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Planning for Innovation and Resilience

Big House - online event

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Two-part virtual workshop: Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 April.

With a fast-changing economic environment, this practical workshop is a must for businesses seeking to review and adapt their priorities and business models.This workshop will span two consecutive mornings.

  • From: Tuesday 21 April 2020, 9.15 am
  • To: Tuesday 21 April 2020, 12 pm
  • Registration: 9:15am - 12pm
  • Booking deadline: Friday 17 April 2020, 6.00 pm
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Event details

Using an online Business Model Canvas tool, we will help you map out your business, plan changes, and give you a virtual space to connect with established creative and digital SMEs. This workshop will span two consecutive mornings.

Part 1: Tuesday 21st April, 9.15am – 12pm: Business Model Innovation by Alistair Fox

  • Alistair will give you the full “what’s what” when it comes to the Business Model Canvas and Value Proposition Canvas tools.
  • Gain an insight in how to revitalise your business model for resilience and innovation.

Part 2: Wednesday 22nd April, 9.15am – 12pm: BMI continued & Financial Resilience by Alistair Fox and Ian Bush

  • Chartered Accountant Ian Bush will help you assess where your business is currently at, and what financial support is on offer from the government and others for SMEs.
  • You’ll gain further insight into financial transitions, recovery and growth processes.
  • And of course, there will be plenty of time for Q&A and follow ups.

Before you book

Make sure that you are representing a creative or digital SME in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, and that you are eligible for The Big House programme. We will confirm details of what you will need to access the virtual session. This event is ideally suited to established SMEs in creative or digital sector, trading for some time and with employees.

Any Questions? Drop us an email about this event at or call 0115 848 4042.

Our Facilitators

Alistair FoxBSc, MSc, MBA, CEng

Expertek Consultants Ltd

Sales, Marketing and Partnerships Consultant

Alistair Fox has over 25 years’ international experience of Marketing, Sales and Product Development gained from working within the IT, Technology, Utilities and Automotive sectors.

He was Marketing Director for a major telecommunications equipment supplier in the UK and Italy, and responsible for their expansion into Brazil. He currently works with corporate clients to improve their sales and profitability, integrating sales, channels and alliances, marketing and product management.

Since 2014 he has been a mentor on entrepreneurial and Climate-KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) programmes at Innovation Birmingham and facilitated workshops at Warwick and Birmingham City Universities. He has worked with a wide range of start-ups including online/digital B2B services, The Internet of Things solutions, process controls, biodegradable plastics, battery reuse and ethical products.

Alistair has an MBA from Cranfield University, was a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIM) and is a Chartered Engineer.

Ian Bush

Chartered Accountant and SME business owner

Ian is a Chartered Accountant with a strong entrepreneurial drive and an engineering background. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG in Birmingham, and became a financial analyst and investment fund manager, before launching his own businesses - an award-winning landscape gardening business; a specialist travel agency; an online wedding gift list business (sold to Park Group Plc in 2015) and Walk Run Cycle.

This combination of financial acumen, the ability to see the clearest path through the numbers; a problem solving, jargon-free approach; and actual hands-on experience makes for an impressive combination of experiences to share.

What is The Big House Programme?

The Big House offers fully-funded business support, mentoring, virtual and face-to-face workshops and networking, access to grants for creative and digital businesses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Visit for the complete details of the programme, and keep up-to-date with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

As this event is part of a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) initiative, we will require you to be enrolled in The Big House Programme, prior to attending. If you are not already enrolled, you will find the appropriate form at:

NB: We will be documenting the event. If you do not wish to be included in images or videos that may be used later for marketing purposes, please let us know beforehand.

This project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014 - 2020.

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