From the top · 18 November 2016

Live at The Business Show 2016: Day two

The Business Show
The Business Show, Kensington Olympia
As The Business Show 2016 sees out its final day, Business Advice heard from footballchairman and serial entrepreneur Steve Parrish, the deputy mayor of London for business, Rajesh Agrawal as well as a series of keynote interviews with exciting leaders of enterprise from own our editor.

Delivering a mid-morning Q&A, Parrish gave attendees an insight into his journey from boyhood fan to successful chairman of Crystal Palace Football Club, providing pieces of valuable business advice along the way.

He gave The Business Showhis thoughts on how to instil a positive and successful environment within a workplace.

your employees need to be smarter, better and happier than the opposition to achieve goals on a daily basis. If they feel that they can’t fulfil task, it doesnt matter how much money you pay them.

a positive atmosphere with positive people is more important than qualifications, he said.

When questioned on the strategies needed to compete in business, Parrish noted that the amount of financial success is dictated by the industry a business is in.

the easiest market is a competitive one, he added.

Questioned on the health of the property market in Britain, Parrish suggested that the sector was in good shape.

it is a good time to buy, but you need to be contrarian to be greedy when everybody else is scared.

Parrish concluded by revealing his excitement for the casual dining space, noting the impact of on-demand delivery companies like Deliveroo.

Sadiq Khan’s deputy mayor of London for business, Rajesh Agrawal, represented the Greater London Authority at The Business Show, fielding questions from entrepreneurs on business matters ranging from gender diversity, access to finance and co-working spaces.

Agrawal championed the “massively important role” that female entrepreneurs played in generating business growth in the capital, and acknowledged that enterprise building initiativestargeted towards women in London could go further.

Agrawal touched on his committment to bringing the best out of university talent, pointing towards the wealth of entrepreneurial ambitionsof international students in London universities waiting to be tapped into.

Khan’s business deputy also used his talk to highlight the prominence of co-working spaces in the UK.

“Working spaces are changing, ” he said.

“People now want to sit with people from other companies entrepreneurs want to learn from each other. Co-working spaces are growing very fast.”



Praseeda Nair is an impassioned advocate for women in leadership, and likes to profile business owners, advisors and experts in the field of entrepreneurship and management.