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Sir Ranulph Fiennes set to lead ‘future of business’ debate series

On October 21st the British Museum will play host to the Midtown Big Ideas Exchange, a debate series which aims to discover what makes British business so successful.


Big ideas for UK business

After experiencing a successful launch in 2014, inMidtown, a company which represents more than 300 businesses in Bloomsbury, Holborn and St Giles, has launched the Big Ideas Exchange for its second series, bringing together members of Midtown’s business community for debate, discussion and networking opportunities.

There are a number of high profile figures leading the series. Alongside Fiennes will be Margaret Mountford, former aide to Lord Sugar on The Apprentice. Mountford will be giving the opening address at the event and will also be leading an interactive Q&A at a debate on ‘The Future of Business, Philosophy and the Wisdom of Cities’.

The 12 part series will also feature senior figures from companies such as Google, Yahoo and Mishcon de Reya, as they look to discuss ways in which to improve British business.

‘‘The Midtown Big Ideas Exchange celebrates the first-class knowledge and household brand names that are now synonymous with the area; each debate will provide Londoners and Midtowners with a unique opportunity to debate and learn from some of the capital’s most forward-thinking leaders and innovators,’’ explained Tass Mavrogordato, CEO of inmidtown.


High profile speakers

Each debate promises a fresh and engaging look at the issues faced by London’s changing workplace.

Other high-profile speakers joining the discussions include:

  • Saira Khan, runner-up of The Apprentice in 2005.
  • Martha Fiennes, acclaimed film director.
  • Emma Woolf, the author and great-niece of Virginia Woolf.
  • Brian Kilkelly, CEO of World Cities Network.
  • James Anderson, a 17 year old entrepreneur and founder of Space Lounges and Thinkspace.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the intrepid explorer and successful author, will close the event in April next year, as he takes a trip back in time to discover ‘History’s greatest imperfect leaders’.

The business event will also explore future business trends for business owners, something which Margaret Mountford is looking forward to hear about.

‘‘Working as a lawyer in a major City firm with multinational clients taught me the importance of understanding future business trends before they happen. It helps you to stay competitive on the global stage and that¹s something London needs to do. I look forward to hearing how Londoners feel about their future business prospects.’’