Not only will you be able to network your idea and get the best out of your business, but you’ll learn from entrepreneurs who have built brands from nothing. If it's inspiration you're after this is right up your street!
Smarta is the UK's most trusted resource for business owners and entrepreneurs. We provide the advice, support and funding you need to grow your business and unlock the potential of your fantastic ideas.
We believe in the importance of working together with entrepreneurs to help them fulfil their business goals by offering advice and information as well as money and business products. As part of a government-backed initiative, we can offer loans to start or grow businesses which have traded for twelve months or less.
We want to help you get your business off the ground and innovate industries with your exciting ideas. Attend this event and you’ll have the opportunity to discuss your business idea with us, go through your Smarta Start Up Loan application with the help of our team, meet potential mentors who will guide your through your business journey and gain inspiration from exciting entrepreneurs who have built successful brands.
Along with the Smarta Start Up Loans team, here’s who you'll meet:
Matt Thomas, COO of Smarta
As COO at Smarta, Matt Thomas is overseeing all business activity and strategy alongside founder Shaa Wasmund. A business journo by trade, Matt was part of the founding team at Smarta having previously edited Startups.co.uk and a number of B2B trade titles. Matt’s authored two books, ‘Starting your own shop’ and ‘The smarta way to do business’.
Kasey Clarke, founder of Kupkase
After honing a fine taste for gorgeous cakes since childhood Kasey decided it was time to unleash her passion for delicious, fabulous sweet treats and share her favourite 'kakes' with the world. She received £10,000 in business funding from Smarta, plus mentoring from an entrepreneur in her industry who has helped her to hit the goals she’s targeting.
Sean Cannon, co-founder of The Meat Merchants
Sean Cannon founded British charcuterie company Cannon & Cannon in 2010 which now supplies many of the UK's top food businesses. The company is set to turn over £500K plus in it's third year of trading with a book and TV series in the making. Sean also co-founded The Meat Merchants in 2014 with business partner Danny Searle which is a range of meat based pub snacks aimed at the discerning beer drinker (the range is set to launch nationwide in late summer 2014).
Louise Chester, mentor and founder of Mindfulness at Work
A serial entrepreneur and angel investor, Louise has been practicing mindfulness since 1994 when she was a Director at UBS Ltd. Louise left the City in 2001 to establish a consultancy practice offering financial and strategic advice to business leaders both in the workplace and at Witherdens Hall, her award-winning, holistic Retreat in Kent. In 2010, she founded Mindfulness at Work Ltd.
Nikki Emmans, founder of Momono
After over a decade working in Advertising and Marketing, Nikki decided to combine her passions for fashion and marketing and founded Momono. Nikki's brand is a stylish new ladies footwear fashion label, offering a range of colourful sandals with a creative and unique twist to the popular 90’s jelly sandals. Receiving £7,000 in business funding plus mentoring from a Smarta entrepreneur, Momono launches with their first pop-up store in East London's Spitalfields mid July.