Highlights of Bigger, Better, Faster

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Highlights of Bigger, Better, Faster:  How technology can revolutionise your business

The team at UHY Hacker Young Manchester would like to thank everyone who braved the rain to come to our first ever digital and AI focused event at Haydock Park Racecourse on 11th June 2019.

Joined by over 200 attendees we explored how no business is too big to fail and those that aren’t keeping up with the pace of change in technology are at a huge disadvantage. The best companies are those which are flexible and innovative enough to “Adapt or die” in the words of Charles Darwin.

Our event brought together some of the best business minds who shared guidance on why today’s businesses need to be more agile than ever.

The day kicked off bright and early with the chance for attendees to visit and network with over 22 exhibitors.

After a rousing welcome from Chris Maguire, editor of BusinessCloud, Alex Davis from QuickBooks opened the conference by sharing his thoughts on the way the world is changing and the need for businesses to be prepared.  Demand from consumers means being good is no longer good enough.  Alex took us through the depths of how automation does not stop at data entry or sharing information; we are now starting to trust the advice of software. Alex quoted that “Chatbots will power 85% of all customer service interactions by the year 2020”. Therefore for humans to be successful they need to harness and focus on the creative process.

Our panel discusses the importance of change

Next up we welcomed a guest panel onto the stage; Christopher Morford from APtimise, David Kendrick from UHY Hacker Young, Emily Smithies from NatWest, Mat White from iwoca, Neil Glover from Market Invoice and Ben Johnson from Xero.

The finance themed discussion, hosted by Chris Maguire, gave insights into how technology is changing everything in business.  Startling statistics were revealed, one of which being that in the future 60% of primary children will have a job that currently doesn’t exist and 41% of businesses believe their operating model will be obsolete in 5 years.

Following this lively discussion, Stuart Hurst, director of cloud accounting at UHY Hacker Young opened his presentation with the Socialnomics 2019 video providing hard hitting facts such as ‘every second 2 people join LinkedIn’ and ‘more people own a toothbrush than a mobile phone’.

Stuart explained why culture is so important from a digital perspective and why the phrase ‘we’ve always done it that way’ is the most damaging phrase in business. Having a clear vision will provide purpose and a sense of direction for your business, however within many businesses this comes from the middle and should really be defined from the leaders.

Guest speaker – Ben McBean inspires our audience

Last to take to the stage was the amazing speaker Ben McBean who shared his extraordinary story of determination and how by having the courage not to give up you can achieve any goal you put your mind to. Ben took us through his compelling journey of survival. His life changed in an instant when he stepped on a landmine in Afghanistan in 2008, losing his left arm and right leg.

Ben’s tale of triumph through adversity received a thunderous applause and left the audience speechless but with a resoundingly positive outlook to take away from the event.

Ben emphasised that “The will to succeed has to be great- or greater- than your ability or talent.” Despite what Ben has been through, he has always had the mental ability to survive and overcome whatever obstacles were in front of him.

Thank you to everyone who attended our event and helped make it such a success.

For more information, a copy of  the presentations, or to get in touch with any of the exhibitors please contact Stuart Hurst on either s.hurst@uhy-uk.com or on 0161 236 6936.

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