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January 2013


Our London meeting in January was hosted by Nabarro.

Nabarro is a major corporate law firm operating in a number of industry sectors and legal disciplines. They have 125 partners leading approximately 400 lawyers offering a broad range of corporate legal services to major national and international clients.

Guest SpeakerGrowthAccelerator
Louisa Moger - GrowthAccelerator
Do you need help to grow your business? Would you like someone to act as a sounding board and mentor to help build a growth strategy, perhaps to: commercialise innovation, business development, access to finance or just develop leadership skills? Did you know that you can get a lot of help to grow your business in England from the Government at a very attractive fee; the GrowthAccelerator is available now to do just that. Our own Colin Spiller, is a registered and approved Growth Coach for GrowthAccelerator.
GrowthAccelerator is a new service that will help England's brightest growing businesses achieve their ambitions with rapid, sustainable growth. Its a partnership between private enterprise and government. And its affordable. GrowthAccelerator's network of world-class growth experts work side by side with leaders of high-growth potential businesses to provide them with the know-how and ability to achieve sustainable growth. The service will help discover the real issues that could be holding businesses back, define the right growth plan and open doors to world class business experts and networks. Whatever ambitious businesses need to speed and sustain growth, GrowthAccelerator will help drive them forward.
Louisa shared with us not only an introduction to this very helpful scheme but some key insights gained from taking over and turning around and exiting a printing business.

Business Pitches
John Snelgrove -
Were you aware that 10% of the world's population that live on less than $2.50 per day can't work because they cannot see; excluding eye disease they just need proper spectacles that fit them. Currently the only way that they can gain access to glasses is through donated spectacles that often don't fit correctly and don't have accurate lens. John Snelgrove has come up with the solution to provide easy to adjust and flexible spectacles; but with a revolutionary twist: High Street sales of designer versions of the frame and sunglasses' provide donated spectacles to the developing world delivering ethical Kudos to customers. John has a number of USPs: unique spectacle frame design, the revolutionary design is covered by two patents and PCT is in place, gives capability to easily design your own spectacles/sunglasses, buy One Donate One philosophy and global licensing opportunity.
John brings 35 years to the table as a successful optician, and with 20 as an entrepreneur and has assembled a high quality team to bring his vision to reality. Anthony Harrison-Griffin, Product Designer with 30 years International design, manufacturing, marketing and new business launch experience. He designed a new sunglasses range for aviators. Peter Davis, Chartered Accountant in private practice with considerable experience with Start Up Companies together with a number of other specialist advisers.

Simply Connect
Alex Johns - Simply ConnectAre you concerned about the environment, would you like to be able to contribute to a greener society using a service built for your needs, while contributing to good causes by just making use of a convenient transportation service? If you would, then come and hear from Alex Johns about his vision that is rapidly gearing up to become a reality. Simply Connect is partnering with several very large well known corporations to develop this new business model. Simply Connect is already in discussion with one of the top 5 UK bus operators to become the partner transport operator for the pilot project in southern England.
Simply Connect is highly effective, technology-enabled, real-time resource sharing, which will reduce local traffic (all modes in an operating area) by 6-8%, transport related carbon emission by 5-20% and deliver approximately 10% modal shift from car (generating approximately two thirds of the Simply Connects total demand). The business model is applicable to approximately 70% of the UK population and around the world, runs profitably within 2 years of launch in any location, is scalable, is sustainable and game-changing with profits recycled to a social purpose: it achieves a 'triple bottom line', whilst building community around the service experience.

Rise Art
Scott Phillips - Rise ArtHave you ever looked for more than a poster to put on your office or home wall and found it a difficult and intimidating experience? Without a trusted guide, the sheer number of galleries, art fairs, and exhibitions make it difficult to purchase artwork with any confidence or assurance. You can discover your art personality by taking the Rise Art fun art style quiz, and receive personalized art recommendations based on your unique taste.
Most online sites, don't offer real, original artwork to their members. Rise Art aims to make it easy and fun to purchase original artwork from top artists worldwide. Rise Art launched the website in 2011 and have received thousands of submissions from artists worldwide, and now have the works of over 100 Artists and 25 partners available for sale and is already revenue generating. When you find something you can't resist, buy it or try it in your home first by renting the work and taking advantage of Rise Art risk free approach to owning art.
The founders are Scott Phillips and Marcos Steverlynck who met while at London Business School. An engineer by background, Marcos recently worked at Google within the Android team. Scott previously led the Red Herring's European team, and has worked for global tech firms in strategy and marketing.