All change

14 May 2015, News

More than 80 senior executives across the South West business community attended a special forum ‘Is your business changing for the better?’ at the Mansion House in Clifton, Bristol. The delegates heard from a range of experts involved in business change software, communications, the media and employment law.

Speakers included Helen Sutton, Managing Director UK & Ireland at UNIT4 Business Software, a fast growing leader in enterprise applications for service organisations; Andrew Lynch, Assistant Business Editor of the Sunday Times; Andrew Cumpsty, Strategic Counsel at JBP, a full service strategic communications consultancy; and Roger Bull, Partner and Head of the Employment Law team at national law firm Burges Salmon.

Sutton gave a presentation on the ‘new digital landscape’, where digital is disrupting business, workplaces are struggling to keep up with technology advances and staff expectations and cloud computing is taking over from traditional infrastructure.

Cumpsty, who held senior communications roles at McDonalds, 3 and Ericsson, drew on his corporate background to provide seven golden rules to successful communications before, during and after change, from using your own people to spread the word to not letting process get in the way of progress.

Lynch shared some lessons of communicating business change to the media, through his experience of covering boardrooms in crisis.

Bull discussed some of the legal pitfalls and risks involved in managing collective employee processes, including mitigation of legal risk in project planning, avoiding tribunal claims and dealing with senior executive severance.

Vanessa Moon, Director of Executive Search Firm Moon Consulting, which organised the event, said: “In the fast-paced modern business world, change is unavoidable: businesses must constantly evolve to match the demands of a changing market or risk being left behind. This event on change management was part of our ‘Is your Board Good Enough?” series and proved to be a major success once again with the region’s business decision makers. The series is designed to provide real value to board executives to support the ongoing success of their businesses.”

The event was co-sponsored by Burges Salmon, JBP, Moon Consulting and the University of the West of England. It was opened by Steve West, Vice Chancellor of UWE and was closed by Bristol Lord Mayor Alastair Watson.

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