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Business Live! Educational Business & Economics Conference

Business Live! is a half day event consisting of three sessions. Speakers are chosen from high profile companies to present on key aspects of the Business Studies A-level curriculum drawing on their own company history and experience.  Topics include Marketing, Business Planning & Strategy and People & Organisations designed to aid exam preparation by providing case studies highlighting the issues that face businesses today. Students will have the opportunity to quiz the speakers during a Q&A session.   Free time is provided on the day of the conference to visit the Disneyland Parks.  

Our educational conference packages at Disneyland Paris are the best value you'll find anywhere!
We include group travel insurance as part of our package and unlike other tour operators, we won't charge any supplements for regional pick-ups when you travel by coach.


Speakers
The Package
Travel Options
Places to Stay
  • Speakers

    Fraser Doherty - Superjam

    Fraser Doherty - Superjam

    Fraser set up Superjam at the age of 14, using his grandmother's secret jam recipes selling his produce at farmers markets and delicatessens. 

    In 2007, Fraser became the youngest ever supplier to a major supermarket chain when Waitrose launched his range. Superjam sells over 500,000 jars a year and now supplies over 1,000 supermarkets in the UK. 

    Fraser's case study will explore the importance of people management in helping business achieve efficiency and competitiveness.

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    Andrew McMillan - Formerly at John Lewis Partnership

    Andrew McMillan - Formerly at John Lewis Partnership

    Andrew was the former Head of Customer Care at John Lewis. Andrew’s career began as a management trainee with the John Lewis Partnership at Brent Cross. He quickly moved up through the management ranks and led a number of selling teams in different branches, before moving to Head Office to take charge of the department stores' customer-centric Intelligence Team.   

    In 2000, Andrew was asked to lead on customer service for the department store division. The role not only saw him manage chain-wide customer complaints but develop JLP's market-leading culture and attitude towards customer service and sales with the 20,000 customer-facing Partners in 26 John Lewis shops across the UK. During his tenure, John Lewis won awards for customer service from Which?, Verdict and Retail Week and were frequently cited in the media as a leading customer oriented organisation.   

    Since leaving John Lewis, much of Andrew's work has been in the public sector and he has helped a number of local authorities develop their strategy to deliver a distinct and differentiated customer experience. He has also worked with a number of NHS Trusts to define and develop their patient experience in line with the aspirations set out in Lord Darzi's NHS Next Stage Review final report.

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    Linda Moir - Formerly at Virgin and London 2012

    Linda Moir - Formerly at Virgin and London 2012

    London 2012 has become known as one of the most successful Olympic and Paralympic Games in history and Linda Moir was at the helm of the team that delivered famously outstanding front of house service by 15,000 volunteer Games Makers to 9 million spectators.

    Linda was also previously Virgin Atlantics Director of In-Flight Services, responsible for the airlines award winning service. During this time she completely overhauled the training, recruitment, promotion and performance management of 5,000 cabin crew, culminating in the highest recorded customer satisfaction scores in the airlines history.

    Her unparalleled success in HR and customer service management is exemplary of delivering exceptional performance through people.

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    Geoff White (Chair) - Channel 4 News

    Geoff White (Chair) - Channel 4 News

    An award-winning television news and technology journalist at Channel 4 Geoff White will chair our Business Live! event before going on to speak at ICT & Computing Live! about the latest developments in everything from cybercrime and cybersecurity, to internet dating and the next cutting-edge hardware that we will all be clambering for.

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    Joe McEwan - Innocent

    Joe McEwan - Innocent

    Joe McEwan is Head of Brand at innocent drinks, a UK company that has grown dramatically since it started making fruit smoothies 12 years ago. Joe has done a bunch of different things at innocent in his 4 years there, including copy writing and events management.

    As Head of Brand he is in charge of the way innocent talks to its consumers, with the stated aim of ensuring that the company maintains an honest & open line of communication with its drinkers.

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    Chas Howes - Superdry

    Chas Howes - Superdry

    Chas Howes served as Chief Financial Officer of SuperDry during a period which saw the company grow from a small clothing and retail business to a global player in the fashion industry. He worked on the company’s strategies for growth and the high-profile floatation and recounts how the brand and business developed, the challenges and the cautionary lessons.

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    Claire Dickson - The Walt Disney Company

    Claire Dickson - The Walt Disney Company

    Claire started her career in the Travel Industry by gaining a First Class Honours, Bachelor of Arts, Degree in Tourism Management from London’s South Bank University. A sales professional, Claire has 15 years’ experience in commercial roles with The Walt Disney Company, Hertz Car Rental and the Thomas Cook Group. In her current role, Claire strategically manages key trade relationships with various types of business.

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  • The package

    The Package

    • Return travel by Coach, Eurostar or Air
    • 2 nights bed & breakfast accommodation at Disneyland® (additional nights available at a supplement
    • Park Hopper Ticket
    • Attendance at the 2018 Business Live! Conference
    • Curriculum-linked workbook for students
    • Group Leader’s conference pack
    • Group Travel Insurance
    • 1:10 free place ratio for staff on a twin room basis
    • Services of the Events Team in Disneyland® Paris throughout your stay

     

  • Travel Options
    • 2 Night Coach Travel Package

      Sunday 25 February - Tuesday 27 February 2018

      1 DAY PARK TICKET

      Sunday
      : Morning departure for Disneyland Paris, overnight at Disneyland Paris
      Monday: Business Live! Free time in the parks. Overnight at Disneyland Paris
      Tuesday: Return coach travel
    • 3 Night Coach Travel Package

      Sunday 25 February - Wednesday 28 February 2018

      2 DAY PARK TICKET

      Sunday
      : Morning departure for Disneyland® Paris, overnight at Disneyland® Paris
      Monday: Business Live! Free time in the parks. Overnight at Disneyland Paris
      Tuesday: Day trip to Paris. Overnight at Disneyland ParisWednesday: Morning free in the Park. Return coach travel
    • 3 Nights including Overnight Coach Travel Package

      Saturday 24 February - Tuesday 27 February 2018

      2 DAY PARK TICKET

      Saturday: Late evening departure. Night time channel crossing
      Sunday: Morning arrival at Disneyland® Paris. Day free to use your Disneyland® Pass. Check in at your accommodation from 17h00. Overnight at Disneyland® Paris
      Monday: Business Live! Free time in the parks. Overnight at Disneyland Paris
      Tuesday: Return coach travel
    • 2 Night Eurostar Travel Package

      Sunday 25 February - Tuesday 27 February 2018

      2 DAY PARK TICKET

      Sunday: Afternoon departure from St Pancras International. Overnight at Disneyland Paris
      Monday: Business Live! Free time in the Parks. Overnight at Disneyland Paris
      Tuesday: Free time to use your Disneyland Pass. Early afternoon departure. Arrive back in London early evening.
  • Places to stay
    • disney hotel

      Disney's Hotel Cheyenne®

      Rating: 2 Star



      The Disney Hotel Cheyenne is situated within Disneyland Paris, close to the Disney parks and the Disney Village. The hotel is a 10-15 minute walk to the Parks or alternatively there is a free shuttle bus that runs approximately every 12 minutes and is operated from 06h30-23h30. Students will be accommodated in triple bedded rooms, which consists of a double bed and a set of bunk beds all with private facilities. The hotel complex is equipped with a Red Garter Saloon Bar, which will only admit over 18’s upon proof of age (passport required).

Students will be provided with a workbook prior to the conference which will include a programme of the event as well as background information about the speakers. The workbooks are a great research tool to be used in the classroom prior to travelling to help students to prepare questions for the Q&A sessions at the conference. As part of this experience, students have the opportunity to quiz speakers, which is always lively, and the presenters are invariably on the receiving end of some testing questions.

Programme:

• Decision making to improve financial performance 

• Managing Strategic Change

Improving Marketing Performance 

Who is this for?

Key Stage 4 & 5 students of Business Studies. The conference is designed to complement studies across a wide range of topics including the following:


KS4 & 5

AQA -  Decision making to improve financial performance; Managing Strategic Change; Improving Marketing Performance  Edexcel - Developing New Business Ideas; Managing the Business; Making Business Decisions

OCR - Business and People; Business objectives and strategic decisions; Marketing and Enterprise 
Also held on the same day will be ICT & Computing Live! making this the ideal event to bring a mixed group of students from across the curriculum!

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