Conference Programme

Kirklees Business Conference includes an engaging seminar and surgery programme. Confirmed speakers are outlined below but we will keep adding additional seminars and surgeries in the run up to the event.  Keep checking the website, don’t miss out and make sure you have booked your free delegate place in advance.

9:00 – 16:00
Revell Ward Suite, Level3

Kirklees Business Conference 2018 Opens!
Come and meet our exhibitors in our Great Exhibition. Grab a coffee and catch up with new and existing contacts in the Networking Cafe area, get your tweets on the big screen using #KirkleesConf.


09:30 – 10:35

John Smith’s Suite, Level 2

Reach New Customers Online

In this fun and practical seminar, The Digital Garage from Google will help you ‘know your business with data’ by showing you how to attract new customers by optimising your presence on Google, learn how to gather consumer insights, and get started with online advertising.

10:55 – 11:40

John Smith’s Suite, Level 2

Funding & Finance For SMEs

Looking to grow your business in 2018? This informative seminar provides advice and guidance on the current business funding and grant streams available to businesses in the Leeds City Region.

13:10 – 14:15

John Smith’s Suite, Level 2

GDPR Discussion Panel

Join our expert panellists as they highlight how the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force from 25 May 2018, will affect the way organisations hold and process personal information, and how you can best prepare your business for the changes!

Chair: Brian Stahlein, Chairman, Mid Yorkshire Chamber & Managing Director, Stafflex


Chris Taylor – Partner, Eaton Smith
Mark Pullar – Director, All My Systems
Katrina Cliffe – Managing Director, KC Communications
Melanie Oldham – Managing Director, Bob’s Business

14:40 – 15:25

John Smith’s Suite, Level 2

Keynote Speaker – Graham Leslie CBE

Hear from self-made businessman Graham Leslie, who established Galpharm International in Huddersfield which rapidly grew to become the UK’s biggest supplier of non-prescriptive medicine, and was eventually sold to the multi-national Perrigo Group for $88m. Graham was also founder chairman and co-creator of Huddersfield’s new 25,000 all-seater stadium, the home of Premiership football team Huddersfield Town and rugby league team, the Huddersfield Giants. Listen to Graham’s story and his plans on how as a business community we can make a difference.



09:00 – 16:00

Box 12, Level 3

All My Systems will also be hosting drop in sessions for delegates to have a chat with a Business Analyst, to discuss how you can grow your business and operate more efficiently by sorting out your databases and CRM systems.

3M Buckley Surgery Sessions

Box 11, Level 3

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09:30 -10:00 & 13:30 – 14:00  – Additive Manufacture; the way forward or another tool in the arsenal?

An overview of the impact of additive manufacturing (AM) on businesses and supply chains including design for AM, materials choice and part verification.

10:30 – 11:00 & 14:30 – 15:00 – Business needs & how the 3M BIC & University of Huddersfield is focusing on supporting local businesses

Come along to hear how the Business Engagement Centre can assist your business with growth through its various forms of support. Listen to Probado on the support they have received through engaging with the BEC and how it has benefitted their business.

11:30 – 12:00 – 3D Visualisation for product development, testing or as a marketing tool

Using photorealistic representations, virtual reality and advanced simulation techniques, it is possible to create or recreate products, test them in lifelike situations and present them to potential customers offering choice and customisation before anything is manufactured.

15:30 – 16:00 – Imaging for business

Advanced microscopy permits products to be examined in detail to investigate faults, wear and tear, and conformity to standards using optical, laser and electron microscopy. Techniques are applicable across many business sectors including engineering and healthcare.