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´Why Scaling Up an be hard to do´ with Team Massive Results and update from Mayor Houchen

Thursday, 25th April 2019, 18:00 to 20:30

Venue : The Grand Marquee, Wynyard Hall, Wynyard, TS22 5NF

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Why Scaling Up can be so very hard to do

In her Scale Up report to the then Chancellor George Osborne, Sherry Coutu said “Competitive advantage doesn’t go to the nations that focus on creating companies, it goes to nations that focus on scaling companies". As Tees Valley constantly re-engineers itself for the 21st Century, our ability to develop and attract scale ups is critical for our future prosperity. Scale Up Coach Ian Kinnery explains some of the challenges.

There are limited places for this event so early booking is recommended.

Running order for the evening is as follows:

6.00pm Registration with Tea/Coffee, light supper and open networking
6.30pm Welcome and introduction from Jane Reynolds, Chair, TVBC
6.40pm Update by Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen
7.10pm 'Why Scaling Up can be so very hard to do' - Ian Kinnery, Team Massive Results
7.55pm Business Card Exchange and Networking
8.30pm Event close

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Attendance to this event is without charge for members and eligible guests*. Please bring plenty of business cards.

Presenter Biog: Ian Kinnery, Team Massive Results

Ian Kinnery is no stranger to success as either a business owner a business leader or a business coach. Ian was enjoying a lucrative career in the corporate world when he realised the greatest buzz he got was in helping businesses and the people who ran them to grow and develop.

More than 25 years as the head of several major businesses, owned either privately, publicly or by Ian himself, a degree, professional qualifications and a formal postgraduate business education were the preparation for Ian’s coaching career. In 2005 Ian joined the World’s leading coaching firm and quickly became one of its most effective performers worldwide. As European Coach of the Year, a Global Trainer and a multi award winning Coach Ian has presented at several international business conferences.

Ian is also 1 of just 4 Scaling Up Rockefeller habits certified coaches here in the UK. Scaling Up coaches focus primarily on the development of mid-market Companies using the Four Decisions™ as the framework for growth. Scaling Up Coaches are many of the most experienced, most effective coaches in the world. These independent executive coaches support companies and business units across the globe as they “Scale Up”.


Presenter Biog: Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor

Ben Houchen was elected as the Conservative Mayor of the Tees Valley in May 2017. The Tees Valley area covers the five boroughs of Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees, Darlington and Hartlepool.

Prior to becoming Mayor, Ben was a Councillor on Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, representing Yarm and Kirklevington Ward. He also led the Council’s opposition Conservative Group. In 2012 he stood as the Conservative parliamentary candidate in the Middlesbrough by-election, and in 2014 stood to become our region’s Member of the European Parliament.

As Mayor, Ben is implementing an ambitious agenda to increase economic growth and prosperity. He wants to create a strong local economy that creates good quality jobs, underpinned by an even stronger private sector. His personal commitments include: saving Teesside Airport; supporting businesses to grow; delivering the housing that the region needs; ensuring an effective structure for Cleveland Police; and securing protected food status for ‘The Parmo’ – a much loved local delicacy.

Ben is Teesside born and bred. A qualified solicitor, he has worked for two local firms specialising in commercial litigation and employment law. In 2016 Ben founded BLK UK – an international sportswear business, which supplies clothing to amateur and professional clubs. As Chief Executive of BLK UK, he delivered an impressive programme of growth and company expansion. Since the election, Ben has stepped down from his position at BLK and is dedicating all of his time to his Mayoral role.  

Ben lives in Yarm with his wife Rachel, a French teacher and assistant head teacher of a local secondary school.


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Guest booking: We enable six guests to attend each of our events. If you have not attended one of our events in the past, and would like to come to an event to find out if the club is something you would like to be part of, you will be able to register your place on a future event, please get in touch for further information. All places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

All places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.