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Tuesday 14th May 2024
Concorde Conference Centre, The Runway Visitor Park
9am – Late
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Placing clients at the heart of everything they do, Estatesearch works with law firms, estate planners, will writers and key industry stakeholders to understand the challenges of estate administration. They create technology-led solutions that benefit not only the industry but also the end consumer.

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The BEST Foundation are back with The Inspiration & Innovation Conference 2.0

Hosted at the iconic Concorde Conference Centre in Manchester, prepare for the flight to your success!

Building on the momentum of last year’s conference, which featured captivating talks by Dragon’s Den tycoon Piers Linney and boxing champion Frank Bruno, this year’s event promises to surpass expectations, delivering an even more compelling and enriching experience.

We’re taking it a step further this year by amplifying networking opportunities, providing you with an invaluable chance to connect with industry leaders, innovators, and like-minded professionals. Join us after the event for an enjoyable evening of drinks, delectable street food, and exciting extras to make your experience truly memorable.

Don’t miss out on this unparalleled opportunity to gain insights, forge connections, and elevate your business journey. Save the date for the BEST Inspiration & Innovation Conference at the Concorde Centre – where inspiration takes flight!

Your In-Flight Entertainment

Rebecca Adlington

Headline Speaker
Team GB Olympic Gold Medalist

Rebecca Adlington is Great Britain’s most successful ever swimmer. She became a household name following…

Rebecca Adlington is Great Britain’s most successful ever swimmer. She became a household name following her two-gold medal winning performances at the Beijing Games in August 2008 and her unique blend of charisma and charm allied to her dedication and professionalism in the pool has made her a global superstar, and a role model for female athletes around the world.

Becky’s drive and thirst for success meant that she won a medal in each of the Olympic finals she swam. A four-time Olympic medallist in the 400m and 800m Freestyle, she won two Gold medals in Beijing 2008 and two Bronze medals in London 2012.

Becky announced her retirement from elite swimming in 2013 and has since undertaken numerous roles in swimming commentary and punditry. A mainstay for the BBC’s coverage of the 2015 World Championships, the 2016 Rio Olympics, the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, and the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, Becky is an articulate and respected media presence.

Following her retirement Becky announced a vision for her legacy: Becky Adlington’s Swim Stars – a swimming initiative with the goal that every child in Britain will be able to swim 25 metres by the time they leave primary school. Her famous drive is now channelled into this vision and Becky Adlington’s Swim Stars is now the fastest growing high profile learn to swim company in the country.

Jenny Drummond

Event Host
Sports Broadcast Journalist

Jenny Drummond, is a dedicated sports broadcast journalist with a wealth of experience presenting, reporting…

Jenny Drummond, is a dedicated sports broadcast journalist with a wealth of experience presenting, reporting and commentating on live sport for the BBC, BT Sport, Prime Video, Eurosport and many more! Jenny’s incredible hosting skills will guide us through this comprehensive conference.

Chris Brindley

Guest Speaker
Non-Executive Director (NED), Keynote Business Speaker & Executive Coach

After Executive roles in the UK with NatWest, British Gas and Metro Bank, Chris now…

After Executive roles in the UK with NatWest, British Gas and Metro Bank, Chris now has a portfolio of Non-Executive Director (NED) and Chair roles in Business and Sport. He also is a global keynote speaker and Executive Coach. He is Chair at Equilibrium Wealth Management and Zellar. He is also a Non-Executive Director at Fylde, Fresh and Fabulous and Trustee of the Charitable Foundation, Switch the Play. His previous roles include Chair of the Rugby League World Cup 2021, Chair of GreaterSport, Chair of MCRactive and Senior Independent Non-Executive roles at the Rugby Football League (RFL) and Manchester Football Association. From an Executive coaching perspective, Chris is a Leadership and Business Coach at Raise the Bar and Goodson Thomas. Chris has coached Executives from companies such as Heineken, Muller, Octopus Energy and the Football Association. Chris is also a Business Mentor for the Premier League, Elite Academy Managers Programme.

Chris is not a theorist, but a skilled and experienced practitioner. He is a leading authority on Performance Management, Strategy, Customer Experience and Employee Engagement; particularly within organisations where change is a feature. His strengths include building high performing teams, enhancing productivity through employee engagement and situational leadership. Chris leads on the subject of Leadership and People on the “Becoming a CEO in a Sporting Organisation” for VSI Executive Education, part of the Global Sports Institute.

He has also worked extensively with academics from leading business schools as well as executives, managers and team leaders within global PLCs. Chris is passionate about creating a long-term sustainable performance culture that will continue long after he has completed his work.
His accolades include Britain’s Best Boss, Most Outstanding Workplace at the National Business Awards; Sales & Marketing Director of the Year (3 consecutive years), and has helped Equilibrium, win the “Best Companies to work for” in UK Financial Services for successive years. In 2017 he was awarded United Kingdom, Non-Executive Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors.

Chris has spoken in the UK, Europe, Africa and Australia on topics including Change Management, Culture, Building High Performing Teams, Customer Experience and Coaching.

In June 2018, Chris was awarded an MBE for his services to sport.

Paul Cheetham-Karcz

Guest Speaker
Founder of Sedulo & Be The Standard

Paul is the founder of mid-tier advisory firm Sedulo Group. The group was formed initially…

Paul is the founder of mid-tier advisory firm Sedulo Group.

The group was formed initially as an accountancy practice but has since become a holistic business advisory firm with 190 staff across Manchester, London, Liverpool & Leeds specialising in Audit, Accountancy, Taxation, R&D Tax Credits, Banking, Wealth Planning, M&A and Forensic Accounting.

Paul has been part of management teams in a variety of companies and industries, including travel, retail, recruitment, and the consumer brand space. His early success came from being part of the management board of Just Search, a digital marketing agency that was exited in 2007. Subsequently, he was on the board of the Online Group AB, another digital agency, listed on the NASDAQ OMX First North market in Stockholm.

Paul is also co-founder of Be the Standard alongside Kevin Sinfield CBE. Be the Standard is human performance group focussed on human development, with the mission to create better people and therefore better leaders and entrepreneurs.

In 2023 Paul launched the Sedulo Foundation, following years of working with local charities, schools and community workers to alleviate the devastating effect of poverty on children and young people across the UK.

Legal Tech Panel

Join us for the return of our meticulously curated LegalTech Panel, where we’ll host a panel discussion with leading figures from our industry. Dive into insightful conversations about the future prospects and emerging trends within our sector. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable perspectives from the giants of the tech world.

Lunch & Networking

This year’s event is set to offer an enhanced lunch and networking session that has been designed to create a more engaging experience for all attendees. Recognising the pivotal role that networking plays in both professional and business growth and idea exchange, we have ensured that attendees will have plenty of time to get the most out of this part of the day.

Exhibitor Stands

Dive into the heart of innovation at our event’s Exhibitor Section, where cutting-edge solutions meet industry leaders. Explore the stands and connect directly with pioneers shaping the future. Whether you’re seeking partnerships, insight, or the next big thing, our exhibitor stands are your gateway to opportunities.

Raise the Bar!

The fun doesn’t end at 5pm! We are hosting an after event with delicious street food and drinks included. A vibrant celebration designed to keep the energy high and the connections flowing. This after-event party is not just about relaxation and enjoyment; it’s also an opportunity to network in a more informal, pressure-free environment.

Sponsors

Headline Sponsor

Placing clients at the heart of everything they do, Estatesearch works with law firms, estate planners, will writers and key industry stakeholders to understand the challenges of estate administration. They create technology-led solutions that benefit not only the industry but also the end consumer.

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Networking Sponsor

CTT Group is a multidisciplinary support network forthe professional adviser community. Its unique blend of financial and estate-planning advice offers expert training and support to group members. From online courses to hands-on document assistance, CTT helps advisers deepen their understanding and broaden their offering. Its team of specialists includes legal advisers, estate planners, accountants, and IFAs.

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Corporate Evening Sponsor

At Legacy Wills & Estate Planning, we pride ourselves on delivering top-notch services ranging from basic Will writing to comprehensive Estate Planning solutions. Situated in Leicester City Centre, our dedicated management and staff are committed to providing our clients with the highest standards of service.

Flight Simulation Sponsor

At ZEDRA, we strongly believe that our partners are at the heart of everything we do. We want our partners to feel valued and more than just a source of referrals.

With multiple offices in the UK and across the world, ZEDRA’s Probate and Estate Administration Team based in Cheshire are available to support our partners and bereaved families, wherever they are, and whenever they need us. We bring an unrivalled end to end service provision coupled with a unique wealth of Estate Administration knowledge and experience guaranteeing your affairs are in the best possible hands.

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Media Partner

Launched in March 2014, Today’s Wills and Probate is the leading source of information for wills, probate, tax, trusts, and estate planning professionals in England and Wales. Published daily, you can also subscribe to the Friday newsletter for a round up of all the weeks news, views and insight.

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Charity Partner

Encephalitis International is a global nonprofit raising awareness, driving research and providing support for the encephalitis community. Encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) is an extremely serious neurological condition that affects over half a million people worldwide each year. Approximately 6,000 children and adults in the UK are diagnosed with the condition each year and even with treatment up to 4 in 10 people affected will die, dependent on the cause. Encephalitis has multiple potential causes, including the common cold sore virus and COVID-19, and affects people of all ages, ethnicities, and genders without discrimination.

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Travel & Accommodation

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