Speaking Events

I am acknowledged as an engaging and entertaining speaker on the subject of LinkedIn, personal branding and lead generation.

From audiences of 10 to 10,000, he is guaranteed to inform and amuse and truly ‘Lift the Lid’ off LinkedIn.

Typical titles have been:

  • What’s the point of LinkedIn?
  • Lifting the Lid off LinkedIn
  • The increasing importance of personal brand
  • How to use LinkedIn as a Lead Generation tool
  • What the Exec team needs to know about business-to-business social media
  • The increasing importance of storytelling in your communication
  • The 3 things you need to know to make LinkedIn successful for you
  • The Top Ten Tips for maximising your use of LinkedIn

If you’d like me to entertain and inform your audience to add some real value, please get in touch.

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I had the opportunity to see Nigel speak at a recent Business for Calderdale meeting and it was one of the best presentations I have ever seen. It had a beginning, a middle and an end. Nigel opened in an incredibly friendly way; his anecdotes were highly relevant and were positioned to tell his LinkedIn story really well. We learnt so much about LinkedIn just by listening to the stories and metaphors. Nigel was clearly focused on engaging with his audience and had their interest at heart. I was really impressed by the way he put emphasis and emotion into the key points and this really reinforced his message. Nigel handled the questions really well and responded with some insightful ad-libs when the chairman gave him a further five minutes to talk. Moreover, Nigel was put on the spot and asked to give a presentation at short notice, but actually, this was a good thing as his talk was not over-prepared. In fact, it came from the heart, it was immensely enjoyable and a delight to witness.

Martin Haigh MBE

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Past Events

In Business: In-Depth LinkedIn Workshop

Nigel Cliffe leading In Business In Depth LinkedIn Workshop

Address: Dawsons House, Owlcotes Lane, Pudsey, LS28 6PY.
Date: Thursday 27th June 2019, 9:45am (coffee and networking, 10am the 2-hour workshop starts.

You have got your LinkedIn profile but what do you do next to get those all-important calls or emails from potential clients?

Following on from the interactive taster session I delivered at Leeds/Bradford networking group, In Business’ meeting in April (see below) I’ve been welcomed back to give a more in-depth workshop on LinkedIn.

This session is designed to provide you with a strategy to engage on LinkedIn to generate leads.

Having the best LinkedIn profile in the world will not deliver success. The key to being successful on LinkedIn is engagement.

But what do you do? What should you post? Should you write articles? What is the etiquette? How do you turn a simple Connection into a prospective client and what is the best way to approach a new prospect Connection?

What will you get from the event?
As well as answers to the above questions, you will leave the room knowing how to…engage, turning your LinkedIn Profile from ‘just another social media channel’ to one which might very
well change your life!

This session is perfect for…anyone who has a client-facing role and is in need of generating a positive new business pipeline.

Tickets are just £45 for non-members. I hope to see you there!

Learning Lunch – LinkedIn, the 2 things you need for success!

Learning Lunch in Bradford - LinkedIn ,the two things you need for success!, West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

Address: Devere House, Vicar Lane, Little Germany, Bradford, BD1 5AH – Please note: to find Bradford Chamber using a Sat Nav system (satellite navigation), do not use the postcode. Please enter ‘Aked Street’ instead.
Date: Wednesday 19th June 2019, 12pm – 2pm.

Most people have a LinkedIn profile, but how many of them truly get a benefit from it?

I’m delighted to be leading an interactive and engaging Q&A session at West & North Yorkshire’s Chamber of Commerce Learning Lunch event, taking questions throughout about how attendees can maximise their use of LinkedIn.

Arguably, the life-blood of business success is generating new clients and opportunities. The Chamber’s Learning Lunches are designed to be bite-sized workshops on particular topics relevant to businesses.

At this event in June, I guarantee attendees won’t leave empty-handed. In fact, they’ll leave with two key takeaways that will transform their lead generation success on LinkedIn!

As a buffet lunch and networking are a welcomed bonus, you won’t want to miss this Learning Lunch!

How to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile and Generate Leads

The Insurance Institute of Leeds, of How to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile and Generate Leeds workshop, Nigel Cliffe

Address: The Carriageworks, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD.
Date: Tuesday 11th June 2019, 12:30pm (for registration and a light buffet lunch), workshop 1-2pm.

You know your personal brand online is vitally important. You have a LinkedIn Profile but are not seeing results from use of it. You also know that people are viewing your Profile but what do they see? Does your profile engender trust?

In short, how do you turn your LinkedIn Profile into a lead generation tool for your business?

This free session is for anyone who has come to the realisation that LinkedIn could be used better but needs direction in developing a strategy to make it work for them.

Learning Objectives:
In this session you will learn:

  • How people see you,
  • How they make judgements, right away,
  • How you can improve and maximise your personal brand,
  • How to engage to build a profile that will win you the kind of opportunities you seek.

This workshop is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Insurance. 1 hour’s CPD (Continuing Professional Development) can be claimed for this event if relevant to your learning and development needs. This demonstrates the quality of an event and that it meets CII member CPD scheme requirements.

It is recommended that you keep any evidence of the CPD activity you have completed and upload copies to the recording tool as the CII may ask to see this if your record is selected for review. Details of the scheme can be viewed here.

Lifting the Lid Off LinkedIn at In Business Networking Event

In Business Networking Meeting

Address: Pure Office Ltd, 2 Brabazon House, Turnberry Park Road, Leeds. LS27 7LE.
Date: Tuesday 23rd April 2019, 9:15am – 11:30am.

Got a LinkedIn profile? Not sure how to use it?

In this lively morning’s Q&A session I’ll lift the lid off what can be achieved by the improved use of LinkedIn. Over 25 million people in the UK have a LinkedIn profile, yet most of them don’t know why!

Would you attend a face-to-face networking session inappropriately dressed? What does your LinkedIn profile tell me? Are you seeking to generate new leads?

I will provide real-life examples of what can be achieved on LinkedIn and provide top tips on how to maximise your time and effort on the platform.

Expect an entertaining session on how to optimise LinkedIn for business development, revealing top tips with some practical takeaways. Be ready!

York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce Lunch

York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce Lunch

Address: York Novotel, Fishergate, York, YO10 4FD
Date: Wednesday 10th April 2019, 12pm – 2pm.

Most people have a LinkedIn profile, but how many folks don’t get the point of it!

I’m looking forward to being the guest speaker at the York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce’s Lunch in April. There I will uncover the fantastic benefits of having a relevant LinkedIn profile and being active on the platform.

It is often said that the life-blood of business success is generating a pipeline of new clients and opportunities.

I will hold an engaging and interactive session with over 50 professionals from a variety of businesses, taking questions throughout about how to maximise our use of LinkedIn.

I promise to give attendees many key take-aways that will transform their lead generation success on LinkedIn.

With lunch and a dedicated time for valuable networking, this event is not to be missed!

The Business Catalyst Club Networking Lunch

Manchester Business Catalyst Club Networking Lunch

Address: Manchester.
Date: Thursday 14th February 2019, 12 – 2pm.

Once again, I’ll be speaking about the huge networking and business development opportunities LinkedIn can bring professionals of all industries when used correctly. This time I’ll be educating a Manchester audience on how to be found on LinkedIn by engaging and being proactive on the platform.

As is customary at Business Catalyst Club networking lunches, guests and members – many of whom are private or institutional lenders and investors a – will get the opportunity to mix and mingle, whilst showcasing their proposals and businesses.

The Business Catalyst Club Networking Lunch

The Business Catalyst Club Networking Lunch

Address: Leeds.
Date: Thursday 7th February 2019, 12 – 2pm.

By bringing together ambitious entrepreneurs, investors and SME decision-makers through quarterly events in Leeds and Manchester, The Business Catalyst Club Lunch offers attendees the opportunity to hear from an insightful guest speaker and network to generate inspiring business opportunities.

Founded by Graham Shiers, Business Catalyst Club successfully acts as a hub of innovative ideas and a vehicle to facilitate new introductions for professionals in a range of sectors. The events also serve as a valuable platform for a selection of companies who are looking for growth capital to showcase their proposals to members, the majority of whom are private or institutional investors or lenders.

I’m delighted to be speaking at the February networking lunch about how to make the most out of LinkedIn, taking the networking online.

Future Networking and Your Digital Footprint

Future Networking Collaboration, Events and Your Digital Footprint, Leeds BID, Value Exchange, Leeds, West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

Address: The Lost and Found, 3 Albion Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JL.
Date: Thursday 17th January 2019, 12 – 2pm.

Forget everything you think you know about networking! Shed all your stereotypes and preconceptions about these type of events. I’m delighted to be taking part as one of the panel experts on networking at an event held in collaboration with Leeds BID.

The event will be presented in the style of a fast-paced ‘lunch and learn’, and promises to challenge your perceptions of networking, capitalise on the potential of events that you attend and assist you in improving your digital footprint.

Whilst I look forward to helping attendees grasp the power of LinkedIn to deliver results, my fellow panel speakers will be Andrew Cooper, Chief Executive of Leeds BID, will discuss the power behind collaboration, and Susie Cawood, Head of York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, will explore the value of face-to-face networking and putting these interactions into action.

Tickets cost £20 including VAT. To book, call the West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce events team on 01274 206 660.

Brand Yorkshire’s Business Awards 2018

Brand Yorkshire Business Awards

Address: The Village Hotel, Leeds North, 186 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, LS16 5PR.
Date: Wednesday 5th December 2018.

I’m proud to be sponsoring the Innovation Award category at Brand Yorkshire’s Business Awards 2018. The celebratory event will recognise the achievements of local businesses and organisations in the Yorkshire area with categories including ‘Best New Business’, ‘Best Micro Business’, ‘Charity of the Year’ and ‘Property and Construction Small Business’.

Finalists in the Innovation Award category are coffee manufacturers, Lincoln & York, Loadie, an online and mobile logistics tracking service and land development specialists, Land Solve. Bespoke customer journey mapping experts, Simply Customer, real time energy visualisation and connected home solutions provider, Chameleon Technology and Young Muslim/Penny Appeal also made it to the final – congratulations!

Money raised from ticket sales to the ceremony, which includes a reception drink and 3-course meal, will go towards the development of a school at Hemsworth Miners Welfare to help disadvantaged children and young people.

Brand Yorkshire provide a range of first-class lead generation and marketing services such as coaching, CRM, branding and corporate videos, to businesses and organisations throughout Yorkshire. The organisation also hosts their annual flagship B2B conference, which sees 13 inspirational speakers, 100 trade stands and over 1500 delegates networking with one another, and runs two monthly Property and Construction Networking Clubs in North Leeds and Barnsley where attendees can benefit from networking and coaching sessions.

Helping Start-Ups Establish Their Brand Online

Leeds Beckett University Digital breakfast, Digital Shift

Address: University Business Centre – Halifax, Piece Mill, 25-27 Horton Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1QE.
Date: Friday 30th November 2018, 8:30 – 10:30am (8:30-9am registration and breakfast, 9-10am presentation and 10-10:30am networking opportunities.

Have you successfully established your personal and business brands online? If not, why not? Let’s fix that right now!

I am delighted to be taking a small part in the new Digital Shift programme, which will provide digital start-ups under 3-years-old who have a proven desire to grow, with hands-on practical support, unmissable opportunities to access grant funding, workshops and expert mentoring for entrepreneurs in Calderdale.

I will be running one of Leeds Beckett University’s brilliant Digital Breakfast sessions, which are funded by Ad:venture project, with the aim of helping aspiring and ambitious start-ups make their mark online – the right way.

Free for eligible businesses to access, the Digital Shift programme is delivered in partnership with Calderdale Council, Leeds Beckett University and AD:VENTURE, the ERDF funded programme that provides support for start-ups and young organisations across the Leeds City Region.

Overgate Hospice’s Corporate Membership Relaunch

Overgate Hospice, Corporate Membership relaunch event
Address: Bertie’s, 1 Brook Street, Elland, West Yorkshire, HX5 9AW.
Date: Tuesday 13th November 2018, 12pm – 2:30pm.

Overgate Hospice provides ongoing care to patients living in Calderdale with life-limiting illnesses and vital support to their families. To fund this important service, they often rely on donations from local businesses, which is where their Corporate Membership Scheme comes in. The Scheme enables Overgate to develop excellent relationships with Calderdale’s businesses but, having been established for over a decade, it is now having a refresh!

I’m honored to be welcomed as Overgate’s first guest speaker their relaunched series of Corporate Membership events.

Do you want to drive new business opportunities, generate leads, have a great LinkedIn profile and become an industry thought leader? Then come along to the Corporate Membership Relaunch event and bring a notepad and your list of questions!

Active Corporate Members can attend the event for FREE whilst it is just £10 for non-members (payable on the day) simply to help Overgate Hospice cover their costs. As well as learning how to use LinkedIn to your business’ advantage there will also be an opportunity to become ann Overgate Hospice Corporate Member at the event.

How to Have a Professional Brand on LinkedIn

What we need to know to have a professional brand on LinkedIn, Birmingham CII
Address: The Priory Rooms Meeting & Conference Centre, Quaker Meeting House, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham, B4 6AF.
Date: Wednesday 7th November 2018, 9am – 2pm (9am registration & breakfast, 9:30am start and a 1pm lunch).

I will lead a session that promises to truly ‘Lift the lid off Linkedin’, illustrating what is possible using the business-to-business social media platform and uncovering the often overlooked value of developing a strategy for the best use of LinkedIn.

By the end of the interactive session, which is accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and therefore free for CII and PFS (Personal Finance Society) members, attendees will be armed with the knowledge to ensure they leave with a LinkedIn profile they can be proud of.

We will also cover the benefits of sharing content via images, articles, posts, and videos.

3 1/3 hours’ of CPD (Continual Professional Development) scheme hours can be claimed for CII members who attend this event.

LinkedIn – What’s the Point?! – The Vapour Breakfast Club

Vapour Breakfast Club
Address: Vapour Media Ltd, The Gateway, Lowfields Close, Lowfields Business Park, Elland, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX5 9DX.
Date: Friday 2nd November 2018, 8-10am.

Vapour Media Ltd are pleased to present their free monthly networking event which provides businesses with a great informal networking opportunity to meet like-minded professionals in a relaxed environment.

Attendees will also enjoy the chance to share a few details about themselves or their business in an allocated time slot.

I will be joining Vapour’s monthly networking event on Friday to reveal a few key top tips to help you enhance your personal profile and sharing the key to success – engagement!
This is not one to be missed!

The sausage and bacon butties, croissants and fresh fruit are a welcomed bonus!

UK Community Foundations’ Strategic Development Day

Uk Community Foundation, Strategic Development Day
Address: Birmingham.
Date: Tuesday 30th October 2018.

As a member of the Development Committee at Community Foundations for Calderdale, I’m thrilled to be speaking at UK Community Foundations’ Strategic Development Day. I’ll be sharing insights and demonstrating how the audience can drive new business by optimising their LinkedIn presence.

UK Community Foundations are a nationwide charity and network of 46 Community Foundations dedicated to helping people and organisations invest in local communities where it is most needed. As well as my fun and interactive LinkedIn session, the Strategic Development Day will also feature a diverse range of sessions covering a variety of Development subjects, led by the Community Foundations.

Leeds Expo & Networking (Simply Networking)

Leeds Expo and Networking
Address: Grosvenor Casino Westgate Leeds, Wellington Bridge Street, Leeds, LS3 1LW
Date: Thursday 11th October 2018, 10am – 2pm.

I will be networking amongst business professionals with a stand at the Leeds Expo & Networking event. Bring your questions along and discuss how LinkedIn can turn your profile and activity into a valuable lead generation asset for your business.

The great thing about Simply Networking’s events is that they are very relaxed and informal – you can leave when you like, no pressure. The Expo is simply a brilliant way to meet lots of great new contacts to further your business exposure and reach your goals.

How to Grow a Pipeline of Ongoing New Business

Leeds Business Week, How to grow a pipeline of ongoing new business
Address: Cloth Hall Court, Quebec Street, Leeds, LS1 2HA.
Date: Tuesday 9th October 2018, 11 – 11:45am.

Do you need an ongoing pipeline of new business? In this sell-out speaking session for Leeds Business Week, I will reveal some of my top tips and strategies to make you more successful with your time on LinkedIn.

Following just one tip in my session last year, one attendee won two new pieces of business in two weeks following my session. This time it could be you! Passion guaranteed!

Digital Knowledge Exchange Go Digital – Live!

Digital Knowledge Exchange Go Digital Live!
Address: Aspire, 2 Infirmary Street, Leeds, LS1 2JP.
Date: Monday 8th October 2018, 10am.

I’m looking forward to having a stand at Go Digital – Live the third large conference bought to you by Digital Knowledge Exchange.

With the theme of the conference being customer experience online, the event is a prime opportunity to meet some of the region’s leading support and service providers involved in digital technology and learn how they can help your business to grow online through informative sessions, engaging seminars and talks and a variety of exhibitors.

I will be offering advice and sharing insights on how you can maximise LinkedIn to build lasting relationships, become a respected thought-leader and generate warm leads in your target market.

The event is free to attend for eligible businesses based in the Leeds City Region. I hope to see you there!

Sponsoring the Community Spirit Charity Awards

Community Spirit Charity Awards
Address:The Venue Barkisland, Bowers Mill, Branch Road, Barkisland, Halifax, HX4 0AD.
Date: 27th September 2018.

The Community Spirit Charity Awards are an annual event that celebrates the great work of charities and community groups across Calderdale.

The awards have been designed so that any charity or community group – regardless of their size or cause – can enter and be in with a chance of winning. Via Value Exchange I am pleased to be sponsoring the category ‘Fundraiser of the Year’. The Awards continue to recognise those charities of which there are over 9,000 in Calderdale that are innovative, exemplify best practice, and deliver sustainable benefit to communities and society in general.

LAW 2018 Leeds Networking Event

Law 2018 Leeds
Address: The Principal Met Hotel, King Street, Leeds, LS1 2HQ.
Date: 18th & 19th September 2018.

I will be networking for two days amongst legal professionals with a stand at the Law2018Leeds event. The legal world faces unique challenges and opportunities with the rise of social media marketing channels.

I’ll be discussing how LinkedIn can turn your profile and activity into a valuable business generation asset for your practice.

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LinkedIn? You REALLY Don’t Know What You’re Missing!

LinkedIn? You REALLY don't know what you're missing, Leeds Trinity Business Network, Nigel Cliffe, speaking events
Address: Leeds Trinity University, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, LS18 5HD.
Date: Wednesday 12th September 2018.

I will be running an interactive session as part of The Leeds Trinity Business Network’s set of inspiring and informative network sessions.

In this lively session, I will reveal many top tips to help you maximise your use of LinkedIn, including how to optimise your Profile and will cover the significant benefits of engaging with the powerful business-to-business platform.

If you want to uncover a business tool that might just change your life, you cannot miss this event!

Leeds Hotels & Venues Association

Leeds Hotels and Venues Association LinkedIn training session
Date: 6th June in Leeds, 4th July in Sheffield, 5th July in Wakefield

I am delivering a short series of sessions for Leeds Hotels and Venues Association in Leeds, Sheffield and Wakefield focussing on how hotels and venues can use LinkedIn to engage with existing and prospect clients.

In a recent case study, a local hotel client won business within weeks of starting a more focused approach to the use of LinkedIn. You could do the same!

Bradford Exchange Knowledge Transfer Network

LinkedIn presentation at Bradford Knowledge Exchange
Address: Titus Salt Building, Arthur Francis Lecture Theatre, University of Bradford, Emm Lane Campus, Emm Lane, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD9 4JL
Date: Monday 18th June 2018, 5.30pm – 8.30pm, including networking.

I will be presenting a ‘must see’ session for how to turn your LinkedIn account into possibly your most valued business development tool.

Revolution Mantra – What’s Your Business Mantra?

Revolution Mantra, networking, Sheffield
Address: Revolution Sheffield, Fitzwilliam Street, 1 & 2 Sheffield, S1 4JL.
Date: Thursday 14th June 2018, 7.00pm – 10.00pm.

Revolution Mantra is the newest collaborative business networking event to be unveiled in Sheffield, and your business can be a part of it. Gone are the predictable themes and programmes of the networking events that you might be used to, here you can expect something a little different.

As I have been invited as a panel speaker, at Revolution’s exclusive Sky Bar in the beating heart of Sheffield on Thursday 14th June at 7pm for an evening of opportunities to share ideas and generate positive and powerful outcomes.

Leeds Expo & Networking (Simply Networking)

Leeds Expo and Networking
Address: Grosvenor Casino, Bridge Street, Leeds, LS3 1LW
Date: Thursday 7th June 2018, 10.00am – 2.00pm

I will be networking amongst business professionals with a stand at the Leeds Expo & Networking event. Bring your questions along and discuss how LinkedIn can turn your profile and activity into a valuable business generation asset for your business.

UKITS International Trade Services

UKITS International Trade Services

Address: Cloth Hall Court, Quebec Street, Leeds, LS1 1HT Leeds
Date: 31 May 2018

How to link up with business opportunities around the world – a unique one-day training session on how to use LinkedIn to start or improve your international trade.

Value Exchange at Buy Yorkshire

Value Exchange at Buy Yorkshire

Address: First Direct Arena, Leeds
Date: 15 May 2018

I will be exhibiting at Buy Yorkshire in 2018. The Buy Yorkshire exhibition is well known for showcasing a wide breadth of world-class businesses.

Business Networking Event at the Vinery Centre

Business Networking Event at the Vinery Centre

Address: The Vinery Centre, 20 Vinery Terrace, Leeds, LS9 9LU
Date: 8 May 2018

Learn more about this on the tour of The Vinery Centre during the breakfast session and discover what impact the charity has had in its first year.

How to use LinkedIn to drive business growth

How to use LinkedIn to drive business growth trainign event
Address: University of Bradford
Date: Tue, February 13, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

The aim of this workshop is to inspire and motivate you to take your use of LinkedIn to the next level, by sharing knowledge, experiences and examples of best practice.

As a recognised industry professional I will be leading the session and you will work with a small group of like-minded people to really focus on your social strategy and day-to-day use of LinkedIn.

Value Exchange at Business Partners

Value Exchange at Business Partners
Address: National Motor Cycle Museum
Date: Wednesday 20th September 2017
Time: 11.30am – 12.30pm

I am an engaging speaker on the subject of ‘How to maximise LinkedIn to achieve your business goals’. I’ll be delivering an entertaining session on how to optimise LinkedIn for business development, revealing top tips with some practical take-aways. Be ready!

M3 Business Connections Event at RBS Manchester

Business Connections Event at RBS Manchester
Address: RBS Manchester
Date: Wednesday 4th October 2017
Time: 4.00pm – 8.00pm

I will be holding an interactive session with attendees to illustrate the importance of storytelling in your content, especially on the LinkedIn platform. There will be a valuable take-away too – to be revealed at the event!

Value Exchange at Brand Yorkshire

Brand Yorkshire
Address: Pavilions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground, HG2 8NZ
Date: Thursday 5th October 2017

The Brand Yorkshire conference brings together over 1500 of Yorkshire’s business people and decision makers. I will be there to answer your LinkedIn queries and to introduce how LinkedIn could be your best marketing tool ever! Registration is FREE. I look forward to meeting old friends and new!

Value Exchange at Leeds Business Week

Leeds Business Week
Address: Aspire, 2 Infirmary Street, Leeds, LS1 2JP
Date: Tuesday 10th October 2017
Time: 11.00am – 11.45am

Come along to the next Leeds Business Week event and learn how to turn LinkedIn into your most valuable lead generation asset. Many business professionals are on LinkedIn, but often don’t know why! Learn how to use LinkedIn to engage with existing and prospective customers to create engagement and drive new business opportunities.

This session will lift the lid off some of the key benefits to being active on LinkedIn and will go more deeply into how to use LinkedIn to generate more customers, be an influencer and to see what is happening in your industry sector.

I’m looking forward to delivering this highly engaging and fun session! Book early as this session

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To find out more about our in-house training courses, get in touch via the form below, email us on nigel@valueexchange.co.uk or call us on +44 (0)7976 894353