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#ScaleUp2Success Series, BRISTOL with Rob Law MBE, Founder of Trunki and Pontus Noren, Vice Chairman Of The Board at Cloudreach

E2E is coming to Bristol 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:

Rob Law MBE - Founder & CEO of Trunki 

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Rob Law MBE is the founder and CEO of Trunki, the brand behind the much-loved ride-on suitcase for tots. From one of the most famous rejections on BBC Dragons’ Den in 2006, Law has successfully built a team who have pioneered a new retail category of children’s travel products, designing and creating a range of innovative solutions which help families on the go. 

Since Trunki launched in May 2006, the company has sold 3.5 million suitcases in over 100 countries with consumers spending over $200 million on his brand.

Trunki employs 30 people at their funky head office in Bristol called The Mothership, and a further 50 people at its UK manufacturing and distribution facility - Magma Moulding - in Plymouth.

The company has won over 120 awards within the design, trade, consumer and business sectors including reaching 42nd on The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 and winning The National Business Awards SME of the year.

Law is a popular and engaging personality on the speaking circuit, not least for his 'dragon slaying' tips, his fresh take on running a business and how to navigate the ever evolving challenges in the global marketplace, sharing insights at large business conferences to blue chip management teams.

Pontus Noren - Vice Chairman Of The Board at Cloudreach

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The pioneer of the "cloud-native" approach, Pontus Noren has been innovating and disrupting the IT space for over 20 years. Whilst in his role as CEO at Cloudreach, the company worked with over 350 customers, of which the majority are Fortune 2000 businesses across Europe and North America. Under Pontus’s leadership Cloudreach harnessed the power of emerging technologies to transform its customers’ businesses, enabling them to compete and dominate.

Pontus is a true technology leader who also has strong core values which dictate his business style, a unique and creative approach to problem solving, and a belief in the importance of empowering teams to innovate, experiment and express themselves. Consequently, during his tenure as CEO of Cloudreach, the company was recognised as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Hyperscale Cloud Managed Service Providers, ranked top 25 in The Sunday Times Hiscox Tech 100 for two years running, and was named by the FT as one of Europe’s fastest growing companies.

His achievements were further recognised by the interest and subsequent acquisition of the business in February 2017 by Blackstone Advisors, the most successful alternative investment manager in the industry.

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.