Speakers 2017

Confirmed Speakers for 2017

Our Speakers

Every year we like to bring you a variety of speakers from local businesses to inform, educate and inspire you.  This year we have speakers who will update you on key changes that businesses are facing, bring you tips on developing and growing your business and share with you how they have overcome challenges that they have faced.

Our Speaker Line-up:

  • Gregor Spowart (Mass Media Design) – Creating Credibility
  • Graeme Hobbs (Hobbs Granger Roitt) – Digital Tax Explained
  • Rachel Tombs (Links2Leads) – Social Media Demystified
  • Karen Livingstone (Little Acorn Marketing) – Social Media Demystified
  • Rachael Wall (Sittingwell) – Patients, Persistence and Products

Our Speakers

Rachael Wall Key note speaker FOBW

Rachael Wall

McTimoney Chiropractor

About Rachael

Keynote Speaker

Rachael Wall is a successful McTimoney Chiropractor who has been in practise since 2001. She co-runs The Lotus Centre a complementary healthcare practise in Bourne End with her partner Lorna Kennard. Together they went on to set up Sittingwell Ltd in 2011, this was born out of hearing the frustrations of patients with knowing what were the right products to buy to help their back pain and hearing about the common culprits that caused back pain too – often the sofa. This lead to them designing and developing the first back care product of its kind for the sofa – The Sittingwell cushion. Sittingwell also has a carefully selected range of effective products as well as advice videos and articles. www.sittingwell.co.uk

Subject – Patients, Persistence and Products

Having graduated at a McTimoney Chiropractor in 2001 Rachael thought that was her career until retirement. All she had wanted to be was a Chiropractor since her early teens. After all a job is for life. Isn’t it? Fast forward 16 years she and Lorna Kennard run a successful ecommerce site that sells back care products globally and provides expert advice for staying pain free. She has also invented and brought to market a back support that looks just like any other cushion on your sofa – the first of its kind. All whilst continuing to treat patients in clinic, zero bank funding and no previous experience in retail, marketing, product development or frankly anything at all outside of being a Chiropractor. Just ambition, focus, a vision and papier mache……The perfect recipe for success! Needless to say there has been a lot of ‘learning’ along the way, which she will share with you in the up and down journey that goes alongside business development and ultimately growth and success. Sittingwell

Online Credibility and Digital Tax

The use of technology in business is something that seems to be constantly changing. This year at the Festival of Business Woodley, two of our speakers are looking at very different applications of technology in business – how to create credibility through your website and preparing for the introduction of Digital Tax.

Come find out some of the challenges that you may be faced with in 2018 and meet the experts that can help you solve the problems that may arise.

Gregor Spowart owner Mass Media

Gregor Spowart

Owner Mass Media Design

About Gregor

Gregor Spowart is the managing director of Mass Media Design, a creative web design and marketing agency based in Reading. Providing branding, website design and marketing services, they work with ambitious businesses of all sizes looking to achieve fast-growth and has supported many businesses from early stages through to a successful acquisition. Established in 2007, MMD specialises in working with companies in the technology and innovation sector. Gregor enjoys running and cycling, in his spare time plays trumpet with his wife Catherine in the Woodley Concert Band. Mass Media Design

Subject – Creating Credibility

The one thing a successful website needs to do is create credibility for the business. If it doesn’t then it’s not going to generate the leads and sales and ROI that you hoped for when you built it. In this short talk, we’ll identify some of the elements of a website that create credibility for a business and look at how you can use these on your own website to make it perform more effectively for your business.

Graeme Hobbs

Graeme Hobbs FCCA

Senior Partner and Audit Partner

About Graeme

Graeme Hobbs FCCA has been a qualified, practising chartered certified accountant for over twenty-five years. When he set up Hobbs Granger Roitt, Graeme had a clear vision of creating a professional practice that would not only help keep personal and business clients on track in terms of complying with statutory requirements, but would also give them every support to survive and thrive in tough times. Graeme’s goal in becoming an accountant has always been to use his skills to help others and to build successful businesses. Hobbs Granger Roitt

Subject – Digital Tax Explained

What it is, where to start and what to do

From April 2018, a new Digital Tax system will be introduced that will affect most businesses. The transition to the new system will be complete by 2020 and therefore it is essential that all business owners are up-to-date with this new change. Graeme Hobbs FCCA- Senior Partner and Audit Partner at Hobbs Granger Roitt will be explaining the key implications of Digital Tax and how to navigate through the change of electronic tax returns.

Social Media Demystified

Most business owners will agree that Social Media is no longer an optional extra but a necessity for any business owner who is keen to see their business grow and prosper. Not only is it a great way to engage with customers and find out what they like and how they feel about your brand but it is also a perfect opportunity to increase brand awareness and develop customer loyalty.
Most customers now expect business owners to have a social media presence so whether you are just dipping your toe into LinkedIn or whether you are an experienced tweeter, let Rachel Tombs and Karen Livingstone provide you with key information that will make your social media journey a profitable and enjoyable one.

Our Speakers


Rachel Tombs

LinkedIn Trainer & Consultant

About Rachel

Rachel Tombs was a successful, high fee-earning Solicitor for more than 15 years, during which time she had additional responsibilities for management and business development within the solicitors’ firms she worked in. During her career, Rachel discovered LinkedIn was an incredibly cost-effective tool that could help grow each firm and reinforce her local networking efforts. Rachel set up her company Links2Leads over two years ago in order to work with businesses within the Thames Valley and London areas, helping her clients re-word their LinkedIn profiles using proven, expert methods that guarantee increased visibility and generate those ideal professional opportunities through workable daily strategies.

Karen Livingstone

Karen Livingstone

Social Media Trainer

About Karen

Karen is the owner of Little Acorn Marketing, a marketing consultancy based in the Thames Valley serving Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.

The consultancy was set up to help small to medium sized businesses grow and flourish.

Her mission is to offer an affordable yet high return on investment marketing strategies.

Karen offers potential clients a no obligation 1-hour consultation so that she can fully understand your business and what you want to achieve.  Find out more on her Little Acorn Marketing website.

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Would you like to speak at the Festival of Business Woodley next year? It is a great opportunity to showcase your business and expertise. Get in touch so we can discuss this further.