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From start-up to scale-up: Making the UK the best place to start and grow a business

  • 8 & 9 ExCel Centre Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway London, E16 1XL (map)

We would like to invite you to attend an event we are hosting at Sage Summit UK at London’s ExCel Centre on Thursday 6th April. The Entrepreneurs Network and Sage invite you to put your questions, concerns and ideas on growing a business in the UK directly to government representatives, investors and leading entrepreneurs at a panel discussion.

This is your opportunity to have an impact on government policy, and to learn from expert panellists, including the Deputy Mayor of London for Business and the Chair of Government’s Scale-Up Taskforce.

You would also receive a free ticket to the entire two-day conference on 5th to 6th April, which includes talks from other world-class speakers like Martha Lane FoxJamal Edwards and Deborah Meaden.


Key questions this event will cover include:

  • What are the main challenges for entrepreneurs looking to scale in the UK (e.g. access to finance, knowledge, talent etc.)?
    What role should the role of government be in helping overcome these challenges?
    What can be done outside of the remit of government to support entrepreneurship in the UK?


Rajesh Agrawal is the Deputy Mayor of London for Business. As an entrepreneur he founded RationalFX in 2005, and Xendpay in 2014, to reduce the cost of international money transfer for businesses and individuals. He was appointed Chair of Oxfam’s Enterprise Development Programme in 2015 and is a Patron of the Prince’s Trust.

Sahar Hashemi OBE co-founded Coffee Republic, the UK’s first US style coffee bar chain, and built it into one of the UK’s most recognised high street brands with a turnover of £30m. Sahar is Co-Chairing the Government’s Scale-Up Taskforce in support of the Prime Minister’s Industrial Strategy.

Sara Murray OBE is the founder of Buddi, “the go anywhere, anytime personal emergency response service”. She is a serial entrepreneur, founding Ninah Consulting, Inspop, which owns the brand Sara won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2009 and sat on the Technology Strategy Board Governing Board.

Keith Morgan is CEO of the British Business Bank. Keith led the planning and establishment of the British Business Bank from January 2013, and was appointed CEO in December 2013.

William Adoasi is the founder of luxury watch brand Vitae London. Vitae’s mantra is to be the fashion brand changing lives, so with each watch sold a child is supported through education in Southern Africa. Within its first year of operation the brand has sold watches in over 20 countries, distributed over 1000 items of uniform & received endorsement from Richard Brandon, Philip Schofield and Emeli Sande.

Liam Watson founded natural flavoured milk brand Canny, based in Newcastle founded in 2015 creating drinks with taste and personality. Canny Milk was launched with backing by Northstar Ventures and mentored by Sage. The company has gone from strength to strength turning sales from 500 cartons in January to now selling 15,000 per month, including on Virgin trains.

Harriet Green is City A.M.’s deputy business features editor. She runs the paper’s Entrepreneurs page, interviewing many of Britain’s leading entrepreneurs. She has a special interest in distributed ledger technology. Prior to working at City A.M., Harriet ran a social enterprise.

Sage is building a world of invisible admin for 3 million businesses globally. As the UK’s largest tech company, we are slowly tackling the barriers that hold back ambitious growing businesses by unshackling them from cumbersome admin. In support of delegates, people who sign up to this event will be offered an extended 2 month free trial of our start-up and small business product Sage One.