Business Development Day / Diwrnod Datblygu Busnes

A day for and by the entrepreneurs, packed with great advice and support on how to start up and grow a successful business

Business Development Day



cardiff, Tramshed Tech, Pendyris Street, CF11 6BH


Click here for the Welsh translation.

This day is focused on inspiring and supporting graduates, aspiring entrepreneurs and owners of SME’s to start and scale their business ideas.

The day includes growth insights, practical workshops, interviews with successful entrepreneurs and 1 to 1 advice from business support organisations.


Innovation Studio Surgery Sessions (Pods)

Tech Nation Presentation

Cardiff is one of the fastest growing locations
for the tech sector in the UK. Gino Brancazio,
from Tech Nation runs through the latest
Tech Nation Report and highlights the key trends
and developments.
Surgery Sessions: Bookable on the Day

Free 1-1 advice from the experts on how to start and
grow your business:

15 Minutes, 3 Per Hour

- Business in Focus: Support for 16-25 yr old entrepreneurs

- Accelerated Growth Programme: Welsh Government
Funded programme to support fast growing businesses

- Development Bank of Wales: Business Finance for small
to medium welsh companies
Change over
NatWest: Women in Business:
3 Mini Sessions:

- Presentation on the Rose Report for the
Government on barriers faced by women
when starting a business

- Growth Mindset Workshop

- Q&A with panel of successful women
Lunch break
What Does it Take To Run Your Own Business?
Louise Harris, CEO Big Learning Company
Paul Shepherd, CEO, We Build Bots
Matthew Wordley, COO, Think Orchard
Anwen Aspden, Managing Director, Stable Resources
Leigh-Ann Regan, Company Director, Regan Management
Surgery Sessions: Bookable on the Day

Free 1-1 Advice from the experts on how to start and
grow your business:

15 Minutes, 3 Per Hour

- Business in Focus: Support for 16-25 yr old entrepreneurs

- Accelerated Growth Programme: Welsh Government
Funded programme to support fast growing businesses

- Grant Thornton: Advice and guidance to Welsh businesses
who want to unlock their potential for growth
Marketing 101 with George Savva
Finance For Freelancers:
Watts Gregory
How to Run and Manage a Social Campaign:
Scott McCaffrey, Spindogs
18:00 Round up and close

The Tech Nation Report: A Welsh Perspective — with Gino Brancazio

We're kicking off the Business Development Day with a presentation from Gino Brancazio at Tech Nation. Gino will be giving us an insight into the key findings of the 2018 Tech Nation Report from a Welsh perspective. Among other topics, Gino will connect the dots between the report findings and how South Wales can learn from other digital clusters around the U.K. The Tech Nation Report is a comprehensive guide to the UK's digital tech ecosystem providing a detailed insight into the themes that are essential to the success of the UK's tech entrepreneurs (It is available online here).

Women in Business:

More women entrepreneurs are setting up businesses and the NatWest Business Banking team have arranged an inspiring session with talks and workshops aimed particularly at women entrepreneurs. The session is open to men too.

1-1 Surgery Sessions with Business Support Agencies:

Throughout the day, bookable 1-1 sessions are available with business support experts from the Welsh Government’s Business in Focus , Accelerated Growth Programme, the Creative Industries team  and the Development Bank of Wales, along with advisors from Watts Gregory and Grant Thornton.      

Entrepreneur Panel Discussion: What Does it Take to Run Your Own Business?

Our afternoon programme kicks off with a panel discussion on all things entrepreneurship, giving you the chance to hear from some of Wales' brightest entrepreneurs about:

  • how to make the jump from employee to entrepreneur
  • do's and don'ts of scaling your business
  • growing and retaining your team
  • moving beyond imposter syndrome

Chaired by: Louise Harris (Tramshed Tech, Big Learning Company) and featuring Paul Shepherd (WeBuildBots), Leigh-Ann Regan, (Regan Management), Matt Wordley (Orchard) and Anwen Aspden (Stable Resources).

The panel discussion will run from 13:00 to roughly 14:30 followed by an audience Q&A so come prepared with some questions.

Marketing 101 with George Savva, Business in Focus:

Without understanding what your customer wants, you can't create and provide an effective offering.

In this session, George Savva shows us the keys for businesses can build and maintaining long-lasting and ever-present relationships with our audience through effective marketing. More than ever before, small to medium businesses need to create fresh and inviting content that draws customers in and leads them to a purchase. Effective competitive analysis allows businesses to stay relevant in a the evolving digital marketplace.

Influence your lead generate sales process through engaging marketing campaigns.

After many years running successful marketing business George Savva will be dishing out some gold dust wisdom in this hour long session which shows you how to generate leads and drive sales through creating engaging marketing campaigns.

From first impressions (identity systems and branding) to how you can keep the conversation going (brand positioning and retargeting customers) this session is all about getting under the hood of how to provide more value to your customers. The session will prompt such questions as how can we stand out from the big brands without becoming part of the noise.

  • how do we go beyond the transaction to creating a lasting experience?

  • what relationship do we have with our customer after they have 'walked out the door'?
  • how do you turn customers into fans?

George is answering these questions and more in his hour long workshop as part of Digital Cities 2019!

As well as sharing his insights, George will lead us through a variety of exercises to help you define your businesses place in the market (through SWOT/competitor analysis) and understanding how to use Minimum Viable Products to test your assumptions and see if your business is viable.

So whether you a new entrepreneur or run a small to medium size business — this is the session to be at.

After many years at the helm of a successful marketing business, George has shared his knowledge through the likes of Youth Entrepreneurship initiatives for the Welsh Government alongside Marketing and Training services for various SME's. After the session, you'll have the opportunity to speak with George and members of the Business in Focus about their Bootcamp to Business support package including workshops one-on-one business advice.

Finance for Freelancers with Watts Gregory:

Starting and running your own business can be a daunting challenge with 101 things to think about and keep in check. Of the many responsibilities you'll have as a business owner, keeping you financial accounts in order is perhaps the most important. Done right it can save you time, money and effort and open up opportunities — done wrong and it can have devastating consequences for your business. If you're a freelancer, entrepreneur or aspiring business owner, this session run by Watts Gregory will go through the key concepts you need to be aware of when running a new business and help you to set up a financial business system for success.

Watts Gregory are an established independent firm of Chartered Accountants, Business Advisers and Tax Consultants who offer support, advice and guidance to new business start-ups. Acting as trusted advisors, Watts Gregory provide clients with impartial and strategic advice that help new business owners to nurture their idea and see it grow from strength to strength. Off the back of these sessions, Watts Gregory are offering a free consultation for any delegates who book onto this session.

Running a Social Campaign with SpinDogs:

For our third and last workshop of the afternoon we've got SpinDogs showing us how to strategize and run content marketing campaigns across social media.

With over 14 years of experience as a business backed up by an extensive portfolio across web development, marketing and creative design, SpinDogs certainly know a thing or two about building successful and profitable relationships with new and existing customers through the delivery of content marketing. Taking us through the three key steps to running a effect campaign, SpinDogs will be giving us some insights into how to strategize, design and build outcomes that meet objectives and exceed expectations.



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