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Innovation Ignition

Ignite your innovation power. Learn 3 secrets to ignite your business innovation power.

The mindset that led to success 10 years ago no longer applies – period! The world has changed and will continue to change at an accelerating pace. Succeeding in the new economy demands a mindset reset and the adoption of new skill and tool sets, ones that embrace change and drive continuous innovation and value creation.

Serial entrepreneur Ammar Mirza CBE, founder of Yohlar, will provide you with the 3 secrets of how to ignite your business innovation power - secrets that have shaped the mindset of the most successful people and businesses, secrets that have driven sustained innovation and value creation and secrets that will help you to reset your mindset and thrive in the new economy!





A multi-award winning entrepreneur, angel investor and organisational growth expert who has helped establish and scale several hundred businesses globally.  Ammar is Chair of the Business Growth Board and SME representative on the North East Local Enterprise Partnership Main Board, Founder and Chairman of not for profit social enterprise Asian Business Connexions (ABC) and President of the Federation of Asian Business alongside being a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management (FInstLM), Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (FIOEE) and Royal Society of Arts(FRSA).  He has a particular interest in enterprise education as ex-Chair of Governors of a Primary School, current Chair of the Progression Forum and a past David Goldman visiting Professor of Practice at Newcastle University.  Ammar launched the Primary Inspiration through Enterprise (PIE) Project Charity in 2013, the first of its kind within the UK to deliver enterprise vocational qualifications to primary age pupils.


Ammar was appointed a CBE in 2014 for outstanding services to Business and the Community, and has been consistently recognised across the UK for his tireless efforts in supporting and promoting trade and industry, including British Asian Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019, Maserati top 100 Entrepreneur, Williams and Glyn top 50, Institute of Directors Special Judges Award, and British Community Honours Award to name but a few.


Other roles held by Ammar include Honorary Colonel 101 Regiment RA,  immediate past Chair of the Institute of Directors North East North, Member and Northern Representative on the All Party Parliamentary Group for BAME Business, Private Sector Representative on European Structural Funds Advisory Board, Patron of Charlie Bear for Cancer Care Charity, Founder of the SME Centre of Excellence which helps SMEs start, survive and thrive, and he hosts his own radio show on Spice FM.

PEOPLE POWER is an event series dedicated to people:  to skills, training, HR, employment and workplace productivity.  


The 2022 conference is designed to help you focus on The People Agenda - to provide you and your team with the knowledge and skills that you need to ensure your workforce thrives, to improve performance, increase productivity and to help you compete effectively in the new world. 

The conference takes place 23 June 2022 at Northumbria University, Newcastle.