#23 Venturefest Episode 2

Live from Venturefest East Midlands – Episode 2

Are you looking for support, to help you develop an innovative new (or new-to-you) idea, for your business – or the organisation you work for?

On Wednesday 22 April 2017, Derby Arena played host to VentureFest East Midlands – a one day regional business growth event, designed to connect innovators, investors and entrepreneurs.

During the day, host Carl Benfield spoke to some of those involved. He recorded sixteen short conversations, which we’ll be airing across two episodes of the Twentisphere podcast.

Those we spoke to, included representatives from local Universities, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) – and organisations involved in providing Finance, Legal/IP and HR training services.

So what is the message these organisations are wanting to get out? And what did we learn?

The main thing that stood out, is that there is a thriving and well networked business support community across the East Midlands.

This community is made up of people who are ready to provide professional expertise, to help businesses develop innovative ideas, set their business on a sound foundation – and to launch, grow and scale, both in the UK and overseas.

Whilst some of the organisations we spoke to offer paid business support services, we learned that a lot of expert help is available, either partly funded, or completely free of charge.

We understand that for many people, taking a day to attend live events like VentureFest isn’t always possible, due to time constraints.

With this in mind, we’re offering you another opportunity for you to connect with some of those who are offering help. We hope you’ll enjoy listening in to these conversations – and that they may give you some useful ideas and contacts, to help you develop your ideas.


Mark Johnson

JMC Revolution

Web: http://www.4x4covers.com/

Email: sales@4x4covers.com

Phone: 01773 590088


Jackie Ledger


Web: http://www.llepbizgateway.co.uk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LLEPBizGateway

Email: jackie.ledger@llep.org.uk

Tel: 0116 366 8487 (LLEP)

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackie-ledger-06117b24/


Gareth Howells

Business Growth Enabler, NatWest

Web: http://business.natwest.com/business.html

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GarethHowells88

Email: gareth.howells@natwest.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gareth-howells-a497799b/


Piers Pye-Watson and Alex Atkin
G2 Innovation Ltd

Web: http://www.g2innovation.co.uk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/G2Innovation

Email: piers.pye-watson@g2innovation.co.uk

Tel: 0115 824 0402

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/piers-pye-watson-a0baa135/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-atkin-555b681a/


Michelle Craven-Faulkner

Web: https://www.geldards.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Geldards

Email: michelle.craven-faulkner@geldards.com

Tel: 0844 736 0006

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelle-craven-faulkner-039a4ba/


Dr Fred Paterson

Project Lead, Carbon Smart SME Network, University of Derby

Web: https://www.derby.ac.uk/business-services/funded/carbon-smart/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DerbyUni

Email: f.paterson@derby.ac.uk

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fredpaterson/


Ashley Glossop

Harper James Solicitors

Web: www.hjsolicitors.co.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HarperJamesUK

Email: ashley.glossop@hjsolicitors.co.uk

Tel: 0800 6891700

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashley-glossop-0367476b/


Mark Gardner and John Hart

Transmit Start-Ups

Web: https://transmitstartups.co.uk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TransmitStartUp

Email: mark@transmitstartups.co.uk john@transmitstartups.co.uk

Tel: 07982 918746 (Mark) 07973 861378 (John)

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-gardner-2859a210/


Jason Kluver


Web: https://www.shadowfoundr.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShadowFoundr

Email: jason@shadowfoundr.com

Tel: 03442 646040

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-kluver-559293a7/


Anjuu Trevedi

University of Leicester – Head of Regional Business Engagement

Web: www.le.ac.uk/business

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnjuuT

Email: anjuu.trevedi@le.ac.uk

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anjuu-trevedi-39924a17/

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