SME Leaders Forum

Leeds University Business School is delighted to invite local small business owners and senior leaders to join us at our next SME Leaders Forum in July 2024.

Our forum events bring together industry experts and business leaders to exchange ideas and strategies for success. Join us for an afternooon filled with insightful discussions, networking opportunities, and knowledge sharing.

Don't miss this chance to connect with fellow SME leaders from the region and gain valuable insights to help grow your business. Register now to secure your spot!

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Jane Slimming, Founder and CEO of Zeal

Jane Slimming is the CEO and founder of Zeal, a full service creative, tech and marketing agency based in Leeds and London. Zeal has been working with SMEs for over 14 years and has an impressive record of supporting growing businesses to scale. Working with household brands such as Disney, Epson, and Yorkshire Water they also offer earlier stage businesses impressive support through their start-up network Zeal Connect.

"Getting the most out of your agency and your marketing"

In this hour long session, Jane will talk about finding the right partner, what you should expect from them and what you need to give them to get the best out of the relationship. She will also discuss when you should look to hire an agency and how much you can do internally. The session also touches on KPI's, measurement and reporting and will be useful for businesses of all sizes and verticals.

Who should attend?

The forum is free to attend and open to all small business leaders meeting the following criteria:

  • Owner/leader/shareholder of a growing SME
  • Operating from their own business premises
  • Operating at least two years and have employees

Why should I attend?

If you are running a small business then you are likely to be in a fast-moving and changing business environment. As your team and business grow you will find you face new challenges, and that advice from people who have been there before can be invaluable.

You are the expert when it comes to your business, but let us help with developing you as a leader, building your business strategy or identifying the capabilities you require to grow. At Leeds University Business School you can access an exceptional range of business expertise to ensure you get exactly what you need to build your business for success.

This Forum has been created to enable small business leaders to: 

  • Hear from inspiring speakers on topics relevant to their fast-paced organisations 
  • Carve out time to work on their business, thinking about key changes and innovations
  • Work with other like-minded leaders to tackle issues and learn from their experiences 
  • Share their own stories of success

Register here