Back on the 27th September, we attended our first networking event hosted by Downtown in Business, and whilst we are still finding our feet and building our reputation, we decided the next step was to attend our first conference and so on the 3rd March 2023 we attended the Change Makers Live 23 event at the amazing new Spine Building in Liverpool's knowledge quarter.
Instead of just attending the event though we decided to also exhibit at the event in order to speak to other business leaders, gain experience for future events, and also increase our own comfort zone to the next level.
Change Makers Live 23 was all about how business leaders and organisations can be the driving force for change in the UK through areas such as technology, innovation, cost of living, culture, and infrastructure amongst the main areas of discussion.
With a mixture of nerves, trepidation, and excitement we set up our stall the day before the event and then set the alarm clock for a very early start the next day. We had agreed that our Managing Director (Paul James), Technical Director (Paul Bate), and Support Manager (Alex Dunn) would attend the event along with an expert from our partner Gamma, one of the leading communications providers in the UK.
Driving Positive Change: Insights from Business and Political Leaders on Global, National, and Local Challenges
The first hour was a mixture of networking and informal chats for both Red Rock and the other exhibitors at the event. As the event started we spent the day hearing from leaders from the worlds of business and politics such as:
Dr. Natalie Kenny - Biograd
Wes Streeting MP - Shadow Minister for Health
Jessica Bowles - Bruntwood
Gillian Keegan MP - Minister for Education
Ryan Wain - Tony Blair Institue
Many aspects of the current challenges faced on a global, national, and local level were discussed and debated and how every business and organisation, whether private or public sector, can make changes and be an effective driving force for good. Rather than be passive observers and simply sit back and allow current events to unfold we heard stories, case studies, and presentations on how we can be that change including:
Providing minimum salaries based on house prices for the Liverpool area and providing a deposit scheme for getting on the housing market.
Working with SME's to bring life-changing technology to market to improve the lives of those who suffer from loneliness, depression, and ill-health.
How new buildings and workspace can have an overwhelmingly positive effect on those who work within them. Areas such as ventilation, light, design, sound, and food can all be used to make sure that employees have the best possible environments to work within.
Regeneration can be used as a tool not just to drive economic recovery but also for environmental and quality of life changes for all people living in the area.
Change Maker Live 2023: Insights and Inspiration from Business Leaders Passionate about Change
The day came to a close around 4 PM with a Q&A session before a drinks reception for those who had the stamina to carry on. We didn't!! A 5 AM start to the day and a long drive home meant we packed up our exhibit and had a quick review of the day before heading back down the M62 to Manchester.
We had a fantastic day and the chance to speak with, hear from, and interact with amazing business leaders who have a passion for change and improving the lives of those they are responsible for was a real eye-opener and a great experience for everyone at Red Rock. We'd like to thank everyone who made the day possible and look forward to an even better day next year for Change Maker Live 2024.
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