Ulster University and Causeway Enterprise Agency have recruited Europe’s leading futurist to help local businesses take advantage of the uncertain and fast-changing business and political landscape.
The keynote speaker at September’s Lead 2 Grow conference, Patrick Dixon, claims that businesses with unrealised growth should be working to understand the unknown and turn uncertainty into an advantage.
Dixon, who was recognised as one of the world’s most influential business thinkers by The Times ‘Thinkers 50’ list, is a business adviser to many of the world’s largest companies including Google, Microsoft and IBM.
He commented: “Technological, environmental and political changes are disrupting the business landscape at an ever-growing pace. What’s missing in many Northern Ireland companies is the process of understanding the unknown, using data on global trends, adjacent industries and underlying forces to make informed decisions on their futures.”
The event is to be addressed by Arlene Foster, MLA who will join Dixon, international start-up mentor, Ravi Dua, co-owner of Belfast-based Origin Digital, Jill Robb, event host, BBC political broadcaster, Mark Carruthers and a panel of distinguished local business leaders.
Dr Karise Hutchinson, Provost of Ulster University’s Coleraine campus said:
“Today’s business climate is characterised by political and economic uncertainty, particularly relating to Brexit and the collapse of the Northern Ireland Assembly. As a result, businesses need to be prepared for many eventualities in the short, medium and long terms. The panel at Lead 2 Grow is a world renowned group of forward thinkers who are ahead of the curve in their respective industries and will have a wealth of insight for businesses of all sizes in attendance.”
Jayne Taggart, Chief Executive of Causeway Enterprise Agency added:
“Lead 2 Grow will provide business leaders with the tools they need to not just respond to change but to embrace and prepare for it. The most successful companies are those with the greatest ability to change with the times, so we are aiming to promote this mind-set to the businesses in attendance.”
‘Lead 2 Grow: Leading Change for Success’ takes place on Friday 29 September at the Riverside Theatre, Coleraine. For more information visit www.causeway-enterprise.co.uk/events