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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

  • Ann Fisher — Co-Founder, Bailey Fisher Executive Search

    Ann co-founded Bailey Fisher Executive Search in 1998, leading to a successful exit in July 2018, where she is still involved as NED. Ann has a passion for diversity, founding Women 4 Technology in 2008, a networking forum for over 1500 international female entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders in the technology sector, with events hosted in Cambridge, London and Manchester. ...

    Ann co-founded Bailey Fisher Executive Search in 1998, leading to a successful exit in July 2018, where she is still involved as NED. Ann has a passion for diversity, founding Women 4 Technology in 2008, a networking forum for over 1500 international female entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders in the technology sector, with events hosted in Cambridge, London and Manchester.  Ann has over 20 years' experience in executive search, focusing on high growth Technology companies and Professional Service firms associated with the Technology community. Ann is highly adept at building senior management teams for fast-paced innovative technology companies. Ann led the business development activities in Bailey Fisher; organising the Silicon Valley Comes to the UK events, supporting the Business Weekly Awards, Samsung STEM Girls, Cambridge Girls Talk and in recognition of Ann's extensive business network, she was nominated as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Business People in the Cambridge Technology Cluster. Ann has been a mentor on the Techstars Barclays Accelerator; a member of the Astia Global Advisory Board, a US organisation dedicated to the success of high-potential growth ventures, and a member of the Cambridge Campaign Committee for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity. Prior to co-founding Bailey Fisher, Ann set up her first recruitment business at the age of 27, which she built to a successful exit within 5 years. Ann started her commercial career as Head of Finance with an early-stage software house in London, having trained with a Top 10 Manchester-based accountancy firm.  

  • Collette Johnson — VP Marketing, GeoSpock

    Collette works 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...

    Collette works 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.

  • Mike Price — Chair and Owner, MPA Group

    Mike qualified as an accountant some 25 years ago. He developed his career around his passion, technology, working in financial and general management. This career was cut short in 2004 when Mike was hit by joy riders, the resulting spinal injuries making a ‘normal’ job all but impossible. Mike is Chairman and Founder of MPA Group. The company, incorporated in...

    Mike qualified as an accountant some 25 years ago. He developed his career around his passion, technology, working in financial and general management. This career was cut short in 2004 when Mike was hit by joy riders, the resulting spinal injuries making a ‘normal’ job all but impossible. Mike is Chairman and Founder of MPA Group. The company, incorporated in 2007, quickly established itself as a leader in accounting, tax and business consulting exclusively for the technology sector. The company has grown rapidly and it’s 75 employees now serve over 850 clients throughout the UK. Outside of work, Mike spends his time with an extended family of three daughters and two spaniels. Mike has a keen (some would say obsessive) interest in triathlon. The current challenge is to set a new world record for the most half Ironman events completed in 12 months.

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