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#ScaleUp2Success Series, LEEDS with Peter Roberts, Founder of Pure Gym, Simon Biltcliffe - Founder & CEO, Webmart, Sandy Chadha - CEO, Supreme Imports Limited

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E2E is bringing #SCALEUP2SUCCESS to Leeds 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 Leeds 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:

Peter Roberts - Founder, Pure Gym

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Peter Roberts founded Pure Gym in September 2008 after conducting extensive research into the gym market. At the time, the sector was dominated by mid to high end operators whose lengthy contracts, pricing structure and rigid opening times prevented a large number of people from joining a gym and exercising regularly.

Peter wanted to start a business which was disruptive by removing the barriers to gym entry, and so created Pure Gym; a gym chain with no contracts, low monthly fees, and flexible 24 hour opening.

Peter set in place an experienced management team and raised initial investment through Private EIS funds, to allow the first two gyms to open in Manchester and Leeds in November 2009.

Since then Pure Gym has been revolutionising the gym industry and has over 180 gyms nationwide. The aggressive expansion has been helped by the acquisition of Pure Gym Ltd by CCMP Capital Advisors, a deal which Peter oversaw in May 2013. Pure Gym is now the UK’s largest operator with nearly 800,000 members.

Prior to setting up Pure Gym, Peter’s impressive entrepreneurial career history included forming the Langdale Group Plc and becoming a Partner at Countrywide Leisure Management, a business that identified and developed unquoted leisure investments for both high net worth individuals and institutional investors.

He started Lazards Leisure Venture Capital Fund in 1985, and bought Dragons Health club to the Fund, acting as Non Executive Director for the company for seven years. In that time he oversaw its sale to Crown Sports, and was also involved in several other successful buyouts and flotations for companies such as Luminar Plc, Countrystyle Inns and Golden Tulip Hotels.

Simon Biltcliffe - Founder & CEO, Webmart 

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Simon is the creative and rebellious soul behind Marketing Services Agency Webmart. An ambitious student of economics and politics with a natural bent for brand development, he set up Webmart in 1996 with £10k of his own money and has never looked back, forming the UKs foremost (only?!) Marxist-capitalist business. With a goal of 'doing good while doing well' and building relationships of trust between customers and suppliers, he also loves undertaking massive physical challenges including ice marathons and completing the notorious Marathon des Sables.

Sandy Chadha - CEO, Supreme Imports Limited

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Supreme Imports Ltd has grown into the largest distributor of batteries, lighting and vaping in Europe with over 20% UK market share of batteries. We are official distributors for some of the world's leading battery brands such as Duracell, Energizer, and Panasonic and European licencees for battery brands such as JCB and Philips. 

Over time the business has evolved from humble beginnings to an international presence today. They sell over 300 million batteries and 65 million light bulbs each year into 34 countries and now have over 6000 active customers supplying into 50,000 retail points.

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.