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2 weeks. 20 expert speakers. 20 ways to help you start your small business. With a whole host of giveaways and offers, you won't want to miss this masterclass series!

Confirmed Speakers

Anna Flockett

Anna Flockett, Startups Magazine's Editor, loves to get chatty with startups and meet new innovators & entrepreneurs driven to change their industries. She has a keen passion to learn about everyone’s story and how startups are doing on their journey.

Mark Soderwall

TEDx Speaker and Creative Director at Soma Games, Mark Soderwall has been professionally directing and designing video games for the past nearly three decades, including at LucasArts, ATARI and Electronic Arts. Mark has helped to define and visually innovate experiences on StarWars, CloneWars, LEGO and Terminator for game players worldwide.

Mark is now a full time creative entrepreneur, co-founding two successful startups in Redding, CA as well as an online university that teaches aspiring game developers how to successfully break-in, build and brand their game developments and businesses.

  • The Fear of Starting

Dr. Donatas Jonikas

Donatas is ranked as one of the World’s Top 30 Start-up Gurus for 2020 among Eric Ries, Steve Blank, Peter Thiel, Pat Flynn, Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk.

He has worked with multiple science and technology parks as a tech business development expert. Government agencies trusted me to create two startup pre-acceleration programs. I’m regularly invited as a speaker, mentor, or judge to events like The Brain Race, Product-Led Summit, LOGIN, Grand Founders Day, and multiple other startup competitions and hackathons. I work hands-on with startups, investors, and startup ecosystems as a marketing advisor.

Donatas holds a Ph.D. in Economics and a Master’s in Marketing Management with over 16 years of experience in the field. He helped implement winning marketing strategies for more than 50 businesses in different industries during my consulting practice.

Elijah Bowie

Featured in Yahoo! Finance, Inc. and Men's Health Magazine, Elijah helps entrepreneurs achieve great sales figures in their business, by ditching the sales scripts and serving their clients. 'The Secret Weapon Behind 7 Figure Businesses Across The Globe' and he's going to share his sales and business knowledge with you to help you make the biggest success of your startup business!

Shann Nix Jones

Featured in Forbes, Vogue, Daily Telegraph, ITV and more, Shann's story is inspirational. Best-selling author, Parliamentary Review best practice representative 2019, as well as Founder of the immensely successful Chuckling Goat. 

Shann Nix Jones started her natural health business on the farmhouse kitchen table to deal with family health issues. and together she and husband Rich have built the brand into a multi-million pound, global enterprise. 

Kevin J Reid is a Senior Communications Coach with over 13 years of experience in Irish and International business with an emphasis on executive communications coaching, mentoring and business skills training. His clients include CEO’s, general managers, sales teams, individuals and entire organisations across numerous sectors in Ireland the UK, Europe and America. 

Kevin J Reid

These assignments have given Kevin significant experience as a communicator as he helps individuals and organisations to become effective and efficient and to banish their self-limiting beliefs.

With expertise in interpersonal communication and in a nurturing yet challenging environment, Kevin supports and provides impartial feedback to empower clients to achieve their objectives. This empowerment results in creativity, confidence building and the generation of a culture of continuous self-improvement.

Graham Jules, LLB Hons Business Law. Business Development, Company Director, author, entrepreneur, ex-music producer. He famously won a trade mark dispute with Superman creators Marvel & DC Entertainments over his book Business Zero To Superhero. 

Graham Jules

With over twenty years experience in Business Development and entrepreneurship, his latest project Pop Up World helps start-ups and small businesses reach for the stars via tools such as Investor Connector, company formation, logo design, domain and website creator, premises search and much more.

Robin Waite

Robin is the Founder of Fearless Business, regular speaker at various business events and bestselling author of several books, including Online Business Startup, Marketing Machine and the recent popular release Take Your Shot. 

He puts his 2 decades of business experience to work, coaching clients to reach their goals, create more time and increase their revenue. From the age of 18, Robin spent four years as a systems analyst for a medical devices company, increasing their turnover by 50 per cent, from £1m to £1.5m. From 2004 to 2016 Robin led a successful marketing agency serving over 250 clients. During this time delivering workshops and masterclasses that helped over 1,000 business owners improve their marketing, product architecture, pricing, websites and digital advertising. 

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Working in-house for high-street retailer GAME, through to running Engage Web since 2009, Darren has helped businesses ranging from global brands across the USA, Canada and Australia, to local solopreneurs based in the UK increase their sales and leads via the internet.

Darren Jamieson

Darren, from Engage Web, has been helping businesses improve their online presence and grow their businesses since the last century. 

Reshma is the FSB Development Manager for the North East of England and the Tees Valley, working with volunteer members and staff teams, both locally and nationally, to deliver and manage FSB activity across the area to ensure local businesses are well supported and represented.

Reshma Begum

Reshma’s role includes lobbying and campaigning across the North East and Tees Valley on behalf of small businesses, working with local government, MPs, and other local stakeholders, as well as managing FSB’s local media activity, and delivering local events.

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is a not-for-profit and the UK’s largest business support organisation, representing small to medium enterprises and the self-employed across the UK. Members receive an exclusive package of great value business support services, and crucially, a powerful voice in government both at local and national levels. FSB aims to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.

​Teresa is a Award winning International speaker, TEDx speaker, trainer, podcaster, author and business owner.
Teresa, works with businesses, entrepreneurs and marketers to help them enhance their digital marketing & social media efforts.

Teresa Heath-Wareing

I'm on a mission to banish overwhelm, stress, FOMO and comparison syndrome for the creative entrepreneurs and employees that I work with. It's time to get excited about your business, all over again! As a communications expert with 18+ years on the clock; qualified lawyer; online marketing specialist; multiple digital platform editor; stylist and print magazine publisher, I've developed a diverse but powerful toolkit for creative business wizardry. Fancy doing some practical magic?

Julia Braime

James White is the Small Business Sales Expert, founder of the Sales Success Academy and Co-Author of Amazon’s Bestseller, Sales Genius 1. James’ expertise lies in helping small business owners achieve consistent sales results, enabling them to take back control and to be free from financial anxiety.

James White

Oliver, now 27 has picked up awards such as the IoD Director of the Year, the 42 under 42 ones to watch in the South West and the FSB Entrepreneur of the Year award. Oliver also mentors individuals for both the Princes Trust and current Undergraduates as an alumni at the University of Gloucestershire.

Oliver Bruce

In 2020 during the global pandemic Oliver's branched out into the world of dropshipping working with factories in Asia and the surrounding areas ultimately landing a £13million contract with Amazon by late summer. Oliver picked up the Pivott Entrepreneur of the Year and the virtual Great British Entrepreneur Awards in 2020 for this move.

During 2021 Oliver’s core business PinPointMedia will see internal investment of over £1m split between staffing, infrastructure, growing out their London and Northern offices all whilst rebranding, upsizing their operations and moving into a new, larger, purpose designed collaborative workspace.

Having worked in the House of Commons for many years on strategy, planning and performance, Sally started her own business working with small businesses. She soon realised that people like her who had come from employment to self-employment were very good at what they do but had few business skills and also lacked a network of people around them.

Sally Marshall

A crazy idea to share information and promote each other led to the start of the Steer Your Business magazine. Along the way I wrote a couple of books, Delegate2Elevate and Know Your Numbers which are very practical and form the basis for my Delegate2Elevate Programme. I love working with start ups and SMEs and following their journey. My own journey is evolving and taking me to places I hadn't expected and its all come from talking to people and building my network.

Ian Dickson –International Motivational Business Speaker and Multi award winning Business Executive Coach and Mentor Ian has coached and mentored 100’s of businesses throughout the UK. In the last fifteen years he has delivered over 450 Professional Business Seminars and International Motivational Speeches. (Cape Town SA, Malaysia, Sydney, Melbourne, San Diego, Munich, London, Auckland NZ, Uganda & Malawi SA, New York, Los Angeles)

Ian Dickson

As the former Operations Director of two large national businesses he is now very proudly running his own business helping the business community using his own personal style, passion and business expertise. As an experienced business performance coach and speaker with an extensive and colourful career path taking him from London Police Officer to Corporate Director, you are guaranteed exciting and relevant content drawn from his knowledge, experience, and background.

Mal has spent 30 years in high-growth organisations, becoming increasingly obsessed with the ’elements’ of business which make some SMEs succeed where others fail. He was part of the teams that launched both Zoopla and Primelocation and, with the experience of growing these businesses to multi-million plus valuations, in 2015 set up Growtion to help SMEs shortcut many issues that they typically face. Using a strong base of activities around Product, Marketing and Sales, Growtion has helped dozens of startups and scaleups execute their way to success.

Mal McCallion

Devin loves startups. He runs his own patent and trademark law firm to help startups and small businesses. He also founded his first startup while earning my Law & MBA degrees. Since then, he has founded several 7/8 figure startups and enjoyed every minute of it.

Devin Miller

Zoe Nauman works with 6 and 7 figure businesses in the health and wellness space helping create personality driven conversion copy - let me make you sound more like you than you.

Zoe Nauman

Multi award-winning entrepreneur, management consultant, trainer, coach, Ted X speaker, and Author of ‘New Manager Secrets’ Ali has run her own businesses for 30 years. She has helped more than 65,000 people around the world with their business, management and personal development challenges and opportunities. She’s been featured in the Huffington Post, BBC Radio, Daily Express, and Woman & Home magazine

Ali Miles-Jenkins

In 2017 she established BoomBoss® to enable women over 50 to turn their skills, experience, expertise and knowledge into thriving expert-based businesses, by following her signature P.A.S.S.P.O.R.T. method. Ali is a champion of reinvention, reinvigoration, and believes it’s never too late to pursue your dreams. By becoming your own boss you turn into your own CEO at last, with the lifestyle you deserve – time, income and location control! She’s looking forward to sharing her secrets to success with you!

Multi award-winning brand consultant, designer, author and speaker Sapna Pieroux is the founder of InnerVisions ID, a brand consultancy for ambitious, ethical, purpose-driven six and seven figure businesses.

Her book Let’s Get Visible! promises to help you 'Get brand clarity, Stand out in Your Industry and Supercharge your Business Growth'. It hit #1 best-seller status in four categories on launch in January 2020 and won an award at the Business Book Awards in March.

Sapna Pieroux

Sapna is also Brand Mentor for Shifts to Success (a global programme helping public sector workers into a life of entrepreneurship), a business mentor at the University of West London and a guest lecturer at Hult International Business School.