The past 12 months have been challenging for business owners but many have learned valuable lessons about how to adapt, juggle finances and develop new opportunities. To help companies get back on their feet and face the future with confidence, Lloyds Bank and The Sun are hosting an unmissable live online event with an expert panel including leading UK entrepreneurs, sharing their lockdown learnings and giving their tips for rebuilding.
On July 5th Steven Bartlett, founder of social media marketing agency Social Chain, author of Happy Sexy Millionaire and the newest – and youngest ever – Dragon on Dragons’ Den will be talking with the panel on the subject of tech adoption. Then on July 21st, join entrepreneur Dominic Cools-Lartigue, founder of Street Feast and the non-profit initiative 'A Plate for London’ on a panel discussion around financial wellness.
Our experts will share the benefit of their experience so your business can bounce back stronger than ever.
One key lesson of the pandemic was that companies that were better prepared digitally continued to trade profitably and win new business. But new tech does not always come cheap and can be difficult to implement without the right skills and training, particularly for smaller businesses. Social media marketing guru Steven Bartlett and the panel will discuss ways to accelerate digitization, how to identify the right tech and sell it in to staff, plus social media engagement and e-commerce strategy.
The pandemic has resulted in the equivalent of £11,799 in lost revenue for every business in the UK. This has caused widespread cash flow problems, rising loan applications, job losses, budget cuts and the fear of reduced turnover for years to come. The mental toll for owners is harder to quantify, but no less damaging. Dominic Cools-Lartigue and the panel will share their financial expertise around cash flow management, lending, growth strategies, long-term financial planning and, importantly, how they deal with stress and pressure.
Steven Bartlett is the 28-year-old Founder of the social media marketing agency Social Chain. From a
bedroom in Manchester, this university drop-out built what would become one of the world’s most
influential social media companies when he was just 21 years old, before taking his company public
at 27 years old with a current market valuation of over £300m.
Steven acts as a speaker, investor, author and content creator, hosting Europe’s most downloaded Business podcast, ‘The Diary of a CEO’. Steven recently released his debut book ‘Happy Sexy Millionaire’ which is a Sunday Times best seller.
He’s particularly focused on inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs and creators from a BAME background and much of his work after winning the “British Black Entrepreneur of the year” award focused on disadvantaged schools and communities.
More recently Steven has invested in and joined the board of Huel, which is the UK’s fastest growing ecommerce company internationally. He’s invested in and taken a role as an advisor in atai life sciences - a biotech company working to cure mental health disorders, and his other investments focus on blockchain technologies, biotech, space, and social media.
At just 28 years old, he is widely considered one of Europe’s most talented and accomplished young entrepreneurs and philosophical thinkers.
Steven will join Dragon’s Den from Series 19, as the youngest ever Dragon in the Show’s history.
Tracey Boles has been a financial journalist for more than 20 years and business editor of The Sun since August 2017.
She writes and edits Sun City five days a week and covers business and economics for the news pages of this leading newspaper. Her specialist areas include banking, retail, and aviation – but she goes where the big stories are.
Prior to The Sun, Tracey was news editor of CityAM, the business freesheet. Her experience also includes 14 years on Sunday newspapers including The Sunday Times and the Observer where she covered energy and personal finance respectively.
She will never forget being made business editor of the Sunday Express three days before Lehman Brothers collapsed, triggering the credit crunch. Covid-19 has been another once-in-a-lifetime business story.
Jane Hamilton is probably the only person you’ll ever meet who gave up a well-paid job in a top advertising agency to be a tabloid journalist - but the unusual move has given her a unique ‘both-sides-of -the-fence’ insight into how ideas are marketed, disseminated and shared in society. The Cambridge graduate set up The Sun’s website back in 1999 and has worked across online, news and features plus a number of consumer magazines. She now specialises in projects that blend native advertising and commercial opportunities with editorial. The mum-of-three has a special interest in social mobility, careers and financial literacy.
Anthony Impey MBE is a serial entrepreneur and experienced business leader with a track-record in starting, building, and operating businesses and not-for-profit organisations in the tech and skills sectors.
After starting his first business at school, he went on to build several businesses including Touchbase Network and Technology House. As founder and chief executive of Optimity, he built one of the UK’s leading providers of fixed-wireless internet services and a multi award-winning apprenticeship programme. He also founded TechCity Stars and Tech Up Nation; not-for-profit organisations that helped disadvantaged young Londoners kickstart their careers in the tech sector.
He is chair of the Federation of Small Business new policy think tank, the UK government’s Apprenticeship Stakeholder Board and the Mayor of London’s Apprenticeship Advisory Group.
He was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2018 New Year’s Honours for Services to Apprenticeships and Small Business.
Gareth's current role is Managing Director Business Banking where he has responsibility for a million
business customers. He is a trustee for the Lloyds Bank Foundation and Chairman of the UK Finance
Corporate and Commercial board.
Gareth has over 30 years of experience in banking and has run a number of large businesses within many of the Bank’s divisions including Retail Banking, Wealth Management and Commercial. He was also formerly Chairman of the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (AMC) and Lloyds Banking Group Ambassador for the East.
Emma left school at 15 with no qualifications, and went on to own 3 businesses by the age of 30.
Working in restaurants since she was 14, at 16 Emma was waitressing in a hotel when she was thrown
in at the deep end and found herself helping to run the floor. Part-time turned full-time and
welcomed more responsibility.
At 18 Emma was working as a salon junior, along with her duties to the stylists she was assisting the daily running of the business. Emma was drawn to barbering and started her training. After working for a few other barbershops, Emma was frustrated with the lack of direction and employee care.
At 24 Emma opened her first barbershop, ELP, in Covent Garden. ELP was such a success, 3 years later Emma moved ELP to a larger site in Clerkenwell where it has successfully traded for nearly 5 years. 2019 saw Emma and her new business partner open their first pub, The Plough. At the end of 2019, Emma and her business partner took a risk and opened The Prince Arthur, 44 days before Lockdown was enforced.
During lockdown, the barbershop increased online sales of the ELP product line with the pubs pivoting to move with the ever-changing conditions. By May 2021, with no redundancies, all three businesses are trading successfully and new staff have been hired as restrictions began to lift in April.
Going forward, Emma is growing the product line for ELP, and more pubs will be added to the portfolio, in and outside of London.
Dominic Cools-Lartigue is the founder of Street Feast, London’s pioneering street food market. His renovation of disused buildings around London into vibrant spaces for eating and drinking has helped revolutionise how we eat out in London.
In 2010, upon discovering the quality of street food being sold at lunch markets across London, Dominic set out to create a version of the night-markets he’d experienced in places like Zanzibar and Barbados.
Street Feast launched in 2012, as the city’s first weekly night market, Street Feast helped lay the foundations for a new way of socializing across the capital and became the blueprint for the contemporary street food night-market and food hall trend that has been growing across the country. 2013 saw Dominic create an indoor version of Street Feast called Hawker House. Then in 2014 Dominic, designed the concept that would become Dinerama, and three years after creating Street Feast, Dominic sold Street Feast to a new parent company called London Union.
During lockdown Dominic launched the Great Feast of London as a digital food, music and wellbeing festival in aid of A Plate For London. Then in late 2020 Dominic launched the Tramshed Project, a new coworking, dining and culture space in Shoreditch.