I’m just back from our ‘Inspiring Entrepreneurs’ event Small companies, global ambitions with Brent Hoberman,, co-founder of lastminute.com, launched online interiors site mydeco; Asif Rangoonwala, founder of baked good suppliers Eurobuns; Dawn Gibbins, founder of Flowcrete flooring and the Barefoot lifestyle brands, and Richard Woods a co-founder of DIY Kyoto. who sell the ‘wattson’ energy monitor.
Once again the chair Matthew Rock managed the tricky task of giving everyone a say and finding time for lots of good questions from the audience.
Highlights of the evening were:
- Noticing how punctual the audience was tonight compared to our event on Ethical Fashion. Something to do with the credit crunch or the nature of those attending.
- Meeting both existing clients and entrepreneurs such as Ed Wray, designer of the BarbeSkew who had some revealing insights into the entertainment that is Dragon’s Den.
- Hearing how important it is to understand how your product benefits your customer and also their customers.
- Thinking of sections of a larger company as kingdoms, and giving the ‘kings’ freedom to manage without interference.
- Employing mavericks as managers (that one came from Dawn Gibbins, who was an amazing speaker. So much enthusiasm, energy and honesty.
- Meeting an entrepreneurial librarian, Jennifer Smith the co-founder of OneIS.