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Bob Bradley

Bob is a specialist in running high value added service businesses, having run five such businesses as General Manager, Managing Director or Chief Executive. His last employed role was as Chief Executive of a £16M, 200 person family owned business having previously been Chief Executive of an AIM listed company for which he raised £5M funding and which he grew from £4M to £12M in three years through two acquisitions and organic growth, and a corporate PLC subsidiary where he was Managing Director responsible for delivering £10M profit on £45M turnover through 450 staff.

Bob is now following a portfolio career providing entrepreneurial business leaders with mentoring and coaching around business leadership, business growth, merger integration and exit planning.

Core to his portfolio is MD2MD. Having experienced for himself the value of having a strong sounding board of fellow Managing Directors he founded MD2MD to provide groups of business leaders with a confidential environment within which they can support and challenge each other to raise their game as leaders and by doing so improve the success of their organisation.

MarketingSales & Marketing

Marketing is in the midst of a seismic shift in power, and businesses must be versatile about how they engage prospective customers in order to remain current. A successful marketing campaign is no longer about the quick sale. It must build brand awareness and inspire confidence, developing a long-term strategy for attracting and converting customers. With the economy tight and

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Effective managementPeople & Management

The temptation to poach highly-qualified employees from your competitors can seem undeniable at times. On paper, the advantages of doing this are many. You are robbing your competition of valued team members, debilitating their operating strength. At the same time, you are gaining a qualified, fully-trained and potentially experienced employee for your own team. You already know the value of

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Effective managementPeople & ManagementStaff & teams

Nobody enjoys conflict, least of all between board members, but it happens. Conflict deflects people away from what matters in the business and onto the purely personal. Festering resentments can profoundly undermine company performance, so it’s essential to resolve them as soon as possible. You could engage a professional mediator, and that can help, but with the help of the

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Business Strategy

“Disruptive technology” is a one of those phrases that everybody uses and nobody really explains. To remedy this, let’s look at the concept of disruptive technology and its potential consequences, before discussing some of the future trends in disruptive technology for the coming year. What is disruptive technology? A disruptive technology, or “big bang disrupter” is a form of technology

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Effective managementLeading behavioursPeople & ManagementStaff & teams

Becoming a new leader can be an incredibly exciting prospect, but alongside this excitement comes the great difficulty of building trust amongst your fellow colleagues. Here are some useful tips to help you become a successful leader within your new team. Get To Know Your Team This point may seem obvious, but it is fundamental when leading a new team.

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Entrepreneurial ambition & growth

David McAllister made for a topical speaker this year, given the current economic debate concerning the relationship between the UK and the rest of Europe. Born in Berlin with a British father and a German mother, David has dual British German citizenship, making him uniquely placed to offer LeaderFest attendees his valuable insight from both sides of the channel. The

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Entrepreneurial ambition & growth

Last to the floor was Gary Frank, founder and Head Boy of the Fabulous Bakin’ Boys. Gary sold the business in April last year and now spends his time helping small businesses and startups to get their feet off the ground. The room was unprepared for but wholly receptive to Gary’s enthusiastic interview. He came across as a man whose

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Entrepreneurial ambition & growth

The penultimate speaker this year was Lesley Cowley (@lesleycowley), Chair of the DVLA and Non-Exec Director of agl and CERT-UK. Her portfolio is made up of Non-Exec Director, consultancy and other roles, making her an especially valuable component of LeaderFest 2015, where the value of Non-Exec and independent business advice is championed. Growing businesses (and gardens) Lesley’s interview was honest

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Entrepreneurial ambition & growth

From politics to B2B, the next speaker was Tony Waters, an MD2MD member with a successful background in major contract sales and Pan-European manufacturing through both high growth and turnarounds. From a commercial grounding in ICI, he has led manufacturing companies for Rexam and Solo Cup, having recently left the latter to pursue a “portfolio” career helping small businesses to

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Entrepreneurial ambition & growth

The venue for LeaderFest 2015 was Green Park, on the outskirts of the thriving city of Reading. As always, the annual event was aimed at enabling successful business leaders to share their personal experiences with other leaders from different industries and at different stages of their leadership careers. First to the floor this year was Paul Brundage, Head of Oxford

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