Fast Forward to a Creative Future

This week sees the delivery of the first Metapod Fast Forward!

Metapod Fast Forward is a four day residential course that will focus on the challenges of growing your business, undertaking bigger, bolder and more ambitious projects and making your business “future proof” – or at least as fit as it can be in an increasingly challenging climate.

Twelve places have been taken by a range of Creative Businesses from the West Midlands from Performing and Visual Arts, Design, Web, Music, Photography and Publishing covering the diverse spectrum of creativity in the region.

The course kicked off on Tuesday and our speakers are/have been:

Jonathan Hall FSI (Dip) Director, Howard Denton International, and Chief Executive, HDI Capital Partners LLP

Jonathan has over twenty years experience in the City, as investment banker, venture capitalist and corporate adviser. Before establishing HDI’s corporate advisory practice in 2003 he was Regional Director of Tenon Group in Birmingham and a principal in its corporate finance business Tenon Livingstone Guarantee.

HDI Capital Partners LLP provides independent strategic advice for corporate clients (especially those owned by owner-managers and high net worth individuals) and assists them with the execution of mergers, acquisitions and disposals, including management buyouts and buy-ins.

Ed HartYour Financial Business Support

Ed Hart has worked for, and with, a wide range of organisations including:

• Arts and Media Training
• Birmingham Hippodrome
• Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
• Fierce Earth
• Garden Organic
• Midlands Arts Centre (mac)

Ed is an experienced finance director and senior manager who specialises in the development and implementation of financial strategy, procedures and systems.

Ed has excellent general, financial, personnel, and administration experience, and has had extensive responsibility for the delivery of strategy and operations, particularly in organisations undergoing or planning change and growth. Ed has a track record of rapidly identifying financial performance problems and providing solutions to increase efficiency and profitability.

Jean Pickles BED. HGV BHS

Jean Pickles is a motivational speaker who will share with us her work on delegation and team building. Nationally and Internationally renowned Human Communications and management Guru jean Pickles joins us fresh from trouble shooting at Radio 2. Other clients include:

• Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust – Professional Update Day
• Dudley General Practice Ancillary Staff Association – Annual Conference
• City Hospital Trust, Birmingham
• Royal College of Nursing – Annual Conference
• St Paul’s Development Trust – Annual Staff Conference
• North Birmingham PCT – Conference
• Birmingham Children’s Fund – Annual Staff Conference

Jean`s expertise in cultural change and her high profile client list prove that you can live in Solihull and still be a player on the World Stage.

Andy Bass PhDBassClusker Consulting

Andrew is co-founder of BassClusker Consulting, assisting ambitious growing businesses particularly in the professional service and creative sectors. As well as working throughout the UK, Andrew has experience in Europe and the CIS. He has worked with Fierce! for a number of years and is an experienced Metapod presenter.

Before founding BassClusker, Andrew lectured at Aston Business School, where he was director of the Psychology & Management programme. He left the Business School in 2000 in order to apply his work to client issues, and has continued to contribute to the school’s MBA and Executive Education programmes. In addition to numerous scholarly and conference papers, Andrew has had articles published in Career Development International, Legal Week and Managing Partner magazine. He has a doctorate in Software Engineering from the University of Aston.

Evening Speakers:

Christian AhlertOpen Business

Timothy CummingWowi Digital

Paul CockleGenerating Company

A residential course jam packed with practical advice for creative businesses who want to grow, step-on to the next rung of the business ladder and stay there!

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