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6th April 2017


10.30am – 1pm


UKFast Campus
Manchester, M15 5QJ

Delivering the Workforce of the Future

6th April 2017

It's Our Responsibility

As technology and innovation continues to develop at a staggering pace, organisations struggle to fill roles and opportunities for growth are missed. The hard truth is that business evolves faster than government and academia can adapt to meet training needs. So what’s the solution? How can we – the business community – ensure we don’t miss out on the opportunities that come our way?

The skills shortage is real and we must act to close the gap between the world of work and education. The government is committing resources to fix the problem, but they can’t do this alone. By actively engaging now, you have the ability to support and inspire young people, empower them with the skills your business needs and find the next generation of superstars. It’s our opportunity and our responsibility.

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Let's Inspire Manchester

"We hear of the skills gap often and at UKFast we experience it first-hand. Traditional education needs to fit real-world needs and it comes down to businesses to work more closely with schools to bridge that divide.

We know what the gaps are and we know what it takes to fill them. Since we began to engage with education, the results have been incredible. As an industry we can either continue to complain about the skills gap, or we can take steps to solve it ourselves. To me the choice is clear.”

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Lord Nash - UKFast Inspire MCRLord Nash

Lord Nash worked in venture capital for 30 years, before deciding to work in education. In 2006 he set up Future, a charity designed to support young people by working with other small charities and sponsoring academies. He was a non-executive board member at the Department of Education for over two years before being appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools in January 2013.

Lawrence JonesLawrence Jones MBE

Lawrence Jones is founder and CEO of UKFast, a cloud technology business with numerous awards for culture, customer service, innovation and leadership. In 16 years he has led its phenomenal growth from a startup in a spare bedroom to a £250 million enterprise. Today, Lawrence continues to mentor and inspire huge numbers of people including professional athletes, musicians and fellow entrepreneurs.

Tom Bloxham - UKFast Inspire MCRTom Bloxham MBE

Tom Bloxham MBE is chairman and founder of award-winning regeneration company Urban Splash, which has received 367 awards to date for architecture, design and business success. In 1999 Tom was awarded an MBE for Services to Architecture and Urban Regeneration. Tom also upholds a number of other positions including; Chairman of Manchester International Festival, and trustee of Tate, the Manchester United Foundation and The Bloxham Charitable Trust.

Vicky Beer - UKFast Inspire MCRVicky Beer

Vicky Beer is Schools Commissioner for Lancashire and West Yorkshire. She started in her role in November 2015, having previously been a member of the Head Teacher Board (HTB) for the region. Before her appointment, Vicky was a national leader of education and was the Executive Principal of the West Trafford Learning Partnership, part of the Dean Trust.

Tarun Kapur CBE - UKFast Inspire MCRTarun Kapur CBE

Tarun Kapur CBE is Chief Executive of The Dean Trust, a multi-academy trust comprising 8 secondary and primary schools. As a National Leader of Education, Tarun works closely with government policy advisors providing expert knowledge and experience in all aspects of education. Tarun works closely with local authorities helping to improve engagement with local communities through education and prioritising the needs of children in some of the most challenging areas.

What is Inspire MCR?

You can feel it rippling through the streets, a buzz like no other. Manchester is growing. Innovation runs through the city. There are startups popping up everywhere you look. And there are new hubs and communities surrounding them, nurturing them, giving them the support they need to succeed. Business is booming and it is time to take our city to the next level.

Alongside Lawrence Jones, CEO of UKFast, a lineup of the city's greatest entrepreneurs and business minds come together to share their knowledge and the lessons they've learned - never-before-seen insights into Manchester's most inspirational businesses.

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Where is Inspire MCR?

InspireMCR's venue combines Silicon Valley-quirkiness with Manchester's entrepreneurial spark.

Welcome to UKFast Campus.

Sitting on the gateway to Manchester, UKFast's auditorium plays host to some of the city's biggest launch events, including Key 103's Mission Christmas; as well as presenting Manchester Camerata's biggest collaborations.


"Hearing what you guys had to say triggered something from within.
You have inspired me to take the plunge and take a hold of my life."

Experience Inspire MCR

Inspire MCR Spring

Inspire MCR 1

Alongside Lawrence Jones MBE, the inaugural InspireMCR featured Phil Jones, MD Brother UK; Dan Cluderay, CEO Approved Food and Chris Percival CEO of Jigsaw Medical.

Inspire MCR Autumn

Inspire MCR 2

The second InspireMCR welcomed James Timpson, CEO Timpson Group and Jonathan Wall, Controller Radio 5 Live to share their unique stories and business advice.

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