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:
- 49% are leaders of high growth technology businesses
- 24% are active investors from angel, VC and PE firms
- 21% are decision makers from large organisations – retailers, media businesses, financial service providers etc.
- 5% are premium advisers – banks, corporate finance, lawyers, accountants etc.
We make sure that participants can speak and buy on behalf of their organisations. At a recent BLN event at which 146 people attended:
- 50% were Chairmen, CEOs, Founders, Managing Directors, Partners
- 23% were Directors, Heads of Department, Principles
- 27% were Managers and Associates
Here are a few participant lists from recent BLN events.
If you are interested in meeting with these – and other – people you can do business with, please get in touch with Marcin Zaba (email@example.com; 07702 216 930). We would love to talk.
And finally, here are just some videos from some recent events. Enjoy!
Whether your business is a start-up or a multi-national, we can help you achieve your goals. BDO LLP has over 235 partners and 3,150 staff in the UK & 14 offices across the country. BDO International is the world’s 5th largest accountancy network with more than 1,000 offices in over 110 countries with 44,000 employees worldwide.
Blick Rothenberg LLP is a leading independent firm of chartered accountants. Based in Central London, we offer aaccounting, assurance and advisory services, as well as advice on corporate and personal tax matters.
We are one of the largest single office practices in the country and we are committed to remain of a size where continuity and personal attention still remain possible. We are proud of our heritage and our culture, and place emphasis upon quality of service, meeting our clients’ needs and modern methods and procedures.
Our experience and market focus enable us to offer a rare blend of professional expertise and personal service to a wide range of clients, from international groups to owner managed businesses, private individuals and charities. This level of expertise combined with our partner led approach, personal service is what continues to prove attractive to our clients.
16 Great Queen Street
London, WC2B 5AH
Tel: +44 (0)20 7486 0111
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
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.
19 Golden Square
- Tel +44 (0) 203 328 9600
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
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 www.intelcapital.com
Tel: +44 207 292 8782
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
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.
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 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
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
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.
Contact:Shona Baijal Executive Director email@example.com Tel: +44 (0)20 7567 5539 UBS Wealth Management 1 Finsbury Avenue London EC2M 2AN United Kingdom
UKTI Venture Capital Unit
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: