Upstream to feature in free webinar aimed at growth-focused businesses

February 2nd, 2021

Upstream to feature in free webinar aimed at growth-focused businesses

Business Eye is delighted to be promoting a webinar that will be of interest to many growth-focused businesses throughout the UK and Ireland as many enter the new year more optimistically than they finished 2020.

Entitled ‘3 things that will make the difference between surviving and thriving in the Post Pandemic world’ the one hour FREE online event at 11am on 18th February 2021, will feature speakers from Upstream, Willis Towers Watson and Simple Scaling.

Hosted by award-winning Business Eye Editor, Richard Buckley, the webinar will bring together the topics of access to finance, business credit ratings and business planning in an easy to understand and user-friendly environment.


Alan Wardlow, Sales Director, Upstream. Alan is a highly experienced Senior Banker with over 25 years’ experience working in Commercial and Corporate Banking across Northern Ireland and ROI. He joined Upstream in January 2016 and was appointed to the Board in 2017.

Brendan McGurgan, co-founder Simple Scaling Ltd, brings almost 25 years’ experience of growing businesses. Prior to setting up Simple Scaling, Brendan spent 16 years as a global business leader with CDE Global, 12 of those as Group Managing Director.

Nigel Birney, Willis Towers Watson’s Northern Ireland Head of Trade Credit and Surety. Nigel also has 25 years senior banking experience with Danske Bank specialising in International Trade and Trade Finance.

Judith Totten MBE founded Upstream ten years ago this year. Prior to establishing Upstream, Judith had a successful career in banking, principally with Danske Bank.

Judith is a board member of Invest as well as being involved as a mentor / advisor to several small business owners.

During the event Upstream’s Alan Wardlow will provide insights to the key challenges faced by companies, the finance market and the implications for funding – as well as opportunities for business finance throughout NI, ROI and GB.

Willis Towers Watson’s Nigel Birney will share how crucially important it is for businesses to takes steps to protect their credit rating with insurers in order to prevent supply chain disruption and how having credit insurance can improve access to working capital facilities.

Meanwhile, well known mentor, author and business growth accelerator, Brendan McGurgan will share some of the lessons he has learned from almost 25 years’ experience in scaling a business.

Brendan McGurgan said he was delighted to participate in the Business Eye webinar and said he was confident the event would deliver real value for delegates.

“My focus will be on business planning, which all starts with the end in mind and involves identifying no more than four key strategic themes to undergird your plan. I’ll be advising on how to move from this position to ensuring success by including disciplines such as agreeing objectives and key results every 90 days underpinned with a commitment to ‘execute like hell’ (in the words of Jack Welch).

After the three short speaking contributions delegates will have the opportunity to tap into the wide experience of Upstream’s founder, Judith Totten MBE, Brendan McGurgan and Nigel Birney in a question and answer session hosted by Richard Buckley.

To register for this FREE online event at 11AM ON 18TH FEBRUARY 2021, please email – or register HERE

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