Previously Head of Education at Enterprise UK, Richard oversaw the delivery of the ‘Make Your Mark’ national enterprise campaign including ‘Make Your Mark with a Tenner’ (now Tenner Tycoon), ‘Global Entrepreneurship Week’ UK for under 19s and the ‘Make Your Mark Challenge’ – reaching over 100,000 students in one-day.
Richard now splits his time between his own youth engagement projects, speaking to students and adults on youth enterprise and offering strategic consultancy. The central ethos throughout his career has been to give young people the opportunity to find and develop their own unique skill set and make proactive, informed decisions about their own future.
Pilar Nalwimba started running her own business full time last year and has recently taken on her first employee. MySocialMediaPA.com runs social media, digital marketing and online PR campaigns.
Pilar also co-founded TheNetLocation, a central hub for graduates and young professionals across all industries to network, exchange ideas and information and expand on their professional prospect. This has included an event that Pilar ran during Global Entrepreneurship week at Google called #BeautyAndTheBrain. The event showcased how a panel of beauty and Fashion YouTube bloggers managed to monetize through their passion and started a business on YouTube.
Lisa Marie Brown has a passion for developing services for young people progressing them onto employment or training. She is a professional in marketing/education and won ‘New Marketer of the Year’ with the Chartered Institute of Marketing and finalist for Inspire Wales Award for creative ideas and innovation. Developed successful community programmes featured on BBC, BBC Radio 4, ITV and S4C; such as Pink Ladies and The Real Apprentice.
Lisa Marie set up her own consultancy and a social enterprise called Pinkspiration for young people to learn business skills. Pinkspiration is unique enterprise that will help inspire women, men and young people who would like to go into business or set up an innovative project in their community.
Pinkspiration is a unique marketing consultancy enterprise that will work to develop business and will have professionals and young people working with us every step of the way. The aim is to inspire young people and communities who would like to move into business and learn new skills. The aim is to Start Up Britain and up skill young people enabling them to become competitive and stand out in today’s modern business world through an educational reality TV programme.
Brompton bikes has been in full production since 1988 and is one of only two major frame manufacturers still based in the UK.
Andrew Ritchie they have taken the company from a cottage industry to a rapidly growing international brand. Brompton’s are sold in 42 export markets. In the UK, USA, Canada and Ireland, they sell directly to carefully-selected bicycle retailers; in other territories, they sell to distributors who operate their own dealer networks.
Brompton operates in a similar way to specialist car manufacturers. The R&D department works tirelessly on both small, mechanical details and big ideas like a ‘smart’ battery powered model. They also launch new colours and offer customised options, with the minimum of marketing.
Fraser, set up Superjam at the age of 14, using his grandmother’s secret jam
recipes selling his produce at farmers markets and delicatessens. In 2007, Fraser
became the youngest ever supplier to a major supermarket chain when
Waitrose launched his range. Superjam sells over 500,000 jars a year and now
supplies over 1,000 supermarkets in the UK. Fraser’s case study will explore the
importance of people management in helping business achieve efficiency and
In 2005, James became one of the youngest entrepreneurs in the country when he founded website Student Beans aged 22, alongside his brother Michael. 9 years later Student Beans has gone from an idea to a nationally recognised brand, reaching over 3 million students every month and adding an app and a cookbook to the portfolio.
Now known as The Beans Group, which encompasses youth insights consultancy Voxburner, the company employs a team of over 40 people with an ongoing growth & recruitment drive and was named Digital Business of the Year 2013 at the National Business Awards.
Simon Duffy founded Bulldog Skincare, the UK first men's skincare brand back in 2006 after realising there was not much variation in men's cosmetics. Today it is Britain's largest men's skincare brand with a range in over 7,500 stores worldwide, successfully competing with leading multinational brands such as L'Oreal, Nivea and Gillette despite working with a fraction of their resources.
Simon has also lent his personal experience and expertise to write columns for the Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Growing Business and Smarta. He has appeared as a guest on the BBC's Working Lunch and Show Me The Money, and has been featured as a commentator on SKY News, CNBC and Reuters TV. Simon has also featured on radio shows for the BBC and LBC.
Rosie is the owner and managing director of Miss Macaroon, a social enterprise committed to bringing you delicious macaroons in stunning gift boxes while providing training and employment opportunities for marginalised young people.
Set up in 2001, she has prepared young Care leavers, offenders and ex-offenders to realise ambitions to train as Chefs. Rosie co-founded Yummy Brummies a network of food based social enterprises in Birmingham enriching the sector and encouraging collaboration and innovation between local social enterprises.
RougeFrog was founded by Stephanie Bouchet, a marketing connoisseur with over 10 years of experience in world-beating start-ups, in the digital media and communication space; these include Skype and Joost, as well as blue chip corporations in the telecom and entertainment industries, such as BT and Warner Bros.Stephanie is bi-lingual in English and French, and has a masters degree in marketing. Her passion is understanding the commercial challenges that small companies face, as well as the customer base they serve, measuring success with every business she works with.
She seeks opportunities to use her skills as chief marketing officer, marketing project leader, or as an intermediary that engages the right agencies or individual depending on the client needs. Projects may be with start-ups and medium-size businesses, or venture capitalists across Europe and the US.A prominent member of the European entrepreneurship community, she’s been acting as marketing mentor, advisor and speaker for established entrepreneurship organisations, including Seedcamp and Imperial Entrepreneur.