities MTF). Through its platforms, LSEG offers market participants, including retail investors, institutions and SMEs unrivalled access to Europe’s capital markets.
The Group also plays a vital economic and social role, helping companies access capital – critical for driving innovation, employment and economic prosperity. We do this through markets, including AIM our growth market that has helped over 3,700 companies raise £100 billion over the last 22 years; our thought leadership in the policy landscape; and our continued innovation. This will also be the fourth year LSEG’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ report is published – a landmark report identifying the UK’s most exciting and dynamic growing companies. ELITE is LSEG’s pioneering programme for scale-ups to help them prepare and structure for the next stage of growth and investment. ELITE offers companies access to a vibrant and extensive community of advisers, investors, business leaders and experts.
Qdos Consulting, which is part of the Qdos Group, is a leading supplier of HR and Health & Safety services across the UK. We work in partnership with our clients to provide bespoke solutions designed to support and advance their business and our flexible approach helps Qdos stand out from our competitors.
Qdos specialise in working with partners to deliver services to their clients or members. We have been the accredited partner of the BCC for over decade, primarily supplying the ChamberHR service to Chambers across the UK. However from April 2017 we became the sole accredited supplier of four “protection” themed services covering HR, Health & Safety, Legal and Tax services, all of which are underpinned by comprehensive legal expenses insurance. There are currently over 40 Chambers subscribing to these services, which offer members unlimited free access to an advice line and an online resource which features a document Library, containing over 750 downloadable template letters, documents and policies. These services can be one of the most effective retention and recruitment tools for a Chamber and we have effective campaigns that can help with both.
The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London is one of the world’s leading drama schools and a centre of excellence for the training of designers, stage managers and technicians.
RADA in Business is a world leader in training people in business to communicate more effectively using the skills and resources of the Academy, bringing together corporate and creative worlds. It has been delivering extensive courses in personal impact and presentation skills for nearly 20 years and works with leading organisations across the world. RADA in Business delivers in-house training, public courses, one-to-one coaching, and a leading programme for women. The profits help to fund RADA’s commercial viability and sustain the Academy.