Events, workshops and seminars

In today’s highly competitive environment, it is increasingly difficult to achieve sustainable business growth. If you are an ambitious business that is looking to achieve sustainable growth but is unsure how to realise those objectives, why not join one of the Business School’s FREE breakfast briefings, one-off special events and/or one-day workshops and learn how from industry experts.

The breakfast briefings run from 7.45am until 9.00am, (networking and breakfast from 7.15am). The one-day workshops start at 9.00am and last until 4.30pm with an hour for lunch. Refreshments are provided. The events are free to attend unless otherwise stated. Our one-off events may have different times, so please check the event you are interested in for details.

Venue: Executive Education Centre at the University of Wolverhampton Business School, Molineux Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SG.

To book your place at a breakfast briefing or one-day workshop, email: or call: 01902 321747.

March 2017

Event in conjuction with Institute of Directors

Tuesday 7 March

7.30am - 9am

CPD hours: 1.0

Cost: Free

We welcome two speakers who have extensive experience and are national industry recognised in business growth and support to lead this event for manufacturers.


Rachel Eade MBE, a manufacturing supply chain specialist.

Rachel has been supporting the regions supply chain for over 20 years, acting as a shining light to business leaders who need guidance. During this period, Rachel has helped over 2000 suppliers and has safeguarded over 10,000 jobs.

Paul Cadman, an entrepreneurial manufacturing MD.

As managing director of the Futura Group, Paul was 2015 Black Country Chamber Manufacturer of the Year and one of The Manufacturer's Top 100 most influential people in manufacturing. He has also been a finalist for the EYentrepreneur of the year. 

Topics to be covered

  • The regional opportunities in automotive, aerospace and rail manufacturing and how to identify and access them, along with the critical factors to enhance entry to new markets and customers, with an understanding of the barriers.
  • An update on the availability of regional grant funding for manufacturers, how to access this and increase your chances of success. April 2017 sees the introduction of the New Apprentice Levy.  There will be an overview of this and advice on how to maximise the benefits available under this scheme in terms of recruitment planning and training.
  • Paul will cover the critical elements of disaster planning and recovery along with essential preparation for Directors exit and succession planning.

Both speakers have extensive experience and are nationally industry-recognised in business growth and support.

Upcoming events

Get to Grips with the New Data Protection Regulation

Breakfast Briefing in association with the Institute of Directors

Date: Tuesday 4 July 2017, 

Time: 7.30am until 9.00am

Venue: Executive Suite, University of Wolverhampton Business School, Molineux Street, City Campus (North) Wolverhampton, WV1 1SG

Do you understand how the new General Data Protection Regulation will affect your business? Are you confident that your data management systems are compliant? Do your staff have the knowledge and skills needed to implement the changes? If you cannot answer yes to these questions, then you need to attend our FREE General Data Protection Regulation breakfast briefing session.  

Run in association with the Institute of Directors, this highly-informative briefing session will:

  • Give you an overview of the changes being made to the data protection legislation
  • Highlight your legal responsibilities and the penalties that can occur if you fail to comply with the changes
  • Allow you to understand the impact the new legislation will have on your organisation
  • Help you plan for the introduction of the changes by detailing the actions that need to be taken
  • Enable you to identify areas of potential concern

Speaker: Paul Bird

Paul is an ex-Royal Marine commando and expert on cyber security who is a CESG listed Advisor. He has a wealth of experience of working with individuals and organisations to protect their personal and commercial data and has worked with a wide range of public sector bodies and private organisations. Paul has led a number of central Government infrastructure transformation programmes for the Ministry of Justice and gained accreditation for the first Government Cloud with the Home Office. He was Head of Cyber Security at Atos during the London Olympics and has worked on the UK Defence Information Infrastructure project, the Type 45 Destroyer and the Watchkeeper: an unmanned aerial vehicle.

"The Breakfast Briefing gave me the opportunity to update my skills in a very practical and concise way. The content was relevant to my organisation and was delivered by an obvious expert. Attending the breakfast meeting also gave me the chance to network with other businesses and gain some valuable contacts"

Business Development Manager


To book your FREE place on the Data Protection Breakfast Briefing, please contact the Institute of Directors on:

Tel: 0121 643 1868 or email: