UKFast was once a bedroom startup with just two employees. We’ve come a long way since then, and not without learning a few lessons. Startup 101 is a chance to hear those lessons, from our CEO Lawrence Jones and a range of successful businesspeople who’ve made the leap from startup to business star.
Wednesday, 7th June
2:00pm - 5:30pm
Hiring The Right People
Members of a small team can make a big difference; the right hire could be the difference between success and failure. Will your next hire have all the skills they need? Do they care about the cause? Do they reflect the culture you’re trying to build?
Marketing To The Right Audience
With a world of distraction at everyone’s fingertips even the best products and services can no longer sell themselves. Getting in front of your next customer requires a proactive, nuanced effort which is constantly evolving.
Tech In Business
If you’re serious about introducing new tech to your business, there is no better time than now. Affordable technology can streamline processes, automate time-consuming tasks and keep every member of the team on the same page. Let's jump in to the automation age.
Do you need investment? What do you need to look for in the perfect investor? What do they need to see in you? Injections of capital open up new possibilities for growth and development, so finding investors with similar goals could be an important turning point on your roadmap.
Lawrence Jones MBE
Lawrence Jones MBE is founder and CEO of UKFast, an internet hosting and cloud technology business with numerous awards for culture, customer service, innovation and leadership.
In 17 years he has led its phenomenal growth from a startup in a spare bedroom to a £350 million business empire, employing over 400 team members and providing ultra-secure hosting to 6,000 clients including SMEs, large enterprises, government and public sector. Lawrence has a history of promoting security in digital business and in 2015 he was awarded an MBE by the Queen for his outstanding contribution to the digital economy.
Dan Cluderay is Founder, Software Architect and Business Developer of Approved Food, an online seller of clearance food and drinks.
Dan began his career in telecoms engineering before making the leap to market trader in 2001, using his tech background to inform the products he sold. Dan’s telecoms and tech background enabled him to build a program to inform his buying and aid in productivity. His business expanded massively, and by 2008 he was a wholesaler ready to take his business - Approved Food - online. Approved Food is now a market leader in online discount food and drink, shipping over 9.6 million items in the UK and Europe and collecting over 250,000 registered customers.
Alex Mellor is Founder & COO of Noir Agency, a young, vibrant branding agency, based in Manchester City Centre.
Noir is a business built on a passion for branding, business & technology. As a company, the company shares an interest in how quickly the digital world moves & look to apply our knowledge to build & grow agile, breakthrough brands through emotive, digital experiences. Noir work with a range of clients, across a broad spectrum of industries; from local app development companies to Silicon Valley pharmaceutical companies.
Graham Howieson is founder and director of eLucid mHealth Ltd, an award-winning pharmaceutical packaging system that has the ability to track every single unit dose of medication for patients of all ages and abilities.
eLucid mHealth works across the global healthcare market and has worked with organisations such as the NHS who are currently engaged in extensive patient evaluation trials using these unique solutions. Graham invented the Med-eBottle after spending over 17 years in the pharmaceutical packaging industry after founding GP Solutions in 2000, a business he still consults for today.
Chris Percival started out in business at the age of 14 and is now listed as one of the UK's most influential entrepreneurs.
After graduating from Oxford Brookes University Chris became and remains registered with the HCPC as a Paramedic. Chris is also the Founder and CEO of Jigsaw Medical Services Ltd, leading his team across the brand’s several divisions. Chris is also a Trustee of emergency medical charity 'BASICS North West'. In 2016 Chris was included in Richtopia’s ‘100 Most Influential British Entrepreneurs’, alongside Richard Branson and Lord Sugar.
More speakers to be announced soon...
Host: Chris Maguire
Chris Maguire has been a journalist for 25 years, during which time he's interviewed some of the biggest names in business, politics and sport.
In March, 2016, he joined forces with tech entrepreneur Lawrence Jones to launch a new tech magazine called BusinessCloud, which aims to demystify tech for a business audience. As well as being the editor, Maguire is also the co-owner of BusinessCloud.