Nicky Chance-Thompson joins September SME Leaders Forum

Leeds University Business School held an SME Leaders Forum on 21 September 2023.

Local small-business owners and senior leaders had the opportunity to get together and hear from the CEO and Trustee of the multi-award winning Piece Hall, Nicky Chance Thompson, MBE DL.

She shared her advice on building relationships and partnerships with some of the world’s leading brands, along with stories from her award-winning career in advertising, media, engagement and participation spanning over 21 years.

Her top business tips resonated with all those in the room:

  • Relentless pursuit of excellence
  • Impact with purpose
  • Don’t stand still, be agile
  • Find your tribe (in work and at home)
  • Love what you do or don’t do it
Nicola chance thompson presenting

Attendees had the chance to ask Nicky questions about her career journey and the Piece Hall, including what the most unusual rider request has been from a performer at the venue – dried watermelon for boygenius apparently.

Her final words of wisdom for SMEs looking for growth?

Find time to think and take more risks (within reason)

Find out more about our SME Leaders Forum.