Past Events

    • Power Lunch with Alan Miller, Chairman, NTIA

      Power Lunch with Alan Miller, Chairman, NTIA

      Wednesday, September 23, 2015 The Entrepreneurs Network, London

      How To Ensure Britain’s Night Time Entrepreneurs Flourish

      Alan Miller

      Alan Miller is Chairman of The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA). The NTIA was formed to promote the benefits and enormous contribution of the Night Time Industries, the entrepreneurs that create and innovate across the UK contributing 66 Billion UKP per year in revenue and boosting employment, regenerating and generally improving our cities. The NTIA provides a voice to challenge some of the problematic thinking hoisted on to UK entrepreneurs in policy and by local authorities – and to provide concrete alternatives.

      Alan was CEO of The Vibe Bar for almost 20 years, until Nov 2014. He is the co-founder of the Truman Brewery, a 10-acre site in London’s East End. The Truman Brewery now has over 200 companies, ranging from recording studios to art galleries, entertainment spaces, restaurants, bars, cafes, fashion and retail. It has helped regenerate a significant area of London, creating a new cultural quarter. Alan sat on The Arts Council’s London Arts Board for several years.

      Alan is a film director and has had his work broadcast internationally and writes and produces with his partners in Argosy Pictures. Argosy Pictures has just completed the movie Beijing-New York which screened at Cannes – and the company has several film projects in development and pre production. Alan also produces and consults, recently helping out on the documentaries Beware of Mr Baker and Venus & Serena & More American Dreams.

      Alan is also director of The New York Salon, a forum for inter-disciplinary, open debate.He writes on various cultural issues for several publications, including spiked, Culture Wars, The American and the Huffington Post and is a regular contributor on LBC’s Ian Collins Sat night news roundtable and with Nikki Bedi on BBC London. He also has his own show on East London Radio.

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    • Power Lunch with Andrew Mullinger, Co-Founder, Funding Circle

      Power Lunch with Andrew Mullinger, Co-Founder, Funding Circle

      Tuesday, September 15, 2015 The Entrepreneurs Network, London

      The Challenges of Growth

      Andrew Mullinger

      Andrew Mullinger leads the global credit and risk team and is responsible for risk management at Funding Circle His team harmonizes data analytics with human process and judgment to ensure loans on Funding Circle platforms offer investors the opportunity to access reliable, risk-adjusted returns.

      Before founding Funding Circle, Andrew worked at Nomura and Citigroup specialising in regulatory and risk management. He also spent time at Ernst & Young as a consultant where he advised financial institutions, government and regulators on risk management and regulation, including a major UK bank on its SME credit models. Andrew holds a degree in Mathematics from Manchester University.

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      Radius is an enthusiastic sponsor of these Power Lunches as it’s vital for entrepreneurs and business leaders to discuss the current trends and challenges of successful international growth.

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    • Power Lunch with the Exports Team, Cabinet Office Implementation Unit

      Power Lunch with the Exports Team, Cabinet Office Implementation Unit

      Wednesday, September 9, 2015 Adam Smith Institute, London

      Barriers to Exports

      From setting up free schools to getting adults into work, the Implementation Unit is responsible for turning government commitments into tangible successes. It’s currently looking at increasing UK exports. Back in 2012, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne set the ambitious target of doubling exports to £1 trillion by 2020. This lunch will support the Implementation Unit in their task of understanding the barriers facing exporters and what can be done to overcome them to ensure this happens.

      Power Lunches are small, informal affairs aimed at entrepreneurs in our network. We restrict them to around 14 people (but people of influence). We start at 12:45pm for 1:00pm, and finish no later than 2:15pm. Our principal guest kicks off with roughly 10 minutes of introductory remarks; sandwiches, fruit, wine and coffee are served, and ideas are exchanged. There will also be time after the lunch to network with other attendees.

      We are looking for entrepreneurs who have experience or an interest in exporting, and ideas about where and how things could be improved. It’s a real chance to help shape government policy. As with all of our events, there is no cost to attend and it will be attended mostly be fellow business owners.

      This event will consider the following questions:

      Domestic Environment: Do firms have access to working capital? Are domestic regulations burdensome? Is there adequate infrastructure?
      Market Insight & Networks: Do firms lack links into and within markets? Are firms aware of demand levels overseas?
      Firm Capacity: Do firms have an appetite to export? Do firms have the resources to export?
      Culture: Do firms have access to sufficient language skills? Are firms aware of the business environment overseas?
      Overseas Regulation: Are overseas taxation regimes prohibitive? How do product standards differ across markets? Is there sufficient legal protection? Are overseas customs and tariff regimes prohibitive?
      Transaction Risk: Is there appropriate insurance?

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    • Power Lunch with Iain Wright MP, Chairman, BIS Select Committee

      Power Lunch with Iain Wright MP, Chairman, BIS Select Committee

      Thursday, July 16, 2015 Bircham Dyson Bell, London

      How Entrepreneurs Can Impact Politics

      This event coincides with the launch of this year’s Parliamentary Snapshot with Iain Wright MP. The Parliamentary Snapshot is an annual survey of MPs, which reveals the views of MPs on policies impacting entrepreneurs. Iain has just been elected as Chairman of the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee. He will speak about how entrepreneurs can impact politics, and there will be plenty of time for questions.

      Iain Wright MP
      Iain Wright is the Chair of the Business, Innovation & Skills Committee. Since entering Parliament, Iain has been a member of the Public Accounts and Modernisation Standing Committees (2007), and Parliamentary Private Secretary to a health minister (2005-06). He was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the department of Communities and Local Government in June 2007. In 2009 he moved to the Department of Children, Schools and Families as Parliamentary under Secretary of State for 14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships.

      Bircham Dyson Bell
      The Parliamentary Snapshot and this Power Lunch are in partnership with Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB). BDB is a multi-disciplinary UK law firm advising private companies, public sector bodies, not-for-profit organisations and individuals since 1834. BDB has recently launched the REEF – a business community offering access to a thriving entrepreneurial community to share experiences and skills necessary for building and growing a successful business.

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    • Power Lunch with Michael Hayman MBE, Founder, Seven Hills

      Power Lunch with Michael Hayman MBE, Founder, Seven Hills

      Wednesday, July 1, 2015 Mishcon de Reya, London

      Why Purpose is the New Currency of Business

      Business is no longer about profit and profit alone. Today’s entrepreneurs are defined as much by their ambition to change the world as they are by a desire to make their fortune.

      What is the role of business in society? It’s a debate all too often dominated by the political notion that business equals profit. That couldn’t be more wrong: the successful companies of today are motivated by a broader social purpose: to effect change and make a difference. They are the Carers, who want to improve people’s lives; Sharers, who harness the power of the Internet to bring people together; and Darers, who seek to make the impossible real.

      Michael Hayman MBE

      Michael is co-founder of Seven Hills, the fast-growth and highly acclaimed campaigns firm. He is also co-founder of StartUp Britain, the national initiative for early-stage enterprise launched by the Prime Minister and fully supported by HM Government. The campaign helped to create the environment for a record-breaking 500,000 new business registrations in 2013.

      Michael has worked at the heart of the national enterprise effort assisting the Department for Business on the development of initiatives including Start-Up Loans, Business in You, the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme and the Small Business Charter, on whose management board he also sits. As a member of Catalyst UK he works with UK Trade & Investment to promote UK excellence internationally.

      He is Chairman of Entrepreneurs at the private bank Coutts, and is an Advisory Board Member for the National Business Awards. He has also been appointed Honorary Fellow of the University of Cambridge Judge Business School Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning.

      Michael co-founded HRH The Duke of York’s E20 advocacy group for entrepreneurs and serves on the steering board of the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Awards alongside HRH The Duke of York and the musician

      He is one of GQ Magazine’s inaugural 100 Most Connected Men, and was awarded an MBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List for services to enterprise promotion.

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    • Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa: A Call For Evidence

      Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa: A Call For Evidence

      Monday, June 1, 2015 Octopus Investments, London

      On 1st June The Entrepreneurs Network and Octopus Investments will host the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), following a call for evidence on the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa route. MAC is particularly keen to hear from entrepreneurs who have experience of this visa route and the wider visa system – either personally or as an employer.

      Ciaran Devlin, Joint Head of the Analysis and Research Team, MAC secretariat & Stephen Earl, Head of Policy Migration Advisory Committee and others will be in attendance.

      This is a real opportunity to influence government policy and in the process help ensure the UK is the best place in the world to start and grow a business.

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