Internet pioneer Ajaz Ahmed will be among the headline speakers at the second Bradford Business Conference and exhibition this week.
Organisers are hoping that the event at the Cedar Court hotel on Thursday, which drew about 700 delegates last year, will be even more popular.
A Question Time session featuring a panel of local business figures will discuss how to improve the business landscape of Bradford.
Chaired by Bradford Chamber of Commerce president Paul Mackie, the panel will include marketing expert Zulfi Karim, founder of the World Curry Festival; Stephen McManus of Chartback Developments and Bradford Property Forum vice-chairman; Nasser Malik, of the Malik House business centre, and T&A business reporter Chris Holland. Mr Mackie said: “We’re pleased to again be involved in highlighting the business issues of the day at the conference. As well as delegates being able to find out about support services available for both existing firms and potential start-ups, I’ll will be teasing views – some of them controversial, no doubt – out of a panel of guests on how to make Bradford an even better place in which to be in business. I’m sure the event is going to be a great success and we encourage people to take a look at the programme to see how they can gain more information and knowledge to help their company.” Ajaz Ahmed co-founded Freeserve after buying a computer and finding nobody in the store could tell him how to access the internet.
Dixons was persuaded to launch Freeserve in September 1998 and it became the UK’s largest internet service provider in just three months. It was sold to Wanadoo, a French telecoms company for £1.6 billion in 2001 and Ajaz now has a variety of business interests, including his latest venture Legal365.com. A funding seminar will be led by entrepreneur Martin Port who will tell delegates how he has used crowd funding to grow his latest venture, Big Change. Four local experts will also speak about social media services Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Danny Matharu, event director, said: “This is an immense seminar line-up for the second Bradford Business Conference. The future of Bradford is key to all businesses and it is at the forefront of BBC13 with the Blueprint Q&A session.”
Ajaz Ahmed’s lessons are amazing and the delegates will be learn how to run a modern-day business. Key partners are Bradford Council, Malik House Business Centres, The Telegraph and Argus, The Yorkshire Enterprise Network, Finance Yorkshire, Bradford Chamber and EXA Networks. YEN is hosting a networking event at the end of the conference. Guest speaker is Victoria Tomlinson, chief executive of Northern Lights PR, who sits on the board of the University of Bradford School of Management.