Small businesses face more challenges to survive than ever before. Collaboration in working practices, in supplying goods and services and in securing investment is vital for small business to continue to succeed and flourish. We’ve brought together some of the best entrepreneurial talent in the UK to help bring you together with those who can help you disrupt and challenge.
Learn from entrepreneurs who have secured hundreds of thousands of pounds of investment through crowdfunding sources; from key individuals in multi-national companies who have collaborated with startups and have given them tools to allow them freedom to grow and from influential people with experience of supplying business-critical services.
But what is the O2 Smarta 100 All Day Event? An extravaganza, packed with some of the hottest, most talented and disruptive entrepreneurs and experts in the UK, all under one roof, sharing the strategies they've used to grow their award-winning businesses and live the lives they want... for ONE DAY ONLY.
It’s about real business people delivering real business advice that you can act on immediately. With only 70 places available, book now to avoid missing the most important day in your business’ year!
Smarta founder Shaa Wasmund will head-up the All Day Event. Shaa is the author of best-seller 'Stop talking, start doing'. She has set aside the entire day to pass on the tactics she developed under the wings of Sir James Dyson and has deployed to grow several of her own multi-million pound businesses, forge strategic partnerships with some of the UK's biggest brands, establish herself as one of the country's most prominent female entrepreneurs.
And she's bringing some of her friends too…
Bret Akker founder of Love Space and Street Car
Bret Akker is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded Street Car, Bret is currently the co-founder and chairman of LoveSpace. Love Space provides storage by the box across the UK for businesses and consumers.
Paul Lawton General Manager SMB, O2
Paul has full P&L responsibility for the O2 Small Business team including marketing, sales, partner channels and the customer experience. He has over 20 years’ experience of working in the communications industry with a focus on business markets.
Cristina Riesen, General Manager Evernote EMEA
With more than 10 years of experience in international mass-media and communications, Cristina is an EMScom graduate (Executive Master of Science in Communications Management) and a certified Reputation Institute professional. You can connect with Cristina on Twitter @cristinariesen.
Ben Pugh Co-founder Farm Drop
FarmDrop was set up in 2012 and provides a platform for people to create their own local food communities, enabling everyone to buy the freshest seasonal food, at the right price, direct from local producers.
Co-Founder and Director CaféPod South African born Peter Grainger is a former projects analyst turned entrepreneur and one half of the team behind CaféPod. Grainger is now responsible for product and business development at CaféPod.
Rachel Clacher Co-founder Moneypenny
The company was set up in 2000 from a humble £10,000 start-up to become an award-winning employer and sector leader in both technology and service quality. The company is very proud to have been recognised as a Sunday Times Best Company to Work For in 2009/11/13.
Phillip Dodson founder of @Work Hubs
Phillip is fully involved with the co-working & sharing economy community and as part of small team set up and ran International Collaboration Day. Philip has helped 100's of companies from small start-ups to large corporates and has worked in over 20 different countries.
James Knight founder of Key Stone Law
James is an unusual blend of lawyer and entrepreneur. He qualified as a solicitor in 1992 with London law firm Trowers & Hamlins and then founded Keystone Law in 2002. Keystone has recruited over 150 lawyers to cope with the demand for Keystone’s special brand of service and value.
Mel Patel Managing Director of Help 4 IT
With over fifteen years Management experience in Information Technology Products, Services and Support, Mel is primarily responsible for the strategic development of help4IT. Mel became Managing Director in 2003 since which time help4IT has accelerated growth in all aspects of the business.
Ian Pearson- Chairman Crowd BNK
CrowdBnk, is a leading equity crowdfunding platform in the UK.Ian Pearson says, “The growth of the SME sector in this country is of critical importance to the growth of the UK economy.”
David Jackson eebria.com
Eebria.com showcase small but brilliant and talented UK alcohol producers, who care about every little drop of their drinks.They scoured the land to find brilliant beers and ciders, then everything from gorgeous gins, to world-class wines.
Patrick O'Flaherty Co-founder Volpit
Volpit is an online startup investment platform that streamlines the entire funding process and brings it online. Volpit aim to make investing in startups easy and simple.
Matthew Hammett Co-founder readbug.co.uk
Readbug is the Spotify or Netflix for magazines, delivering unlimited newsstand content for a low monthly subscription fee. Readbug will be available to download via app stores and will give users access to the whole newsstand, enabling them to read, share and archive magazines seamlessly and immediately all from one app.