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Half of all businesses fail within five years. Why is this? Is it because of flaws in leadership and management? Is it down to industry life cycles and the economic environment, or are there other causes? How can companies and entrepreneurs learn the lessons of failure and turnaround successfully? What is your view?

Join us to hear from industry experts and other business leaders, and contribute your own personal experiences to inform a lively debate and learn valuable lessons.


Speakers leading the debate will be:

  • David Lovett – previously Vice Chairman of Alix Partners and author of Corporate Turnaround
  • Matthew Johnston – Partner, McKinsey Recovery and Transformation Services
  • Dr Harry Thapar – Head of the Department of Accounting and Finance, Westminster Business School

Dr Andrew Summers, previously Chairman of Companies House, will chair the debate.


6.30pm: Welcome drinks

7.00–8.00pm: Debate

8.00pm: Networking and refreshments

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