BLN Partners

Business Leaders Network (BLN) events are universally known for attracting high quality audiences across the technology sector.  We help our partners develop events that generate business for them and networks for their clients.

Business Leaders Network was started by Mark Littlewood in 2007 after sheer frustration at the lack of genuinely valuable networking events in the UK. The vast majority of events were, and still are, swamped with advisers and people too junior to make decisions.

Then there were the talks. If you were lucky you would be subjected to a really dull panel; if you were unlucky it would be a sales pitch from a sponsor.

Do you share our frustration? Talk to us.

BLN events bring together successful entrepreneurs, top tier investors and corporate decision makers to meet with peers and learn about how to improve their business. We address topics that are timely and relevant – no future gazing, no time wasting and no sales pitches.

Our partners get the benefit of meeting people they can do business with (both inside and outside of events) as well as being seen to support the growth and well being of the ecosystem.

What makes BLN events great?

Audience and content.

We work hard to ensure the right people attend our events:

We make sure that participants can speak and buy on behalf of their organisations. At a recent BLN event at which 146 people attended:

Here are a few participant lists from recent BLN events.

BLN Growth Forum. Participant list.

BLN CEO Tales with Eric Ries. Participant list.

BLN Making it Mobile 2012. Spring Edition. Participant list.

BLN CEO Tales with Peldi. Participant list.

BLN CEO Tales with Ken Segall. Particpant list.

BLN Making it Mobile 2012. Autumn Edition. Participant list.

If you are interested in meeting with these – and other – people you can do business with, please get in touch with Marcin Zaba (; 07702 216 930). We would love to talk.

And finally, here are just some videos from some recent events. Enjoy!

BLN CEO Tales: Eric Ries, Lean Startup Book Launch

BLN CEO Tales: Ken Segall, Insanely Simple Book Launch

BLN MiM 2012: Ann Cook, Director of Interactive, ITV

BLN MiM 2012: Nick Lansley, Head of R&D, Tesco

MiM 2012: Colin Rees, CIO, Domino’s Pizza

MiM 2012: Mark Challinor, Head of Mobile, Telegraph Media Group



The Deloitte Technology Group in Cambridge serves a client base comprising of start ups through to listed multinational businesses. The focus of the group on technology based businesses enables us to provide a service designed specifically for the needs of your business.

Experienced staff within the Technology Group will work with you to build your business. Services can be selected from our extensive portfolio. As your business evolves we will adapt our service to meet your changing requirements. This service is provided by a dedicated multi-disciplinary team of specialists with extensive experience of working with technology companies.

Our service approach recognises that the needs of growing companies will change as they develop. Our portfolio of services will provide the level of support you require throughout the life cycle of your business.

We would be pleased to meet with you to gain an understanding of how Deloitte can contribute to your success.


Tel:+44 (0) 1223 460222

Learn more about Deloitte

Erevena Search

Erevena provide executive search and recruitment services for companies and investors operating in the technology and online markets. Our clients include some of the worlds leading brands through to the most exciting venture and private equity backed players.

We fulfil assignments across all functions at board level, senior executive, and strategic operational positions. Based in the UK we support companies seeking to establish or grow operations in the EMEA regions and UK based companies expanding globally.

Erevena Ltd
19 Golden Square
United Kingdom

First Capital

First Capital is a European investment bank that specialises working with high growth technology companies. We provide mergers and acquisitions and private placement advisory services to internet and digital media, software and communications and IT and managed services companies. Our team leverages decades of expertise in international investment banking to provide objective, insightful and expert advice to company management, boards and shareholders.

We have a profound understanding of our markets and of the drivers of value in a transaction. We are skilled negotiators and experienced deal makers. We use our knowledge and expertise to achieve outstanding results for our clients, with each engagement led personally by one of our senior directors, guaranteeing the highest quality advice and support at every stage.


Hazel Moore – Chairman

Tel: +44 (0)20  8563 1563
Twitter: @hazel_moore


GrowthAccelerator helps ambitious businesses achieve their high growth potential – identifying key barriers to growth and creating a uniquely tailored growth plan to help overcome challenges, and optimise opportunities.
A partnership between private enterprise and government, the GrowthAccelerator service currently works with over 2,500 businesses from a diverse range of sectors, from software to manufacturing. The service includes expert business coaching, delivered across areas including innovation, access to finance, and business development. It also offers up to £2,000 match-funding for leadership and management training.

Contact: Darren Harper

0844 463 2995

Informatics Ventures

For over half a century Scotland has consistently demonstrated global leadership in Computer Science research, with our research cluster rivaling Boston, Pittsburgh, Kyoto and Silicon Valley. Informatics in Edinburgh is confirmed as the best Computer Science department in the United Kingdom and one of Europe’s largest research centres. But despite this thought leadership, Scotland has never produced a global software company of scale. Informatics Ventures is ambitiously trying to change this through nurturing an entrepreneurial ecosystem where positive attitudes, skills and networks thrive. Informatics Ventures is a partnership of the University of Edinburgh, Scottish Enterprise and the European Regional Development Fund.

Contact details: Andrew Mitchell — Programme Leader (@roomitchell)

Tel: +44 7793 111 386


Twitter: @infventures


Intel Capital

Intel Capital, Intel’s global investment organization, makes equity investments in innovative technology start-ups and companies worldwide.

Intel Capital invests in a broad range of companies offering hardware, software, and services targeting enterprise, home, mobility, health, consumer Internet, semiconductor manufacturing and cleantech.

Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested more than US9bn in over 1,000 companies in 46 countries. In that timeframe, 174 portfolio companies have gone public on various exchanges around the world and 231 were acquired or participated in a merger.

For more information on Intel Capital and its differentiated advantages, visit


Tel: +44 207 292 8782

Learn more about Intel Capital

Merrill Lynch

Merrill Lynch is a leading global investment bank. In the UK, it has an unrivalled track record of IPO’s and a substantial corporate broking business it has a long-standing reputation for the quality of its Investment research and share of UK equity trading.



NESTA is the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. Our mission is to transform the UK’s capacity for innovation. We invest in early stage companies, inform innovation policy and encourage a culture that helps innovation to flourish.

NESTA Investments combines investment with non-financial support to help companies turn their innovative ideas into commercial successes. We encourage other investors to generate a commercial return by replicating our investment models.


George Whitehead — Business Development Director
Tel: +44 20 7438 2533

Learn more about NESTA


Rackspace® (NYSE: RAX) is the global leader in hybrid cloud and founder of OpenStack®, the open-source operating system for the cloud. We have delivered enterprise-level hosting services to businesses of all sizes and kinds around the world since 1998 and have grown to serve more than 205,000 customers. We operate on four continents, and have been featured on Sunday Times’ 100 Best Companies to work for.

We integrate the industry’s best technologies for each customer’s specific need. We deliver best-fit solutions by leveraging a portfolio of public cloud, private cloud, dedicated servers, and a combination of platforms. Most importantly, it’s all backed by our award-winning Fanatical Support.

Learn more about Rackspace and their support for start ups

SVB Financial Group

SVB Financial is the UK arm of a commercial bank specializing in banking and lending to technology, life science and cleantech companies across all growth sectors. SVB banks approximately 60% of the technology companies in the US.  SVB also banks venture capital and private equity firms.


  • Oscar Jazdowski - Head of Origination, Senior Relationship Manager
  • +44 (0) 20 7647 1285

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing is a leading international law firm. We provide a full range of legal services for clients from our network of offices in Europe, China and Dubai.

We are particularly noted for our expertise in acting for the venture capital community and entrepreneurs and have a long history of acting for clients in the technology sector. Our top-ranked VC lawyers advise both investors and companies on all aspects of their investments.

The quality of our VC and private equity practices was recognised in January 2009 when we were nominated “Law Firm of the Year” by the European Venture Capital Journal.


David Mardle — Partner
Tel: +44 1223 446 425

Learn more about Taylor Wessing

Tech City

Located in the heart of London’s East End, close to the Olympic Park, Tech City is home to the world’s next generation of high-tech entrepreneurs.

Originally a small cluster of high-tech firms, Tech City has grown dramatically to become the capital’s leading destination for digital, creative and high-technology companies. In just three years, it has expanded naturally from around 15 companies to over 300 – growth that is set to continue, with the UK Government actively supporting the area’s development.

Stretching from the vibrant districts of Old Street and Shoreditch to the heart of the 2012 Games at the Olympic Park in Stratford, Tech City offers opportunities for technology companies and investors of all sizes.

Contact +44 (0)20 7215 8000


Trinamo is a team of leading sales and marketing specialists. We have the expertise to help you win and keep more customers and grow the revenues from them. In short, we help you drive profitability—hard.

We make sales and marketing deliver. We don’t just tell you how; we roll up our sleeves and help you make it happen. We work from the inside, not remotely. We commit to targets and pursue these with vigor. We help you enhance the power of your sales and marketing teams to deliver the results you need.

Our experience has shown us that when it comes to optimised sales and marketing, every company needs something different. Companies need a solution that’s tailored for them; their scale, their maturity, their market, their solutions, their personality.


Simon Stevens – Partner
Mobile: +44 7850 861 387
Direct: +44 207 801 6309

Learn more about Trinamo

UBS Wealth Management

UBS Wealth Management

UBS has specialised in wealth management for more than 150 years, building relationships with wealthy families, entrepreneurs and executives. Today, in the UK we deliver a complete wealth management service from our offices across the country. This local, bespoke service is backed by the global network of resources and know-how of one of the world’s leading financial institutions. Our wealth management specialists work closely with experts from our investment banking and asset management businesses, giving our clients access to the latest research and industry-leading investments.


Shona Baijal
Executive Director
Tel: +44 (0)20 7567 5539
UBS Wealth Management
1 Finsbury Avenue
United Kingdom

UKTI Venture Capital Unit

UKTI’s Venture Capital Unit (VCU) was established in June 2012 as a result of the Government’s strategy, Britain Open for Business, and aims to link high growth and innovative SMEs with overseas sources of early stage equity investment. Currently, the demand for funding from high-growth and innovative UK companies outstrips supply. The VCU is tasked with addressing this funding gap through overseas capital sources.

The VCU comprises a group of private sector individuals, supported by a small team of civil servants. The unit is currently focussed on developing relationships with key overseas investor networks and the high growth and innovative UK SME community, across the life science, technology and clean technology sectors.

The VCU’s strategy is based on the principle that the UK has created, and is in the process of creating more, world-beating companies, and recently a number of key trends are making it an even better place to build exceptional businesses.  However, this is not fully appreciated in key international markets, nor is the UK’s status as the key European centre for innovation and venture capital.  Hence, the VCU aims to change these perceptions and facilitate the inflow of investment into both SMEs and the market as a whole.

For more information, contact:

UK Trade & Investment
1 Victoria Street
London SW1H 0ET | | ukti/blog

Learn more about UKTI


Zuhlke Engineering develops innovative products and customised software solutions. Our range of services includes consulting, development and integration and is based on the experience of more than 8,000 customer projects.

As an independent partner, Zuhlke brings ideas to market and helps companies achieve success. We combine the strengths and goals of Zuhlke clients with our implementation skills in three interconnected areas: product and software engineering, management consulting and start-up financing. The benefits of working with Zuhlke are increased innovation, productivity and growth.

Find out more, with case studies on how they work, on Zuhlke’s website