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Ticket Information

£595 plus VAT per person for Members and Affiliates
£995 plus VAT per person for Non-Members

To book your tickets for the 2nd Annual ABFA Conference please click here.

Hotel Information

Preferred room rates for Annual Conference attendees at the Hotel Arts, Barcelona

(agreed from Monday 24th November 2008 - Saturday 29th November 2008 inclusive).

Deluxe Room (Excluding breakfast) - 230 Euros     Breakfast cost - 30 Euros per person

There will be an additional charge of 121 Euros per day for each additional person over age 12

and/or over two people in a guest room. The maximum number of people per guest room is three.

A maximum of two children under the age of 12 per room are complimentary.


To book your room/s at the Hotel Arts, Barcelona please click here.

Type in the dates you wish to stay at the hotel and tick the ‘Group Code’ box. Then put in the ABFA Group Code
of ‘N5ON5OA’ and hit ‘Check Availability and Rates’. (Please note that in the code the ‘O’ is a capital ‘O’ and not a zero.)
This will take you to a page that confirms the cost of the Deluxe Room. Click on ‘Reserve a Room’ in the top right hand
corner and follow the instructions.


* Please note that the special conference rate is only available to those that book on the ABFA Annual Conference. If you book a room at the hotel during the conference, but do not place a booking for the Conference, your booking will not be upheld.

Guest Speakers


Jon SopelJon Sopel

Conference Host

Jon Sopel for the past three years has
been the presenter of the Politics Show on BBC1, interviewing all the major figures on the national stage. In 2007 he was voted Political Journalist of the Year. He is also a senior presenter on the BBC News Channel where in the past few years he has anchored coverage from the middle east during the Israel Lebanon war, Sri Lanka after the tsunami and New Orleans after Katrina. He will be in Beijing for the Olympics and will front the Channel’s US Presidential election coverage. Before becoming a full time presenter, Jon was the BBC’s Paris Correspondent. He was sent from there to report on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Before moving abroad he was the BBC’s Chief Political Correspondent at Westminster, during which time he wrote an acclaimed biography of Tony Blair. He started his career as a reporter in local radio at Radio Solent.


Karren BradyKarren Brady

Key Note Speaker

Karren Brady began her career at LBC when she was 18 years old and swiftly moved onto Saatchi & Saatchi as junior Account Handler. She joined Sports Newspapers Ltd in 1988 and became Director within a year. Karren is now known as the first woman in football. She has been Managing Director of Birmingham City Football Club since 1993 and has turned the Club’s fortunes around.She took over Birmingham City when it was in administration, and in her first year at the helm, the Club recorded a financial trading profit. In 1996 the Club made an overall profit for the first time in modern history and in February 1997 the Club launched on the Stock market valued at the time of float at £25,000,000; she was the youngest Managing Director of a PLC in the UK. During the past years Karren has increased the average gate of the Club from 6,000 to a sell out capacity of over 30,000. In 2007 her business was valued at over £60million.


Karren has been awarded numerous accolades, amongst them in November 2006 she won the Cosmopolitan Woman of the Year, in the category of Women Who Have Changed the World and on October 2007 Karren was voted Business Woman of the Year. Karren has written four books, the latest of which is called ‘Playing to Win’, about successful women in business. 


Dr Kjell NordstromDr Kjell Nordstrom

Key Note Speaker

Dr. Kjell A. Nordström is the enfant terrible of the new world of business. He talks to audiences all over the world, he writes books and articles and reads - everything from Playboy to Architectural Digest to Pinter. His performances are high touch, dynamic, highly interactive, thought provoking and always in line with time. The 2007 Thinkers 50, the world’s first ranking of management thinkers, ranked Nordström and his partner Dr. Jonas Ridderstråle at number thirteen in the world. His dynamic style makes him a highly appreciated speaker through out the world.

Conference Programme


Wednesday 26th November


Delegate registration - Hotel Check-In area

18:30 Welcome Reception


Thursday 27th November

Conference Host Jon Sopel

10:00 - 10:15

Opening Address
Tim Corbett, ABFA Chairman

10:15 - 10:45

Strategies for Growth in Challenging Times Quorum

10:45 - 11:15


11:15 - 11:35

Coffee break

11:35 - 12:05 Layer Cake

Steven Ellis and Stephen Boyko, Co-heads of the Junior Capital Group at Proskauer Rose LLP in the USA and Europe talk about the ever changing ‘Layer Cake’ of Junior Capital Financing in the US market.


12:05 - 12:35

Playing to Win - Being a Successful
Woman in a Man’s World
Key Note Speaker
Karren Brady

12:35 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:00

From Macros to Micros
Key Note Speaker
Dr Kjell Nordstrom

15:00 - 15:30

Receivables Exchange
15:30 - 16:30

Mission Excellence An exciting
insight from an experienced fighter
pilot, in to what high performance
teamwork actually means in practice.


Conference Closes
Tim Corbett


Relaxation and Networking


Cocktail Reception
Conference Hotel

19:30 - 22:30

Dinner - Conference Hotel
After-Dinner Speaker
Jon Sopel

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