Covid + 5 is FREE to attend.

These sessions are designed to help your business not just survive but thrive through the Covid situation, and take your business to 5 years beyond the pandemic.
If you image a TedX style presentation but designed specifically for business.
If you are serious about the development of your business, then you should attend these every month.

1st Monday of every month on Zoom

Starting at 10 am


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September 2020 Seminar 1: The Future of Mobility from Mark Dodwell

Well, data predicts that in 10 years, 100% of new cars will e connected. 10-15% will be fully autonomous and in China and India, 100% will be electric.

October 2020 Seminar 2:  The future of IT from Tony Donoghue 

Tony Donoghue from Magikos IT discussed the future IT implications you need to consider with home working, cyber-security plus much more.


November 2020 Seminar 3: was from Gail Pearson - The HR Jedi

How changes in employment and employment law could impact us over the next 5 years.


December 2020 Seminar 4: Gary Hayes from Surrey Chamber of Commerce

The impact Brexit will have on the small business community and what they need to look out for or be aware of.


January 2021 we had Rick Craft from Ease Anxiety

Mental health and what we can do to ensure we can get through the other side of this pandemic.


February 2021 Richard Woods from The Million Dollar Sprint

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Richard Woods is our guest speaker for February and is an award-winning entrepreneur, BBC's apprentice finalist, keynote speaker, radio presenter, investor, and bestselling author. He is a marketing professional, and the title of his talk will be ‘Lead Generation for today and for the future’ 


March 2021 Ian Martin from M3 LEP Growth Hub

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Back to the Future – A Shared snapshot of the shape of Business - Post COVID

Ian Martin joined the Enterprise M3 Growth Hub 4 years ago as a “Growth Champion”

Since then he has worked with over 400 Scale Up or early stage Start-up businesses Limited Companies up & down the M3 Corridor to help provide Business support and advice.
Prior to his current role Ian had a highly successful 35 year Corporate Career, mostly spent in the role of CEO/MD for a wide range of different Businesses and Sectors both in the UK, Europe and Far East.

Ian then left corporate life and for the last 15 years or so become a serial entrepreneur and set up several businesses which he either ran himself or had others run on his behalf. He combined this with a 1 Man Business Consultancy advising SME’s, helping them to scale up and grow, before joining the EM3 Growth Hub.


12th April 2021 Bench Kench - Best Selling Author - Selling for Dummies!

***Please note 2nd Monday of April due to Bank Holidays! - BOOK NOW CLICK HERE


As the UK’s No1 Business Growth & Sales Specialist, author of “Selling For Dummies” and a sought after professional speaker, Ben Kench has earned a reputation for getting quite remarkable results.


The title of Ben's talk will be "Selling The Future" and he will talk about how Sales has changed over the years, and will be helping us to understand the core science of "people" and how this can help develop successful sales. 

Ben will share some insights into the past 10 years of sales



10th May - Robert Copping

***Please note 2nd Monday of May due to Bank Holidays! - BOOK NOW CLICK HERE

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Robert Copping as our next guest speaker and I am sure the topic of Roberts talk is enough to get you intrigued - "When I see an accident, I put my foot down when everyone else is lifting theirs"

Robert  is an Entrepreneur, Author, Investor, speaker and Mentor and will be a great addition to our speakers and I hope you are able to join us



7th June - Peter Abrahamsen - Entrepreneur, Investor, Author, Speaker & Mentor


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 Title of Talk:  “Act Now to Prevent Organisational Long Covid”.

Peter Abrahamsen is a seasoned psychologist and coach with a thorough understanding of business and the often very lonely life at the top of the company tree. He is a sought-after speaker on mental wellbeing in general and in business in particular.

He works with ambitious business owners and senior business leaders who want to future-proof their organisations. Peter focuses on nurturing and growing the internal strength of your organisation – your employees.

His breakthrough programme, Healthy Minds for Business opens the business owner or CEO’s eyes to the significant losses suffered when employees are absent or turn up for work unable or unwilling to put in the required effort. His programme also addresses disruption and cost associated with too high staff turnover as well as the damaging aspects of burnout and feeling isolated.

Peter also helps individuals overcome life issues such as depression, anxiety, OCD, fears, phobias, and PTSD, using CBT, Thought Field Therapy, and coaching techniques.

Peter has published “Break Down Your Emotional Brick Wall” and is a co-author of the #1 international bestseller “Transforming Your Life vol. 3”

Now is the time to take a good look at the fabric and foundations of your business to ensure its long-term health and wellbeing


5th July - Andras Tasi - Founder & CEO at SMD


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15 Predictions for Social Media Marketing in the next 5 years.

Is Social Media losing its power as a Marketing tool?

Where should we be focussing -  VR, AR, Mobile?

Are Images enough, or are we moving over to Video or Sound only?

Is organic (free) advertising enough or do we need to be focussing on Paid campaigns?

How more advanced could the AI based algorithms become, further regulating and controlling what we can see?

These and many more thoughts and predictions will be discussed.

With over 20 years of experience in online marketing and now specialising in Social Media, Andras is here to help to prepare us for the next big thing.  Working and supporting over 500 businesses in the UK has helped him to understand the ever-changing systems and regulations behind every social media platform

It will be an event not to be missed and please book in early to secure your space. The event is FREE to attend and the link to book in is below

2nd August  -  Stephen Carter - UK & Europen patent attorney


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Intellectual property is not just for the big guys
“Stephen is a UK and European patent attorney and founder of The Intellectual Property Works. In the last 25 years, he has worked with some incredible businesses, including writing the patent applications for the Speedo swimsuit that helped Michael Phelps to his record-breaking 8 gold medal haul at the Beijing Olympics. Stephen is recognised by ‘IAM Strategy 300’ as one of the world's leading IP strategists and is now focused on helping ambitious start-ups and SME’s to succeed by protecting their innovations using IP strategies aligned with their business goals.”
He will cover 3 points -
Why you may not own your brand
How IP can level the playing field and promote collaboration
Why a good IP position is essential if you are seeking investment

6th September - Lynsey Barron and Max Knupfur


Lynsey is Chief Commercial Officer @ Volume and a digital and data native, Lynsey has conceptualised and delivered digital marketing innovation projects globally for B2B and B2C companies. At Volume, she leads the commercial and business growth strategies of the business. 

Max is Chief Strategy Officer @ Volume and turns ideas into reality, Max is fascinated by business problems, his experience is the creative application of technology to deliver transformation. At Volume he works across disciplines to identify innovative solutions to problems that matter to us and our clients. 

TOPIC- Is  an investment in early-stage technology like AI and iX worth the hassle for SMBs

We may not think it applies to us, but it will affect us all in one way or another so we cannot just turn a blind eye to it - for the sake of ourselves and our businesses, it is important we are aware of what the future holds.

4th October - Richard McCann


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 Be more resilient!

Richard McCann knows a thing or two about resilience.

He spent the first five years of his life on the ‘At Risk’ register, then a children's home, foster families, and then brought up by his often violent and alcoholic father took away any self-esteem that he had. He lost his mother in tragic circumstances and then left school with no qualifications. After a number of dead-end jobs followed by being kicked out of the army before turning to drugs, he reached rock-bottom before finally deciding to find the gut-wrenching determination to turn his life around. He wrote a book about his journey which was a Times No1 Bestseller selling almost 1/2 million copies and has now been translated into 11 languages. He became the founder of The iCan Academy inspiring audiences across there globe as far and wide as Iran, Malaysia, Italy, Germany, Canada, and many more. In this virtual seminar, he will share not just his story but the strategies that helped him not just survive but thrive despite his adversity. He will also share what steps he is taking to ensure he survives what has been the most challenging period of his 16 years in business. We promise it will be a presentation you will remember for many years to come.




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