Business Resilience

Business Resilience

Please be aware all UK Theatre in-person courses and events from March to December 2020 have been cancelled. 

Visit for details of online events and learning.

11.00am to 5.00pm

When resources are precious, how can we create value without wasting time or money? Business Resilience is a dedicated space for executive, senior, finance and business leads to examine their business models, funding and finance.  

Network, learn and be inspired by speakers working in and outside the theatre industry, as well as with colleagues from across the UK. You will leave with practical ideas and support for you to take back to your organisation.

A networking drinks reception will take place following the conference.

 Feedback from previous delegates:

"Brilliant speakers, and a great chance to meet with peers from other organisations."

"A great opportunity to take a step back from the day to day and think about some of the overarching themes and issues."


As part of our commitment to sustainable practice we are trialling a number of things this year to help reduce our environmental impact. 

For example:

  • We do not print the programme and delegate list as handouts. Instead they will be emailed to attendees in advance, as well as downloadable from the website
  • We use stickers as name badges for delegates instead of lanyards or plastic holders
  • We will trial meat-free catering at our 2020 conferences and ask for feedback from attendees

Any thoughts or ideas on how we can continue to improve our practice, do get in touch.

  • Executive Directors
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Finance Directors
  • Administrative Directors
  • Business Development
  • General Managers and Business Managers

£200+VAT Non-Members
£160+VAT, UK Theatre & SOLT Members (after 25/10/20), ITC, FST, ABO and ABTT Members
£120+VAT, UK Theatre & SOLT Members if booked before 25 September 2020

This event will take place  at the UK Theatre & SOLT conference suite:

32 Rose Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9ET

Find further information here about how to find us, getting here, our building and facilities, access information and security.  

Download the 2019 agenda

Download the 2019 delegate list

Contributors included:

  • Helga Henry (chair)
  • Brian Baglow (keynote)
  • Patrick Towell, Golant Media Ventures
  • Steve Plummer, After Digital
  • Ben Green, The Space and Ben Green Associates
  • Kate Danelson, Jerwood Arts
  • William Reynolds, Metta Theatre
  • Chris Symons, BH Live
  • Trishna Nath, Nesta
  • David Brownlee, TRG Arts
  • Suzanne Alleyne
  • Brodie Turner, Hartshorn Hook

Sessions included:

  • Not costing the earth: Actions theatre can take to address the climate emergency.

  • Implementing inclusion: You want to implement new, practical ways to improve the representation of your off-stage workforce. Our panel will talk about how to engage a workforce that is more reflective of our society today.        

  • Digital Futures: How do we embed digital activity as part of the strategic vision and throughout everything you do? This panel will give insights to help you focus resources on digital skills development, technological investment and partnership building.

  • Resilience and well-being in the workplace: Personal resilience leads to organisational resilience, so how can we promote and improve well-being in our work places, to improve resilience overall?
  • Leading a Culture of Resilience: Using a new tool from TRG Arts this session will explore how to assess your culture of resilience, and where there is (or isn’t) alignment between the executive leader, the senior leadership team and the staff. You’ll be able to go back to your organisation equipped to understand and improve your own culture of resilience.
  • Investing well for local growth: When local funding for arts and culture is scarce, how can theatre help put investment into creating great places to live?

Download the programme here. 

Download the delegate list here.

Sessions include:

  • Keynote / Discussion - The Business of Inclusion
  • Theatre Buildings for the Future
  • Engaging an Inclusive Workforce
  •  Digital Culture at the Heart of Your Business
  • How to Move Fast Without Breaking Things
  • What is Resilience Anyway?

Contributors include:

  • Jon Morgan, Director, Theatres Trust 
  • Emma Stenning, Chief Executive, Bristol Old Vic 
  • Caroline Routh, Executive Director, NST  
  • Paul Anderson Walsh, The Centre for Business Inclusion 
  • Andrew Bass, Founder and Principal, BassClusker Consulting 
  • Michael Ockwell, Chief Executive, Mayflower Theatre 
  • Simeilia Hodge Dallaway, Founder/Artistic Director, Artistic Directors of the Future 
  • Ian Stickland, Partner, Charcoalblue 
  • Alyssa Bonic, Head of Creative Industries, Digital Catapult
  • Helga Henry
  • Nicola Saunders, Arts Council England
  • Sophia Woodley, Golant Media Ventures
  • Patrick Towell, Golant Media Ventures
  • Roddy Gauld, Chief Executive, Bolton Octogon
  • Debbie Richards, Baker Richards
  • Emma Beverley, Producer
  • Wouter Vermeylen, Managing Director, Yesplan
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