Challenges of a global economy

In a complex global economy, businesses need to be aware of, and respond to, changing markets, higher customer expectations and increased competition and legislation.

In a complex global economy, businesses need to be aware of, and respond to, changing markets, higher customer expectations and increased competition and legislation.

Service Network, the membership organisation representing Knowledge Intensive Business Service (KIBS) companies in the North-east is urging businesses to look and plan for the future by launching its annual conference; evolve.

Meryl Dodd, chairperson of Service Network says: "We now operate in a global economy which brings new challenges. All regional businesses have to start thinking long-term, pre-empting future trends and embracing new opportunities. Which is why, this year, Service Network has themed its annual conference, evolve."

The flagship annual conference, now in its fifth year, will provide companies with the information and inspiration needed to navigate the changes of the future. Notable speakers will offer practical advice to businesses, enabling them to evolve at a faster rate than competitors.

One of the UK's hardest working television journalists, Roderick Stuart, will host this year's conference. In the last 15 years, Roderick has held high-profiled posts with the BBC, Sky News and ITV. In 2005, he established Roderick Stuart Media supplying media training, corporate film production and public relation advice.

Head of design knowledge at the Design Council, Dr Andrea Siodmok leads the knowledge team who are responsible for developing and disseminating world leading knowledge about design for business managers, educators and designers. At evolve, she will explore the future challenges professional service firms in the region will face.

Bringing a regional a flavour to the afternoon's proceedings, Jocelyn Maxfield, co-founder of Tom's Companies, will share her unique approach in creating a world class brand. Her love of contemporary art and eye for detail has inspired the collections that characterise the vitality and taste of Tom's Companies.

Richard Reeves, described by The Guardian as "Britain's leading expert on workplace trends", accomplished author, economist, journalist and one of the men responsible for TV's Making Slough Happy, is visiting the North-east to offer a thought provoking and insightful approach to current and future workplace trends. Richard believes everyone can be happy at work.

"We spend most of our waking lives working," says Richard Reeves. "To waste them in bad jobs is nothing more than a crime against humanity." His revolutionary approach will inspire, amuse, and leave you questioning the way you think about, and deal with workplace issues.

evolve is taking place on the afternoon of Thursday, November 2, at the Centre for Life, Newcastle. For more information call 0191 519 7373 or visit www.service-network.co.uk.

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Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
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