Talent United Networking Event: CRISIS – Dealing with and bouncing back from the challenge of being in business through COVID-19 | Global Entrepreneurship Week

About the event

Talent United Networking Event November 2020

A FREE online networking event hosted by Talent United

Join us online on Wednesday 18 November, 9.30am – 11.00am.

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit many businesses hard but often challenges present opportunities. How you respond to a challenge, especially the attitude with which you approach it, will often define its true impact.

Hear from Phil Hornby and Helen Williams, two local entrepreneurs, about how they approached the pandemic crisis. What was the impact on their businesses and how will they bounce back?

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This networking event will be hosted online. Please register via Eventbrite and we will send you joining instructions.

Our Keynote Speakers

Phil HornbyPhil Hornby, Founder and Director of Scale Business Performance


Phil has been a corporate “warrior” and a technologist for most of the last 20 years. He has industry experience including product management, project management, operations development, sales, and marketing set across a range of industries including Enterprise Software, IoT and Automotive. He is a Chartered Engineer, holds an MBA and has built and led global product teams that were universally regarded as high-performing teams.

Phil is a start-up ecosystem building, mentor and coach for teams and founders. He works through many models including a number of accelerator programs. He has broad experience in technology businesses ranging from small to global multi-nationals.

Delivering high-impact training has been a foundational capability throughout his career, supporting both internal and external teams. Phil has been called an inspirational and charismatic speaker and leader over the years by colleagues, customers and partners.

His business, Scale Business Performance, focuses on helping entrepreneurial product teams to be successful.

Helen WilliamsHelen Williams, Founder of HEW (Helping Entrepreneurs Win)


Helen transitioned from a corporate sales management role in London almost 5 years ago to pursue her own goals of business and entrepreneurship. She has since set up two businesses, one for property investments and the other in personal and business coaching for individuals, business owners and start-up entrepreneurs.

The coaching business, HEW – Helping Entrepreneurs Win, is founded on 3 key pillars of Health, Excellence and Wealth ensuring that the individuals we work with has the inner focus on themselves, hence the personal development as a strong foundational base and continuity throughout the creation and application of their business strategy.

It ensures that health, wellbeing, and self-awareness is at the core with a logical structure of developing mindset and skillset throughout. We fully appreciate that the individual behind any business set up and concept is the most valuable asset and therefore nurture this in every form including confidence, self-belief, and resilience.

Transferable skills and awareness learned within the pillars including the relationship and emotional awareness around money are all transferred into business, creating solid ground for sustainability and longevity whatever the goal of the business owner or start-up.

About Talent United

Talent United is Barnsley College’s employer engagement initiative, which aims to bridge the gap between education and employment. By building lasting relationships with businesses, we can provide students with meaningful employer engagements and create a culture of employment across the college. Together, we can enrich the future labour market by creating a generation of ‘work ready’ learners that are aware of the careers available to them and have the employability skills to progress into employment or further study. Find out more about Talent United.

This event is part of our exciting Global Entrepreneurship Week schedule!

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is a celebration of innovators who dream big and launch start-ups that bring ideas to life. Each November, GEW reaches millions of people of all ages and backgrounds through local, national and global events and activities. From large-scale start-up competitions and workshops to small, community discussions, GEW reaches new audiences and connects participants to a network that can help them take the next step, no matter where they are on their entrepreneurial journey.

This year’s GEW takes place during week commencing Monday 16 November. View our full schedule of GEW events at www.barnsley.ac.uk/events.