‘One of the best networking events in town’ – the Business Executives Forum connects academia with industry

”I found the Business Executives Forum very enjoyable and was very impressed with the professional manner in which it was conducted. I have been to a number of business networking events, and this is certainly one of the best.”
Simon Reed, Managing Director, Rough Old Wife Cider Company

The Kent Business School is committed to sharing its expert academic and industry knowledge with the local economy through The Business Executives Forum, Kent’s only research-led business network.

The Forums are specially designed for management professionals across all sizes of organisations in the private, public and Third Sectors with the key aim of providing delegates with ideas that can be implemented back into their business planning and strategies.

”It was a nice and innovative event in a good location, and a good chance for people to network. We will be following up the learning from tonight with the University, and hope to get students involved in some of the work we are doing”.
Robin Cooper, Director of Regeneration and Culture, Medway Council

‘Open Innovation – What, Why and How?’ Has been the topic for the spring series with Forums held in Canterbury and Tunbridge Wells attracting 100 delegates.  The presentation was led by Dr Marian Garcia, senior lecturer in Marketing at the Kent Business School. As Marian told us, the presentation was about looking at why an increasing number of companies, governments and public organisations are working with external partners, how partners are integrated in the innovation process together with tips for how to get started in the Open Innovation process.

“This evening’s topic on Open Innovation was fantastic for me being in the technology industry. The presentation was then followed by really interesting conversations around the dinner table. All-in-all a very good evening”.
Stacey Driver, Business Development Manager, StickleBack Manufacturing Ltd

Beyond the Forum, the Kent Business School is increasing its level of engagement with companies across Kent with a range of services readily accessible ranging from access to our student talent by means of placements and projects, to our research and programmes as well as bespoke training to support teams and organisations. Please contact our Business Development team to see how we can support you and your organisation.

We are also pleased to announce that we are launching a dedicated Kent Business School Open Innovation Network to allow a mix of organisations to come together to share their ideas and attend free workshops to support their innovation process. The first network is scheduled for 5th June 2013. For more information, or to pre-register, please contact us.

Future Business Executive Forums are planned for the autumn. Please let us know if you are interested in attending and we will send you details in due course.

For more information or to book a place visit Kent Business Schools Business Executive Forum webpage or contact Cathy Norman at C.R.Norman@kent.ac.uk or 0044 (0) 1227 82 7192

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