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  • Disaster Recovery Summit

  • Wednesday 8 July 2015, 8:00-10.00,
  • Bristows LLP, 100 Victoria Embankment, EC4Y 0DY

  • Disaster Planning and Recovery best practice.


    Recent, alarming events on our doorstep in Midtown have had Members reaching for their Disaster Recovery Plans, if they existed.  This event will set out London-wide recovery plans and showcase Members' best practice and experiences of effective Disaster Recovery Planning.


    A Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) ordinarily sets out procedures to recover a business's IT infrastructure, however, the best plans are also concerned with the recovery of office space, logistic networks and communications.  The Kingsway fire affected businesses' IT and telecommunications.  The subsequent closure of Kingsway prevented access to office space, further impeding operations.


    Should we perhaps reconsider our Disaster Recovery Plans as 360 degree 'Business Continuity Plans'?


    Members will first hear from London's Resilience Manager,  Hamish Cameron, and TMCS, the specialist IT services provider who assisted businesses affected by the Kingsway fire.  Farrer & Co and MTT will also share their experiences of the effects of the fire.  All will gain a fuller picture of what can, will and has gone wrong, alongside key ways to mitigate their affects.


    We are grateful to Bristows LLP for hosting this event.

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  • YPN Speed Networking

  • Thursday 23 July 2015, 18:30- 20.30,
  • Charles Russell Speechlys, 5 Fleet Place, EC4M 7RD

  • How to get quality and quantity into your contacts list.


    The YPN are delighted to invite you to our next event "Speed Networking".  Our Speed Networking session will provide you with the opportunity to speak to a number of different people and to test your ability to have a productive conversation within a short space of time.  At each introduction both participants will get an equal chance to introduce themselves before speedily moving on to start another conversation.


    It is often the case that you are asked to attend an event and "meet as many people as possible", only to realise that quality trumps quantity.  Having the confidence to move on from a conversation and work more of the room is imperative.  Our Speed Networking event will help you develop the necessary skills to make better quality contacts.  This will be an interactive event, and will begin with a summary of top networking tips followed by the speed networking session.


    If you've attended YPN networking events in the past, the session will be a great way to refresh your knowledge and experience.  For new guests, the session will equip you with professional networking skills which you can easily put into practice at future events.  The session will be followed by an informal drinks reception.


    We look forward to seeing you there.   In the meantime, why not start networking now by introducing yourself in our LinkedIn Group?

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  • Metro Bank event

  • Tuesday 8 September 2015, 18:00-20.00,
  • Metro Bank One Southampton Row, WC1B 5HA

  • Metro Bank will be hosting an evening event at their Midtown branch in Holborn.  Further details to follow.

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  • Crossrail Update

  • Thursday 1 October 2015, 8:00- 9.30,
  • Hogan Lovells, Atlantic House, Holborn Viaduct, EC1A 2FG

  • Crossrail is Europe's largest infrastructure project constructing a new railway stretching from Reading and Heathrow in the West through brand new tunnels underneath central London and out to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the East.


    Up to 24 trains an hour will operate in the central section between Paddington and Whitechapel during peak periods, with each train able to carry 1,500 passengers.  When Crossrail opens in 2018, it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10% and dramatically cut journey times across the City.


    Hogan Lovells will be hosting a breakfast briefing for the MBC, when the Crossrail team will be discussing the impact that Crossrail will have for Midtown.  This will include the construction progress at Midtown stations, the property and regeneration potential of the new railway and the impact that investment in infrastructure has more widely in terms of skills development and support for businesses of all sizes.


    Further details to follow.

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Previous Events

Back to the future - kindly hosted by Farrer & Co

Hugh Petter - ADAM Architecture Presentation

When your lease expects it - kindly hosted by Irwin Mitchell

Louise Cartwright - Irwin Mitchell

Sue Wilson - Irwin Mitchell

Mark Anstey - Farebrother

Jon Batt - Farebrother. Presentation

Social Capital - kindly hosted by Speechly Bircham

Robert Bond - Speechly Bircham

Nick Hurd MP - Minister for Civil Society

Simon Hoare - Hoare's Bank

Moira Protani - Wilsons Solicitors. Presentation

Refurbish or rebuild? - kindly hosted by Speechly Bircham

Natalie Roberts - Land Securities

Mark Anstey - Farebrother

Clare Wildfire - Mott MacDonald

Alasdair Donn - Willmott Dixon

Panel Discussion - produced by Talking Edge Studios

Business Development in difficult markets

Chris Butterwick & Paul Matthews - The PACE Partners LLP. Presentation

Is Sustainability working? hosted by Buro Happold

Simon Pilkington - Buro Happold

Andrew Richmond - GLA

Andrew Cooper - Consultant

James Fitzgerald - & Low Emission Vehicles Ltd

All presentations

The Bloomsbury Summer Fete 2013 - in partnership with The Midtown Business Club


Levenes Employment - Social Media - Don't make a #hashtag of it!


Planning surpises in and around Midtown

Chris Hicks, Nick Spall & Setareh Neshati. Presentation

Midtown - Better Connected

Robert Lines - Network Rail. Blackfriars Station & Bridge Works. Presentation

Mike Keegan - Transport for London. Improving transport for Midtown. Presentation

The 2011 Midtown Business Club Dinner - The Bloomsbury Big Top. Sponsors - George Carter, Archive Acumen, CgMs, EA Shaw, Farebrother, MTT, PKF and The Royal Bank of Scotland.

Alistair Subba Row, Chairman of the Midtown Business Club and Senior Partner at Farebrother heralded a new Vision for London Midtown that includes better streets, spaces, transport, co-ordination between authorities and branding at the Club's Annual Dinner this week, attended by 480 business, local authority and community leaders, raising £7,250 for Wooden Spoon in the process and BBC Commentator / Wooden Spoon Ambassador Ian Robertson's thumbs.

MBC Young Professionals' Network Launch - hosted by Saffery Champness.

Louise Beddoes - Speechly Bircham. Networking without tears. Presentation

2012 - Ready or Not - hosted by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Tim Jones - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. The London 2012 Opportunity. Presentation

Ben Plowden - TfL. 2012 Transport. Helping businesses plan. Presentation

Rick Cudworth - Deloitte. Preparing for 'The Greatest Show on Earth'. Presentation

Vision On! - hosted by Bristows

Peter Daw - Mayor of London's Office. Leading to a greener London. Presentation

Alistair Subba Row - Chairman, Midtown Business Club. A Vision for Midtown. Presentation

Vision for Midtown - Business leaders working for change

Andrew Jones - AECOM. More than the sum of its parts. Presentation

John Powner - Atelier Works. A Midtown Conversation - Branding Diversity. Presentation

Pat Brown - Central. Presentation

Corporate Social Responsibility Workshops - Speechly Bircham.

1. How to get started. Robert Bond & Shelley Rowley - Speechly Bircham. Presentation.

2. How to communicate initiatives. Holly McKinlay - M&N and Graham Thorley - Strategic Fusion. Presentation

3a. How to engage staff. Bernie Watson - haysmacintyre, Marie Broad - Time & Talents. Presentation

3b. Unlocking value. Mark Hutcheon - Reputation Inc. Presentation

4. Working with charity partners. Louisa Dixon & Natalie Appleby - Nabarro, Laura Cook - Great Ormond Street Hospital, Alex Robinson - Lymphoma & Leukaemia Research. Presentation

5a. Maintaining the momentum. Robert Bond & Shelley Rowley - Speechly Bircham. Presentation

5b. Street to school. Deborah O'Malley - Aviva. Presentation

Introduction to the Equality Act 2010 - Levenes Employment. Presentation

An introduction to Business Development - Dale Carnegie
* Prospect more intelligently in order to get to pitch more often
* Better structure what you say in meetings
* Present yourself and your organisation with confidence and credibility
* Use strong evidence to underline the value of your product or service
* Build lasting relationships with clients.

London 2012 - Ensuring MBC members are 'Games ready'

Vince Fihosy, Director, London 2012 City Operations Programme, GLA. Presentation
Mark Evers, Director, Games Transport, TfL Games Team. Presentation
Rick Cudworth, Deloitte. Presentation
Tim Jones, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Presentation

Travel broadens the mind - Statesman Travel

Speakers: Tracey Randell, Statesman Travel, Gwyneth Williams, Collyer Bristow and Matthew Hudson, Transport for London. Hosted by Statesman Travel Limited, supported by Transport for London.

The 2010 Midtown Business Club Dinner

Chairman Alistair Subba Row of Farebrother set-out the Club's four-point plan for the year ahead to create:

* A 20 year masterplan for Midtown including environmental, transport and public realm improvements
* An international place marketing strategy that celebrates the collection of world-renowned 'villages' that make up Midtown
* A sound stakeholder network to establish a pro-active voice for Midtown, at all levels of government
* A continuing platform for the generation of new business for member companies.

Members and guests were given a headstart on the issues facing the area, locally and internationally by Fred Cerullo, President/CEO of New York's Grand Central Partnership (below) who spoke of the benefits of working together in partnerships and how uniting business communities is the key to a successful City, and Ross Walker, of RBS whose timely and entertaining economic forecasts were thought-provoking. Presentation. Profile of Fred Cerullo in Property Week.

The Midtown Hotel Economy - Performance and future growth - PKF (UK) LLP. Presentation

The key to successful litigation - Nabarro. Presentation

On your marks....Set.....Go! London Olympics 2012

Heather Hancock, Lead Partner for London 2012 and Managing Partner for Innovation & Brand, Deloitte. Presentation is available to Club members who attended the event, upon request.

Bernie Hollywood, Senior Business Development Manager, Lloyds TSB. Presentation
Tim Lawler, Chief Executive, SportsAid. Presentation

The Green Costs Code

Martin Powell, Director of Projects, LDA. Presentation : Low-carbon London.
Dave Farebrother, Environmental Director, Land Securities. Presentation : Moving ahead through partnership.
Richard Weavers, Head of Technical Management, Land Securities. Presentation : CRC Treating everyone fairly.
Charlotte Eddington, Group Head, Energy & Sustainability, CB Richard Ellis. Presentation : An extraordinarily long walk.

Planning issues in Midtown - Explained! - CgMs. Presentation