Discover how technology could drive growth for your business

Location: Williams F1 Conference Centre

Date: Thursday 4th June 2015

What impact could technology have on your business?

The GCC Business Acceleration seminar is intended for non-technical business owners and directors who would like to learn more about the latest developments in IT.  

Technology is now one of the most important drivers of business strategy and its impact upon small to medium sized businesses has never been greater. However, the speed of change has been dramatic and it has become increasingly difficult for business owners and managers to keep pace.  That’s why GCC, as one of the region’s leading IT solutions and services providers, has decided to organize this event. 

  • 09.00 – 09.45     Arrival, Tea – Coffee
  • 09.45 – 10.00     Welcome
  • 10.00 – 10.50     Microsoft Update – Mark Deakin – Technology and Modern Business
  • 10.50 – 11.20     GCC Update – Chris Harthman – Business Systems and Managed Services
  • 11.20 – 11.40     Coffee break
  • 11.40 – 12.10     Warwick Business School – Professor Nicos Nicolaou – Are entrepreneurs born or made?
  • 12.10 – 12.45     UN-GGIM – Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB – Location: its role in solving issues facing your business.
  • 12.45 – 13.00     Q & A – with customer panel
  • 13.00 – 16.00     Lunch – museum tour – informal discussion

The event will take place at the Williams Conference Centre, in Grove, Oxfordshire, on Thursday 4th June. Attendance is strictly by personal invitation.

After arrival and coffee, there will be three expert speakers and an update from GCC followed by a light lunch. Delegates are then free to visit the legendary Williams collection of Grand Prix cars.

The guest speakers will include: 

mark deakinMark Deakin Mark has worked at Microsoft for over 14 years during which time he has had a number of roles within the business.  After initially working on the technology side,  he spent time in consulting and working with partners in the small and medium business (SMB) arena, Mark has also worked in the Microsoft marketing team and has more recently returned to engage with smaller organisations to talk about how Microsoft technology can help them compete with the bigger players. 

He is also ‘Head of Quality Assurance’ aka ‘Cake Eater’ for his wife’s cake decorating business,  so he knows what it takes to survive as a small business.

nicos nicolauNicos Nicolaou is a Professor and the GE Capital Chair of Mid-Market Economics at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick. He previously held faculty and/or visiting positions at Imperial College London, University of Cambridge, Cass Business School and the University of Cyprus. His interests include mid-market firms, entrepreneurship, innovation, the genetics of entrepreneurship, and social networks. 



 Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB is the co-Chair of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) and is also working internationally as an advisor and special contributor to a number of other organisations.  From 2000-2014, she was the Director General and CEO of Ordnance Survey having joined directly as Chief Executive from Autodesk, the billion dollar global software company.  

She has been named South-East Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors and has eight Honorary Doctorate degrees.   In January 2008, Vanessa was appointed as a Companion of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB) in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.


Places for this event are strictly limited and are by invitation only. If you'd like to discuss the impact of technology change on your business, please contact us.