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After heading the CBI, Digby entered government and circled the globe, lobbying on behalf of British business. He remains both an ardent supporter and insightful critic of business and business leaders, challenging them to better embrace change and innovation, to empower their people to take risks and explore new ideas, and to look globally for inspiration, competition and opportunities.

As Chief Executive of Dyson, Martin transformed it from a niche manufacturer to a £1bn global brand, moving production to Asia. Even after the onset of recession, he doubled turnover and trebled profits - increasing sales in 70 markets. Now in private equity Martin argues we must use our inventiveness rather than try to compete with China on their terms. But with 40,000 unfilled skilled jobs, UK industry needs to work much more closely with educators.

Entrepreneur and business strategist Josh started designing and manufacturing at 13, was a consultant at 15, and still in his early 20s heads an innovation and manufacturing strategy business. With a global network in over 100 countries, Josh seeks to disrupt established business models and challenges received wisdom on innovation strategy, out-sourcing and supply chain as well as how to become a more agile, creative business. He also looks at the future of R&D and technology.

As Richard Branson’s right hand man, Will took the space tourism venture, Virgin Galactic, from a vague dream to a project with real spacecraft and its own spaceport. Now involved in businesses from communication to tech to cutting-edge transport systems, including as a long-term non-exec with online estate agents Purplebricks, Will also considers brand, disruption and innovation in a world of fast-changing technology and increasing customer expectations.

Dale Vince launched the world’s first green energy company, owns Devil’s Kitchen, a venture that makes vegan school dinners, and Skydiamond, a firm that creates lab-grown diamonds with renewable energy. 

Brimful of passion for engineering, Will is helping to revive UK manufacturing prowess. Brompton design, produce and distribute 50,000+ folding bicycles each year from their London factory – with half the 1200 parts made onsite. Exports account for 80% of sales. With cycle hire stations, Brompton Junction stores and retailers in 44 world markets, they continue to explore new markets and innovations from the addition of electric motors to the connected bike. Riding onto the stage, Will explains his belief in ‘built-out’ obsolescence.

Paul has launched and led businesses in motorsport, food and bioscience, turning an Oxford spinout into a multi-national vaccine company. He also served as Defence, Business and Science & Innovation Minister in the Blair/Brown Governments, establishing the UK Space Agency and the Office for Life Sciences. Paul is now setting speed records for electric cars (219mph). In speeches he covers innovation policies and profits, leading edge engineering and green technology.

Since selling Red or Dead, Wayne has worked with local authorities to regenerate their housing stock, both in urban and coastal communities. He has also launched pop-up shops and Vintage Festivals, using modern technology and marketing to create a new heritage brand. Wayne believes economic recovery offers opportunities for the creative; his kiosks are a prime example, providing low-rent space to a new generation of designers.

The suitcase that children ride on was rejected by manufacturers and retailers, struggled, was derided on Dragons’ Den, and almost went under, but Rob’s vision, as well as his brilliant, innovative design won through. As well as inventing a whole new market sector, the award winning product has sold millions and Trunki is now synonymous with children’s luggage. Rob considers the lessons in leadership, brand, customer insight, and innovation as well as looking at how global markets and online retail has changed his business.

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