Former Foreign Secretary, William Hague (pictured), will be the main speaker at the next Optix Software business conference.
The annual event for business inspiration and networking has become a fixture in the independents’ diary and has grown in numbers year-on-year.
Due to the continued expansion of the event, which attracted over 300 Optix customers and suppliers this year, it has relocated to a much larger, luxury five-star venue. The 2016 conference will be held at the Celtic Manor Resort, in Newport, on 14–16 March.
Owner of Optix Software, Trevor Rowley, who also owns Viewpoint opticians in York, said: “The conference is in its ninth year and to say they have been a success would be an understatement. As always, we aim ever higher, and for 2016 we have made some changes with a new five-star venue and another awesome line-up of speakers.”
Mr Rowley concluded: “The quality of these speakers reflects a massive increase in our investment for 2016, and having heard three of our speakers myself, I have no doubt that we are stepping up yet again next year.”
The keynote speaker, Mr Hague will deliver in his true Yorkshire wit what he describes as the pitfalls of politics and the disasters caused when media, drink, politicians and debating come together.
Other inspirational speakers include Dave Fishwick, the man behind Channel 4’s The Bank of Dave, who has generated huge media and popular interest. The Burnley businessman is responsible for making industry regulators and multinational banks sit up and take notice and he will be revealing his rules in business.
Another high-achiever is adventurer and television presenter Debra Searle. Ms Searle was awarded a first-class honours degree, launched two companies, won world championship medals for Great Britain, presented over 40 programmes for the BBC, had two books published and become the youngest ever trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, as well as successfully rowing solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
In recognition, of her achievements, Ms Searle was awarded an MBE for her achievements in 2002, and in 2014 she was appointed Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) for her work with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
At the conference, Ms Searle will be explaining the strategies she used to keep going and now uses in her business life to help illustrate what people are all capable of.
On the opening evening, comedian and actor Miles Jupp will be the after-dinner speaker. He is the host of The News Quiz on BBC 4 and has also appeared in the Harry Potter film, Order of the Phoenix, and as the hapless inventor Archie from Balamory on CBeebies.
In addition, the event will feature avant-garde speaker and “business beatnik,” Chris Barez-Brown, who specialises in helping people “reconnect with their inner genius and once again become confident in who they truly are.”
For more information and to book for the conference, telephone Optix Software on 0190 460 6600.