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Business Live! Educational Business & Economics Event

Monday 2nd March 2020

Business Live! is a fantastic opportunity to bring the curriculum to life.  Live speaker presentations aim to bring key curriculum topics to life, providing access to industry professionals with case studies that really bring business studies off the page. Students are given a workbook with park challenges to complete making the event an immersive educational experience aimed at seeing Business Studies in action.

Throughout the course of the weekend your learners will cover the fundamentals of the Business Studies curriculum at KS4 and KS5, meaning the event perfectly complements classroom learning. 

Click on the image below to see the event in action: Business Live! 2018

Also held on the same day will be Computing Live!  and Media Live! making this the perfect event event to bring a mixed group of students from across the curriculum!

The Package
Travel Options
Places to Stay
What You Say
  • Speakers

    Kate Russell
    Event Facilitator

    Kate Russell<br>Event Facilitator

    Kate Russell has been writing about technology, gaming and the Internet since 1995 and currently appears weekly on BBC2 and BBC World News, reporting for technology programme Click. She is an experienced and adept technology speaker.

    She got her first break on TV after being encouraged to apply for a job advertising for a “young & funky” female presenter who knew about video games for a new show on Nickelodeon. Kate got the job and presented the show for three series, co-hosting with Mike McClean and an animated fish called Bert.

    In addition to her prolific writing and TV career Kate speaks regularly at technology events and conferences and in schools and Universities inspiring the next generation of female technologists. She is also gets involved in policy meetings that aim to shape the way the Internet is governed in the UK.

    In 2013 she crowd-funded more than 400% of her target to write a science fiction novel. She still finds time to run 6.5k three times a week and spends far too much time on Twitter advising people about the best web resources for their day-to-day needs. Her website, won the 2015 UK Blog Awards for best individual digital and technology blog, and in June 2015 she was voted the 25th most influential woman in UK IT by Computer Weekly magazine.


    Joe McEwan Innocent

    Joe McEwan  Innocent

    Joe spent the last ten years at innocent drinks, helping to establish the smoothie makers as one of the most engaging and loved brands in the UK.

    As innocent’s first Communities Manager, he launched the brand on social media and led them to number one in the Social Brands 100 list. As Head of Brand, he was responsible for everything innocent said and did across digital, packaging, customer service, PR and ATL advertising. Throughout his time there, he worked hard to ensure innocent remained an interesting brand that treated its drinkers like human beings.

    He now works as a freelance consultant, helping small brands grow big and big brands stay small. He still enjoys the odd smoothie with breakfast.


    Chas Howes Superdry

    Chas Howes  Superdry

    Chas Howes, the former CFO of SuperGroup Plc, draws on the SuperDry story to educate audiences on brand strategy and management, inspirational leadership, and building a retail estate in the UK.

    A successful career in finance has seen Chas strengthen and accelerate businesses through periods of change, including major international expansion programmes; as well as rationalising their financial controls, he has exceeded profit and cash targets through effective performance management.

    Part of a small management team at SuperGroup Plc, Chas led a rapid expansion plan which saw the business grow from £41m in 2008 to £314m in 2012.

    He was appointed to drive enterprise value through controlled growth, oversaw the sale of the business to external investors, and chaired the project team to list the business on the London Stock Exchange in March 2010, winning IPO of the Year in the process and achieving FTSE250 status within 1 year.

    Having experience in both large businesses and entrepreneurial start-ups, Chas is the ideal speaker to bring business priniciples to life at this years event.


    Gill Corley
    Head of Marketing
    Walt Disney Company

    Gill Corley<br>Head of Marketing<br>Walt Disney Company

    Gill joined Disney Destinations as Head of Travel Industry Marketing for Disneyland Paris 13 years ago leading the UK marketing for the travel industry. Since then, she has worked in various marketing roles and in February 2012, she took up a new and extended role as Head of Marketing Communications for Disneyland Paris – UK & Ireland and across EMEA for Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise line. She leads a team of 29 people responsible for Developing & delivering marketing plans across all the disciplines including media, creative, CRM, on line, trade, SEO, PPC, partnerships and social media activity to drive increased awareness & sales.


    Louise Fowler
    British Airways

    Louise Fowler<br>British Airways

    Louise Fowler is one of the UK’s most successful business leaders. She launched the British Airways Executive Club, and then the first beds on a plane, which revolutionized business travel and propelled BA to the top of the travel service industry.    Since then, she has implemented similar projects at Britannia Building Society, Barclays, Co-operative and Brymon Airways.  

    Lisa will discuss the break-through customer service strategies she has employed throughout her career which stress the centricity of customers and how to connect with them in the digital age.  Louise’s strategic outlook, her use of examples of borrowing ideas successfully from other businesses, and the pedigree of the brands she has represented, make her an ideal person to speak at our Business Studies event.


    Mark Palmer
    Pret a Manger

    Mark Palmer<br>Pret a Manger

    Pret A Manger MD, and formerly Global Brand Director of Green & Black's organic chocolate, Mark Palmer is one of the UK's most popular and influential business speakers.  Mark enlightens business audiences on his success stories and his path to his respected reputation. 

    During his time at Green & Blacks sales rose from GBP 4m to GBP 40m turning the brand from niche organic to premium everyday chocolate.  As a result of a complete repositioning exercise instigated by Mark, Green & Black's became the fastest growing chocolate brand in the UK, and was bought by Cadbury Schweppes.   Now Marketing Director of Pret A Manger he oversees the brand's development in the UK and internationally.


    Andrew McMillan
    John Lewis

    Andrew McMillan<br>John Lewis

    Andrew McMillan is the former Head of Customer Care at John Lewis. His 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.


    Linda Moir
    London Olympics 2012

    Linda Moir<br>London Olympics 2012

    During the London 2012 Olympics, Linda Moir was at the helm of the team that delivered famously outstanding front of house service by 15,000 Games Makers to 9 million spectators. Prior to this Linda was Director of Virgin Atlan?c’s award winning In-Flight Service. Her unparalleled success in HR and customer service management is exemplary of delivering excep?onal performance through people.

  • The package

    The Package

    • Return travel by Coach, Eurostar or Air
    • 2 nights bed & breakfast accommodation (additional nights available at a supplement)
    • Park Hopper Ticket
    • Attendance at the 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 24 February - Tuesday 26 February 2019


      : 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 24 February - Wednesday 27 February 2019


      : 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 Paris
      Wednesday: Morning free in the Park. Return coach travel
    • 3 Nights including Overnight Coach Travel Package

      Saturday 23 February - Tuesday 26 February 2019


      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 24 February - Tuesday 26 February 2019


      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®

      The authentic flavour of the Wild West is all around, in the best tradition of all your favourite classic Hollywood westerns. This on-site hotel offers easy access to the Disneyland ® Parks and Village and all guests benefit from extra magic hours giving you early access to the Parks before gates open to the public.

      Rooms are located in 14 frontier style buildings all named after characters from western folklore grouped around a main street with covered porches and wooden walkways. The western styling runs through into the bedrooms and the hotel restaurant, The Chuck Wagon Cafe.


    • disney hotel

      Disney's Hotel Santa Fe®

      Styled as an oasis of comfort on Route 66, this Santa Fe-themed Hotel delivers classic Disney value and hospitality. This on-site hotel is just a 20 minute walk away from the Disneyland ® Parks and Village and all guests benefit from extra magic hours giving you early access to the Parks before gates open to the public.

      Rooms are cheerful and brightly painted inspired by Disney Cars. The New Mexico styling runs through the bedrooms and the hotel restaurant, La Cantina.


    • disney hotel

      B&B Hotel Disneyland® Paris

      A very large hotel with 400 rooms, located in Marne La Vallee close to Disneyland Paris. It is a very modern hotel with nicely-decorated and comfortable rooms.

      Only a few minutes from Disneyland Paris, this large hotel is ideally situated for groups travelling to Disneyland, and is recommended by Disneyland Paris. A free shuttle stops in front of the hotel every 10-15 minutes to get to either the Disney® Parks or TGV / RER Chessy Marne La Vallée station, for Paris.


    • disney hotel

      Davy Crockett Ranch

      Just a 15-minute drive from the Disney® Parks yet seemingly worlds away, the legend of Davy Crockett is alive and well. Nestle into your own private bungalow and unwind in this quaint, rustic escape. The cabin houses can accommodate up to six people in 2 bedrooms, equipped with one double bed, a set of bunk beds* and a sofa bed set within the tranquil woodlands of their natural surroundings. A safe, carefree environment with a magical touch of Disney. Naturally.


  • What you say

    The students LOVED Joe from Innocent, they felt he spoke to them on their level

    Aylesbury grammar School


    The trip was great thank you. The lectures were very good too, the speakers gave some really great information about Business and ICT and the Business students commented that it would really help them when they came to complete their case study work in year 13.

    Fort Pitt Grammar School


    Good level of content about Superdry for A Level. Excellent insight into culture for Business - both Innocent and Superdry.

    Stanwell School


    We definitely want to come back next year. Your trip represented better value for money than the rival company as the pupils had one more day in the park.

    Churchdown School Academy


Meet Your Learning Objectives:

Marketing Performance and Strategies
• Understanding markets, segmentation, targeting, mass marketing
• Branding – building and protecting
• Marketing mix – the value of digital and e-commerce

Business Strategy, Decision making and Direction
• Problems and challenges when growing a business
• Influences on business decisions, technology, ethical and environmental issues, corporate and social responsibility
• Difficulties in forecasting future trends

Business Operations – Customer Service
• Identifying and understanding customer needs 
• Methods and benefits of good customer service
• Changes in customer service from technology advances

Who Is This For?

Key Stage 4 & 5 students of Business Studies. The event is designed to complement studies across the AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC and SAQ curriculums. It is designed to meet course aims by encouraging and developing enthusiasm for studying business and provide quality case studies for exams.

*Price of £229 includes Early Booking Discount of £20 per person if you book by 29th March 2019. Prices start from £249 if booking after that time.

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