Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Question Time for Entrepreneurs 2012
Join us on the first night of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) and take this rare opportunity to question some of Britain’s top entrepreneurs. They will be debating the key issues on how to: successfully manage growth, get more for less and generate extra sales fast, without spending a fortune on marketing.
You will also have the opportunity to put your questions to our panel about the new opportunities created by social media as well as finding out about crucial financial skills such as managing your cash-flow, budgeting and cost-cutting in a difficult economic climate.
If you're unable to join us, you can watch our live webcast.
The event will be moderated by Real Business Co-founder and Editor, Matthew Rock. @matthewrock
Orla Kiely OBE founded her namesake Orla Kiely brand in 1993. After her successful graduate exit show at the Royal College of Art, she was commissioned by Harrods for her range of hats.
This was followed by a range of soft accessories which include: handbags, fragrance and toiletries, homeware and paper products. Her iconic and instantly recognisable brand has continued to expand. The company has stores in London, Hong Kong, and Japan. @orlakiely
Charlie Mullins, founder of Pimlico Plumbers decided at the age of nine that he wanted to be a plumber. After leaving school at 15 with no qualifications, he completed a four year apprenticeship in plumbing and in 1979 he started Pimlico Plumbers from a basement of an estate agent in Pimlico.
Pimlico Plumbers is now London's largest independent plumbing & service company, providing all trades and serving all of London, including high profile celebrity clients such as: Dame Helen Mirren, Keira Knightly, and Richard Branson. Charlie is regularly featured in the national press. He has appeared on BBC, ITV, Sky News and various others, giving his response to the latest topics and featuring in broadcasts and debates. @PimlicoPlumbers
Sam Hargreaves launched Gadgets4Everyone in 2011 at the age of just 19. Sam is a rising star of the business world with his innovative service which allows people to sell their old mobile phones, music players and games consoles quickly and conveniently.
In a short space of time, the company have recycled over a million devices and they have recently launched a white-label version of the service for schools and universities. @samhargreaves91
Stephen Fear, is currently our British Library Entrepreneur in Residence , a respected position which was previously held by the late Dame Anita Roddick and the former Dragon's Den panellist Rachel Elnaugh. Stephen is also known as the phone box millionaire, opening his first 'office' in a red phone box on a Bristol council estate.
He and his son, Leon Fear, now run The Fear Group, a multinational trading juggernaut, incorporating over 70 companies with interests in everything from hotels to manufacturing.
Who should attend? Entrepreneurs and small businesses
Venue: British Library Conference Centre
Cost: £10 (£7.50 conc)
How to book: Contact our Box Office on 01937 546546 or book your tickets online
Mon 12 November 2012, 18.15 - 21.00