Business seminars

Business seminars

Inspirational advice for small businesses

If you have a great business idea but want some inspiration to take that first step or you already run a business and want to innovate and grow, the City can help.

Our free City Thought Leaders business seminars offer access to leading small business owners, industry experts and City staff. 

Across the series, notable business owners share what they wish they’d known when they’d started, how they navigated common issues involved in setting up a business, and building a career from a personal passion.

Industry experts will also share insights about development applications, licensing and other types of applications, and City staff will let you know about the multiple support programs offered by the City.

You’ll also have the opportunity to network with others in your field, from those just starting out to successful business veterans. 

See below the list of topics, speakers and dates and register your interest – we’ll email you when bookings open.

Videos and podcasts

A selection of our seminars are available on demand.


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City Business – City Thought Leaders seminar series 2017

You can register your interest now for our seminars in 2017 by following the registration links below. We will confirm your booking before the event.

Bookings open 2 weeks before each seminar.

Date Seminar Bookings
Wednesday 26 July 

Grass is greener: sustainable business practices

Find out how sustainable practices can help you and your business and why it’s essential to keep it foremost in your mind. 

Wednesday 30 August 

Same but different: how innovation is changing the face of business 

We’ve seen many businesses take a traditional business model and turning it on its head. These game changers show how thinking outside the box can lead to success. 

Wednesday 27 September 

Creative enterprises: it's not as easy as you think

Transforming your passion into a business can be a dream come true. But could this also turn into your biggest nightmare? Learn how to avoid pitfalls and stay on track. 

Wednesday 25 October 

Stand and be counted: women-led businesses

Hear some inspirational women’s stories and learn about the triumphs and tragedies you may face when starting up a business you believe in. 

Wednesday 29 November 

Now you see me: how important brand is to business

Discover how successful brands found their identity and why they feel it was essential to understand this ingredient before they could flourish. 


Last updated: Tuesday, 18 July 2017