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Growing Your Own Business  

Keynote speakers


Abel Campos, Head of Franchising, McDonald’s UK 

Friday 16 June 

13:45 - 14:15 | McDonald’s: a progressive burger company

Abel was appointed head of franchising & field services for McDonald’s UK in 2016, following a successful 20-year career with the brand spanning operations and franchising. 

He joined the business in 1995, progressing from a local restaurant team to overseeing a number of restaurants as a consultant in the region.

Abel worked in a number of national and regional roles throughout his time with McDonald’s, and before his current appointment held the position of director of franchising in the southern region, responsible for ensuring high standards of support and operational excellence across his group.

Abel now heads up the UK franchising strategy, field services and oversees the recruitment of new franchisees.

Catch Abel's seminar at 13:45 in Theatre 3.

Linzi Boyd 

Linzi Boyd, Founder of The BoB Group
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Saturday 17 June 

13:00 - 13:30 | Building brands to shift industries

Linzi Boyd is an international speaker, author and founder of The BoB Group and Midas.

A serial entrepreneur, Linzi had set and up sold two businesses before the age of 24. Her third business; Surgery Group, has become renowned for influencing an industry, creating exciting projects and elevating some of the country’s most famous high-street consumer brands.

Linzi’s path to success has been beyond diverse, after years of working on building and developing brands she now manages her time between family life and three businesses, and this year she does not plan on slowing down.

Today, as the Founder of BoB Group and Midas, Linzi works in the SME space taking business owners on a journey to grow, fund and exit their businesses. Here, she created the school connected to BoB Greenhouse (a mini fund) to teach early stage growth businesses how to build a famous brand and get them ready for funding.

Catch Linzi's seminar at 13:00 in Theatre 2.

Keynotes Over The Past Year

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We've had some incredible speakers at Growing Your Own Business recently...

Speakers have included: Carol Smillie (Model/ star of BBC Changing Rooms), Mark Wright (Winner of The Apprentice 2014), John Aizlewood (CDO Pizza Hut UK & Ireland),  Anil Patel (Starbuck's first franchisee - 23.5 Degrees), Nick Telson (Entrepreneur, DesignMy Night) and Joseph Valente (Winner of The Apprentice 2015), Jason Clark (COO, McDonald's) Steven Bartlett (Founder, Social Chain) and many more!

Watch this space for event updates!

Past keynote speakers