Why Balance is Good for Business

Business Breakfast Event – 10 March 2020


It is widely accepted that gender equality within our businesses is not a women’s issue, it’s an economic issue. In June 2019, the CBI reported that achieving gender balance in the workplace could boost UK GDP by up to £150 billion by 2025! With such a financial imperative, what can businesses do to foster a culture of equality to reap the benefits for their bottom line?

Taking place to coincide with International Women’s Day 2020, this free event will focus on what we can each do as business leaders, employees and individuals to build a more equal environment to enable our businesses to flourish.

Professor Sarah Sharples, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Nottingham, will share her insights into developing tools and strategies to create an inclusive environment. Then Susan Hallam MBE, CEO and Founder of Hallam – one of the UK’s leading digital agencies – will share her perspective on cultivating gender balance in the workplace, drawing on more than 30 years of experience in the digital industry and her leadership of a highly successful SME.

Join us for great networking, a free breakfast and the opportunity to discuss this important topic that impacts upon all of our businesses in such a significant way.

Our speakers

Professor Sarah Sharples
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Sarah is a Chartered Ergonomist and Human Factors Specialist and Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. As Professor of Human Factors in the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, Professor Sharples’ research spans areas including transport, healthcare and manufacturing. She has particular expertise in design and evaluation of technologies and systems for effective use, and was President of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors from 2015-2016. She was elected as a member of the Council of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in early 2018. Since September 2018, Sarah has also taken on the role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, with responsibility for driving equality, diversity and inclusion policy and initiatives across the University.

Susan Hallam, MBE
CEO and Founder of Hallam and Chair of the Creative Quarter Company

With more than 30 years’ experience working in the digital industry, Susan Hallam is a leading influencer in the Internet world. She is a practising digital marketing consultant, a public speaker, and Managing Director of Hallam, one of the UK’s leading digital agencies. Susan was awarded an MBE for services to entrepreneurship and innovation in the Queen’s Honors 2018. Also in 2018, Susan was made a Fellow of the Institute of Direct Marketing. She is a Freeman of the City of London, a Trustee of Nottingham Castle and Chair of the Creative Quarter Company. She is also chartered member of CIM and CILIP. A Premier Google Partner, Hallam employs more than 50 people who, under Susan’s leadership, provide a full range of digital marketing services to companies regionally, nationally, and internationally.

The programme

07:45 – 08:10       Registration, breakfast and networking
08:10 – 08:15       Welcome and introductions
08:15 – 09:00       Keynote
09:00 – 09:10       Q&A
09:10 – 09:30       The Shop Window
09:30…                  Networking – for those that want to stay on

State Aid

This event is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 and is part of Productivity Through Innovation. This event is classed as State Aid to participating businesses, the value of which is £100, but is delivered completely free of charge to participants.

The ‘Shop Window’

The Shop Window is your chance to take the floor to make a brief presentation to the room about something you are looking for help with.

From a business? Sorry, but the Shop Window isn’t the time for a “60 second pitch”. Feedback from our network members tells us that our businesses want something different from our events. But it is your opportunity to do some research of your own: request volunteers for new product or service trials, ask if anyone has any recommendations for difficult-to-find suppliers, or simply share some news that the audience might not find out about otherwise.

From the University? If you have a business-facing project or want to work with local small and medium-sized businesses as part of your research, this is your opportunity to make contact with business owners. Our network members are already interested in what happens at the University and may be interested in participating with your initiative.

If you would like to participate in the Shop Window just drop us a line.

The venue

The Institute of Mental Health Building, University of Nottingham Innovation Park. View on Google Maps.

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