'The Apprentice' and 'Dragons' Den' stars headline at upcoming event


In Summary

General | 27th May 2021
Businesses in the West Midlands will have the opportunity to quiz a former Dragons' Den star and the youngest finalist in the history of the BBC’s The Apprentice about the importance of collaboration to run a successful company.

In Detail

Entrepreneur and TV personality from Dragons' Den Piers Linney and Camilla Ainsworth, who launched dairy free drinks brand Mylkplus which is now sold in 645 of Holland & Barrett’s stores and is the top 10 best-selling drink in the UK on Amazon, are the keynote speakers at the Peer Networks event.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) Growth Hub has organised the free session called ‘Strength in Numbers: Build your Business Through Collaboration’ on the new West Midlands Growth Hubs website on Tuesday 29 June between noon and 1.30pm.

The event is aimed at businesses throughout the West Midlands who are eligible for the Peer Networks programme with a turnover of at least £100,000, have at least five employees (unless they are a digital business), have been trading for at least one year and have an aspiration to improve.

This is among a number of free events the West Midlands Growth Hubs have organised to give a helping hand to businesses next month.

Advice on VAT will be the focal point of EU business support 1-2-1 clinics on Wednesday 9 June between 8am and 1pm and Wednesday 16 June from noon to 5pm while import advice clinics will be staged on Monday 7 June from 8am to 1pm and on Tuesday 22 June from noon to 5pm.

The Home Office is also running an event for the West Midlands region, about the points-based immigration system, on Tuesday 8 June which will cover the EU Settlement Scheme, skilled workers, employing a worker – sponsorship, right to work checks, the seasonal worker route, highly skilled workers/global talent and start-up and innovators.

Craig Humphrey, Managing Director of the CWLEP Growth Hub, said 107 businesses in Coventry and Warwickshire had been involved in the first Peer Networks programme which was launched by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). “The aim is to help businesses grow and develop to achieve future success and ahead of the start of the second Peer Networks programme, we thought SMEs would find it helpful to hear from two businesses who had signed-up to the first wave,” he said.

“We have also arranged for two motivational speakers, Piers Linney and Camilla Ainsworth, to give their first-hand experiences about the importance of the support of business peers and collaboration.

“They will both give practical advice and pass on their knowledge about entrepreneurship, innovation and financing as well as their insights into the significance of building businesses through collaboration.

“They have interesting stories to tell since Piers also has a professional background in law, investment banking and fund management while Camilla was listed in the ‘Top 10 women to watch list’ of 2020 by Forbes and has huge plans for the business this year including a new product range and multiple retail listings.

“As well as finding out about their top tips for business start-ups or scale-ups, we have organised a second series of our EU business clinics following the end of the transition period and the UK’s exit from the EU which proved really popular.

“We are re-running the VAT and import advice clinics since they had the most demand because receiving this kind of vital advice can often cost hundreds of pounds but our sessions are free.”

All the events can be booked via the new www.wmgrowthhubs.co.uk website.