What are the real implications of an ‘in’ or ‘out’ vote in EU referendum for your business? Are the issues that will affect you being addressed by politicians and policymakers?
It’s vital that the voice of the small business is heard in the run up to the vote this June. That’s why we’re inviting you, the UK’s business owners, to raise their questions and concerns about the referendum in our live lunchtime debate on the 7th March. Registration to the live stream is free and everyone is welcome to join the conversation between 1 – 2pm.
In our Question Time-style discussion, chaired by Sky News’ Ian King, we’ll see an expert panel consider both sides of the EU campaign, streamed live from the Shard to YouTube. Joining the panel in the Shard will be our team of #SageDebateEU bloggers, and we’ve got a great group together! From employment law experts to multi-lingual managing directors, meet the team:
Alex Jordan is a digital entrepreneur and business consultant specialising in start-ups and digital media. He is CEO of Hyperlink Media, a digital agency based in London, having previously worked at Durham University’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning. Alex also spends much of his time mentoring students, helping them develop their ideas and grow their start-ups.
Alina Cincan is a translator and interpreter with over 10 years’ experience in her field. As well as being Managing Director at Inbox Translation she also speaks at industry events and conferences. She is a self-confessed language geek who likes to keep up to date with what’s happening in the industry. She also has a soft spot for sushi, shoes and owls. Find Alina on Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.
After 12 years working with Mars Group, Claire Martinsen started her own business in 2009; the award-winning ‘posh-pop’ Breckland Orchard. Her soft drinks are sold in around 800 outlets across the UK, including National Trust properties and Harvey Nichols. She blogs her experiences of running a small business at http://www.brecklandorchard.co.uk/blog/
Didier Delmer is a multilingual digital marketer and business developer. Didier enjoyed a position as Vice President with NewCom Inc before starting his own business, Easy Consulting in 1997. Today, he helps entrepreneurs to discover business-friendly places to work and grow with Business Booster 24/7. Didier was voted 8 of the top 100 SEO Experts by Forbes and The New York Times. You can find him on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Janice B Gordon helps businesses identify what is great about their work and challenges them to do it better. As Director of Problem Solving Company Ltd, a Business Growth Consultancy, training and mentoring are at the heart of what she does. In addition to her inspiring work with businesses, Janice is the author of Business Evolution, a visiting fellow at Cranfield School of Management and mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation.
Jeremy Corner is the co-owner of award-winning greeting card publisher Blue Eyed Sun and wedding stationery specialist, Ivy Ellen. He sits on the Greeting Card Association Council, the Giftware Association’s National Committee and is a regular speaker at industry events. He writes about successful retailing on his blog: www.blueeyedsun.co.uk/blog.
Joanne Dewberry is passionate about small business and shares advice on training, networking, social media, marketing and juggling children with a business at JoanneDewberry.co.uk. She is also the author of small business book Crafting a Successful Small Business.
Kevin Poulter is an Employment Lawyer advising businesses and senior executive employees on employee rights, contract issues and employment disputes. Kevin has a wealth of experience in advising employees, listed companies and charities on all aspects of the employment relationship, in both contentious and non-contentious matters. You can find Kevin on Twitter and his blog.
Mark Barrett is an Accountant with over 15 year’s management experience working with small businesses. He co-founded Internet Accountants Ltd, which uses Sage One products to provide online accountancy and tax services to small businesses. He offers a wide range of business advice and technology news on his blog Cannon Moorcroft.
Ola Agbaimoni is known as ‘The Business Detective’ thanks to her Sherlock Holmes-like problem solving abilities. She is a partner at Eélan Media, a marketing agency that is passionate about helping businesses grow by HUGging their customers (Hear, Understand, Give). As well as being an expert in business planning, strategy, project management, training and development, Ola is a certified coach, NLP practitioner, accomplished author, speaker and presenter.
Have your say at the #SageDebateEU
What issues do you want to hear the campaigners and policy makers talking about that affect your business? Put your questions and opinions to our expert panel – register for your free place on the livestream, from 1pm on 7th March, and share your questions and concerns with us on Twitter using #SageDebateEU and @SageGroupPlc. Follow our bloggers as they document the day using our Twitter list.