Past Events


May 2006

Business: A Q&A session
Alan Sugar
Thu, 4 May 2006
This extended question-and-answer session, provides the unique opportunity to quiz one of Britain’s biggest business heroes, Lord Alan Sugar. It reveals how both his professional and personal lives are governed by a profound set of values and a sense of duty towards the next generation of entrepreneurs.

April 2006

Leadership: Leadership lessons from MI5
Stella Rimington
Tue, 4 Apr 2006
Dame Stella Rimington was responsible for the most radical culture-change in the history of British intelligence. At this event, she shares how she turned the “closed, secretive and inward-looking” service into a “dynamic, thrusting and communicative” one.

March 2006

All Taxation is Theft: A taxation debate
Ian Angell
Nicholas Montagu
Tue, 7 Mar 2006
At this London Business Forum debate, Professor Ian Angell and Sir Nicholas Montagu debate the role of tax, providing piercing insights and outrageous opinions, with none left disappointed. Ultimately, Sir Nicholas persuades us that "taxes are the price we pay for a civilised society."
Swimming Against the Stream: Ten rules for creating businesses
Tim Waterstone
Thu, 2 Mar 2006
Tim Waterstone set up his chain of bookshops after being fired from high street newsagent WHSmith. Advised to quit the bookselling business, he did the exact opposite, set up a successful rival and sold it back to his erstwhile employer. At this event, he shares his entrepreneurial story.

February 2006

See, Think, Feel, Do: The power of instinct in business
Shaun Smith
Thu, 16 Feb 2006
Shaun Smith argues that many of today's leaders are risk-averse, dispassionate dinosaurs who disregard understanding their customers. "See, Feel, Think, Do" is a common sense process in which you break down any barriers that make you believe you can't offer the perfect customer experience.
London 2012: London's extraordinary Olympic bid
Sebastian Coe
Thu, 2 Feb 2006
In 2005, London secured the Olympic bid for 2012 - Lord Sebastian Coe was at the forefront of the project. At this event, he shares the inside story of the process, its difficulties and the desire to inspire a new generation, which kept him pushing to achieve the London Olympic vision.

January 2006

Monarchy: Leadership lessons from history
David Starkey
Tue, 24 Jan 2006
At this event, world famous historian Dr David Starkey recites a brief history of business, before specifically examining the leadership skills relied upon by the powerful monarchy of the last renaissance. He goes on to explore how such techniques are used by many of today’s chief executives.

December 2005

Not Quite the Diplomat: Home truths about world affairs
Chris Patten
Thu, 1 Dec 2005
At this event, Lord Chris Patten impresses the audience with his deep understanding of history, recent and distant and its importance to international diplomacy. With particular focus on Britain and its relations with the rest of the world, his speech is instilled with a desire to impart knowledge.

November 2005

Bloomin Human: The power of inspiration
David Pearl
Wed, 23 Nov 2005
David Pearl pushes the boundaries of human comfort by engaging delegates in various untraditional activities such as martial arts and singing. At this motivational event, he argues "uncomfortableness is a sign of growth” and that “we forget the times we fell off our bike learning how to ride it.”

October 2005

The Master Strategist: Power, purpose and principle
Ketan Patel
Tue, 4 Oct 2005
Ketan Patel, former head of a Goldman Sachs thinktank, argues that too many people strategize for their own interests rather than the common good. He explores how this must change if we are to prevent business competition from generating major political conflicts and global corporate challenges.