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Learn entrepreneurial skills at Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Going for Gold


Have you got a new idea for your business but aren't sure how to take it to the next stage? 

Taking your business to the next level can be a daunting prospect. 'Going for Gold' will give you the opportunity to hear from the Centre's hugely successful Entrepreneur in Residence, Stephen Fear and learn from his own entrepreneurial skills to grow your business. As heard on BBC Radio 4, with 50 years of business experience spanning 64 different ventures across the globe, whatever your market - Stephen has mastered it.

Take this opportunity to be inspired by his extensive experience and hear his top tips on successfully expanding your business. You will also have the chance to hear from businesses who have recently been in your position and are now in the process of taking their next steps, including Mandy Haberman, inventor of the Anywayup Cup and Cate Trotter, Head of Trends at Insider Trends. In addition, you will be able to network with other like-minded entrepreneurs and make useful contacts for your business.  

The evening will enable you to learn more and ask questions about our exciting new business support programme, Innovating for Growth. If you are an exciting and ambitious London-based small business looking to grow but aren't sure how to take the next steps, we can help provide expert advice and support on business strategy and sustainability, branding, intellectual property, developing your product and getting it to the right markets. 

Find out more about Innovating for Growth and apply.  

If you are unable to attend the event, you can still participate in the event with our live webcast.  Tweet throughout the event using hashtag #BLgrowth

Stephen Fear's Entrepreneurial Skills

Stephen is an experienced and skilled entrepreneur, his first business being a cleaning formula made in a garage at the age of 16. He opened his first 'office' in a red phone box when he heard on the news that new laws would force food manufacturers to change the way they clean ovens. The Bristol-born businessman hung up an 'Out of Order' sign outside the phone box, charmed an operator into pretending to be his secretary, persuaded a US firm to sell its oven-cleaner product to him, and was soon dealing with the world’s biggest food brands. 

He an his son, Leon Fear, now run a multinational trading juggernaut incorporating 64 companies with interests in everything from hotels to manufacturing.

About Mandy Haberman

Starting out with no experience in product design or business, Mandy Haberman came up with the revolutionary design of the 'no spills' Anywayup® cup for babies, which has gained turnover of £10m per year since launching in 1995. Mandy can also give invaluable insight into more practical entrepreneurial skills such as dealing with the legalities and patenting of an invention, having fought through a court battle with a major corporation, who used her patented technology for their own range of non-drip cups.

Mandy is a Business & IP Centre success story. See her story here

About Cate Trotter

Cate Trotter is the Founder and Head of Trends at Insider Trends, a London-based trendspotting consultancy. Since graduating in Design from Goldsmiths, she has worked as a marketing consultant for brands such as Lloyds TSB, Tesco and Unilever. She set up Insider Trends in 2008, specialising in demonstrating how trends are coming to life in the world around us. Clients such as Philips, Nokia, Marks & Spencer, Absolut Vodka and American Express have used its trend tours, presentations, reports and workshops to gain a tangible understanding of otherwise abstract trend theories.

Cate regularly runs workshops at the Centre and is one of our success stories. See her story here


Innovating for Growth is funded by the European Regional Development Fund. 

Event details

Who should attend? Entrepreneurs and SMEs
Place: British Library Conference Centre
Cost: £5
How to Book: To book, contact our Box Office on tel: 01937 546546 or book your tickets online

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