Business Leadership Forum Manchester, U.K., June 7th – 9th 2022 (PrimeGlobal)

Talent Development
June 14, 2022


This is a Member News article providing a summary of the recent PrimeGlobal Business Leadership Forum, held in Manchester UK between June 7th - 9th 2022.

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"This is Manchester, We Do Things Differently Here"

The PrimeGlobal 2022 Business Leadership Forum, took place between June 7th – 9th 2022, in the city of Manchester, U.K., and judging by the energy in the room from attending delegates, the forum couldn't have come at a better time.

And whether the late Tony Wilson, founder of the Hacienda and Factory Records did or didn't say the immortal words, "This is Manchester, we do things differently here" there is no denying that Manchester provided a very special vibe, and was the perfect host city for such an occasion.

The event brought members together from across the EMEA region to share knowledge, learn from one another, develop new skills, and forge new friendships, and together with the help of Hurst Accountants who have the local knowledge and regional contacts, PrimeGlobal expertly hosted members from many different countries, including Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, and France to name but a few.

And with the number of attendees in excess of 150, a figure that far exceeded the expectations of Event Manager Céline Lai and Regional Executive Director, Thierry Delvaux, it is safe to say the event was a huge success.

Delegates arrived from Tuesday 7th onwards to the Innside by Melia hotel located in the recently developed, and exciting South central part of the city, and took part in Special Interest Group meetings, with the main event taking place the following day.

PrimeGlobal CEO Steve Heathcote welcomed prominent guest speakers who covered a range of insightful and thought-provoking topics, with the overall theme focusing on ‘developing a sustainable firm fit for the new decade’.

Some of the forum highlights included a fascinating presentation by Alex Brandreth from Luna Investments on the current economic climate, including the impact of the war in Ukraine, the rise in inflation, and his predictions for how future investments will shape up given the complex and changeable times we are living in.

David Smith of Member Firm Henderson Loggie kept delegates entertained with a presentation that included magic wands, frogs and monkeys, all with a deeper message about the barriers to high performance and the five ways of procrastination.

Mark de Lat from Eshuis spoke passionately about the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals, (SDGs) and how we can all do a little bit each day towards creating a better future for our children, with a long term goal of complete system change to "the purpose economy", and with the main sponsorship for the event coming from accounting software firm Xero, guests learnt about the trends shaping the industry in 2022 and beyond from Managing Director, Alex Von Schirmeister, who spoke candidly about how, in the post pandemic world, 9 out of 10 small business owners had experienced symptoms of poor mental health during the last two years, and furthermore, how 45% of SMEs believe their Advisor is more important than ever.

Work Hard Play Hard Spirit

After a day of presentations delegates were then treated to a little light relief with a treasure hunt around the city, which took in sights such as the Bridgewater Hall and the beautiful architecture of Manchester Central Library. Of course, true to form, Manchester brought the rain at this point, so many delegates found the treasures that are the numerous watering holes around the city, managing to make it back for the next part of the evening in between the heavy showers!

Finally, delegates descended on Manchester235 Casino for a night of Blackjack, Roulette, dinner, dancing, and lots of friendly chat, with plenty of liquid refreshments to see them through until the wee, small hours.

The next day everybody enjoyed a discussion chaired by Alex Boulter, CKCA Limited, with panel members Alastair McQuater, Buzzacott, Louis van Garderen, Joinson & Spice, and Marlies Vervoordeldonk, Joanknecht, giving their thoughts on “How to Attract, Develop, & Retain Staff you Need for Business Success”.

Erik Klop of Visser & Visser, and Anthony Casey from Noone Casey discussed working collaboratively, giving very different perspectives based on how this concept transpires in both large and boutique firms. The forum was concluded by Simon Brownbill of Hursts who thanked everyone for coming and Thierry finished off by wishing everybody a safe and pleasant onward journey, with a view to Amsterdam in November being the next time the EMEA region will have chance to get together again.

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