Two new speakers have been confirmed for an exclusive event in Manchester on May 25th.

Amman Ahmed, founder of MusicForPets, and Beckie Taylor, co-founder of Tech Returners, will be taking part in the ‘How to PROGRESS in business’ breakfast event at KPMG’s Manchester office.

It brings the number of confirmed speakers to nine for the event, which is aimed at business owners and senior managers who are looking to progress.

The business breakfast, which has been organised by Proactive Progress, is different to other events because it tackles some of issues that can stop people progressing in their careers, like imposter syndrome and communicating under pressure.

Entrepreneur Amman Ahmed is the founder of MusicForPets, which has been described as the Netflix for pets  – or ‘Petflix’.

The Manchester-based business broadcasts content for pets and has just landed a coveted YouTube Gold Creator Award after racking up over a million subscribers on the streaming platform.

It’s now used by more than 50 million pets worldwide.

Beckie Taylor, co-founder, Tech Returners

Beckie Taylor is the co-founder of Tech Returners, which specialises in training and placing of mid-senior level professionals looking to re-enter the workplace after a career break in the technology sector.

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Taylor  herself was a high-flyer in the world of HR when she had children and resolved to help other mums restart their tech careers by launching Tech Returners in 2016.

Earlier this year the company was acquired by Northcoders in a cash and shares deal worth £1.5m.

Ahmed and Taylor join a stellar line-up of seven other speakers.

The other speakers are: Garry Partington, CEO of digital product consultancy Apadmi, who will talk about the company’s plans to build a 1,500 workforce in five years.

Former hostage negotiator Nigel Taberner, MD of Level2Communications, will explain how to communicate like your life depends on it. The former detective inspector successfully oversaw more than 130 high-risk armed sieges, suicide threats and international negotiations during his police career.

Successful entrepreneur Lorna Davidson has enjoyed a stellar career but will talk about living with imposter syndrome. In 2011 she sold her business Tactical Solutions to St Ives Group and is now at the helm of RedWigWam, which is turning the world of recruitment on its head.

Rick Stark, director, corporate finance and KPMG, will be speaking about selling your business  while Laura Sisson, investment manager at YFM, will share tips on becoming investment-ready.

The stellar speaker line-up is completed by Isobelle Panton, director of student recruitment and international at UA92 and Chris Townsend, MD of video content expert What Media.

The ‘How to PROGRESS in business’ event has been organised by Proactive Progress, a new monthly business group for ambitious companies in the North West.

The co-founders are Chris Maguire, executive editor of BusinessCloud and TechBlast, and award-winning entrepreneur Paul Woods, managing director of Proactive Despatch.

‘When I returned to work, I just didn’t feel myself’

Maguire, who will be hosting the event, said: “The concept behind ‘How to PROGRESS in business’ event has struck a chord with the business community.

“It’s probably the best speaker line-up I’ve seen and we’re not finished yet.

“There’s a great quote that I love which is ‘progress is impossible without change’ and that’s what we do every month with Proactive Progress.

“KPMG’s office is one of the best events spaces in Manchester so it promises to be unique occasion.”

The event is free to attend but spaces are strictly limited. Register here.