Join us for the bi-monthly Giants Academy meet-up.
This month our theme is:
"Playing to Your Business Strengths"
With David Newman, CEO of Carole Nash
Founded 30 years ago and now commanding a quarter of the UK market for motorbike insurance, Carole Nash is a real success story. We'll learn from CEO David Newman how great companies really play to their business strengths. We'll uncover how they use their strengths to understand and target their own special position in the marketplace - and then use them to stay competitive.
With the help of David, we’ll be looking at business strengths as "core competencies" - the unique combinations of skills and abilities that make your competitive position possible.
We’ll see how far our Core Competencies can help us fulfil three essential criteria:
- Provide access to the markets we want
- Add significantly to perceived customer benefits
- Make our business difficult to imitate.
According to strategy gurus Prahalad and Hamel, Core Competencies are: "... part of the collective learning across the corporation." So this should be a good subject for our learning together.
About Carole Nash
Carole Nash Insurance Consultants Ltd was founded by Carole Nash in 1985 from her home in Timperley, with a small redundancy cheque. 30 years later, the company insures a third of a million motorbikes, which is a quarter of the UK market!
About our Interviewee
CEO David Newman
David Newman has been the CEO of Carole Nash since 2007. He is also a non executive director of the Insurance Fraud Bureau, chairman of Carole Nash Legal Services LLP and is a Chartered Director, fellow of the IoD and an MBA. In his spare time he has worked pro-bono for the trustees of the Duke of Edinburgh Award and is a member of the New York based Explorers Club, gained through many expeditions in the arctic. Earlier this year he was a finalist in the IoD’s NW Director of the Year in the large firm category.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There's a lot of parking within walking distance, but please bear in mind that it is a city-centre venue and traffic into the city may be heavy. NCP Car park options can be found here: http://goo.gl/IkCeY5
Market Street and St Peter's Square Metrolink stations are both less than 10 minutes walk away.
What time should I arrive?
We're open for arrivals and informal networking from 5:30pm and the event starts shortly after 6:00pm
Will I have to do anything?
Our events are usually in two parts. An interview with a regular business person, who will share some of the things they've learnt along the way, covering both successes and those less-than-succesful times we all have. Roger and Nick will then lead a short, interactive session to explore some of that learning about what makes businesses work in a slightly deeper way. It's relaxed and informal and no expertise or skills are required other than a genuine interest in helping your own business to be giant!
Will there be refreshments?
We'll have soft drinks and small nibbles available at the start and during break.
Can we carry on chatting in the pub afterwards?
Yes! There's no shortage of great beer houses near by which are great places to continue the discussion or have a drink together.
When & Where
There be Giants
We help our clients keep growth on track as they develop in both size and complexity. Those who have implemented our agile growth strategy and aligned execution package have achieved up to 200% annual revenue growth.
We combine leading methods and web technology to help them implement their strategy in a dynamic and engaging way.
Giants Academy is an invitation-only bi-monthly event for business leaders to meet with their peers and swap ideas and experiences about the factors that make their business successful.