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03 February 2017

The Leap 100: Scaling up in uncertain times

Jo Coburn was joined by a panel of entrepreneurs who shared their experiences of scaling a business and discussed how the economic uncertainity of the coming year may affect fast growth.

Here is a link to a photo gallery of the event and above is a short film, which we hope captures the spirit of the evening.

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Transcript

Nadim Meer
Partner, Mishcon de Reya

I am getting a load of elite companies together with hopefully some aspirational elite companies and others who have already done it.  It is just a nice forum to exchange ideas.

Edward Perry
Co-Founder, Cook

Any event that brings together entrepreneurs and business people where people are talking, listening, learning is a good thing.

William Butler-Adams OBE
MD, Brompton Bicycle

I come to events like this because it is my professional development, I meet interesting people, I learn about different businesses so it really stimulates you and gets you fired up. 

I don’t give a stuff about Brexit so unless you are some enormous Government or some Glaxo or HSBC or Macro world for us little people it is irrelevant.

Goncalo de Vasconcelos
Co-Founder and CEO, SyndicateRoom

So I am expecting to meet quite a few like-minded entrepreneurs and share experiences and concerns.

With all due respect, I completely disagree actually.  My concern is that if Brexit means that suddenly it becomes harder and harder to access top talent then as a company you have your life becoming increasingly difficult.

Rebecca Harper
Executive Assistant, MVF Global

We came tonight because we were really excited about the title of the event being about growth.  Growth is a really big buzz word as part of our company.  It is something we talk about a lot.

Debbie Wosskow OBE
Co-Founder and CEO, Love Home Swap

We are a digital business with venture capital and trade but venture capital but venture capital investors who expect at least a 100% growth year on year.  Because that’s the market that we are in.

What I am really interested to hear is if any of you have a plan for ensuring that you still attract top talent and obviously ensuring that your current employees still have full confidence in the business and that you will continue to grow.

William Butler-Adams OBE
MD, Brompton Bicycle

The best talent you have is probably inside your business.  If you can get what you’ve got working harder for you, you are going to much more quickly improve your capacity to do more.

Debbie Wosskow OBE
Co-Founder and CEO, Love Home Swap

I would encourage entrepreneurs to ensure that they meet with fellow entrepreneurs as often as possible and in an environment like this one.

What are the uncertainties that keep you awake at night

Alex Evans
Programme Director, Supper Club

It was interesting that the panel was essentially divided into two areas, virtual businesses and bricks and mortar businesses.

Edward Perry
Co-Founder, Cook

Manufacturing business, sort of tech type businesses and I think one of the reasons we are still here is, is we haven’t grown too quickly because actually as a manufacturing business if you try and push that too fast too quickly you are going to screw it up.  You cannot just say ‘ooh we are going to grow at 25% or 30%’, it’s not that simple.

Nadim Meer
Partner, Mishcon de Reya

What I learnt tonight was stick to what you can control within your business, you can’t really do much more than that.

Alex Evans
Programme Director, Supper Club

When you hear about other people’s challenges, other people’s opportunities there are tactics you can get from somebody who is in a different industry but a peer is hugely valuable.

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