On Thursday 30th November 2017, Maxwell Stephens organised it’s second Networking Event at the stunning Business Growth Fund’s offices in WC2. With around 60 distinguished attendees the atmosphere was electric, and the air was thick with good business chatter. As well as providing a fantastic networking opportunity for attendees, Maxwell Stephens arranged several talks from influential and inspirational senior professionals within the industry.
Leigh Edgar, Group Head of Operations at Business Growth Fund, kicked off proceedings with an introduction into their organisation and their achievements investing in 180 businesses and becoming the largest investor in capital growth investments in the UK and 7th largest in the world; an outstanding accomplishment considering the 6 short years the Business Growth Fund has been established.
This was followed by Geoff Prudence’s straight talking and insightful session on what he is promoting as ‘Real Leadership’. Delivered with his usual passion, real life examples, and his views on the industry, Geoff spoke openly about his own Leadership journey, influences, and his belief that a balanced and supportive approach is essential to engage and develop teams for success. Although change and technology are all around us, he believes Real Leadership is the key. Geoff will be involved in pushing this agenda forward at a number of future sessions and events and so is certainly one to look out for in 2018.
Alistair Craig, Managing Director at Anabas, then followed with an informative and valuable presentation on encouraging people into the FM industry. Using observations from the recent Maxwell Stephens Salary Survey, Alistair explored the challenges faced in the Facilities Management industry when attracting new professionals, in particular younger professionals. Discussing both national and industry specific trends, Alistair provided a comprehensive insight into the issues within the youth employment market and what can be done in the Facilities Management industry to tackle these issues.
The event also provided an opportunity to show off an iconic building. Steeped in military/intelligence history, Watergate House hosted the Royal Naval Cipher School in 1907 and went on to be the foundations for British Intelligence including MI5, MI6 and GCHQ. Recent refurbishments aimed to capture the essence of the building and its remarkable history, and judging by the feedback from guests, the designer Simon Green of Moho and the team from Artemis interiors were certainly very successful in this endeavour.
We have received brilliant feedback from the event a we hope that everyone who attended enjoyed it as much as the team here at Maxwell Stephens. Here are a few extracts of what some of our attendees said:
“Thank you for inviting me to the Maxwell Stephens networking event, it was a well organised and great evening. I really enjoyed the speakers, what they presented was really interesting and relevant to some of our business drivers. Thanks again, I would appreciate an invite to attend again in the future.”
“It was a really great event last night and very interesting to hear what other practitioners thought as well as meeting up with old colleagues.”
“I just wanted to personally say thank you for the invitation to the Maxwell Stephens event hosted at the BGF offices. It was a really nice evening and a great opportunity to meet other people in the FM industry. Thank you for arranging what I thought was a very successful event (the speakers were varied and very informative).”
“Just want to say thank you to you and the team for the event. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening, the presentations and the company in the room. I really appreciate the opportunity to meet with some of the esteemed facilities professionals within your network.”
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended, and a big thank you to Leigh Edgar, Alistair Craig and Geoff Prudence for their support in making this event such a success. You can see photos from the event below.