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Virgin host entrepreneur meet-up

WeWork Hub in Aldgate London was the location for Virgin’s Export Event. Many of those that attend were in the early phase of their export journey. Virgin is making great strides to promote the global marketplace and fly the flag for British businesses.

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Trade Boost Event in London this month

The Guardian Small Business Network Trade Boost Event in partnership with UPS this month did not disappoint, providing a platform for business small and large in the unique surroundings of The White Rabbit in the trendy east end of London. The day consisted of hearing the stories from Matt Johnson Co-Founder and CEO of Made.com and many more including the flamboyant and eclectic interior design guru and television personality Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. Laurence in his ever flowery but brilliant delivery, told attendees “that there was no point going out into the world beige”, and we would all agree with that statement fully.

 

Below speakers from left to right: Rita Clifton, facilitator; James Wareing, Sugru; Roger Wade Boxpark; Trevor Sewell, UPS; Nancy Johnston, Tengri; Antonia Burrell, Antonia Burrell Holistic Skin Care.

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Bloomberg hosts the Africa Luxury Forum this month

The Africa Luxury Forum put on an its first annual event at Bloomberg’s headquarters in London last week. The event highlighted findings from the forthcoming Africa Luxury Report. The event highlighted the potential of the continent, though there are many challenges. And where there are challenges there are opportunities. All eyes are on Africa!

 

A summer to remember: This is Summer’ 15

The best of London’s entrepreneurial community came together for one night only on the roof tops of the world renowned Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden.

The evening was filled with good conversation, a great atmosphere and an even greater sense of togetherness and unity.

Thank you to our supporters Francois Dubois Champagne, Palmers Coca Butter,  Dusk til Dawn Sugar Shack and Bourne International. Thank you to the special people that made it happen and helped the day go smoothly, Cendrine, Joni, Rhian and Shyan.

How important are cultural differences when trading internationally?

Many people ask the same question and in fact there are so many reasons why anyone thinking of exporting should find out as much as they can about a country’s culture before diving in. Find out more in my article for Virgin Startup Loans.

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A meeting of minds – welcome ‘Game Changers’

Thursday 16 April saw a meeting of great minds in central london.  From Lawyers, technological genius’s and property developers to bloggers, we had 11 people with an amazing skill-set sharing ideas and providing their valuable top tips. It was a very inspiring evening indeed and we look forward to coming together again in May.

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The Goliath of all business events

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The Elite Business event took place this month in London’s east end at the heart of Tech City. True to their word the event was jam-packed with professional speakers, thought-leaders and industry experts who addressed the barriers to growth for fast track start-ups and high-growth SMEs.

There were talks from the entrepreneurs such as Ultimo boss Michelle Mone, Mobo Founder Kanya King and the man who slayed four dragons, Levi Roots, founder of the Reggae Reggae brand.

The two-day event also featured some lesser known entrepreneurs, though specialist in their field such as Author, Wealth Manager and Speaker Derek Mills who gave a inspiring talk at the end of day two about setting standards. I’d like to thank Derek for my signed copy of his book 10 Second Philosophy which I cannot put down at the moment.

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There were many others who were keen to share their tips and knowledge about everything to do with setting-up or running your own business, including Simon Harmer Director of Marmalade on Toast. Simon emphasised the importance branding, and the mistake everyone makes in thinking branding is your company logo, when in actual fact, you are your brand. Thanks for my Ipad Mini Simon, it fits nicely into my handbag.

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It was a great all round event and I look forward to next year.

 

Women on a mission to ‘Make it Happen’.

‘Make it happen’ was the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day on Sunday 8 March and for me the ‘Make it happen’ phrase has been my ethos since the start of my business journey and will continue to be. The theme also brought about some of the many issues faced by women and the need for change across the globe. Women have systematically been sidelined and skipped over in top-tier management roles  – diversity in the boardroom is a major problem, and for some it’s one step forward and two steps back.

Surrounding oneself with like-minded people is one of the simplest steps any entrepreneur can take to keep up momentum and stay focused and I had the pleasure of hosting a gathering for ten talented and courageous women who all came together in London to connect, socialise and discuss how together we can support one another to make it happen for each other and many others like us. The evening was a resounding success and the conversations that were had were both empowering and inspiring and left everyone feeling motivated about their next steps.  As an entrepreneur there is much to be said of coming together as and where possible to bounce ideas and compare notes and ultimately share knowledge and experience.

Thank you ladies, and until the next time, continue to make it happen!

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You don’t have to be big to be global

2015 has arrived and entrepreneurs and small business owners will be thinking about the next step in their business journey. There is a number of basic things to consider before taking their business to the next level internationally. Find out what they are in my guest blog for Virgin Media Pioneers here.

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Designer’s showcase at East London’s Truman Brewery

The Truman Brewery Brick Lane was the venue for this year’s East London Design Show in December. Like every year the show is always a pleasure to attend showcasing some of the best up and coming designers in London. From beautiful bold jewellery to eclectic and decorative interiors, the East London Design Show had something for everyone.

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Jewellery designs by Rhiana Nelson at http://www.rnelson.co.uk

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