Have dinner with Leighton and Rose on the LSC

Enjoy Allan Leighton's On Leadership dinner next week, courtesy of The Learning & Skills Council...

Last Updated: 06 Nov 2012

Next Thursday sees a brand new event in the business calendar: Allan Leighton’s On Leadership charity Gala Dinner in London, where the Royal Mail chairman and three other corporate bigwigs – M&S chief Sir Stuart Rose, Ann Summers boss Jacqueline Gold and former BUPA CEO Val Gooding – will discuss the challenges of leading from the front. And the good news is that if you’re a small or medium-sized business, you can get a grant from the Learning and Skills Council that will pay for the whole thing...

The LSC is sponsoring Leighton’s On Leadership dinner to promote its 'Train to Gain' programme, which encourages SMEs to invest in staff training. So if you have fewer than 250 employees, you can apply for a £500 grant to attend leadership events – including this one. Better still, if you want to get a few more of your team along, you can chip in an extra £500 and the LSC will match that with a further £500 – meaning that you’d have £1500 to spend on tickets. Six for the price of two, in other words.

What’s more, it won’t just be your leadership skills that benefit as a result. The dinner is being held in aid of Breast Cancer Care, for whom Leighton has pledged to raise £1m. ‘It’s essential that smaller businesses have access to skills training and support,’ says Leighton. ‘So I’m delighted that the Learning and Skills Council are getting behind the Gala Dinner and offering business leaders the chance to attend.’

There certainly ought to be some decent insight served up alongside the champagne and three-course dinner. Leighton made his name turning Asda from a £500m business into a £6.2bn giant sold to Wal-Mart in 1999, and has since ‘gone plural’, with seats on nine boards (including Royal Mail and BSkyB). Rose has hardly been out of the news lately, as the architect of M&S’s revival has come under fire following the retailer’s recent slump. Gold, the boss of Ann Summers, was recently voted as the Most Inspirational Businesswoman in the UK, while Gooding built an impressive 23-year career at BA before moving to BUPA, where she was CEO until her retirement earlier this year. So they shouldn’t be short of stuff to talk about...

The On Leadership Gala Dinner, in association with MT, will take place on November 27th at the London Intercontinental Hotel in Park Lane. To talk to the Learning and Skills Council about tickets, just call 0203 008 6593. Or to buy directly (£250 each, or £2250 for a table of 10) contact the Special Events Team at Breast Cancer Care on 020 7960 3554 or email specialevents@breastcancercare.org.uk.

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