Speakers 2017

Confirmed Speakers for 2017

Digital and Tax

Digital and Tax are the two things in business that seem to be constantly changing. This year at the Festival of Business Woodley our Key Note Speakers are covering these popular subjects and updating you on changes within their industries.

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.

Our Speakers

Graeme Hobbs FCCA

Senior Partner and Audit Partner

About Graeme

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. Graeme has been a qualified, practising chartered certified accountant for over twenty-five years. Initially working in the early part of his career as a manager for a Top 20 practice based in Basingstoke, Hampshire, latterly Graeme became a partner/director of a mid-tier firm of accountants based in Reading. He helped to grow this business into a thriving firm with six regional offices, before leaving to form his own practice, subsequently known as Hobbs Granger Roitt. Graeme had a clear vision of creating a professional practice that would not only 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. This remains his goal to this day. Hobbs Granger Roitt website

Subject: Digital Tax Explained

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.

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. For more information, and to see their portfolio of work, visit their website at http://www.massmediadesign.co.uk

Gregor enjoys running and cycling and in his spare time plays trumpet with Woodley Concert Band with his wife Catherine.

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.

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. Links2Leads website.

Karen Livingstone

Karen Livingstone

Social Media Trainer

About Karen

Little Acorn Marketing is 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. Our mission is to offer an affordable yet high return on investment marketing strategies. We offer potential clients a no obligation 1-hour consultation so that we can fully understand your business and what you want to achieve. Little Acorn Marketing website.

More Speakers for 2017

Mystery speaker- further details to follow….

Past Speakers 2016

  • Judith Tinker Founder & Managing Director of M-four Promotions www.m-four.co.uk
  • Grainne Ridge Business Coach All About Results www.allaboutresults.co.uk
  • Claire Edmunds Founder & CEO Clarify www.clarifybd.com

Past Speakers 2015

  • Keith Baker, Leader of both Woodley Town and Wokingham Borough Council www.woodley.gov.uk, www.wokingham.gov.uk
  • Mark Cuddigan, Managing Director of Ella’s Kitchen www.ellaskitchen.com


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.