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#ScaleUp2Success Series, EDINBURGH with Founders Alison Cooper of Palm Grove Investments , Peter Proud, CEO of Cortex Worldwide and Jim McColl OBE - Chief Executive, Clyde Blowers Capital

  • SPACES LOCHRIN SQUARE EH3 9QA Edinburgh United Kingdom (map)
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E2E are returning to Edinburgh due to popular demand for another #ScaleUp2Success event on 15th May and we would be delighted if you would like to join us.

We have teamed up with IWG (Regus and Spaces), the UK's largest serviced office provider with a network of 360 locations in every major town and city in the UK, to create the UK's largest ecosystem of SME business leaders and entrepreneurs. We are hosting joint events with Spaces which are designed to inspire, teach and collaborate in city centres all across the UK.

What is #SCALEUP2SUCCESS?

Our #SCALEUP2SUCCESS events are a mixture of networking where you get the opportunity to meet like-minded entrepreneurs, followed by short syndicate sessions designed to give you some pointers on a number of different help topics including Digital Marketing and HR. This is followed by a panel of the UK’s leading scale up entrepreneurs and motivational speakers to inspire you!

The event is all about:

  • Helping you to scale and grow your business

  • Connecting you with an entrepreneurial community of founders, CEOs, SMEs and C-Suites from Sheffield and the surrounding areas.

  • Encouraging you to facilitate growth by becoming an E2E member, where you will benefit from exclusive events, access to our £50m financing facility for SMEs and many more corporate services at discounted rates. Click here to learn more.


Introducing our panel:

Jim McColl OBE - Chairman & Chief Executive, Clyde Blowers Capital

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Jim McColl left school at the age of 16. His first job was that of apprentice in one of Glasgow’s leading engineering companies, Weir Pumps. After working for six years with Weir Pumps he left to study full time for a BSc degree in Technology and Business Studies at Strathclyde University. He returned to Weir Pumps for another three years during which he studied part-time for a Masters degree in Business Administration.

In 1981 Jim was appointed to a senior management position in Diamond Power Speciality Limited, an engineering company that supplied equipment to the power industry worldwide. Jim was in charge of engineering, project management and manufacturing. At the same time Jim completed a 3-year part-time course of study towards a Masters in International Accounting and Finance. In 1985 Jim was head-hunted by Coopers & Lybrand as a senior consultant in corporate care. His job was to work with companies that were experiencing financial difficulties and needed turning around. In 1986, realising that he could do similar work on his own account, he left Coopers & Lybrand and became a self-employed “company doctor”.

After several successful turnarounds, Jim bought in 1992 a 29.9% stake in Clyde Blowers plc, a small engineering company with a full listing on the London Stock Exchange. Jim led a management buyout of Clyde Blowers plc to take the company private.
During 2001 the Clyde Blowers business was reorganised to form a portfolio of global engineering companies, each with its own independent management and financing structure.

Peter Proud, Founder and CEO of Cortex Worldwide

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Peter Proud is the Founder and CEO of Cortex Worldwide, a former WPP agency that has a strategic partnership with Microsoft.  The two companies have jointly developed a new cloud-based marketing solution built on Azure, enabling you to quickly build, localise, secure and centrally manage your entire digital real estate.  

Prior to this, Peter held the role of Managing Director of Strategic Accounts and Partnerships for Accenture Interactive Digital Practice, providing integrated marketing, technology and analytics solutions for the digital world.  

Before joining Accenture, Peter worked at Microsoft for 14 years managing accounts for some of the world's leading household names and was integral in the establishment of Microsoft's ‘One Microsoft’ initiative.  A passionate advocate for the digital technologies industry, Peter sits on both the ScotlandIS Board and Edinburgh Napier University’s Graduate Level Apprenticeship Advisory Board.

Alison Cooper, Founder of Palm Grove Investments and formally Founder of En Route International.

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Alison Cooper is an award-winning entrepreneur and active investor, and Founder of global on-board food and service solutions experts, En Route International Ltd.

Alison’s proven success in taking En Route from its inception in 2002 to a global concern, led to the Emirates group (dnata) acquiring the majority share in May 2012 and obtaining full ownership in 2017.  Alison has recently completed her 5 year earn-out. In April 2018 Alison was awarded a Life Time achievement Award from The Onboard Hospitality publication for her contribution to the airline catering Industry. 

Alison has since launched Palm Grove Investments, a privately-owned enterprise investing in property. She has also launched Boutique Holiday Lets, a brand of Palm Grove Investments which provides high end, short term rentals in City and Seaside locations. In addition to this, Alison is a director of Design’d Living Ltd, a visionary interior design company.

Alison has recently been appointed as an Ambassador for Thames Hospice in Windsor. She is voluntarily helping the fundraising team with their £6 Million Capital Raise for a new hospice. 

Richard Morris, CEO IWG UK

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Richard is the CEO of IWG UK. He joined in 2014 following his role as CEO of G4S’s UK & Ireland Division. IWG UK is the world’s largest provider of flexible workspace solutions offering a fast growing global network of 3,000 locations in 120 countries. Since joining, Richard has consistently delivered year on year growth for Regus’ UK division.

Shalini Khemka - Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Board Director, E2E

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Shalini founded E2Exchange (E2E) in 2011 with the mission to develop the largest & most active entrepreneurial ecosystem in the UK to enable extraordinary entrepreneurship. E2E focuses on connecting Founders, champions entrepreneurship, creates communities and invests capital via their GBP50m facility to finance high growth companies. Coupled with this, E2E places leading Non-Exec Directors on the boards of scale-up companies and provides an ecosystem of support to Founders include a suite of world class services at entrepreneurially driven rates. It’s Board includes: Lord Bilimoria CBE DL, Duncan Bannatyne OBE, Kanya King MBE, Hugh Chappell and Darryl Eales. 

Prior to establishing E2E, Shalini was an Investment Director at LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyd's Banking Group and historically, she ran the Group’s 'plain vanilla' International Trade Finance business. Shalini co-founded the world’s first online 'bank to bank' trade finance company. She was a Management Accountant at Deutsche Bank and worked in various finance related roles for Bankers Trust, NatWest Bank and Coopers & Lybrand. 

Shalini is a Member of the Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board. She is a Non-Executive Director of UK Export Finance (UKEF) and a Fellow of Burton & South Derbyshire College. Shalini is also a judge for the Great British Entrepreneurs Awards and The National Business Awards. Shalini is a Champion for Tech London Advocates, a Member of the Advisory Committee of the Commonwealth Entrepreneurs and an Ambassador for Recordsure. She was formerly on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Entrepreneurs (CFE), The Development Board of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and was a judge for IBM Smartcamp.

Russell Dalgleish, Founder & Managing Partner - Exolta Capital Partners

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Russell Dalgleish is a Serial Scottish Entrepreneur and Investor, Strategist, Innovator and Business Coach. He has focused his energies on driving international growth for business in the SME sector. Since 1999, Russell has run successful companies in the technology, engineering, energy, electronics, entertainment and professional services sectors. He has experience starting, building, growing and exiting businesses in the UK and US. His core areas of focus are: leadership, value creation and strategic thinking. Russell is a regular speaker at events on leadership in business and has spoken at conferences from Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi. Currently, he is the Founder & Managing Partner of the consultancy Exolta Capital Partners.


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Disclaimer: Please note that event timings and dates are subject to change. Our event is designed for founders of growing businesses and business leaders. We try where possible to keep exclusivity. Should E2E deem your position as not suitable for our event, one of our team will remove you from our attendee list and you will be notified. Overt selling will be frowned upon.