San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
At Smarta and O2 we know a thing or two about winning awards. The Smarta 100 awards has been celebrating Britain’s most innovative, disruptive and downright exciting businesses for four years now, helping to give these fantastic businesses the recognition they so badly deserve.
We do this as we know that an award can help take a business to the next level by giving its pitch that extra bit of weight which might make it resonate with a serious investor, an impressionable customer or a potential partner.
You don’t need to think that because your business isn’t the sexiest it can’t win awards, or even if it doesn’t actually make that much cash. Awards look for so many different niches that quite frankly, almost anyone can be a winner, as long as they have an award clinching persona, our second Smarta 100 together with O2 Academy event will help you nail this.
This event will dissect two previous Smarta 100 winners who’ll be joining the panel alongside individuals who can spot an award winning business from a mile off.Whether you’re just starting out or planning how you can grow your business further, this event will provide tips and tricks that you can take away and start applying to your business the next day.
Hosted by Smarta founder and author of 2012's best-selling business book 'Stop Talking, Start Doing' Shaa Wasmund, the evening will begin with networking before a panel discussion. Shaa will then take questions from the floor before a closing networking session where all our speakers will be available to approach in person.
7pm: Panel discussion
Check out who we have on the speaker panel:
Will King, King of Shaves
Will King founded male grooming brand King of Shaves in 1993, taking on US shaving giants Gillette and Wilkinson Sword. Since then, the brand's holding company, KMI, has acquired personal grooming brands including Ted Baker and Fish. He has also launched an online cut prize razor subscription service offering customers three razor blades for £3 a month. The company also won awards including the CBI/Real Business "Growing Business" Company of the Year, the T-Mobile/Growing Business Magazine "Overall fast growth company of the year" and King was a winner in the London & South East Region finals of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards.
Karen Lynch, Belu
Smarta 100 winner Belu is a bottled water company with a difference. It's 100% carbon neutral and gives all profits to WaterAid, guaranteeing the charity a minimum of £300,000 over three years. It refuses to export its water and uses the highest level of recycled materials possible. The bottles are desirable enough for the very best retail and leisure clients - Raymond Blanc, Sainsbury's and Zizzi to name a few- this shows its ethics don't come at the cost of being commercial savvy.
Calum MacDonald, Highland WiFi
Winners from our first Smarta 100 awards in 2010, Highland WiFi offers fast broadband Internet access to visitors to the Highlands of Scotland via outdoor wifi systems. In fact it’s one of the fastest public Wi-fi networks in the UK. Co-founder Calum MacDonald will be on hand to discuss the success of highland wifi since and offer advice on how you can grow a business too.
Ben Dowd, Business Director, O2
Business director Ben Dowd is one of O2's longest standing directors and has overseen major changes in the business during his 16 years there, he also took the thankless task of sifting through 1000’s of applications as a judge for last years Smarta 100. Dowd is passionate about helping businesses to succeed and has championed new technologies and ideas, he will be on hand to reveal what he looks for when hunting for an award winning business.
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Smarta is the leading online small business resource in the UK. With a readership of 500,000 every month, Smarta aims to inform, guide and inspire entrepreneurs to aspire and achieve. Smarta recognises the best in British innovation, customer engagement and disruption with it's annual O2 Smarta 100 Awards which are now in their fifth year.