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JET Business Network Congress 2017

7 June 2017
De Vere Oxford Thames (formerly Four Pillars), Sandford on Thames, OX4 4GX Get Directions
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  1. JBN Congress 2017

Date: Wednesday June 7th

Time: 09.00 registrations / 16.30 close

Venue: De Vere Oxford Thames (formerly Four Pillars), Sandford on Thames, OX4 4GX

Ticketing: NAJ Members £225+VAT - Non-Member £250+VAT


Hotel costs: Dinner /bed/ breakfast: £194 / £228 – delegates to book with the hotel. Networking dinner open to all on the night before at 19.30.

At the NAJ, our focus is single-mindedly on the real problems and issues our members encounter in their business on a daily basis.

And finding fresh, original and highly practical solutions to real people issues is the subject of this years JET Business Network Congress with the theme of ‘how to unlock your staff value.’

For example, say, a bad atmosphere has developed in the business. How do you nip things in the bud before they turn toxic? Likewise, how do you manage that difficult conversation with a member of staff without things getting out of hand? And what do you need to do to promote the attitudes that will inspire the desired behaviour from your staff? We’ll also be examining the value of encouraging work /  life balance in your business, the thorny issue of managing  and  motivating  millennials  and  how  to deal  with  inconsistent performance.

The event is open to all NAJ members, whether you design, supply or retail. What this means for you, of course, is a unique opportunity to network across all jewellery industry sectors.

Find out more about the speakers below - 

Dave Grigg

When Dave isn’t writing financial life plans for his clients at Hampton James Financial Associates Ltd, he is planning world record attempts with his friends and writing a book about the life lessons he learnt along the way that he is now applying in his own business life.

Dave and a team of five fellow weekend athletes took on a non-stop triathlon relay from London to Paris, which involved running 87 miles from Marble Arch to Dover, swimming the English Channel and then cycling 187 miles to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris – in an attempt to break the record and raise funds for two worthy charities.

He will share his story which was 18 months in the making and highlight the parallels of running a successful business that include: planning the detail, setting the right environment, overcoming obstacles, and ultimately celebrating success.  

Rosie Ginday

Rosie Ginday, Social Entrepreneur Pasty Chef reducing re-offending in young offenders, founder and Director of Miss Macaroon.

Lover of all people and life changer, who sees endless possibilities. Rosie Ginday is no average baking businesswoman. Rosie founded Miss Macaroon to combine her passion for beautiful hand-crafted food, baking, and her desire to help disadvantaged young adults in her local area, Birmingham.

EY Entrepreneur of the Year, West Midlands Woman of the Year, Social Enterprise UK Finalist, guest of the Prime Minister… and the only patisserie in the world to Pantone match macaroons to corporate colours!

Rosie will be speaking on managing and motivating millennials - recruiting to get the right kind of millennial, inducting training and progression and employing in the social media age.

Tarnya Brink

For the last 17 years Sagegreen has provided HR support to businesses just like yours. We understand owner managed SME’s because we are one. We give practical, commercial solutions to the people problems that get in the way of running your business.

Tarnya is a Fellow of the CIPD and has over 30 years international HR experience across diverse business sectors.  She was a senior manager for over 20 years and Deputy CEO in her previous company before joining Sagegreen HR as a senior HR Consultant. Tarnya will be discussing the cost, both financial and in managerial time, of ignoring HR issues, how to avoid these and some options to consider when you find yourself in trouble. 

Dr Anita Pickerdon 

Dr Anita Pickerden is a coach, trainer, researcher and author specialising in the world of work. She has delivered management and leadership courses in universities, colleges and companies across the UK, and has spoken at many international conferences.

She is a qualified and experienced personal and business coach, currently working with people who are seeking better work-life balance. Anita has published books on coaching skills for new managers, and on how to manage projects, and she has recently co-authored a book on how to prepare for interviews.

Using her research on work-life balance, this session will demonstrate how your working style and that of your staff members can impact work-life balance and the bottom line. How to guard against burn-out.  Learn to avoid the 7 pitfalls which can be detrimental to the success, productivity and wellbeing of you and your staff that stem from a work-life imbalance.

Hugh Vivian

Hugh specialises in performance development coaching.  He set up Rocksalt Limited 15 years ago - a small, dynamic performance development consultancy. Hugh has a real drive to bring out the best in people.  His style is ‘Impact without arrogance, assertiveness without aggression and conviction without threat.’ 

Hugh has worked with a fantastic range of clients including Mont Blanc, Cartier, Smythson and Alfred Dunhill. An ex Army officer, Hugh led and managed units of up to 110 soldiers.  During his 10-year service he was based in Hong Kong, Germany, Falkland Islands, Cyprus and the UK. Subsequently Hugh worked for an international consultancy in a Sales & Account Management role, responsible for new business development and training delivery. Hugh’s talk is on managing inconsistent performance.  He will provide practical tips on how to give performance feedback, how to manage day-to-day performance and how to have that difficult performance-related conversation. 

Marianne Page

Marianne has 27 years of senior management experience with McDonald’s and now works with Business Owners who are victims of their own success, and unable to extricate themselves from working IN their business, in order to work ON it.

Through her bespoke McFreedom System™, modelled on what she sees as the 4 Foundations of McDonald’s Success - Planning, Process, People and Performance - Marianne gives the Successful Small Business Owner a blueprint for scale, growth and personal freedom.

Marianne has a reputation for taking an area of business that most business owners are terrified of, or resentful of at best, and turning it into something which is easy, enjoyable, and actually gets done.

In this session you will hear how to harness the power of your People and Process; how to build a highly engaged, high performing team and How to turn a moody teenager who wouldn’t clean their room at home, into a productive employee, within days.






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