Market Insights

In these uncertain times it is more important than ever to learn best practise from other entrepreneurial businesses and market experts. We’ve interviewed some fascinating people who share their thoughts and experiences here.

John Spencer, Chief Executive of BizSpace

John Spencer, Chief Executive of BizSpace

SMEs are increasingly looking local to build their supply chains and customer base in the wake of Covid and Brexit, says John Spencer, Chief Executive of BizSpace, a provider of flexible workshop and office space for SMEs.

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Ben O’Brien, ID Card Centre

Ben O’Brien, ID Card Centre

Businesses should harness the power of technology to help ensure the safety of their employees when they return to the workplace, says Ben O’Brien, Managing Director of ID Card Centre, an access control provider.

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Rupa Shinh, Tech investor

Rupa Shinh, Tech investor

Businesses which can provide technology-led solutions to the challenges of a post-Covid world are of great interest to investors right now, says Rupa Shinh, a serial entrepreneur, established board advisor and an investor in technology businesses.

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John Wood, Kitchen CUT

John Wood, Kitchen CUT

Technology looks set to be the hospitality industry’s new best friend as it cautiously feels its way through and out of the Covid pandemic, says John Wood, Co-Founder of Kitchen CUT, which provides management software to the hospitality industry.

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Fran Quilty, Conjura

Fran Quilty, Conjura

Businesses that fail to establish a strong online presence are really going to suffer as newcomers disrupt their markets in the wake of the Covid pandemic, says Fran Quilty, the CEO and co-founder of Conjura, a customer data analytics business.

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Richard Alberg, MWS Technology

Richard Alberg, MWS Technology

The Covid pandemic will create amazing business opportunities for entrepreneurs as markets adapt to new demands from customers, says serial entrepreneur Richard Alberg, CEO and Founder of MWS Technology, which provides technology to training providers.

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Victoria Williams, terptree

Victoria Williams, terptree

The Covid pandemic has caused firms to be more understanding of their customers’ disabilities and think harder about how they can serve them better, says Victoria Williams, Founder and CEO of terptree, which advises businesses on deaf employee and customer experience.

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Julia Langkraehr, Bold Clarity

Julia Langkraehr, Bold Clarity

Businesses need to make faster decisions even if they are not 100% sure they are right because markets and sectors are changing very quickly during the pandemic, says Julia Langkraehr, Founder of Bold Clarity, which provides support for entrepreneurial firms.

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Tom Raymond, Armstrong

Tom Raymond, Armstrong

The private equity market is the busiest it has been for 20 years as investors seek out businesses with potential, says Tom Raymond, the Founder and Chair of Armstrong, which provides commercial due diligence for private equity investors.

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Emma Jones, Enterprise Nation

Emma Jones, Enterprise Nation

The businesses which are surviving the Covid pandemic best are those which are financially fit, have good digital awareness and a strong support network, says Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation, a small business network.

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Christian Vaughan, Disguise

Christian Vaughan, Disguise

The best way for a business to survive the pandemic is to rip up any plans they previously had, says Christian Vaughan, the Chief Marketing Officer at Disguise, which makes technology for live and virtual shows.

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Scott English, CEMG

Scott English, CEMG

The last few months have been tough but there are several key steps entrepreneurial businesses can take right now to stay on track, says Scott English, Brand Director of CEMG, a publishing company which provides publications and events for entrepreneurs.

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Philip Newborough, Bridges Fund Management

Philip Newborough, Bridges Fund Management

The Covid pandemic has highlighted the importance of purpose-led businesses in driving positive change in our society, says Philip Newborough, co-Founder and co-CEO of Bridges Fund Management, the impact investment firm.

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Sean Williams, Corndel

Sean Williams, Corndel

Entrepreneurs are inherent problem solvers, says Sean Williams, the Founder and CEO of Corndel, a leadership and technology training company whose clients include a third of the FTSE100. He shares his thoughts on the outlook for growing businesses.

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Sean Longsdale, Santander

Sean Longsdale, Santander

Sean Longsdale is Managing Director of the Structured Finance Group at Santander Corporate & Commercial. He shares his thoughts about how businesses of all sizes can stay ahead during these challenging times.

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Vic Miller, Brandwatch

Vic Miller, Brandwatch

Vic Miller is Vice President of Global Comms at Brandwatch, a digital consumer intelligence company that helps brands listen to and understand what is being said about them and their markets online. She speaks to businesses of all sizes every day and shares her insights.

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Mayank Patel

Mayank Patel

Mayank Patel OBE is Founder of Currencies Direct, a finance business which he sold for more than £200 million. He now helps budding student entrepreneurs as Leadership Mentor in Residence at Birmingham University and is on the advisory board at Cranfield University.

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Tom Ricca-McCarthy, Lucidity

Tom Ricca-McCarthy, Lucidity

Tom Ricca-McCarthy is co-Founder of Lucidity, a software platform which helps SMEs build and execute their growth strategy. He mentors early-stage businesses and is well placed to understand the impact the pandemic is having on small businesses.

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