British Library Event- Business Nightmares and how to recover from them

7 01 2009

I am honoured to announce that i have been invited to attend a business event as part of the main panel being held at the British Library on the 21st January 2009 by my dear friend Rachel Elnaugh.

The event is sponsored by HSBC.

Proudly sponsored by HSBC

Proudly sponsored by HSBC

Business in crisis event

Business in crisis event

The British Library is the national library of the UK and one of the world’s greatest libraries. Business users are a key target audience for the Library and it has a successful track record in supporting entrepreneurs and SMEs from initial concept through to successfully launching and developing a business. The newly upgraded Business & IP Centre, built with the help of LDA funding, provides free access to information, information experts, workshops and 1:1 advice sessions. More than 75,000 entrepreneurs and business people from a diverse range of background have used the Centre since it was officially opened in March 2006.

Alongside its research facilities, the Library holds many “role model” events, at which aspiring entrepreneurs are able to hear from, and quiz, successful entrepreneurs about the secrets of their success. In the past three years, the Library has welcomed many highly successful entrepreneurs such as Tim Waterstone, the late Dame Anita Roddick (who also hosted regular one-to-one workshops with budding entrepreneurs), Martha Lane Fox, Doug Richard, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and Lord Bilimoria to share their experiences with audiences of aspiring young entrepreneurs.

This evening panel debate and discussion is an opportunity to hear from a panel of leading entrepreneurs about how they survived their entrepreneurial rollercoaster ride and built business success on the back of the lessons learned. Guests will also have the chance to put their own questions to our panel about the experience gained from their business nightmares.

‘Business Nightmares, and how to recover from them’ is part of a major series of events (started in May 2004) under the banner ‘Inspiring entrepreneurs’, supported by the world’s local bank, HSBC. The events in the series have included: ‘Small Companies, Global Ambitions’; ‘The Secrets of Success: how to be a Start-up Star; ‘Desperately Seeking Finance’; ‘Teenpreneurs: the youthful guide to starting a business’; ‘Social entrepreneurs: building business with a conscience’; The Asian Advantage:discover the formula for success, Ethical Entrepreneurs: the rise and rise of good business; Mothers of Invention: celebrating International Women’s Month 2007’; Commerce with a Conscience: Dame Anita Roddick at the British Library; Hot off the Press: a panel discussion for budding media moguls; Oriental Express: celebrating Chinese entrepreneurs in Britain; Flying High with Stelios; and Winners: the rise and rise of black British entrepreneurs. All events, which take place in our 250-seat auditorium, have been sold out.

The most recent ‘Inspiring Entrepreneurs’ events are available as webcast at

To inspire and motivate young British entrepreneurs by learning from the experience of those who have already succeeded.
To provide practical advice and guidance that will encourage people in their own enterprises.
To provide networking opportunities for participants.
To create awareness of BL services, particularly the Business & IP Centre and workshops.
To signpost to relevant services provided by Business & IP Centre’s business partners, some of whom will have their stand in the foyer.


Existing and aspiring entrepreneurs.
Key influencers and stakeholders from organisations such as the LDA, GLA, BERR.
Business partners e.g. Business Link London, and the UK Intellectual Property Office.
Potential sponsors.
Press and media representatives.

The audience will be made up of a mixture of stakeholders, press and the general public. The majority of the audience will be aspiring young entrepreneurs.




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