Is leadership for an SME different?

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Start Date: 20 Jan 2015

Start Time: 4:15 PM

End Time: 6:00 PM

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

Capacity: 50

Venue: Moneypenny, Ellice Way, Wrexham, LL13 7YT › View map

This is a CPD event about leadership on behalf of the Leading Wales Awards and is our North Wales launch of the 2015 Leading Wales Awards. We wish to thank Moneypenny for their support in sponsoring the "Women in Leadership "category again in 2015 and for hosting this event.

Facilitated by Barbara Chidgey, Executive Chair of the Leading Wales Awards, its aims are to:

  • Raise understanding about the leadership challenges facing SMEs outlined by Mike Learmond (Regional Development Manager for FSB in North Wales) 
  • Rachel Clacher (Co-Founder and Director for Moneypenny) will share some of the hard learnt leadership lessons and practical tips from Moneypenny as it grew from a £10,000 start-up, to a large business employing 400 people and being listed in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to work for. 
  • We will then open this up to a Q & A session from the floor. 
  • The event will conclude with guidance to support the call to action for nominations of individuals whose leadership is making a real difference in Wales for the 2015 Leading Wales Awards (nominations open from 16th Jan to 13th March 2015 )

Mike Learmond is Regional Development Manager of the Federation of Small Businesses (North Wales and Chester) representing 3000 self-employed and business owners in North Wales. One of his responsibilities is to protect and promote the interests of businesses in the Region and he is first point of contact for FSB in North Wales. His job includes lobbying politicians on behalf of small businesses, dealing with the media, representing the FSB at various groups and events and supporting an army of volunteers who organise everything from networking evenings to political debates for FSB members throughout the region.

Rachel Clacher is Co-founder and Director at Moneypenny. Moneypenny looks after telephone calls for businesses of all shapes and sizes – from sole-traders right up to multinational corporations. Based in Wrexham, and Auckland, New Zealand, Moneypenny has approaching 400 staff, a figure that is growing at a rapid rate. The company was founded by a brother and sister team in 2000 and now handles around 9 million calls a year for over 7,000 UK businesses. Moneypenny is proud to have won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and was in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work for 2009/11/13.

Barbara Chidgey, Learning Pathways Cymru Ltd, has an Ashridge Business School Masters Degree in Executive Coaching, and works with individuals and teams to assist them to develop their leadership skills and behaviours. She uses a variety of different conversational techniques including coaching, facilitation, Action Learning Set facilitation and presentations. Barbara is the Executive Chair of the Leading Wales Awards.

Additional Information

Registration will commence at 4.15pm for a 4.30pm start.

1.5 hours CPD


  • Free event

Enquiries contact

Questions about this event should be addressed to Barbara Chidgey at

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