San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Smarta together with O2 bring their renowned panel and networking event to Manchester for the VERY FIRST TIME! Reserve your seat for free and come along to hear the most exciting entrepreneurs and well-known brands talk about their experience of running a business and share their tips on how to build a business that really works and makes you money.
You'll leave fully inspired with loads of new tips and advice to get your business thriving, whether you're just thinking about starting a company or are newly launched.
Host: Matt Thomas, COO at Smarta
Phil Jones - Managing Director of Brother UK www.brother.co.uk
Brother is an Information, Communication and Technology business supplying products and services to hundreds of thousands of UK enterprises. Phil regularly commentates around technology, business and leadership and will bring practical advice from running a business whilst also observing the wider impact of landscape change on ways of doing business.
Phil was awarded the Manchester and North West Director of the Year accolade (Institute of Directors) in 2011 and was shortlisted for UK Director of the Year the following year. You can follow him on Twitter @philjones40 and read his blog at www.philjones.biz
Nick Montague – Founder of www.Fundingstore.com
Nick started FundingStore.com three years ago and has a proven record of advising larger business with first-hand knowledge of the process and issues when starting-up a business and raising funding. He has decades of experience and is the co-author of the bestselling book "Runnings a Limited Company" which was recently published in its 8th edition.
Alongside his venture with FundingStore.com, Nick is a Chartered Accountant and Marketing Adviser and has knowledge in a number of sectors that has allowed him to advise different types of businesses. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickMontague
Michelle Clarke - Founder of Talent Dynamics www.talent-dynamics.com
Talent Dynamics is an international business development training company based in the UK. In less than four years Michelle has grown Talent Dynamics to 350 consultants operating in over 20 different countries across Europe, Australia and South-East Asia. Their clients include the NHS, Britvic, Haagen Dazs and Green Giant.
Michelle also hosts London’s annual Trust Conference attracting speakers from around the globe. Her speciality is helping businesses create global high performance teams and building trust within organisations. You can follow Michelle on Twitter @michellec750
Kirsty Henshaw - Founder of Kirsty's Food www.kirstys.co.uk
In July 2010, the BBC broadcast the first episode of series 8 of Dragons' Den. The highlight of the show was Kirsty Henshaw, an entrepreneur from Preston, and her range of frozen desserts under the brand name "Worthenshaws". The products were a great success with all of the Dragons and Kirsty was in the enviable position of being able to choose between competing offers, eventually settling on a deal with Peter Jones and Duncan Bannatyne.
Kirsty's aim is to produce high quality, delicious, nutritious and allergen free alternatives to a range of food products.
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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.