Workings of Business: Realities of the Private Sector

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Workings of Business is a dynamic seminar spread over three installments, giving those working within policy and other government roles a comprehensive understanding of British business, the global economic landscape, and an insight into the day-to-day issues that businesses face; from FTSE 100 companies to SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises).

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, WIG has designed this online course to offer the learning opportunities of a face-to-face environment, complete with interactive sessions and networking opportunities.

Delivered entirely by senior leaders from a diverse range of private sector organisations, 'Workings of Business' is ideal for policy makers, engagement leads, economists, those in communications roles, and those whose work has some form of interaction with the private sector.

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from a current CEO about their role atop a FTSE 100 company, gain an insight into the role of the Board of Executives, uncover the unique issues that SME owners face, and explore the ways in which technology and disruptive trends are impacting the business environment. They will also learn about the challenges that businesses face when interacting with Whitehall and the policy making process.

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Speakers include:

  • Sara Weller, Trustee, Lloyds, former Managing Director, Argos
  • Jeremy Lawson, Chief Economist, Aberdeen Standard Investments
  • Nick Lakin, Group Corporate Affairs Director, Kingfisher
  • Sonali Parekh, Head of Policy, Federation of Small Businesses
  • Leo Campbell, Co-Founder, Modern Bakery

By attending, participants will:

  • Discover how large FTSE companies operate in practice, with insight from a board member and a CEO
  • An understanding of the economic landscape of British business
  • Get a first-hand account of the challenges SMEs face and how they interact with government
  • Put your questions directly to those in key positions to understand how government and the private sector can enhance their relationship  


Member early bird rate: £250 + VAT (until October XX 2020)

Member standard rate: £350 + VAT

Non-member rate: £450 + VAT


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