Summer Drinks

We are pleased to host Summer Drinks for Chair/NEDs of growth-focused businesses, to take place in the Drawing Room and Sunken Gardens at Downing College, Cambridge.

This event is hosted in partnership with Taylor Vinters.

Attendance is by invitation.

 

Our next Life Sciences Dinner will take place on 11 June at Hotel du Vin in Cambridge, in partnership with Silicon Valley Bank and Taylor Wessing.  This is the latest in a series of events offering an opportunity for business leaders of life sciences companies to meet with their peers for dinner and discussion in a relaxed atmosphere.

We will be joined by special guests Jason Mellad (Start Codon), Karolina Zapadka (Accelerate@Babraham) and Nate Mayfield (Illumina) to discuss how to make the most of accelerators to fast track your business growth.

Jason Mellad is CEO & Co-founder of Start Codon, a new Cambridge accelerator backed by investors including Cambridge Innovation Capital, Genetech, Babraham Bioscience Technologies, Jonathan Milner & Ian Tomlinson, seeking to support the most exciting pre-Series A life science and healthtech companies globally.  Prior to Start Codon, Jason spent 5 years as CEO of Cambridge Epigenetix.

Karolina Zapadka leads Accelerate@Babraham, the bio-incubator and life science accelerator at Babraham Research Institute. A highly experienced biotech business developer, Karolina has been part of the Cambridge life science ecosystem for the past 8 years, including as a Facilitator on the Judge Institute’s Ignite Programme and as Chief of Staff for Innovation Forum.

Nate Mayfield is the Senior Director of Commercial Operations, Strategy and Inside Sales for Illumina business in the EMEA region, helping develop and deliver upon a multi-year commercial growth strategy.   He is also involved in the Illumina Global Accelerator, advising early stage genomics companies with their commercialisation and development of go-to-market strategy.

Attendance at this dinner is by invitation for business leaders in growth life sciences companies.  If you would like to find out more about this or future Life Sciences Dinners please contact Kerry Linsey or Iain Hopper.

 

Our Technology Leadership Dinner is a peer-to-peer forum for CEOs and other C-suite leaders from across the growth technology sector to meet for an informal dinner and discussion on a topical issue.

The Technology Leadership Dinner is hosted by Bailey Fisher in partnership with Mills & Reeve and Grant Thornton.

Full details of this event will be confirmed shortly.

Steve has 30 years’ experience in marketing for brand and business growth and has developed marketing programmes for the likes of Nestle UK, Adnams plc and Kettle Chips. Steve led discussion around ‘The impact of brand identity within family firms’.

The latest event in our CFO Dinner series brings together CFOs of growth technology businesses for an informal peer-to-peer dinner and roundtable discussion focusing on the economy.  Our guest speaker is Paul Donovan, Chief Economist of UBS Global Wealth Management, the wealth management arm of Swiss-based global financial services group UBS.  Paul is responsible for developing and presenting the UBS economic outlook, and communicating the UBS view on economics, policy and politics around the world.  Paul has co-authored two books on environmental economics, and is regularly interviewed on economic issues in the print and broadcast media.

This event is hosted by Bailey Fisher in partnership with UBS.

Attendance at this event is by invitation. If you are interested in finding out more about this or future CFO Dinners, please contact Andrew Moore, Managing Director at Bailey Fisher.

Francesca Dickinson from the Bronfman Family Office where she is responsible for the origination of structured equity transactions in Europe. Previously, Francesca was at LDC, where she worked in the Value Enhancement Team, and at Lloyds Banking Group within the Financial Institution division focusing on debt financing transactions.

Bailey Fisher hosted dinner & discussion for owners and leaders of privately owned companies focusing on Growing your business with an exit strategy.  Our guest speaker, Rodney Appiah of Foresight Group, gave an insightful, candid view of what private equity investors look for in a business and, post-investment, what the relationship between the company and its new investors might look like.

Rodney talked about the importance of building long-term shareholder value; the benefits of a strong, motivated senior leadership team and offering something to your customer that is both different, and defensible. He quoted Simon Sinek, author of Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it…” 

There was much discussion around exit options, with trade sale, MBO/MBI and equity release enjoying plenty of airtime, and inviting debate from various guests as to which route was more appropriate in their situation.  Perhaps most interesting of all, Rodney talked through various case studies post-investment, leading to exchange of views on how to ensure that investor and shareholders remain aligned, the right talent is used to supplement and support existing management, relationships are managed and exit strategies are fully understood.

The dinner was hosted by Andrew Moore, Managing Director of Bailey Fisher, in association with Farrer & Co and PwC.   The dinner took place at Downing College, Cambridge as part of Bailey Fisher’s Leadership Series and was attended by owners and leaders of businesses including Aspall, Plextek, Go Ape, Amina Technologies, Howard Group, Pinkster Gin, Sydney Hart, Wren Investment Office and Hoare & Co.

Barry is Chairman of Aspall, the historic cyder making business that has flourished since 1728.  Barry spoke about taking a family business through acquisition, drawing on his experiences with preparing Aspall for acquisition by Molson Coors.