31 May 2017
8am for 8.30 start
10am finish

Free to attend

The Stanneylands
Stanneylands Rd


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Growth is good, right? On the whole, yes… but growing too quickly can also cause some serious challenges.

It doesn’t have to be that way though – a business can drive continued fast growth if it plans ahead to ensure the right mechanisms and funding are in place for each stage of growth.

This discussion event, chaired by editor Joanne Birtwistle and sponsored by Kuits, will take advice from professionals on the issues and pitfalls often faced by fast growing businesses, such as bad customer experiences or concerns over cash flow.

We will also hear from the owners of two very different businesses about how they stayed on top of their growth journey as well as sharing a few of the things they learned along the way.

James Hitchen is the founder of East Coast Concepts and the man behind the Neighbourhood and Victors restaurant brands, having first opened in Spinningfields in 2009. His business has grown to turnover £12m, most recently opening a new branch in Liverpool, following a multi-million pound investment from private equity firm NorthEdge.

Steve Granite, managing director of Abbey Logistics Group has been with the company since 1995. Since taking over the reins in 2009 he’s grown sales from £18m to around £57m last year. But it was the company’s private equity-backed management buyout in August last year that has really bolstered the company’s growth plans and has already resulted in an acquisition that will drive group turnover past the £70m mark.

Our panel of experts includes:

Colin Abrahams, senior director, CLB Coopers

Peter Allen, corporate partner, Kuits

Phil Frame, investment director, Northedge Capital

Steve Granite, CEO, Abbey Logistics Group

James Hitchen, founder, East Coast Concepts

Mike Rogers, senior relationship manager, Allied Irish Bank

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