Here are some comments from delegates who attended this event:
"Value was obtained by hearing first hand the advice from people who had already been through the process and learning from them some of the potential pitfalls. Also the continued message of perseverance came through loud and clear again"
"The key tip for me was to learn overseas markets, learn the business culture as these vary considerably from country to country. Also never to forget that overseas you are the visitor to that country. Finally try and recruit a good local manager who understands the local market and business culture"
"Focus dinners have a really effective format and give invaluable advice in a private and confidential setting"
"I have always tracked Bill Gammell's successes and found it good to hear some of his theories on succeeding in the global market. Jim McColl and Sam Russell were also very interesting to hear ideas from. It was good to talk to others that attended"
"Key tip I took with me was to strongly consider staying a private company and to consider acquisitions when moving into new locations as opposed to start ups (although have experienced satart ups in three locations and they have been successful)"
"Some simple inspiration - good to hear that others share the same problems and have still succeeded! Listening to stories and experiences was highly motivational"
"Jim McColl was very good, eloquent and inspiring"
"Bill Gammell's presentation was unique with some simple tips"
"Sam Russell was an interesting speaker who has experienced it all!"
"It was great to listen to people who had done it but were not afraid to openly discuss the difficulties they had encountered"
"Key tips I took with me were, acquisition target, strategy and trust"