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This event tells the stories of some of the UK’s foremost entrepreneurs.
Even if you don’t know their names, you can be sure that your life has been improved by these individuals who are helping to power the UK in the 21st century.
Their journeys differ, but the entrepreneurs share traits that all will accept as requirements for success; tenacity; determination; self-belief; a single-minded nature; and an inability to take no for an answer.
While business advice can be gleamed from their stories, there’s not a PowerPoint in sight with this event; this isn’t a how-to guide for the would-be business person.
There are precious few facts and figures here – no enterprise theory or graphs to trace; that wouldn’t fit with the spirit of pioneers who followed no rule book on their rocky path to the top.
Fresh Business Thinking’s Entrepreneurs Forum will get under the skin of these individuals’ journeys into enterprise.
Get ready to be inspired, if not by the desire to emulate the tenacity, determination and perseverance these entrepreneurs clearly have in spades, then by the realisation that these attributes grow naturally in those who hold their ambition like a confession and follow what they believe in.
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Steve is responsible for enterprise business at doopoll, the Sir Michael Moritz Tech Start-up of the Year 2016. He has 15 years experience working with global clients including Google, Canon, Adidas, Comscore, IBM and O2, whilst running two digital recruitment consultancies.
David joined JUST EAT in January 2006 to launch the business in the UK and has been appointed Chief Executive Officer in January 2013. The company floated on the LSE in 2014 and raised £360m, with a valuation of £1.47bn. David’s success has led to winning a number of awards, including Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 at the Investor Allstars Awards following the year’s most successful IPO and as CEO of JUST EAT and was named one of Britain’s most influential people by the illustrious Debrett’s 500 2015.
Hugh Chappell – Serial entrepreneur, advisor and angel advisor, TRUSTEDREVIEWS, THE LADBIBLE GROUP, JUSTPARK
Hugh founded TrustedReviews.com. In 2005 he acquired bit-tech.net. Both digital publications quickly became market leaders in their respective sectors. He sold TrustedReviews.com in October 2007 to Time Warner/IPC Media and bit-tech.net in October 2008 to Dennis Publishing.
Hugh has since been involved with several startups as an angel investor and/or advisor.
He has invested in Lovestruck.com (dating), ParkatmyHouse.com now JustPark (parking), Net Communities (publishing), Parkopedia.com (parking) and Cloudshift Group (SalesForce Consultancy). His non-executive Director roles include TheLADbible Group, Time Out Group, Dennis Publishing and MyVoucherCodes. Hugh is also a Board Member E2Exchange as well as a Trustee of The London Bus Museum at Brooklands.
Hugh Chappell will be sharing some of his story including his experiences at Apple, establishing his own businesses TrustedReviews.com and bit-tech.net and working with TheLADbible Group, currently the most successful social media publisher in the UK.
Lara Morgan – Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist
In 1991 at 23 years old, with no business experience and money, Lara founded Pacific Direct, which is now a global leading brand licensing business. Seventeen years later, Lara sold the majority shareholding for £20 million.
Since selling the business, Lara now focuses her time on Company Shortcuts, an online platform aimed at entrepreneurs globally to increase their effectiveness and accelerate growth. Lara believes that selling is at the heart of a business and is on a mission to transform how entrepreneurs are educated and supported by empowering them to increase their business growth through sales.
Lara also invests in Great British innovations and looks at investments that will genuinely improve people’s lives. She also regularly shares her experience and expertise in business through public speaking, aiming to inspire entrepreneurs globally. In addition, Lara is a regular commentator on business issues with Sky and BBC news, as well as appearing on BBC2’s ‘The Apprentice: You’re Fired’.
Jeff Lynn – CEO of SEEDRS
Jeff co-founded Seedrs, the first regulated equity crowd funding in the world and now a leading online platform for investing in start-ups and other growth businesses, enabling start-ups to raise capital from friends, family, angels and crowd sources through a simple online process. During this time they have seen investments in hundreds of exciting companies across the UK and the world.
Richard Theo – CEO & Co-Founder of Wealthify
Dr Richard Theo is a Cardiff-based, award-winning entrepreneur who has established a string of successful technology companies. Most recently, he co-founded Wealthify, a new fintech investment service, named as one of Wales’ Digital Dozen, and he’s also founder and CEO of ActiveQuote, the UK’s leading comparison site and broker of health insurance, income protection & life insurance. ActiveQuote is the proud recipient of numerous awards, including a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation this year, three consecutive appearances in the FastGrowth50 (currently named the fastest growing financial services company in Wales), and is the only company in Wales to appear in the Sunday Times TechTrack 100.
Jason Smith – Chief Executive Officer of Blurrt
Blurrt uses natural language processing to provide real-time understanding of emotion and context across social media. Jason has spearheaded the company from start-up to an award winning multi-product platform. Under Jason’s leadership Blurrt became the first in the UK to do real-time Twitter reaction to a political broadcast. Since then Blurrt has gone on to provide real time social content and analysis to multiple broadcasters, BBC, ITV, & LBC; household brands such as GoCompare; and social campaigns for Royal Foundation, 10KSA and Alcohol Concern. In 2015, Jason was recognised by TechCityInsider as one of the UK’s influential tech business leaders.
David Rees – Co-Founder of ShareProperty
David is Co-Founder of ShareProperty and is responsible for investment appraisal, partnerships and strategic direction. A self-confessed futurist, David has spent over 20 years in the software and services arena as analyst, banker and more recently portfolio manager.
Prior to starting ShareProperty with George, David worked at a number of investment banks including Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank and Panmure Gordon, and was consistently highly ranked by institutional investors. David also worked on several multi-billion IPO’s including Accenture. David qualified as an accountant with Deloitte in 1995, is a property investor, and in his spare time enjoys playing most sport, particularly squash.
Bernard Howard – Director of Portman Scott
After studying at Oxford University and Stanford University, Bernard started his career working in the City of London. In July 1999, while recruiting for his team he came across online recruitment and a month later resigned to set up an internet recruitment company. Self funded, In January 2000 totallylegal.com was launched and quickly became the UK’s leading legal recruitment website. totallyfinancial.com followed a few years later as did replica sites in Australia. The company was subsequently successfully sold to Trinity Mirror in 2007.
Bernard is now an angel investor and a Non-Executive Director of Veeve, a Private Equity backed company, He is also a Founder and Director of a boutique Sales and Marketing recruitment company, Portman Scott, that focuses on recruiting sales and marketing talent for growth SMEs across the UK.
Bernard has been a guest lecturer at Cranfield University and the London Business School.
Rachel Clacher – Co-Founder & Director, Moneypenny
Rachel Clacher co-founded Moneypenny with her brother Ed Reeves in 2000 with £10,000 and a shared vision to create a customer-centric business that people wanted to work for. Today, Moneypenny is the world’s leading provider of telephone answering and outsourced switchboard services, annually handling in excess of 10 million calls on behalf of more than 8,500 companies; ranging from sole traders to multi-national corporations. Its rapidly growing team now stands at over 500 employees with offices in New Zealand and the USA, as well as the UK where the company will be moving to a new purpose built £15m headquarters in Wrexham in Spring 2016. Moneypenny is proud to have won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and is in the Top 5 of The Sunday Times ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ list.
Michael Jacobsen – Serial Entrepreneur, Dirty Dancing, Global Entrepreneurs Academy
Michael Jacobsen is a high profile Australian-born serial entrepreneur. He holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from UTS in Sydney and a FINANCIAL Diploma from the Australian Securities Institute. His company headquarters are in Sydney Australia and also has offices in Bratislava serving Europe.
Michael Co-founded and co-owned (now exited) a global multi-million-dollar entertainment empire with World Rights to Dirty Dancing on Stage and an entertainment property portfolio, at its core.
Michael also co-produced Dirty Dancing on Stage, which has grossed over $US1Billion globally and is recognized as one of the world’s top-grossing entertainment properties of all time. He has also been involved in the promotion of numerous large-scale concert tours including those by legendary artists Elton John, Usher, Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand.