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Trends and Predictions for 2008 - The CEO Agenda

What are the topics most likely to be on every CEO's agenda for the next 12 months? In this seminar we will look at the trends and predictions for 2008. This will be followed by a Question Time debate.

Date: 29 January 2008
Start Time: 16:30
Finish Time: 18:30
In association with: Credit Suisse and The Western Daily Press
Venue: Clarke Willmott, 1 Georges Square, Bath Street, Bristol BS1 6BA


For business owners and leaders, 2008 is shaping up to provide a very different set of challenges and opportunities. So, what are the topics most likely to be on every CEO's agenda for the next 12 months? 

Our expert panel will discuss a wide range of trends and predictions for 2008. Hot topics will include: the biggest threats to UK business, economic prospects for the coming year, the impact of the credit crunch for companies seeking funding or an exit, whether IPOs or trade sales will be more attractive and whether VCs expect to be more or less active next year. We will also ask them to name the hot investment sectors for 2008.

Question Time Panelists

Alan Bristow – CEO and Founder, ICON Corporate Finance

Mike Reid - Director, 3i Plc 

Mark Farmer - Co-founder, Eden Ventures

Sue Thexton - MD of ITN's fastest growing business ITN Archive and former VP Macromedia Europe

Modwenna Rees-Mogg - Editor-in-Chief, Angel News

Chaired by Tracey Williams, Partner, Burton Sweet Accountants



16.30    Registration

16.55    Welcome by Jane Oakland, Partner, Clarke Willmott Solicitors

17.00    Market Overview, Trends and Predictions for 2008 

17.15    Question Time Panel - The CEO Agenda

18.10    Summary & Close, Vanessa Williams, Partner BWB Solicitors 

18.15    Networking and drinks



Booking: To secure your free place please contact Karen Chelton at Burton Sweet


About The Corporate Finance Network

The Corporate Finance Network is a body of professional corporate finance experts who help entrepreneurs and businesses to raise private equity, make growth alliances or acquisitions or maximise shareholder value on the sale of a business. Members include: RBS, J.M. Finn, ICON Corporate Finance, Clarke Willmott, Sharemark Wards, BPE, YFM, Burges Salmon, Fortis, Burton Sweet Corporate Finance and Solicitors Bates Wells and Braithwaite. 



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