The National Children's Activities Conference
Wednesday 29th November 2017 hosted by NatWest at RBS Bishopsgate, London

2017 Conference Programme*

Inspiring Your Business Growth & Excellence #ChildrensActivitiesConf

Welcome coffee, registration
and Early Bird Networking from 9am

Conference Closes at 4.20pm followed by
Networking Reception until 5.30pm*

Propel your business
into 2018

We had a packed programme of inspiring speakers covering a huge range of important subjects.  We worked hard to ensure that you got the absolute maximum from the conference and that we delivered on our 3 themes of knowledge, motivation and connections to every single delegate.

The breakout sessions covered more specific areas of business that you might have a particular interest in but don't forget that the whole conference was professionally videoed just like we did for 2016 meaning you will be able to see all the sessions at your leisure soon too.

We also had 3 chunky networking opportunities to meet fellow delegates and the many exhibitors ensuring you made the connections you need.

Children's Activities Week 2018

We were delighted that the conference also  launched the Children's Activities Week 2018.

We had some special guests join us to help us do this in style including Kimberly Wyatt who is an ambassador for Children's Activities Week and Hollie Arnold MBE.

Register your interest now and for much more information on the many media, PR and celebrity opportunities coming for Children's Activities Week 2018.


09:00 – 09:30 Registration, welcome tea & coffee and Early Bird networking

Welcome Address
Mike Dodd, CAA Chairman and Morning Session Chair

  9:45 A Year in the Life of the CAA:
Review of achievements, challenges and plans
Sam Willoughby, CAA CEO, and Friends

10:15 "I can get inside your customers' heads"
Susannah Schofield OBE, Editor-in-Chief, Key Women in Business & CEO, Dice Matrix

Ages and Stages of Child Development
Dr Amanda Gummer PhD, Fundamentally Children

11:15 Coffee Break

Breakout Session 1
11:45 - 12.15

Room A

Reducing the risk,
saving you money

Gary Harrison
Group Scheme Manager,      
Morton Michel

Room B

Augmented Reality:
Marketing to Millennials

Mike Peates,
Owow Innovations

Room C

Your Statutory Responsibility
to Refer -
What this means and how it is done

Lyn Gavin,
Safeguarding Engagement Lead,
Disclosure and Barring Service

Breakout Session 2
12:15 - 12.45

Room A
Ignite your Team

Heidi Wadsworth,
HR & Training Consultant,
Reality HR

Room B
Making More of your Business
Growth Strategies for the Entrepreneur

Emma Austin
Managing Director,
Enterprise Accountancy

Room C
Health, Safety and Well Being
Your duty of care

Simon Wallace,
Senior Employment Lawyer,

Networking Lunch and
Open House Exhibitor Showcase

13:50 Conference Reconvenes

Afternoon Session Chair

Sally-Ann Hall-Jones, Director, Reality HR

13:55 Funding  for Business Expansion
through Franchising and other Business Models

Nick Howe, NatWest Regional Enterprise Manager

14:20 The Great Venue Debate
Finding and working with schools, nurseries, playcentres and community venues
With Chris Irwin, Director, EdStart,

Anne-Marie Martin, Director, diddi dance and Under1Roof,
Tracey Bancroft, Family Entertainment Centre Consultant, BALPPA
as facilitated by Mark Rasche, Director, Sport and Activity Professionals

14:50 Opportunities to grow your business with the NHS
Dr Muhammad Khan
MBChB (Hons), MRes Clinical Sciences
Co-Founder Our Healthy Future and Clinical Entrepreneur Fellow, NHS England

15:20 Official Launch of Children's Activities Week 2018

15:40 Inspiring Keynote Address
Kimberly Wyatt, Ambassador Children's Activities Week 2018

16:10 Reflections on the Day and Closing Remarks
Nick Howe, NatWest Regional Enterprise Manager
Mike Dodd, CAA Chairman

16:20 Conference closes

16:20 - 17:30 Networking Reception and CAA Accreditation Certificate Presentations
* Please note the organisers reserve the right to make any amends to the above content, timings, speaker line up and format, with no notice. Registration and attending this event is confirmation that delegates have read and accepted the terms and conditions – see here for more.

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