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Cass set to stage inaugural MBA London Symposium

Students to explore London's growth sectors in four-day encounter with business leaders inside UK capital

Tesco's chairman and an Oscar-winning entrepreneur will be among the top speakers at Cass Business School's inaugural MBA London Symposium being staged next month.

The symposium, taking place from 12 to 15 May, will bring together a series of leading industry figures from across British business, finance, media, culture and sport as well as leading entrepreneurs.

More than 100 students from Cass's Full Time, Executive and Dubai Executive MBA programmes, together with guests from Singapore Management University, will join an intensive four-day elective to explore the sectors driving the UK capital.

Among them will be Tesco's chairman, Sir Richard Broadbent, and co-founder of Framestore, Sir William Sargent, whose visual effects company won an Oscar for its work on the Hollywood movie Gravity.

The symposium will also take students behind the scenes at more than 20 of London's best known companies and institutions, including the Treasury and the Bank of England. Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club, and Wembley Stadium,

Read the full itinerary for the MBA London Symposium

"For many years we have organised hugely enriching study tours to top international cities but never one on our home patch in London," said Cass Associate Dean, Dr Sionade Robinson.

"London is one of the most influential cities in the world, and our location between the Square Mile and the buzzing East London tech hub means we have developed strong links with the global companies and organisations based here. Our alumni work in many sectors around the capital and they have a huge influence in pulling this unique learning experience together.

"Over four days, we will be opening up our networks across the capital, giving students a unique chance to go behind the scenes of London's leading organisations and meet the top executives who run them."

Students will gain insights into businesses operating in finance and the City of London; the creative industries and sports branding; technology, entrepreneurship and innovation; and property investment and retail.

Among the scheduled speakers is Associate Editor of The Times, Lord Daniel Finkelstein, who will address students on the rules of politics, and former Olympics minister Tessa Jowell, who will discuss the makings of a modern city.

There will also be talks from HSBC on London's role in the global regulatory environment, the CBRE on why London's building boom is yet to come and the All England Lawn Tennis Club on how to build a grand slam brand.

The packed line-up of company visits will take in organisations such as Cad and the Dandy in Savile row, the disrupter of retail banking, Metrobank, HSBC, Framestore, Fintech hub Level 39 in Canary Wharf and neighbour Central Saint Martin's Art School. Students will also attend a series of masterclasses run by leading academics on the business of football and film and thought leadership in financial services

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