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Founder to Leader Speakers, Dr Robert Wapshott and Stuart Marriott

Founder to Leader Webinar

Tuesday 2nd February 2021
Online Webinar via Adobe Connect

About this event

For many entrepreneurs, navigating the transition from founder to leader can be challenging. As a business begins to grow and take on staff/outsource activities, this is often a period of great excitement for the founder, but may also bring mixed feelings as they adjust to their changing role. The shift from being the person who ‘does’ to the person who ‘leads’ may require a different mindset; becoming the boss may, at times, feel hard. And of course this personal evolution doesn’t stop with your first hire – as the venture continues to grow and change, many more adjustments will be required along the way.

So how can we approach this process to set ourselves and our businesses up for success? Join us for this, the first event in our 2021 programme, to hear insights from Dr Robert Wapshott into smoothing the transition from entrepreneur to employer.

We’ll also hear about the Skills Access Hub, a new project to support to SMEs to address the skills gaps in their workforce. There’s lots of practical support on offer from the University of Nottingham and its partners to guide you through recruiting, developing and retaining talent. For SMEs in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire region, this could offer a fantastic opportunity to support your business’s growth.


Dr Robert Wapshott – University of Nottingham

Robert is Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Nottingham University Business School. Robert’s research on employment relationships and practices in SMEs is characterised by an emphasis on collaborating with SMEs to tackle relevant problems. He is co-author of Managing Human Resources in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (Routledge). External to the university, Robert is an editor at the International Small Business Journal and a Network of Experts member for the Better Regulation Executive at BEIS.

Stuart Marriott - University of Nottingham

Stuart has worked in higher education for 20 years, joining the University of Nottingham as Associate Director of the Careers and Employability Service in 2016. Described by his people as ‘an accomplished senior leader…the personification of a businessman with a personal touch’, and ‘an excellent and supportive line manager’, Stuart knows how to get the best out of his team. With responsibility for the delivery of careers and employability services across the University, employer engagement and business development, Stuart brings a wealth of experience to his leadership role, which now also includes the university’s delivery of the Skills Access Hub.


TimeAgenda item
08:15am – 8.30am Join the webinar when you’re ready
8.30am – 9.00am Keynote presentations
9.00am – 9.15am Question and answer session
9.15am – 9.20am Elevator pitches
9.20am - 9.30am onwards Close

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State Aid

This event is part-funded by European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020 and as such is classed as State Aid to participating businesses. The value of the State Aid delivered is up to £100, but is delivered completely free of charge to participants.

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