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The inside track on how to grow an independent media business in a changing world

  • Inspiration from innovative media owners who tell you how they transformed their business.
  • Practical workshops on exactly how you can raise your game across print, digital, events, marketing, data, subscriptions and advertising
  • Insights on how to attract and retain talent, develop teams and make the right technology choices


Day 1: Inspire

First hand stories of innovative independent media owners who have developed and grown their businesses


8.30  •  Arrival & coffee

Chair: Carolyn Morgan, Founder, Speciall Media

Keynote: How to reshape a media business

Speaker tbc

Why we innovated, how we did it, what we learned and the results

Rory Brown, CEO AgriBriefing
Diane Young, CEO, The Drum
Daniel Pearce, CEO, TTG Media

Audience Q&A

11.15  •  Coffee & networking

Media entrepreneurs who have successfully exited share their journey

Nandini Barasthakur, CEO, Procurement Leaders
Julian Turner, CEO, Health Business International
Daniel Pitchford, Co-founder, AI Business
Piers Bearne, Founder, Collingwood Advisory(Chair)

Audience Q&A

12.30  •  Lunch & networking

Two rounds of 45 min discussions on hot topics led by experts

  • B2B Editor of the Future – David Rae, Chief Product Officer, Procurement Leaders
  • Marketing Events – Helen Coetzee, CEO, MPG
  • How to launch a podcast – Esther Thorpe, co-host, Media Voices podcast
  • Membership & subscriptions – tbc
  • Registration walls and metering – John Barnes, MD Sloop Media
  • Content solutions for advertisers – tbc

15.00  •  Tea & networking

Why we innovated, how we did it, what we learned and the results

Richard Butterworth, Commercial Director, Chemical Watch
Rachael Prasher, MD, Haymarket Automotive
Speaker tbc

Audience Q&A

Chair: Carolyn Morgan, Founder, Speciall Media

17.00  •  Networking drinks reception

18.00  •  Close


Day 2: In Practice

Practical workshops on the key strategic issues for independent media owners, with first hand experiences and tips


8.30  •  Arrival & coffee

How have media businesses researched and launched premium data and intelligence products?  Real examples and practical insights plus Q&A

Julian Turner, CEO, Healthcare Business International
Max Hotopf, Chair, Healthcare Business International
Sophie Griffiths, Editor, TTG
Other speakers tbc

What is the role of print magazines, B2C and B2B, in a digital world.  Publishers share how they successfully evolved their print publications.

Seán Dagan Wood, Publisher, Positive News
Other speakers tbc

10.45  •  Coffee & networking

What does it take to research and launch a new exhibition or conference?  Why do publishers have an unfair advantage?  Real world cases and practical insights plus Q&A

Ed Tranter, MD, 73 Media
Caroline Cronin, Head of Events, Burlington Media
Other speakers tbc

What changes to culture, organisation and process do publishers need to make to successfully develop digital products, web or mobile, consumer or B2B, in-house or working with an agency?  Experts share their learning and provide practical tips plus audience Q&A.

Laura Jenner, Product Director, Immediate Media
Sophia Dempsey, Head of Product, GMAC Media
Other speakers tbc

12.30  •  Lunch & networking

How can publishers develop digital subscriptions?  What can be added to a membership proposition? How to package print and digital? How to sell to enterprises as well as individuals?  Real world experiences and practical tips plus Q&A

Marc Hartog, CEO, British Journal of Photography
Other speakers tbc

How can you choose and use the right technology for your publishing business?  From CMS to martech to finance and invoicing.  What changes will you need to make to your teams, their skills and processes to get the best value?  Expert advice and practical tips plus Q&A

Dele Sikuade, CEO Countersoft, former CTO, Electric Word plc
Other speakers tbc

14.45  •  Tea & networking

How can you use SEO to grow traffic to your site?  What’s the best practice in social media? What new approaches should you take? How can you interpret reader data?  Experts advise on what has worked for other titles.  Practical tips and Q&A

Reneé  Doegar, Commercial Director, London Review of Books
Carola York, VP, Publishing, Jellyfish
Shane Redding, Owner, Think Direct & Tutor, IDM
Other speakers tbc

How do you attract staff with the right skills for the future of your business?  In sales, editorial, marketing and tech roles.  And how do you motivate, develop and retain your top talent?  Smart insights and practical tips

Nicky Holt, Commercial Director, Bauer Media
Other speakers tbc

16.30  •  Close


Benefits of attending

  • Be inspired by how other independent media owners have developed their business
  • Hear exactly how they did it
  • Get practical tips on how to apply to your business
  • Share experiences and make new connections with other independent media businesses


Please note: all sessions are subject to change in timing and speakers