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The future of UK business is changing. Together, we can make sure it changes in a positive way. Join us as we leverage the diversity of people and thought to drive opportunity for all. Expand your network, learn from experts, and test-drive the latest technology at the must-attend business conference for thought leadership, inspiration, and innovation.

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Featured speakers

  • Martha Lane Fox
  • Jamal Edwards
  • Deborah Meaden
  • Sahar Hashemi
  • Kelly Hoppen
Speaking 5 April, 2017

Martha Lane Fox CBE

British businesswoman, philanthropist, and public servant

An inspirational dot.com driving force and entrepreneur, Martha Lane Fox CBE is passionate about promoting the need for skills and understanding of the digital world in all parts of the UK economy.

Martha co-founded lastminute.com in the dotcom boom, and later Lucky Voice, revolutionising the karaoke industry. In 2016 Martha became a board member of Twitter. As founder and executive chair of Doteveryone.org.uk – an organisation helping to rebuild Britain for the networked age – she is currently fighting for a fairer internet for all.

Martha joined the UK House of Lords as a crossbencher in 2013, becoming its youngest female member. She was also appointed as Chancellor of the Open University in 2014.

Speaking 6 April, 2017

Jamal Edwards MBE

CEO SBTV, digital entrepreneur

Jamal Edwards established the online music platform SBTV when he was 15 years old by filming and uploading videos to YouTube of his friends rapping. Since then he’s grown SBTV into a renowned brand with global reach.

Number 2 on The Guardian’s 2014 list of top young people in digital media, Jamal was awarded an MBE for services to music in 2015. He’s also a best-selling author.

Responsible for documenting the rise of a new breed of video stars, SBTV, the first new media business on YouTube, today has a subscriber base of over 814,000 with over 480 million views.

Speaking 5 April, 2017

Deborah Meaden

UK entrepreneur and TV Dragon

Destined to be a successful entrepreneur, Deborah Meaden launched her first business straight out of college, before setting up one of the first ‘Stefanel’ fashion franchises in the UK. With several businesses in the leisure and retail sector under her belt she became Managing Director of Westar Holidays overseeing its expansion from one to five holiday parks and leading a management buyout.

Perhaps best known for her appearances on the BBC series ‘Dragons Den’, Deborah joined the panel of investors for series three and has since invested in more than thirty businesses, from market research to online antiques valuations. Passionate about the environment Deborah is a Fellow of the WWF, a Trustee for Tusk Trust and has invested in a number of ‘sustainable’ businesses. Deborah is an Ambassador for Lend with Care, The Roundhouse, and a Fellow with the RSA.

Speaking 6 April, 2017

Sahar Hashemi OBE

Entrepreneur

Sahar Hashemi founded Coffee Republic in 1995 and built it into one of the UK’s most recognised high street brands. In 2005 she founded Skinny Candy, a brand of sugar free sweets labelled hip by Vogue magazine.

The author of two best sellers on entrepreneurship, Sahar was awarded an OBE for services to the UK in 2012. She is a LinkedIn Influencer, a member of Secretary of State’s Entrepreneurs Forum, and was listed on the Maserati 100.

Sahar is currently actively involved in the roll-out of Change Please, a social enterprise that trains and hires homeless people to run coffee carts.

Speaking 6 April, 2017

Kelly Hoppen MBE

Award-winning Interior Designer and ex Dragon's Den Investor

Kelly Hoppen is an award-winning internationally known interior designer and ex investor on the BBC's Dragons' Den. Her self-made business covers everything from fitting out private yachts to licensing her brand to fabrics, paint and wallpaper companies.

With 40 years experience in business, Kelly has built her brand and business from nothing to world-wide success.

The Kelly Hoppen brand brings her style to a wide range of home furnishings and products whilst continuing to offer exclusive, bespoke design to commercial clients all over the world.

Kelly speaks about her passion for creativity and design and the challenges of building her brand and business.

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