We’re thrilled to have 4 wonderful speakers who have offered to share their story at the inaugural Britain’s Got Mojo event
on Monday 25th February 2013
at Slater Heelis Solicitors, Manchester. Each has some fascinating experiences to relate from a business, career and personal standpoint.Britain’s Got Mojo (BGM) is a campaign to inspire and help people to drive change in their careers and businesses. We believe that business owners
and job seekers
face a similar problem – “How do we get people’s attention and attract them to us?”
There is a way, and through BGM we’d like to introduce you to some people who’ve successfully created opportunities for themselves in challenging times. They’ve essentially ‘led change’ in their lives and now do the kind of work they love.
You can book here, but in the meantime let’s introduce our speakers:
Adrian Lomas (Managing Director, Blueleaf Communications)
Adrian founded Blueleaf in 1999 after becoming frustrated with the lack of client-focused service he’d seen in other marketing agencies. His vision was to build a company that not only produces results for its clients, but also values and respects its employees.From its headquarters near Chester, Blueleaf focuses purely on digital marketing and has gathered some impressive accolades over the last 13 years – UKDEA Digital Business of the Year 2012, a finalist as Croner Employer of the Year in the Orange National Business Awards 2012 and being “Highly Commended’ for its contribution to the education, business and charitable communities within the region.
Blueleaf’s current headcount is 22, with some big brands on the books including Red Bull, Laura Ashley, Next and Co-operative Energy. In growing the business, Adrian has adopted some innovative strategies – narrowing the range of services he provides, encouraging dialogue and cooperation with competitors and appointing a ‘Chief Cheerleader’ rather than a Business Development Manager!
Helen Varey (Founder of Beyond Big Bones)
A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Helen is passionate about coaching and engaging audiences to aspire to achieve their true potential. She has extensive experience in business management and franchise development and is the Founder of Beyond Big Bones
, a unique training concept based around health and lifestyle management and one borne of her own personal challenges and extraordinary weight loss story.Helen is a licensed Goal Mapping practitioner, certified NLP coach and Humanistic NLP practitioner. She is currently studying Cognitive Behaviour, Hypnotherapy and Solution Focussed Therapy at Central England School. She is an active member of Toastmasters International and the Academy for Chief Executives and is currently writing her first book on how to improve personal productivity.
Al Elliott (Managing Director Dallas Matthews Marketing Agency)
Together with his business partner, Al divides his time between maintaining his property portfolio and running an established city-centre Marketing Agency that specialises in building simple, web-based apps that automatically get repeat customers for businesses.But what makes Al rather more unusual is the extraordinary path he took to get there, a series of calamities and subsequent reinventions which tested his resolve to the extreme. His varied career has included a stint as a pub landlord, a Samaritan, running a student beer delivery service and a Homeowner Advice Centre to help people avoid repossession proceedings.
Throughout his colourful career, Al has been able to help people from an authentic standpoint, having suffered personal bankruptcy and the collapse of 2 substantial businesses due to circumstances beyond his control. He has demonstrated, as a football manager once put it, a huge degree of ‘bouncebackability’ and we’re delighted he’s agreed to share his story at BGM.
Tania Mahmoud (The Lowry)
Tania graduated from Lancaster University in 2010 with a First Class BA Hons Theatre Studies degree and was presented with The Lancaster Award for her extensive contribution to, and involvement with, extra-curricular activities.After graduating, Tania travelled throughout Europe and returned to the UK faced with the task of finding employment. She soon landed a corporate sales position, performing well and earning good money, but her heart lay in the theatre. She chose fulfilment over big-bucks in a role with the Contact Theatre in Manchester and flourished!
Her work involved planning and project managing consultancy services provided by freelance artists as an income generator. Tania also attained a place on Contact’s Future Fires Programme which involved single-handedly creating and delivering a community arts project over the course of the next year.
Just over two years after graduating, Tania now works at The Lowry (Salford) and is responsible for managing and growing its corporate fundraising and commercial sponsorship income streams. Tania feels hugely fulfilled and permanently ‘in her element’.
Taking their stories to you
Our speakers will each share their story in about 15 minutes, before sitting amongst the audience for a facilitated discussion. At BGM we want to know what inspiration you take from the stories you hear, and what change you’d like to lead in your own life/business.
5.30pm – arrive, register, mingle and enjoy some supper!
6.15pm – welcome and introductions (hosts Sara Knowles & Andrew Thorp)
6.30pm – speakers share their story
7.40pm – facilitated discussion
8.10pm – sharing ideas, next steps, etc
8.30pm – depart
To reserve a place at the next BGM event, click on the link below. All those wishing to attend are asked to complete a short questionnaire detailing their interest in BGM and an indication of the change they’d like to create (this is kept in the strictest confidence).