Date & time

Thu, 10 Nov 2016
11:00 - 16:00


Imperial College London
Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus
London, SW7 2AZ

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About this day

Your students are the business leaders of tomorrow.
Do they need any tips for success from Britain’s best entrepreneurs?

Our inaugural Business Studies inspiration day will take them to the cutting edge in Business. Five renowned speakers from a diverse range of Businesses, from innovative start-ups to global behemoths will give your students the inside story. This day also features a special session with hints and tips for examination success.

Programme & speakers

Help! – we need it, must learn to ask for it and embrace receiving it Lucy Armstrong, CEO of The Alchemists

Join Lucy to discover the importance of listening and taking advice as well as being organised in studies and in business.

Lucy Armstrong

About Lucy Armstrong

Lucy is chief executive of The Alchemists, which works with high growth businesses to accelerate their development and success. She has funded manufacturing start ups and worked on mergers and disposals of international operations.

Business in a changing world   Charlene Laidley, Entrepreneur, Investor & Advisor

Charlene Laideley FRSA is a Luxury Brand & Marketing Communications expert with over 15 years of experience working with global brands such as Burberry, LVMH, Porsche Design & the Mayor of London. She tell us how to understand different markets and customers, how to choose which markets to compete in and what products to offer.

Charlene Laidley

About Charlene Laidley

Charlene Laidley FRSA is a Luxury Brand & Marketing Communications expert with over 15 years of experience working with global brands such as: Burberry, LVMH, Porsche Design & The Mayor of London.

Business and the end of poverty Linda Yueh, Economist, author and broadcaster

Could we really see the end of poverty within a generation? The poverty rate in the developing world has more than halved since 1981. Back then, 52% of people in developing countries lived on less than $1.25 (84p) per day. That’s now dropped to 15%. Does business have the answers?

Linda Yueh

About Dr Linda Yueh

Dr Yueh is Fellow in Economics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University and Adjunct Professor of Economics at London Business School. She is Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics, and Associate Fellow at Chatham House. She was also Chief Business Correspondent for BBC News, and host of Talking Business with Linda Yueh on BBC World News and BBC News Channel.

Andy Palmer, President and CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd.

Andy will discuss the wealth of knowledge that he’s built up whilst leading one of the world’s most respected luxury sports car companies.

Andy Palmer

About Dr Andy Palmer

Andy started his professional career aged 16, as an apprentice at Automotive Products. Since then Andy has clocked up 37 years of automotive industry experience and he is now CEO at Aston Martin.

Where did Kodak, Nokia and Blockbuster go Wrong? Julian Birkinshaw, London Business School

Why do so many successful companies get into trouble? In this talk, Professor Birkinshaw will provide some surprising insights into why such companies as Kodak, Nokia and Blockbuster failed, and what other companies can do to avoid their fate.

Julian Birkinshaw

About Professor Julian Birkinshaw

Julian, author of 12 boooks and regualuly quoted in international media outlets, was ranked 43rd in the 2015 Thinkers50 list of the top global management thinkers. He is an expert in the strategy and organisation of large corporations, and specifically such issues as innovation and corporate entrepreneurship.