Accelerating growth: the SBC clinic for small businesses and entrepreneurs

9:00-12:40, Monday 4 November, London

This free clinic offers practical support and guidance to small business and entrepreneurs. Hosted by the Small Business Charter, it is a great opportunity to pick up top tips about how to thrive in today's challenging markets and to network with fellow entrepreneurs.

Join us to learn more about:

  • How to raise money (VC, PE, crowdfunding etc) & cut costs
  • How to radically improve profit margins through product and service design
  • How to accelerate products to market through barcode technology
  • How to manage FX risk in increasingly globalised markets

Taking place on the morning of Monday 4 November at the Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge (45 Prescot Street, London, E1 8GP) this is a FREE EVENT for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Spaces are limited so register now to secure your seat.

Speakers:

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Saleem Arif
Co-Founder, Spacemize

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Matthew Clarke
Director and Founder, Privalgo

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Raj Burman
Head of SME, Growth Accelerator and Partnerships, GS1 UK

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Henning von Spreckelsen
Managing Director, Shere Investment

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Clinic Chair

Sian Rees
Associate Dean/Director of Innovation & Enterprise, Cardiff School of Management

09:00   Registration

09:20   Chair’s welcome

Sian Rees, Associate Dean/Director of Innovation & Enterprise, Cardiff School of Management

 

09:30   Opening Address

Lord Young, Chairman, Young Associates and Patron, Small Business Charter

 

09:40   Raising money & cutting costs

An overview of the various ways in which entrepreneurs can raise funds and keep costs to a minimum. In this session experienced serial entrepreneur, Saleem Arif, will explore the opportunities of government schemes (eg EIS / SEIS), angel investors, crowdfunding and venture capital & private equity funding.

Saleem Arif, Co-Founder, Spacemize

 

10:20   How to delight your shareholders: Significant increases in profitability through redesign of products and companies

Exploring how small businesses can radically improve profit margins through product and service design.

Henning von Spreckelsen, Managing Director, Shere Investment

 

11:00   Break

 

11:10   Accelerating products to market for successful scaleup

Barcodes are everywhere. Globally, you can find them on almost every trade item, yet not many people or business owners know the story behind and the benefits to boost business.  This session will talk about how barcodes are instrumental to businesses to uniquely identify products, establish cost to serve and accelerate trade globally.

Raj Burman, Head of SME, Growth Accelerator and Partnerships, GS1 UK

 

11:50   Changing climate: Global markets and managing FX risk

In today’s changing climate small business owners and managers need a clear vision and innovative technology to juggle new balls in the finance ecosystem. In this season we will explore key issues including: Hedging terms, FX accounting, budget rates, profit margins and product pricing. As we edge closer to the end of the year we will also explore what look to be the key drivers of volatility in the markets for 2020.

Matthew Clarke, Director and Founder, Privalgo

 

12:30   Refreshments and networking

This clinic is free to attend for entrepreneurs and small businesses. It takes place on the morning of Monday 4 November at the Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge in the City of London.

45 Prescot Street
London
E1 8GP

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Saleem Arif
Co-Founder, Spacemize

Saleem Arif is a serial entrepreneur having launched his very first business, a recruitment publishing business, whilst an undergraduate at Cambridge. His most notable business is QualitySolicitors which was started with a friend in 2009. In under 3 years, they took the business from zero from £7m turnover, rebranding more than 300 law firm branches under the QualitySolicitors insignia. They sold the business to a London based private equity firm for an eight-figure sum. Since then, he launched ReviewSolicitors, the UK’s largest legal review site, collecting reviews on many of the UK’s 11,000 law firms. He also launched Spacemize earlier this year providing unlimited hot-desk space and complimentary tea and coffee through luxury hotels nationwide for £79 per month. As well as an Economics degree from Jesus College, Cambridge, he holds an MBA from London Business School. He is Entrepreneur in Residence at London Business School and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Leicester School of Business.

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Raj Burman
Head of SME, Growth Accelerator and Partnerships, GS1 UK

Raj, a Fellow of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, is a senior leader with over 25+ years international business experience blended across the private, public and third/charity sectors, working for leading global Blue-Chip firms, turnarounds and entrepreneurial start-ups across Europe, Middle-East, Africa, Asia and Americas.

Raj currently works for GS1 UK, a part of the multinational non-profit GS1 organisation that sets worldwide standards on the application of barcodes and data services used by a global member community of industry and small businesses to solve supply chain problems. Raj has successfully established and invested in several disruptive startup ventures. As a venture growth builder and commercial specialist, he currently mentors several small businesses and loves working with individuals with disruptive idea persistent in applying fresh ways to make things happen for socio-economic impact.

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Matthew Clarke
Director and Founder, Privalgo

Working in deliverable foreign exchange for over 10 years and business development for 12, Matt has extensive experience in leading commercial teams and managing the treasury for SME’s and Large Corporate’s. Matt is CF30 qualified and a member of the Society of Technical Analysts. As well as a keen runner and sports fan, Matt has a family with two young children that keep him on his toes and off the golf course!

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Henning von Spreckelsen
Managing Director, Shere Investment

Henning has worked in senior management positions in companies large and small, with experience in chemicals, plastics and packaging, as well as having founded several companies. Currently an investor, advisor or NED to companies in industries from marine lighting to recycled plastic waste to foreign exchange to digital metadata. Member of Investment Committee for Tiserin Capital.

About the SBC award

The Small Business Charter (SBC) is an award for the UK’s world-class business schools. The SBC award celebrates business schools that play an effective role in supporting small businesses, local economies and student entrepreneurship.

The SBC award acts as a kitemark to help SMEs, start-ups and students find a business school that can help them with expert advice, training and courses. There are now 35 SBC-accredited business schools across the UK which have directly supported more than 18,750 small businesses.