There’s no denying, these are challenging times for all business owners but what has been incredibly humbling to witness is the support within the Great British Entrepreneur Awards community.

Last week, we worked quickly with our partners at Fresh Business Thinking to take a digital first approach to getting entrepreneurs together (albeit virtually) to exchange advice and offer peer to peer support. I’m completely blown away to be supported by some of the founders I admire the most including:

Will King - Immediately acknowledging your problem

Will King created King of Shaves in the depths of the 90s recession, saw the dot-com crash and survived the financial crisis of 2008. He knows exactly what needs to be done in a crisis.

Whether it’s staffing, cash flow, supply chains or insurance, getting through a crisis depends on your ability to identify exactly what problems you face and he’ll be sharing his advice on a webinar running next week. 


John Stapleton - COVID-19- Business readiness in tough times & preparing for coming out the other side

As co-founder of New Covent Garden Soup Co and Little Dish and a seasoned investor, John Stapleton is an experienced entrepreneur who places a great deal of importance on both planning for a crisis and on developing a competitive advantage for life after the crisis blows over.

Being prepared is the first step to securing your business’ future once a crisis hits. Failing to have a plan in place could be the difference between job cuts – even the business’ demise – and a long-term, bright future. John’s session is running on April 6th.


Lucy Cohen - COVID-19- Remaining financially engaged

Lucy Cohen is the Co-founder of Mazuma – the UK’s first subscription-based accountancy service. Founding the company in 2006 at the age of 23, Lucy spotted a gap in the market for low cost, hassle-free accountancy services.

During the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak many small business are going to be understandably concerned about their cash flow. This webinar will offer advice and information to get you through the toughest times. Her webinar is tomorrow (25th March).


Julia Elliott Brown - Raising investment in challenging times

Julia Elliott Brown is the CEO and Founder of Enter the Arena, the UK’s leading equity fundraising expert and specialist coach. With 20+ years commercial experience developing and building high-growth start-ups.

In this webinar Julia will deliver a masterclass on the journey to raising investment during COVID-19, the conflicting forces and the value that this will have on your business over the long term.


Michael Jacobsen - Freelancers and SME's- Survival in this crisis

Michael Co-founded and co-owned (now exited) a global multi-billion dollar entertainment empire underpinned by with the world rights to the Dirty Dancing brand and an entertainment property portfolio (operating some of Australasia’s leading entertainment arenas and facilities). Michael also Co-Produced Dirty Dancing on Stage globally, which is the fastest selling show in London West End history and has grossed over $US1Billion. It is recognized as one of the world’s top entertainment properties of all time. He has also been involved in the promotion of numerous large-scale concert tours including those by legendary artists Elton John, Usher, Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand. 

Drawing on his experience and learnings for small business from multiple other global crises, Michael will discuss key steps and tangible advice on how small business and freelancers can give themselves the best chance to survive, stabilise and come out the other end.


And last but by no means least, the wonderful Oli Barrett, who will be hosting a Great British Entrepreneur Awards judges mastermind group this week. Bringing together some of the biggest supporters of entrepreneurship to discuss how we can collectively get out of the other side stronger, and further support our wonderful community.


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