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Amazon Bootcamp: Exporting For Businesses In London

Simon Pitkeathley | Camden

Simon Pitkeathley

Simon is CEO of the business improvement districts Camden Town Unlimited and Euston Town, as well as being CEO of Camden Collective, & the Camden Highline.  He is also Co-Chair of the Cross River Partnership and Chair of Camden Giving.  Simon sits on the London Enterprise Action Partnership (LEAP) and is its Champion for Small Business.  During the pandemic Simon was seconded to Mayor’s Covid Business Forum and the London Transition Board, where he Chaired the Business Reopening Strategy Group.  He now sits on the London Recovery Board.  Simon has been leading the Camden Highline project since its inception in 2017.

Rajesh Agrawal | GLA

Rajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor of London for Business.

Rajesh Agrawal is the Deputy Mayor of London for Business. Born in India, Rajesh moved to London in 2001. As an entrepreneur he founded RationalFX in 2005, and Xendpay in 2014, both companies utilising technology to reduce the cost of international money transfer for businesses and individuals.

Rajesh is passionate about promoting entrepreneurship and creating opportunities for young people. He was appointed Chair of Oxfam’s Enterprise Development Programme in 2015 and has been a Patron of the Prince’s Trust for many years.

As Deputy Mayor Rajesh aims to be a strong voice for London’s business community, protecting jobs and growth, and ensuring that the capital remains the most open and attractive place to do business in the world.

John Boumphrey | Amazon UK

John Boumphrey (Amazon)

John joined Amazon in 2011, and was appointed UK Country Manager in November 2020.

In his previous role leading Amazon Fashion in Europe, John and his team launched new fashion brands and programmes, including Prime Wardrobe, Stylesnap and The Drop. John’s tenure at Amazon includes almost four years in the UK as Director of Amazon’s Media and Home and Leisure businesses, and nearly three years in Seattle as Vice President, Consumables Programmes.

Before joining Amazon, John was a Trading Director at Homebase, and earlier in his career he worked as a consultant at Bain & Company. John holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Master’s degree in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford.

John is married with three children. Outside of work, John takes part in a variety of sports and recently completed his first triathlon. He also enjoys family walks in the countryside and watching rugby.

Emma Jones | Enterprise Nation

Emma Jones, Enterprise Nation

Emma Jones, 48, was born in Newport, Shropshire and brought up by a mum who ran several independent restaurants in the town. Emma’s first taste of business was as a waitress at these outlets after school and at weekends and points to this experience and her mother’s relentless work ethic as the inspiration for her passion for business.

As part of a degree in Law and Japanese at Cardiff University, Emma worked in Tokyo for a year, where she helped to launch an international language school and became fluent in Japanese.

After that, Emma joined international accounting firm Arthur Andersen, where she worked in London, Leeds and Manchester offices and set up the firm’s inward investment practice that attracted overseas companies to locate in the UK. In 2000, bitten by the bug, Emma left the firm to start her first business, Techlocate, which was using technology to make investing in UK businesses more accessible. After 15 months, the company was successfully sold to Tenon plc. The experience of starting, growing and selling a business from a home base gave Emma the idea for Enterprise Nation which was launched in 2006 as the home business website.

Emma was called upon to be one of the high profile co-founders of national enterprise campaign StartUp Britain. She ran the private sector-funded and Government-backed campaign as CEO from 2011 to 2014. During that time UK start-up figures boomed and hit more than half a million new company registrations in 2014 for the first time. She also launched several successful campaigns including the award-winning PopUp Britain. Emma was awarded an MBE for services to enterprise in the Queen’s Birthday honours in 2012.

In November 2015 Emma was appointed by the UK Prime Minister as a Business Ambassador with a focus on increasing international trade.

In July 2016, Emma was appointed SME Representative for Crown Commercial Service, and in 2019 was appointed as a co-leader of one of the five Business Councils set up by Theresa May and since has been called upon to be part of the freeport advisory panel under Liz Truss.

Emma was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2021. The CBE is the highest-ranking Order of the British Empire award (excluding a knighthood and damehood).

As well as running and supporting successful businesses, Emma is also the author of best-selling business books including Spare Room StartUp, Working 5 to 9 (about starting a business on evenings and weekends), Go Global (a book about exporting), Start a Business for £99, the StartUp Kit and Going for Growth.

Tom Dixon | Department for International Trade

Tom Dixon, Department for International Trade

Tom is an Ecommerce Specialist within the E-Exporting programme at DIT, developing the UK Government’s digital export strategy, delivering support to UK companies, and advancing ecommerce as a mechanism to the grow the British economy. He helps large B2C brands and high-potential, fast-growing companies cultivate opportunities and achieve export success. He manages DITs strategic partnerships with global marketplaces. Tom has held various ecommerce focused roles for the last 10 years working with start-ups, SMEs and large international brands. Tom has a passion for ecommerce technology and has a strong background in growing brands digitally.

How Technology Can Help Drive Business Growth

Dave Gore | Lloyds

Dave Gore, Lloyds

Dave is the Cloud Centre of Excellence Director at Lloyds Banking Group within the Chief Technology Office. Dave leads a community of experts to create the capability to adopt Cloud technology securely and at scale across the Group. Dave is also the Tech lead for the London Ambassador Programme, supporting communities across London to adopt technology.

John Mitchell | Microsoft

John Mitchell, Microsoft

John is the SMB Sales Lead for the UK’s Modern Work solution area. He spends his time ensuring Microsoft are set up to empower UK small and medium-sized businesses to achieve more with Microsoft 365, working closely with their amazing Microsoft Partner Network and Partner Sales Teams to achieve this. John has over 20 years’ commercial experience and has learnt the importance of maintaining a curious growth mindset, especially useful when you consider the impact of digital transformation in the last 18 months.

Access To Funding & Finance and Getting Paid

Stuart Scott | London Business Hub

Stuart Scott, Senior Programmes Manager at Greater London Authority.

Senior Programmes Manager at Greater London Authority.

Ariel Bramble | GrantTree

Ariel Bramble, Senior Associate at GrantTree.

Ariel is a Senior Associate at GrantTree. She works to ensure our wide network of partners has expert support on innovation grant funding. Ariel previously worked to build sustainable supply chains and food systems after graduating from Andrews University with her degrees in Behavioural Sciences and International Development. Outside of work Ariel can be found attempting new hobbies like roller skating, and running after her lively toddler.

Jon Steinberg | Mountside Ventures

Jon Steinberg, Mountside Ventures.

Jon is an ACA chartered accountant and Founding Partner at Mountside Ventures, who are on a mission to optimise the fundraising process for European startups & investors.

Joshua Edelbaum | ASC

Joshua Edelbaum, ACS

Joshua Ejdelbaum has graduated from Cambridge in Economics, his background consists of a mix of Management, Strategy, Consultancy and Business Advisory.

Joshua has been with ASC for close to 10 years dealing with lenders and clients around the UK. He uses his knowledge and contacts already gained during his time as part of ASC to assist clients in raising the right finance for their business.

Mark Foale | ASC

Mark Foale, ASC

Mark has been working in finance for over 12 years and has banking experience alongside Barclays and Santander before joining ASC. With close to 5 years’ experience as a finance professional next to ASC, Mark uses his tremendous track record to help clients succeed in getting business, commercial or property finance, no matter the scenario.

Liz Barclay | Office of Small Business Commissioner

Liz Barclay, Office of Small Business Commissioner

Liz Barclay is a small business and consumer affairs broadcaster, producer and writer. She started her career as an adviser and then CEO with Citizens Advice before moving into radio and TV production and presentation specialising in business and consumer affairs. She is Financial Inclusion Commissioner; Chair of the Fair by Design Campaign; a non-executive Director of 2 organisations and a member of the Standards Boards of The Equity Release Council.

Liz has worked with Boards and small businesses on improving governance, trust and culture, inclusion, and understanding customer behaviour. She coaches communication and presentation skills, chairs national and international conferences and has written several books on business.

Liz was appointed the role of Small Business Commissioner in July 2021 to spearhead the national effort to crackdown on poor payment practices which cause thousands of small businesses to close every year.

Liz will be the first female Small Business Commissioner, a post which was created in 2016 to help small businesses secure the payments owed to them and to galvanise UK businesses behind a new culture of prompt and fair payment.

Net Zero: Why It Is Important For SMEs?

Gabrielle Giner | BT

Gabrielle GIner, Head of Sustainability at BT

Gabrielle has lead BT’s environmental sustainability programme since 2009. Her work has spanned developing BT’s carbon targets – BT’s 1.5°C science-based target and abatement target for BT’s products and she is responsible for BT’s climate and environment strategy. Gabrielle developed BT’s environmental sustainability supply chain engagement programme and is currently working with the 1.5°C Supply Chain Leaders initiative on the SME climate hub. Gabrielle represents BT in external fora such as WBCSD and We Mean Business, and chairs the UNFCCC Momentum for Change Advisory Panel. She has previously held roles in public affairs and programme management and has an MA from SAIS Johns Hopkins University.

Julie Tucker | Be Offices

Julie Tucker, Be Offices

Julie Tucker is PR & Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for BE Offices, a multi-award-winning flexible workspace provider operating in London and across the UK. Julie is responsible for developing and overseeing the company’s CSR activities as a natural extension to the marketing function, with CSR increasingly seen as critical to brand perception, she is also chair of BE’s Green Group charged with measuring and challenging every process within the business that has an environmental impact, with an ambitious target to achieve net zero by 2025.

Catherine Westoby | BEIS

Catherine Westoby, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Catherine is the Net Zero Business Engagement lead for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). She currently heads up the Together for Our Planet Business Climate Leaders campaign for Andrew Griffith MP in his role as UK Net Zero Business Champion ahead of COP26 in November. Catherine has over ten years’ experience in stakeholder engagement, having worked at Transport for London before joining BEIS in March 2020. During that time she led several high profile campaigns, including the stakeholder engagement campaign ahead of the introduction of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in April 2019.

Ian Hobson | ChargeBox

Ian Robson, CEO, ChargeBox

Ian has set and delivered the mission and objectives for ChargeBox which has seen the company grow rapidly. Involved since the company’s inception, Ian took over control of the company and formulated the change in strategy driven by the smart phone market and Olympics in 2012.

Ian is passionate about ChargeBox and passionate about bringing free charging to everyone who needs it everywhere they need it.

A graduate of Imperial College, Ian’s career has taken him from Accenture to Hambrecht & Quist and Tibco, all the time delivering rapid growth and business development.

Teju Akande | Newable

Teju Akande, Newable.

Teju has over 15 years experience in the oil and gas industry with a focus on sub-saharan Africa – from working as a petroleum engineer, to consulting, investment banking and as New Ventures Manager for a start-up AIM-listed oil & gas company. She has spent the last few years working with start-up gas infrastructure companies in West Africa, to identify and tender for commercial opportunities within the supply chain.

Creating an Inclusive Workplace For Your Business

Dr Joanna Abeyie MBE | Blue Moon

Dr Joanna Abeyie, Blue Moon, Founder and CEO.

Joanna Abeyie MBE is a multi-award-winning social impact entrepreneur and champion of diversity, as well as an award-winning journalist and broadcaster. She is founder of Blue Moon, a flagship inclusive Executive Search Business and Diversity and Inclusion Consultancy Practice.

Joanna has spent the last 12 years increasing the employment diversity through inclusive hiring practices and launched her first charity, Elevation Networks Charitable Trust, aged 18. Following this, she started Social Enterprise Shine Media, placing over 3000 people from diverse backgrounds into work within the creative industries.

She is a Non-Exec Director for Investors in People, a Trustee for The Lord Mayor’s Appeal, and the first and only black person to be made a Trustee and Director of The Media Society.

Joanna was awarded an MBE in the 2020 New Year’s Honours list for her services to diversity and inclusion in the creative and media industries.

Jen Scott | Hustle and Heels


Jen Scott, Hustle and Heels.

Jen Scott is the Founding Partner of Hustle & Heels a business consultancy, training hub and community for underrepresented people who want to turn their ideas, side hustles, and hobbies into profitable businesses.​

With over 16 years’ experience developing her own entrepreneurial interests, Jen is passionate about accelerating the development of others by equipping them with the information and tools they need to avoid making the same mistakes she has in business.

Since starting Hustle & Heels, Jen has directly taught, advised, and mentored over 5,000 early-stage startups and ambitious people through a range of high-impact events, programs, and masterclasses. She is known for her infectious energy, practical approach to business training, and ability to identify profit-generating solutions to almost any business challenge. 

Naima Omasta-Milsom | London Business Partnership

Naima Omasta-Milsom, London BUsiness Partnership.

Executive Director of London Business Partnership.

Setting Up an Effective Marketing and Branding Strategy for Your Business

Julie Collins | Collins & Collins

Julie Collins, Collins & Collins

  • For the last 15 years Julie has been working extensively on behalf of a number of organisations, preparing companies to attend overseas trade shows, preparing IT entrepreneurs to pitch for investment and facilitating consultation projects on the future of the Government’s missions and events programme.
  • Julie has also worked with Innovate preparing finalists to pitch to the competition panels and with other organisations preparing companies to pitch at showcase events.
  • Julie conducts sales and marketing reviews, exhibition audits and prepares people to pitch for tenders, investment and new business. She also runs excellent business presentation and pitching skills workshops.

Digital Marketing Strategy – Google Digital Garage

Rikesh | Google

Rikesh, Google

Rikesh is an experienced freelance digital skills trainer who delivers training sessions for the Google Digital Garage on Tour. He is an experienced digital expert and trainer and is passionate about passing on his skills and knowledge to others through the Google Digital Garage.

He is delighted to be at London Business Week/ Online event to talk about Digital Marketing Strategy – Google Digital Garage.

Benedict Hickson | Google

Benedict Hickson, Google

Benedict is a freelance digital skills trainer who delivers training sessions for the Google Digital Garage on Tour. He is an experienced digital expert and trainer and is passionate about passing on his skills and knowledge to others through the Google Digital Garage.

He is delighted to be at London Business Week/ Online event to talk about Digital Marketing Strategy – Google Digital Garage.


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