For many, the principles of Adam Smith and Karl Marx may make uncomfortable bedfellows, but a successful Barnsley Entrepreneur will be sharing the secrets to his success which have been built around following Marxist-Capitalist principles at this year’s Chamber Means Business event, hosted by Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce.
Taking place at the New York Stadium on Thursday, 14th September 9:30am -3:00pm, Chamber Means Business is a free-to-attend event which is open to all businesses. During the event visitors will be given the chance to network with others as well as take part in a range of seminars which will be hosted throughout the day.
The first confirmed speaker for the day is Simon Biltcliffe, who founded Barnsley-based print business Webmart in 1996. Today the company has an annual sales turnover of £37m and employs 43 employees, however, it’s the ethos upon which the business was founded which has made the company which perhaps sets the company apart within a competitive and cut-throat market.
Balancing his time working between his three ‘Big Yellow Sheds of wonderment’ based in Barnsley, Oxfordshire and Scotland, Simon also works as Connect Yorkshire’s Entrepreneur in Residence. During his talk Simon will share some of the secrets to Webmart’s success, placing some of the innovative steps he used to shape his business approach and ethos.
Entrepreneur, Simon Biltcliffe said:
“Marxist-Capitalism may sound like a contradiction and even raise a few eyebrows, but it’s an approach we’ve developed over the years. Income generated from our business is used to support our employees, charities and the communities we serve, helping to make a positive contribution to others.
“During my talk, I will explore some of the steps we took which have shaped our business journey, looking at how intellectual challenges and emotional challenges are used to shape everything we do. This approach results in a deeper, more meaningful and ultimately satisfying outcome for all concerned.”
Andrew Denniff, Chief Executive Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce said:
“Chamber Means Business is all about creating opportunities for local businesses to connect and collaborate and is one of Barnsley and Rotherham’s key business events. Simon’s talk will examine a truly unique business approach which I’m sure delegates on the day will find thought provoking.
“During the day, business owners will also be given the chance to go behind the scenes at the New York Stadium and we also have a limited number of exhibition stands available, offering a chance for local companies to showcase their services to the local business community.”
Other confirmed seminars during the day include: General Data Protection Regulation, which is coming into force in May 2018, hosted by Open Network Services and Chamber President, Lisa Pogson and Women in Business Chair, Jackie Freeborn who will give an insight into the new ATHENA Leadership Exchange and how it can help your business to celebrate gender diversification in the workplace.
For further information about the exhibition please visit www.chambermeansbusiness.co.uk or call 01709 386200.