We’re hosting another speed mentoring session as part of our Female Founders Forum. Join us in Manchester for what aims to be an insightful, useful and enjoyable day! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to enquire about how you can attend.
A panel event on how to improve knowledge sharing between entrepreneurs and politicians, and how support for entrepreneurs can be improved. We are delighted to announce that our panellists will include:
- Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP – Shadow Digital Minister & Chair of APPG for Entrepreneurship
- Gillian Keegan MP – Standing Orders & Public Accounts Committee
It will be a chance to hear and share your views on:
- How MPs can improve their understanding of what entrepreneurs need;
- How Parliament can better engage with entrepreneurs and discuss policy changes;
- How entrepreneurs can influence Government, politics and policy.
This event will draw upon the findings of our latest Parliamentary Snapshot, which is supported by BDB. Among other things, it found that although MPs’ knowledge about initiatives to support entrepreneurs have risen against previous years, many initiatives – such as Venture Capital Trusts and the Enterprise Investment Scheme – remain unknown.
Bircham Dyson Bell
Bircham Dyson Bell is an award winning, top 100 UK law firm with offices in London and Cambridge. Many of the lawyers and advisers are recognised leaders in their practice areas – their knowledge and expertise helps them to provide a unique, client centred approach to law.
From Start-Up, to Scale-Up, to Sale… Then Doing it Again
In this informal discussion, Rishi will run through some of his biggest challenges; the surprises, successes, and learnings along the way; the differences in doing it a second time; and advice to fellow entrepreneurs who are starting, scaling or exiting businesses.
This breakfast will cover:
- the challenges of starting and scaling a business;
- the lessons of exiting;
- the difference of building a business for the second time.
Leap 100 Power Breakfasts
These breakfast meetings are small, informal affairs. We restrict them to around 18 people – mostly the founders of Leap 100 companies. Our principal guest kicks off with roughly 10 minutes of introductory remarks; a light breakfast is served; and ideas and experiences are exchanged under Chatham House Rules. Attendees find them to be a useful forum for speaking candidly and learning from other entrepreneurs.
Rishi met his business partner, Joel Perlman, while they were studying for their Masters at the LSE. After a few years of working for other organisations, they set out on their own and launched Copal, a financial research outsourcing company. From £40,000 of their own start-up cash, they scaled the business to almost 3,000 employees across 11 markets in 12 years, eventually selling it to Moody’s Corporation in 2014 for a significant sum.
Bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, they started their next venture in September 2015, launching a bank in the UK (OakNorth) to tackle a problem that they had faced while trying to scale Copal – bespoke lending to SMEs. In the 28 months since their launch, they're employing around 180 people, have lent over £1bn, secured over £300m in investment and a valuation of almost $1.3bn.
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In July, the Government asked the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to advise on the economic and social impacts of the UK’s exit from the European Union. As part of its consultation, we are hosting the MAC for a roundtable to get the views of entrepreneurs into the final document.
After brief opening remarks from the MAC, this will be a unique opportunity to have your say on the future immigration system. We are aiming for around 20 attendees – the majority entrepreneurs.
The event will broadly focus on two areas: the potential impact for entrepreneurs born in the EU and/or entrepreneurs who employ a significant number of people from the EU. It won't consider changes to the immigration system for those outside of the EU.
Work Hard, Play Harder
Hear from co-founder Chieu Cao on what the UK’s fastest growing employee benefits platform has found really works for incentivising employees. Perkbox recently won the title of the second best startup to work for in the UK by LinkedIn, so Chieu will also discuss how Perkbox incentivises its own employees, managing the challenge of growing in under three years to 180 employees.
This event will consider:
- Incentives: What works and why?
- How to incentivise employees: equity, beer and dogs.
- Intangible perks: how incentives help manage the disruption of a fast-growing business.
Leap 100 Breakfasts
These breakfast meetings are small, informal affairs. We restrict them to 18 people – mostly the founders of Leap 100 companies. Our principal guest kicks off with roughly 10 minutes of introductory remarks; a light breakfast is served; and ideas and experiences are exchanged under Chatham House Rules. Attendees find them to be a useful forum for speaking candidly and learning from other successful entrepreneurs.
Before co-founding Perkbox, the UK’s fastest-growing employee engagement platform, Chieu established himself as a tech marketing force to be reckoned with, leading initiatives for brands including Microsoft, Amazon and Yahoo. A consultant turned CMO, Chieu’s repertoire spans both B2C and B2B, from SEO to social strategy.
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A Conservative View of Entrepreneurship
Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP
Amber Rudd is the Home Secretary, MP for Hastings and Rye. She has previously served as Energy and Climate Change Secretary. She is also vice-chairman of the parliamentary committee on female genital mutilation, chairperson of the all-party parliamentary group for sex equality and has campaigned to see more women in Cabinet positions. Before entering politics, she founded a recruitment business, and worked in investment banking in London and New York.
The Entrepreneurs Network
The Entrepreneurs Network is a think tank for the ambitious owners of Britain’s fastest growing businesses and aspirational entrepreneurs. Through research, events and the media, we bridge the gap between entrepreneurs and policymakers to help make Britain the best place in the world to start and grow a business. We are the Secretariat of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Entrepreneurship.
London Stock Exchange Group
London Stock Exchange Group is an international markets infrastructure business. It supports entrepreneurs in a number of ways:
Through London Stock Exchange’s ELITE programme SMEs are supported in their expansion plans and are connected with the capital providers they need to grow.
1000 Companies to Inspire Britain reports that are published annually put a spotlight on some of today’s most exciting talent and brings together a community of leaders who are focused on scaling their organisations.
Finally, equity public markets like AIM and the Main Market help companies access a large pool of long-term patient capital.
The Highs and Lows of Expanding Internationally
These breakfasts are small, informal affairs. We restrict them to 18 people – mostly entrepreneurs. Our principal guest kicks off with roughly 10 minutes of introductory remarks; a light breakfast is served; and ideas and experiences are exchanged under Chatham House Rules. Attendees find them to be a useful forum for speaking candidly and learning from other entrepreneurs.
Rob has grown to over 400 staff working across seven offices in Europe, the US and South Africa. The title for this breakfast will be The Highs and Lows of Expanding Internationally, and will consider:
- Recruitment & team structures;
- Tech & communication;
- Real estate strategy;
- Considering currency fluctuation;
- Acquisitions vs organic.
Rob is the co-founder and CEO of Jellyfish, a fast-growing digital agency whose clients include Nestlé, Experian, Toyota and Samsung.
Since its inception in 2005, Rob has grown the agency to over 400 staff working across seven offices in Europe, the U.S. and South Africa. In the last year alone, Jellyfish came 42nd in The Sunday Times International Track 200, were awarded Performance Agency of the Year at the Drum Search Awards and won SEM Agency of the Year at the Search Engine Land Awards – among other accolades. Last year also marked the launch of the agency’s new headquarters in London’s iconic The Shard.
Featured in the BIMA 100 2017, Rob’s passion for digital is infectious. He actively shares his thinking with his colleagues and the wider industry. As well as being a regular contributor to the trade and business press, Rob is also an experienced awards judge, having served as a juror for the Brand Republic Digital Awards and The Drum Search Awards, amongst others.
Rob prescribes to the concept that more is lost from indecision than wrong decisions and as a result has created an environment where people are encouraged to challenge process and innovate. This culture has cultivated a highly motivated team with an open approach where anyone can share their thoughts and ideas freely. Today, Rob’s goal is to grow Jellyfish into a global boutique digital agency, a vision that he is already bringing to life.
A Leader is a Dealer in Hope
Leap 100 breakfasts are small, informal affairs. Our principal guest kicks off with roughly 10 minutes of introductory remarks; a light breakfast is served; and ideas and experiences are exchanged under Chatham House Rules.
This event will consider:
- attracting, mentoring and retaining graduates;
- the balance of responsibility versus ability and experience;
- rewarding and locking in directors.
Darling Associates Architects is an award winning architecture practice with studios in London and Poland. It started from two-person practice in 2003, grew to 70, but had to manage the financial crash when they cut back to 25. It is now approaching 80 people. The team comprises of talent from from all over the world who channel their talent and skills into each and every project.
Half of the world’s economic growth is happening in China, with The Economist forecasting that by 2024 it will overtake America to be the largest economy in the world. But there is a lack of understanding about how to successfully do business in China. This event aims to shed some light on this.
This event is a great opportunity to gain relevant insights into doing business with China, meet CKGSB Assistant Dean, Bo Ji and fellow entrepreneurs/professionals who are looking/involved in doing business with China.
We’re hosting another speed mentoring session as part of our Female Founders Forum. Join us in Cambridge for what aims to be an insightful, useful and enjoyable day! Email email@example.com if you would like to enquire about how you can attend.