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Alastair Mills, CEO of the cloud services group Six Degrees, will be speaking about his acquisition-led strategy at the Investec Entrepreneurs’ Summit, hosted by the CBI and Real Business.

With credit markets still tight, Mills will be joined by two other seasoned business leaders – Martin Leuw, serial business leader and chairman of Incub8it; and Phil Doye, CEO of Kelway, the £350m IT services business that bought an Irish business in April this year – to talk about the opportunities still available for bold-, acquisition-focused leaders.

Chaired by Real Deals deputy editor James Harris, the panel debate – The acquisition trail: buying a business in a volatile world – will focus on:

  • Is now a good time to buy?
  • Valuations
  • Cross-border acquisitions
  • Financing
  • Negotiation techniques
  • How to keep a transaction on track

The opportunities and challenges facing high-growth, mid-sized businesses will also be debated in a Summit panel called “The digital challenge.” Joining Real Business digital business editor Vanessa Zainzinger on stage will be CEO of Unruly Scott Button (2011 Growing Business Awards winner) and social media guru and Memset CEO Kate Craig-Wood.

They’ll be talking about the shift from online to mobile; the growth of collaborative consumption; and the new rules for marketing as we pass through a digital revolution.

The 2012 Investec Entrepreneurs’ Summit, supported by the CBI, Land Rover, Enterprise with Plymouth University and Spring Law, takes place on June 13 at the London InterContinental, Park Lane. This will be the most high-density gathering of high-growth businesses in the UK this year.

Star-name speakers at the Summit include:

  • Business secretary Vince Cable
  • Lloyd Dorfman CBE, founder and chairman, Travelex
  • Neil Bentley, deputy director-general, CBI
  • Geoff McGrath, MD, McLaren Applied Technologies
  • Stuart Garner, CEO of Norton
  • Scott Button, CEO, Unruly
  • Kate Craig-Wood, CEO, Memset
  • Margaret Manning, CEO, Reading Room
  • Bev Hurley, CEO, YTKO
  • David Van Der Walt, CEO, Investec
  • Kelway CEO and founder, Phil Doye (in this year’s Hot 100)
  • Jos White, MessageLabs co-founder and serial VC investor
  • David Spencer-Percival, CEO of Spencer Ogden Energy
  • Ed Cottrell, Investec
  • Farida Gibbs, CEO, Gibbs S3
  • Andrew Mullinger, co-founder & director, Funding Circle
  • Will King, founder, King of Shaves
  • Dermott Rowan, co-founder of the international Orla Kiely brand
  • Wayne Lysaght-Mason, online pioneer and CEO, Ironmongery Direct
  • Surinder Arora, one of Britain’s most remarkable hotel entrepreneurs and founder of Arora International
  • Alastair Mills, CEO, Six Degrees Group
  • Tim Perry, CEO-founder, Spring Law
  • Martin Leuw, former CEO, Iris
  • Paul Lindley, CEO, Ella’s Kitchen
  • Dr Graham Hine, CEO, SGX Sensortech
  • David Milner, CEO, Tyrrells Crisps
  • Stephen Welton, CEO, Business Growth Fund
  • Katherine HIbbert, founder, Dot Dot Dot
  • Will Butler-Adams, CEO, Brompton Bicycles

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