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Our 2021 Back to Business Conference “Seizing the Moment” will feature inspiring speakers including:

  • Inspiring the next generation of Entrepreneurs with Anya Hindmarch CBE
  • Career Advice for Ambitious Women with Professor Heather McGregor CBE
  • Getting Financially Fit with Emma Cowley of Brewin Dolphin
  • Technology, Innovation & Empowerment with Caroline Southall of Vodafone Business
  • At a career crossroads? How to find fulfilment with Victoria McLean of City CV

Why attend?

Our 2021 interactive conference ‘Back to Business – Seizing the Moment’ will be the sixth in our successful series aimed at helping you build your skills, expand your network and grow in confidence. This year we shall be concentrating on the importance of financial and technological support for those who wish to return to the workplace as an employee or entrepreneur.

Who is it for?

This event is for anyone wanting to:

  • start or grow your business
  • learn a new skill
  • return to work after a break
  • expand your network and connect with like-minded people
  • find inspiration and discover something new
  • regain confidence
  • switch careers
  • enter the workplace after graduating from school or university

How will it work?

  • Registration and online networking from 8.15am until 9.00am
  • Keynote talks from leading experts and industry leaders from 9.00am until 11.30am
  • Online roundtable workshops and networking sessions with leading experts 11.30am until 1.00pm

Anyone who books a place at the conference will receive a recording of the keynote talks


Make the day your own: bring your questions to our Round Table hosts. Access advice from leading experts and ask questions to people specialising in:

  • How to Gain Financial Independence
  • Social Media, Brand and Marketing
  • Building a network
  • Career change
  • How to set up a Small Business with the correct support from the legal and accounting world
  • The importance of a good CV
  • and much more


At the beginning of the event day, during breaks and throughout the workshop sessions, there will be networking tables available for you to join. We will have several expert table hosts available to get the conversation going and help you network with speakers, workshop hosts and other attendees.



Anya Hindmarch founded her business in London in 1987 and has since grown it into a global brand.  Modern craftsmanship, creativity, a touch of humour and personalisation sit at the heart of everything the brand does.

Anya Hindmarch has created many noteworthy events including Chubby Hearts campaign – a love letter to London that saw the brand suspend 24 giant heart shaped helium balloons above different London landmarks. The Designer’s Chubby Cloud installation saw 3000 visitors enveloped (quite literally) in her brand when they visited the world’s largest beanbag at Banqueting Hall to hear music, meditations, talks and bedtime stories.

As well as mainline collections the Brand has a unique Bespoke collection where each piece is – as Anya says – about ‘having your name on something, rather than mine’. The brand shows an ongoing commitment to the circularity of materials with the I Am A Plastic Bag campaign, a collection made from an innovative new fabric created from recycled plastic bottles, and the more recent Waste Not Want Not collections.

In May 2021, the Brand launched The Village – five neighbouring stores on London’s Pont Street. The Village is an ever evolving, special experience that will offer innovative concepts, collaborations and exhibitions alongside the Brands collections, all of which will be amplified digitally. It is a place for the Brand to connect with its community, engage with projects it cares about and invite in collaborators. It includes The Anya Cafe which offers a selection of cakes and biscuits created with the Brands trademark humour, designed to eat in or be taken away as gifts in specially branded boxes and The Village Hall’,  which will house different creative concepts throughout the year.

A passionate advocate of British design and arts, Anya is also an Emeritus trustee of both the Royal Academy of Arts and the Design Museum and is a trustee of the Royal Marsden. In 2017 Anya Hindmarch was awarded a CBE in recognition for her contribution to the British fashion industry and has received several notable industry awards including British Fashion Awards.  She published her first book ‘If In Doubt Wash Your Hair’ on 6th May.


Professor Heather McGregor is the Executive Dean of Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University. Between 1999 and 2016 she was otherwise known as ‘Mrs Moneypenny’ in her long-running column for the Financial Times. She is a non-executive director on several boards and received the Institute of Directors Scotland Chair’s Award in 2020. She is also a member of the UK Government’s Honours Committee for the Economy, which recommends members of the business community for honours.
An earlier career in investment banking preceded 17 years as an entrepreneur.

In 2008, she established the Taylor Bennett Foundation, which supports the careers of minority ethnic graduates. In 2010 she became a founding member of the 30% Club, a global campaign led by Chairs and CEOs taking action to increase gender diversity at board and senior management levels.

Heather is an alumna of the London Business School and the University of Hong Kong, and has an honorary degree from the University of East London. She was awarded a CBE in 2015 and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2021.

Emma Cowley began her career in 2004, in investment banking (RBS and then Bank of America Merrill Lynch) before joining Brewin Dolphin in 2014. She has a degree in Business Economics from Cardiff University and also has a Masters in Wealth Management. She works with her clients to help create financial security for their future. Emma enjoys watching rugby, running, baking and as she had a prior career as a recording artist, she also enjoys karaoke.


Caroline Southall is a Senior Sales Manager and Chair of the Women’s Network at Vodafone UK.  Caroline balances her core responsibilities of leading her sales organisation, with a commitment to the D&I Agenda and Vodafone’s employee networks. Since assuming her role as Chair in January, Caroline has influenced invaluable policy changes, helping Vodafone UK to truly embed their #InclusionForAll plans. Her work was recently recognised in the HERoes Women Role Model List 2021, which champions women in business and drives change for gender diversity in the workplace. 


Victoria McLean is CEO and founder of City CV. She established City CV in 2009 to bridge a market gap for top quality CV and LinkedIn profile writing. Since then, she has built a client-focused business that empowers job seekers and helps companies to protect their most important resource – their people. Over two decades, she has worked with thousands of cross-industry-sector individuals up to and including C-Suite and board, as well as delivering outplacement programmes to corporates, SMEs, Government and Higher Education providers worldwide.


Brewin Dolphin is one of the UK’s leading wealth managers and is delighted to sponsor the Really Helpful Club Back to Business conference. One of the UK’s leading wealth managers, Brewin Dolphin is committed to breaking down the traditional barriers that many individuals face in accessing sound financial guidance and advice.

Founded in 1762, the Group now manages £56bn of assets for private individuals, charities and trusts and takes pride in helping people achieve their ambitions through expert, personalised financial planning and investment management advice. Based across 33 offices in the UK & Ireland, there are over 450 qualified advisers who deliver a range of investment and financial planning solutions, with investment solutions ranging from self-invested online portfolios, starting from a minimum investment of £500, right through to personalised wealth management.

Brewin Dolphin have a wide ranging community impact programme, that includes supporting young people, social entrepreneurs and charities chosen by their local offices and employees. It also encourages its employees to take part in matched payroll giving, a community grants programme, fundraising matching and volunteering.


Vodafone Business is a proud sponsor of the ‘Back to Business’ conference, helping small businesses get through the Covid-19 crisis and return to work.

As part of its mission to build an exciting digital future, Vodafone Business will discuss how the newest technologies will help inspiring businesses across the UK to keep connected, get back on their feet and return to growth.

Visit Vodafone’s V-Hub platform HERE for one-to-one support with a dedicated business advisor, as well as access to an online knowledge centre aimed to help your business #KeepConnecting.

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