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Sharing key industry webinars and virtual workshops to support your business

SpeakEasy will share upcoming webinars and virtual workshops to help support the businesses behind the interior design industry and keep our community learning and connecting online through a series of digital tools and communications.

During these uncertain times, it is crucial businesses remain alert and agile to build resilience and mitigate the impact on future operations.

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Featured Webinars:

In Conversation with Vanessa Brady

How Covid will change the way we live for the next decade: In conversation with Vanessa Brady

PART ONE  |  DESIGN

Discussing how Covid-19 will change the way we live for the next decade, Cosentino host a three-part conversation with founder and CEO of the Society of British and International Interior Design (SBID), Vanessa Brady covering key aspects across technology, work / life balance and design.

How Covid will change the way we live for the next decade: In conversation with Vanessa Brady

PART TWO  |  TECHNOLOGY

Discussing how Covid-19 will change the way we live for the next decade, Cosentino host a three-part conversation with founder and CEO of the Society of British and International Interior Design (SBID), Vanessa Brady covering key aspects across technology, work / life balance and design.

How Covid will change the way we live for the next decade: In conversation with Vanessa Brady

PART THREE  |  WORK / LIFE BALANCE

Discussing how Covid-19 will change the way we live for the next decade, Cosentino host a three-part conversation with founder and CEO of the Society of British and International Interior Design (SBID), Vanessa Brady covering key aspects across technology, work / life balance and design.

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Building-in resilience into your export strategy: Managing external variables

Wednesday 12 August  |  11:30am-12:30pm

This series of webinars is for exporters who have experienced significant impact on their export sales from COVID-19 and seek support to review their export strategy. Each webinar will focus on a different aspect of strategy review. This webinar will look at how to identify and review external variables beyond a business’ direct control; to research alternative solutions and develop informed probable scenarios, that can assist them to weather potentially disruptive trading trends.
– Financial Planning
– Sourcing new/alternative suppliers
– Funding Support Options
– Freight & Logistics Options
– Reviewing Legal Commitments

Eco Workshop: Heat & Energy

Saturday 15 August  |  From 10:00am

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the ‘Green Homes Grant’ as part of the government’s attempt to see the UK build back better, providing homeowners with vouchers for energy efficiency improvements, in which the government will cover two-thirds of the cost. Launching in September, it is hoped the scheme will help the UK meet its 2050 target of achieving net zero carbon emissions – and with domestic consumption making up 28% of energy use, homes are a good place to start in the battle against climate change. Exploring conventional and renewable heating options, insulation and ventilation and the latest incentives such as the brand new Heat Pump Tariff.

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How to collaborate effectively on Interior Design projects

Discover how to share your vision for a new space from the start of a project, allowing for greater collaboration with your client and, in turn, generating efficiency for the final design. Kesoon Chance, Vectorworks Industry Specialist, will demonstrate how to transition from a traditional 2D workflow to a fully integrated 3D modelling process, and show how you can present inspiring designs utilising Vectorworks features.

How will Covid-19 affect lifestyles, homes and design trends

Design icons Kelly Hoppen and Katharine Pooley will be in conversation with LAPADA CEO, Freya Simms, discussing the impact of the crisis on design trends and how it will affect the way we live and experience our homes.

Concept to Construction: 3D Modelling & Interiors

Explore how to make the most of Vectorworks throughout your entire design process: from mood boards and space analysis, to creating 3D concept models and construction drawings. Industry Specialist, Kesoon Chance will be guiding you through the different tools available to bring your designs to life. 

The Future of Kitchen Design in a Post COVID-19 World

Johnny Grey is one of the most iconic thinkers in kitchen design over the past half-century. Join Johnny Grey and Michael Wolf, publisher of The Spoon and creator of the Smart Kitchen Summit, in a free, interactive and virtual workshop as they discuss what kitchen design could look like in the post-COVID world and Johnny takes questions from the audience (and even invites viewers to share their kitchens on screen for Johnny to give live feedback).

The role of Marketplaces in the new Ecommerce 

Tuesday 4 August  |  3:30-4:30pm

Retailers are facing up to a new reality. Online sales soared 129% week on week during the coronavirus outbreak, with ecommerce demand expected to remain sky-high even as lockdown eases. So how can retailers win global market share in this new retail landscape? Join Retail Week and the Department for International Trade (DIT) at a virtual panel discussion to hear from Adam Sopher, co-founder and director of Joe & Seph’s; Keval Dattani, CEO of fast-growing beard grooming brand Mo Bro’s; Carly Hunt, Pandora’s head of brand; and Judith McElhinney, DIT ecommerce consultant, as they address the opportunities presented by international marketplaces.

Managing international trade documentation requirements post COVID-19

Tuesday 4 August  |  2:00-3:00pm

Export documentation is a critical area for any exporter where errors and omissions cause cost, delay and reputational damage. Coronavirus and EU exit will lead to changes that make this an essential topic to master. Tony Brown will bring you up to date with some tips on getting your documentation right first time on time in this fast changing area.

The growth of the Augmented and Virtual Reality Sector in the UK

Monday 3 August  |  2:00-3:00pm

Part of GEP thought leadership series – this webinar will focus on on the future opportunities for growth in the Augmented and Virtual Reality sector post Covid19. Speakers include Mike Hayes, Ex MD Sega Europe and Mercia Venture Capital VR/AR investment advisor; Patrick McCloughlin, NDreams VR; Bruno Caballero, Yeltic VR; Asha Easton, KTN / Innovate UK and XR Immerse Lead; and Tim Luft, Global Entrepreneur Programme Dealmaker.

Supercharging UK Tech Engagement on the Global Stage

Wednesday 29 July  |  2:00-3:00pm

Join Tech Nation – the UK’s tech scale up experts – to find out about how we can support your business to achieve its scale-up and exporting ambitions. In this session you’ll hear from sector specialists to learn more about the future tech trade strategy, get first-hand advice from International Trade Advisors and learn how Tech Nation can support your business from growth programmes to helping enhance your skills as a digital entrepreneur.

The fast changing landscape of eCommerce 2020; what it’s taught us & why it makes sense to consider expanding cross-border now

Wednesday 29 July  | 10:00am

Join Callum Campbell, CEO at Linnworks and Ian Moore, MD at Tyme Online for eCommerce insight and reflection of the key trends and changes over the last few months. Hear examples of how businesses have adapted, practical tips to take forwards and why now is the time that you should be considering how to further adapt and expand cross-border.

Giving insight into the trends in e-commerce over the last 4 months, B2B to D2C transition, how online retailers have adapted and managed to stay ahead by switching fulfilment methods, diversifying their sales channels and being smart with their inventory. The webinar will also discuss the importance of multichannel and how it can help you expand abroad, what factors should be considered when choosing a marketplace plus additional factors such as payment providers, shippers and other third party considerations.

British Business Network Webinar – Plastic-Free July: British Sustainability Leading The Way

Wednesday 29 July  | 8:30am

Plastic-Free July is a global movement to raise awareness of the plastic problem that exists in our world. Join to hear from three British companies who are leading the way in the fight against plastic waste.​

Working safely during Coronavirus: Close Contact Services

Tuesday 28 July  | 11:00am

Join this free business webinar providing COVID-secure guidance for people who provide close contact services. The webinar is relevant for those who provide mobile close contact services from their homes and in other people’s homes, those in retail environments and the arts, as well as those studying hair and beauty in vocational training environments.

Working safely during coronavirus: Cyber Security

Wednesday 22 July  |  11:00-11.30

Find out more about the most common cyber threats faced by businesses and how to mitigate being the victim of a cyber incident. A representative from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) will provide an overview of the cyber security risks facing businesses during and after COVID-19, as well as a look at the range of resources freely available from the NCSC for businesses.

Redefining your international proposition in challenging times

Tuesday 21 July  |  14:00

This webinar will look at ways in which businesses can re-evaluate their strengths and perhaps adapt their proposition as the ‘new normal’ emerges – both here in the UK and internationally. In the last few months, some companies have successfully changed what they offer to their customers, and the way they work – we’ll look to use some of these as examples. 

Harnessing Technology in Supply Chains

Tuesday 21 July  |  11:00

The future of supply chains is full of possibility, thanks to innovative developments in technology. By harnessing technology to develop and monitor supply chains, we can both improve strategy and reduce future risk. In this one hour virtual event, Steve Gregory, Director of LCR LEP Supply Chain Programme at the University of Huddersfield, will look at how technology can benefit manufacturing SMEs and their supply chains.

Generate International Leads on LinkedIn that Convert into Export Sales During Covid

Thursday 16 July  |  10:00am

Do you want to generate enough high-quality international leads on LinkedIn that convert more quickly? You may have a good LinkedIn profile and know the “A-List” clients you want to network and connect with on LinkedIn – but are you getting the results you really want? You will learn about tools, tactics and strategies that will make your time on LinkedIn easier, enjoyable and more productive.

Green Finance – Our future “together” after flattening the curve

Monday 20 July  |  5:00pm

Sustainable investments, socially responsible investments and green finance – have been around for 10 years – not as much in Austria or CEE as they have been in the UK. While Fridays for Future may have helped spur awareness, the world in all its’ sectors acknowledged the effects of our financial decisions and investments when Covid-19 put a 6 week stop to industry.

For the first time, each individual could see a different side of the world – environmentally, technologically as well as financially. This was the tipping point for green finance as we became aware of how environmental health also bolsters the economy. Our esteemed panellists will talk about the importance of transitioning to a green financial system and mobilising investment in clean and resilient growth.

Power up your e-exporting skills with eBay and DIT

Thursday 16 July  |  2:30pm

Rob Hattrell, Vice President eBay UK, the Secretary of State for International Trade, the Rt Hon Liz Truss MP and Lord O’Shaughnessy will look at the power of e-commerce to boost exports. You’ll also learn about the commercial opportunities for British SMEs arising from the UK’s developing trading relationships. The webinar will also include presentations from DIT officials and eBay experts, providing you with practical advice, resources and insights to help you hone your e-exporting skills and boost overseas selling.

The Sustainable Innovation Fund: Round 1

Wednesday 15 July  |  2:30pm

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £55 million for new projects focusing on sustainable economic recovery from COVID-19 from Innovate UK. All projects must be led by a business and include at least one SME. Proposals can either be from a single business or a collaboration.

How to Target the Right International Connections on LinkedIn to Grow Your Business During Covid-19

9 July 2020  |  10:00 – 12:00

You may well know the power of LinkedIn already, but are still not sure where to start to take your LinkedIn performance from good to great to boost exports sales. In this webinar you will learn how to:

  • Profile and target your “”A-list”” clients
  • Use important keywords on LinkedIn in the right way
  • Reach out and connect with prospects so they respond
  • Build relationships – you’re connected… now what?
  • Use tools and tactics that will make your time on LinkedIn easier and more productive.

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill – A Discussion of the Insolvency Aspects of the Bill with Head of Policy in the Insolvency Service

7 July 2020  |  10:30 – 11:30

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill will reform the insolvency and corporate governance framework in light of the COVID emergency. The Bill, once it has been made law, will introduce the biggest reforms to the UK’s insolvency framework for almost 20 years. This webinar will talk about the corporate governance changes being introduced by the Bill and outline how the new rules on moratoriums, restructuring and winding-up petitions will affect companies and their associated parties.

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill – A Discussion of the Corporate Governance Changes Introduced by the Bill

30 June 2020  |  10:30 – 11:30

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill will reform the insolvency and corporate governance framework in light of the COVID emergency. The Bill, once it has been made law, will introduce the biggest reforms to the UK’s insolvency framework for almost 20 years. This webinar will talk about the corporate governance changes being introduced by the Bill and provide details about how provisions on AGMs and filing extensions will affect companies.

The Hong Kong Arts and Creative Hub – Opportunities Ahead

30 June 2020  |  11:00 – 12:00

To hear the latest market updates and developments of cultural projects by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. Bompas and Parr, a London-based studio specialising in multi-sensory experience design which has recently launched their first international studio in Hong Kong, will be sharing their story about doing business in Hong Kong and Asia. Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion and a Q&A session.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and flexible furloughing

18 June 2020  |  9:45 – 10:45 & 19 June 2020  |  11:45 – 12:45

Find out about how the amount of grant available through Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is changing with a free webinar providing an overview of changes to the scheme, how employers will be affected, flexible furloughing, key dates and support available.

Selling services overseas – during and after COVID-19

17 June 2020  |  14:30 – 15:30

In this webinar we will look at formulating your international plan, including how to market your service, where in the world should you focus, developing effective relationships, and the top success factors.

Tips for trading responsibly in COVID 19 crisis for the consumer and retail sector

16 June 2020  |  11:00 – 12:30

Recent analysis suggests that integrity risks for businesses trading overseas have heightened due to the global C19 crisis, and many traditional strategies and policies will no longer adequately protect your organisation. This webinar offers you practical tips to continue to trade safely and responsibly in times of global crisis. SMEs will be hearing from HMG officials and experts in integrity risk management in supply chains on:

1. A summary of trends and opportunities in retail and consumer sector
2. Practical tips on how to source and manage supply chains to remain profitable whilst respecting and championing human rights in the labour force;
3. How to identify and protect oneself against integrity risks;
4. And complying with the UK Bribery Act 2010.

Working safely during coronavirus: other people’s homes

2 June 2020  |  15:00 – 16:00

The UK Government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance for businesses in England, to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. Join this free webinar to find out more about how to make your workplace COVID-secure.

This webinar is designed to be relevant for those working in, visiting or delivering to home environments.

Working safely during coronavirus: offices & contact centres

2 June 2020  |  11:00 – 12:00

The UK Government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance for businesses in England, to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. Join this free webinar to find out more about how to make your workplace COVID-secure.

This webinar is designed to be relevant for people who run offices, contact centres and similar indoor environments.

Working safely during coronavirus: labs & research facilities

1 June 2020  |  15:00 – 16:00

The UK Government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance for businesses in England, to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. Join this free webinar to find out more about how to make your workplace COVID-secure.

This webinar is designed to be relevant for people who run indoor research environments.

Working safely during coronavirus: construction & other outdoor work

1 June 2020  |  11:00 – 12:00

The UK Government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance for businesses in England, to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. Join this free webinar to find out more about how to make your workplace COVID-secure.

This webinar is designed to be relevant for people who run outdoor working environments.

E-commerce and selling opportunities in Singapore and ASEAN countries

27 May 2020  |  10:00 – 11:00

This webinar will highlight the untapped potential of Singapore for British e-commerce; how Singapore opens up access to the ASEAN region, a market of over 600m citizens; and give you actionable insights about e-commerce across South East Asia.

The webinar will introduce two of the region’s most popular e-commerce marketplaces, Shoppee and Sift & Pick, and the region’s leading logistics provider Janio. We will also be joined by Enterprise Singapore, who will talk about the environment for business in Singapore and its strong support for British companies to trade with Singapore.

How to make your retail workplace COVID-secure: shops and branches 

28 May 2020  |  11:00 – 12:00

The UK Government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance for businesses in England to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. Join this free webinar to find out more about how to make your retail workplace COVID-secure.

This guidance covers shops that are currently open, such as shops selling food and chemists.

Managing agents and distributors during COVID-19 for experienced exporters

28 May 2020  |  14:30 – 15:30

A webinar about managing agents and distributors during COVID-19 for more experienced exporters. In this webinar you’ll learn what to include in an agreement, the effect of the bribery act, and simple ways of motivating, monitoring and measuring the performance of your partner.

Working safely during coronavirus: vehicles

28 May 2020  |  15:00 – 16:00

The UK Government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance for businesses in England, to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. Join this free webinar to find out more about how to make your workplace COVID-secure.

This webinar is designed to be relevant for people who work in or from vehicles, including couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles, field forces and similar.

Managing disruption of supply chains during COVID-19

22 May 2020  |  14:30 – 15:30

This webinar with DIT and the Federation of Small Businesses will provide you with practical advice to help you respond to international supply chain disruptions during COVID-19.

​Risk management when considering new markets

21 May 2020  |  10:00 – 11:00

This webinar is designed to provide you with practical steps on how you can create an export risk management plan to help you increase your resilience when exporting to new markets.

Logistics and movement of goods during COVID-19​

20 May 2020  |  10:00 – 11:00

Join this webinar with DIT and the British Freight Transport Association to receive expert advice on which routes to market, freight services and that costs still exist or are likely to change, to help you export during this time of uncertainty.

Routes to market

14 May 2020  |  10:00 – 11:00

This webinar will provide you with guidance on potential routes to market and channel options for your target markets. We will look at how to review and evaluate these in the current operating conditions of COVID-19 and beyond

Access financial help through small business loans

14 May 2020  |  14:30 – 15:15

Join Simon Hall – previous BBC Television broadcaster – as he explains how your business can come back strongly from the recent crisis.
•How to cut through the noise and command attention
•The critical importance of character in your communications
•Structuring your story to keep a reader engaged
•Trick and tips to make your key messages memorable
•The beautiful art of brevity; less work for more impact

Managing overseas agents and distributions during COVID-19

12 May 2020  |  14:30 – 15:30

In this webinar we will look at; routes to markets, establishing overseas contacts, the benefits of using agents and distributors.

How to engage and retain your customers 

11 May 2020  |  10:00 – 11:30

Join this webinar to unpack your customer’s current wants and needs, find out how you can keep them engaged and explore the most effective communication strategies to cut through the noise.
Our expert speaker will help you understand the shifts and changes happening in the market and how to adapt your communication & tone to better interact with your audience and build brand loyalty.

Access financial help through small business loans

07 May 2020  |  10:00 – 11:30

This highly informative webinar will discuss how your business can financially manage during this unprecedented time through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS).
Uncover expert tips on how to access the loan scheme, the application process, what eligibility criteria are they looking for and how to prepare and aid a faster response.

Negotiating with your landlord and tenant protection

06 May 2020  |  14:00 – 15:30

Are you looking to continue your rental agreement at a lower price during COVID-19? This webinar is designed to help businesses plan an approach and negotiate rental terms with their landlords for the foreseeable future. Property experts from Travers Smith Real Estate Group will discuss the financial aid options available to support businesses and how the Coronavirus Act 2020 has impacted tenants legal rights. 

How to get started on your Business Continuity Plan

05 May 2020  |  10:00 – 11:30

Andrew Griffiths, Australian business mogul with 13 bestselling books sold in over 65 countries will be delivering expert advice to help businesses future proof in a rapidly evolving world. This webinar focuses on helping businesses identify the risks and effects of COVID-19 and how to successfully move forward with a strategic business continuity and recovery strategy – it’s a small business webinar not to be missed.

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