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About the group

Bringing technology companies together to increase collaboration and build greater business success.

The CW Business Special Interest Group (SIG) has been formed to support technology companies in all aspects of business strategy with the key aim of helping businesses exploit their commercial opportunities.

Bringing together organisations from all technology streams, the Business SIG encourages collaboration, discussion and the sharing of common business interests, challenges and issues.

Aims of the SIG

  • Address and debate common industry business themes and challenges, e.g. funding options, building and retaining teams, scaling up a business and creating choice and control in your business.
  • Bring expert speakers to events, and actively encourage lively debate and discussion around specific relevant themes and issues.
  • Create a platform to share commercial and business expertise and enable learning between members.
  • Initiate discussion and create a space for learning about current and future business models, with a focus on understanding best market driven approaches to potential partners.
  • Support business owners on their journey to find a business model that works for both their business and fits with their desired lifestyle.

With an anticipated two meetings per annum and additional collaborative events with other SIGs, organisations can share (under Chatham House Rules where necessary) business and marketing expertise and experience so that commercial advantage can be attained by all members.

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SIG Champions

  • Mrs Julia Gwilt — Partner, Appleyard Lees IP LLP

    Since joining the patent profession in 1997, Julia has worked with innovative companies of all sizes in the Cambridge area and overseas. Her particular technology focus is software-implemented inventions including those incorporating machine learning but she has also protected innovation for other consumer products including taps, hair-care devices and loudspeakers. Over the years, she has provided strategic advice to help...

    Since joining the patent profession in 1997, Julia has worked with innovative companies of all sizes in the Cambridge area and overseas. Her particular technology focus is software-implemented inventions including those incorporating machine learning but she has also protected innovation for other consumer products including taps, hair-care devices and loudspeakers. Over the years, she has provided strategic advice to help companies build patent portfolios aligned with their business goals and oppose third party patents where needed. In 2016 Julia opened the Cambridge office for Appleyard Lees, an leading intellectual property law firm with a long history but a modern outlook. Delivering outstanding service to our clients is their number one priority.

  • Collette Johnson

    Collette works for Redgate. Previsouly she worked for GeoSpock leading the company’s global marketing. Her previous experience includes working Plextek leading their corporate marketing, she also worked at NHS innovations with a lead role in bringing together industry and clinical organisations for product adoption and also was the programme lead for the national SBRI Healthcare programmes, whilst in this role...

    Collette works for Redgate. Previsouly she worked for GeoSpock leading the company’s global marketing. Her previous experience includes working Plextek leading their corporate marketing, she also worked at NHS innovations with a lead role in bringing together industry and clinical organisations for product adoption and also was the programme lead for the national SBRI Healthcare programmes, whilst in this role she focussed on the connected healthcare sector and developed a network bringing together, industry, clinical and academic stakeholders. Her experience also includes a strategic role at Cambridge Consultants for world leading corporate organisations and highly innovative start-ups.

  • Vic Mistry — Head of Innovation Partnerships, Ixion Holdings

    Vic has been in industry for 20 years plus, however over the last 13 years, he has been helping SME’s/Start-ups to innovate beyond their competitors through strategic partnerships, grant funding and more recently a blended finance model which has been driven by Government.

  • Mike Price — Chair and Owner, MPA

    Mike Price qualified as an accountant some 25 years ago. Mike built his career around his passions; technology, working in finance and general management, though his career with Deloitte was cut short when he was hit by joy riders, resulting in spinal injuries which made a 'normal' job near impossible. So, in 2007 Mike founded Michael Price Associates (MPA). In...

    Mike Price qualified as an accountant some 25 years ago. Mike built his career around his passions; technology, working in finance and general management, though his career with Deloitte was cut short when he was hit by joy riders, resulting in spinal injuries which made a 'normal' job near impossible. So, in 2007 Mike founded Michael Price Associates (MPA). In the 13 years since, Mike has grown MPA to a company of 75 staff that works with over 800 businesses across the UK. Situated in Milton Keynes, MPA works to support innovative businesses of all sizes, tailoring their services to best meet the needs of their clients. In his spare time, Mike is a triathlon enthusiast. His latest challenge is to set a new world record for the most half Ironman events completed in 12 months.

  • Toby Young — Partner, Bailey Fisher Executive Search

    Toby is a Partner at Bailey Fisher and leads the Technology Practice.  In this role he works with founders, C-suite executives, Chair/NEDs and investors into growth technology businesses, building boards and leadership teams for clients from start-ups to corporates. His particular area of focus is later stage scale ups. He has specialised in executive search for 18 years. Prior to...

    Toby is a Partner at Bailey Fisher and leads the Technology Practice.  In this role he works with founders, C-suite executives, Chair/NEDs and investors into growth technology businesses, building boards and leadership teams for clients from start-ups to corporates. His particular area of focus is later stage scale ups. He has specialised in executive search for 18 years. Prior to working in the technology sector, he spent 10 years within Investment Banking, focusing on Market, Credit and Operational Risk. Toby initially led Bailey Fisher’s Technology Practice from 2012-2017 and returned to the business in 2019 as a shareholder following a management buy out.  In the interim, he spent 2 years in an operational role in a growth technology company as it continued its global expansion. Toby graduated from Nottingham Trent University and spent 2 years living and working in New Zealand before returning to London where he worked in both global and boutique executive search firms.  Toby lives in Cambridge with his wife and son.

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