Business Bootcamp: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!

This business bootcamp brings you a full day of expert support to help you identify the skills required to grow your business, raise finance and make decisions at the turning points of your business development. 

The morning workshop focuses on development of core skills of an entrepreneur and raising the finance for business growth.

The afternoon provides inspiration from a young company CEO Eddie McGeahie who has received no investment but he reached a turnover over £1m, an enviable customer list and a full order book. Followed by a motivational & practical exploration of business success from serial entrepreneur Deborah McGargle.


8:00am Registration, Breakfast & Networking

8:30am Mick Westman - What Is An Entrepreneur?

9:00am John Cooke - 7 Key Skills of Successful Business Leaders

12:00pm Deborah McGargle - Investment: Raising Money to Help Your Business Grow

12:30pm Lunch & Networking

01:15pm Edward McGeachie - Case Study: Seaforth Analytical Services

02:45pm Break

03:00pm Deborah McGargle - Angels and Devils: the highs and lows of Deborah's experiences.

05:00pm 1-2-1 Opportunities/ Networking

05:30pm Summer Tech BBQ

08:00pm Close


Deborah McGargle: Deborah qualified as a barrister-at-law in 1999. Ex-Siemens General Counsel and Techstars (Boston, MA), she is now Chief Legal Officer and part of the founding team at London based Seedlegals, a SaaS platform in the #legaltech space. Her other roles include being EiR at IGNITE, a trustee for Newcastle Tech Trust and a mentor at the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.

Deborah has personally raised in the region of £400 million in startup funding for teams around the world, she is passionate about tech startups and scale ups, investment, artificial intelligence, disruptive technology, and supporting female founders.

John Cooke: UK and Ireland Business Development Director for Vistage International, the leading CEO network. Prior to Vistage, he founded InfoBasis, a company which provided skills management technology to business and public sector organisations including Aviva, Microsoft, BAE Systems, British Computer Society, NHS, RAF, Army, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Safeway. An accomplished mentor, John knows that whatever organisation you lead, there are some leadership fundamentals that can elevate you and your business. His workshop looks at 7 Key Skills that leaders must have in order to achieve growth and long-term success. The workshop is designed for business owners and includes individual and group exercises. Delegates will leave the workshop with a personal Leadership Skills benchmark score and an action plan to develop specific leadership skills.

Mick Westman: 

Mick can help you or your company to have the best year of your life principally by showing you how to beat procrastination". His talk covers the 4A's: Ambition, great Attitude, Aptitude, and the Ability to apply yourself.

Edward McGeachie: 

Seaforth Analytical Services was established in 2015 with Eddie McGeachie and Yuri Sukharevsky. Eddie and Yuri worked for IBM / Lenovo creating a supply chain centre of excellence for supply chain analytics in 2010 until 2015. Part of a small team of Subject Matter Experts they developed business analytical models that saved the company in excess $20M. They setup a company Aged 49 & 51 respectively – with one Client then grew this to several large corporate organisations over the last 3 years – the company has generated revenue of £1.3M.

Aimed at Start-Ups and SMEs, this event is part-funded by ERDF and so is free to attend. As a result of the funding, participants will be required to complete some project paperwork on arrival.

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