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18 May, 2011 - 14:37 By Tony Quested

Cambridge BLN Growth Forum a catalyst for growth


It’s one of the hottest business shows in this or any other town – and the BLN Growth Forum 2011 in Cambridge on July 5 is set to become the most effective catalyst for growth ever staged locally.


The speaker line-up for the day event at the Hauser Forum is a veritable Who’s Who? of entrepreneurial greats. Delegates can’t help but learn from sharing their experiences of life at the commercial coal face.

They include Warren East, CEO of superchip designer ARM Holdings; Jonathan Milner – CEO of antibodies supplier Abcam; Nigel Payne – Non-Exec Director, Sportingbet plc; Mary Turner – CEO,; Ariel Eckstein, managing director, LinkedIn EMEA; Mohini Bulbrook, who is head of International Development, Cheapflights Media and Neil Gaydon – CEO, Pace plc.

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The BLN Growth Forum 2011July 5, 2011 9am-6pmHauser Forum, Cambridge

Business Weekly has become media partner for the Forum and is offering a 20 per cent discount for all bookings made after May 22 – but even though these will be attractive prices, they are not as attractive as the deal you get by beating the May 22 guillotine.

The content-crammed Forum enables delegates to think, talk and learn about growing and scaling their business. Organiser Mark Littlewood said: “Delegates will hear stories of success – and failure – and walk away with relevant, actionable opportunities to help strengthen their business.

“We really care about hearing interesting stuff from people that matter and can teach people by example. We don’t care about hearing from ‘big names’, that don’t say anything new – or controversial. We really, really care about making sure that the right people are in the room – to listen, to engage, to discuss and find ways of doing business together.”

Accountancy practice BDO, law firm Mills & Reeve and Kleinwort Benson, the private banking and wealth management company, are leading sponsors of the event which runs from 9am-6pm on July 5. SPEAKER PROFILES

Peter Bauer, Co-Founder & CEO, MimecastPeter left his native South Africa in 2002 after selling his first tech venture during the dotcom boom. He started Mimecast in London with fellow South African, Neil Murray, Mimecast’s CTO. Together they’ve built a strong team that serves over 4,000 customers today. Mimecast’s cloud services work alongside Microsoft Exchange to improve corporate security, continuity and archiving. Mimecast’s HQ is in London. They employ 250 staff with offices in the US and South Africa. Mimecast raised over £20m from angels and VC’s including Index Ventures and were recently ranked in the Deloitte Fast-500 as EMEA’s fifth fastest growing tech company.

Mohini Bulbrook, Head of International Development, Cheapflights MediaMohini (Mo) Bulbrook joined the Company in 2001. She has almost 20 years’ experience in distribution, marketing and sales in the travel industry and her previous roles included Product and Marketing Manager at Flight Centre UK and Product Manager with STA Travel Australia. In May 2003, she helped set up the company’s Boston office and launched the company’s US website. In April 2007, Mo launched the company’s Canadian website followed by Cheapflights’ German site in 2008 and the Australia and New Zealand site in 2009. Mo graduated from the University of Hertfordshire.

Christopher Clark, Partner, BDOChristopher is a partner in the London corporate finance advisory team specialising in Mergers, Acquisitions and Fund raising predominantly in the support services sector. He advises on corporate finance strategy assignments, refinancing, and buy side and sell side M&A projects.

Warren East, CEO, ARM Holdings plcWarren East joined ARM in 1994 to set up ARM’s consulting business. He was Vice President, Business Operations from February 1998. In October 2000 he was appointed to the board as Chief Operating Officer and in October 2001 was appointed Chief Executive Officer. He is a chartered engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute.

Ariel Eckstein, Managing Director, LinkedIn EMEAAriel Eckstein is Managing Director for LinkedIn EMEA. Appointed in March 2011, Ariel is focused on developing, leading and delivering the company’s strategy and growth initiatives in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to his current role, Ariel was managing director for LinkedIn’s Hiring Solutions business in EMEA. Before joining LinkedIn, he was Vice President of Business Expansion for AOL Europe where he led the search, mobile and new markets business units and was responsible for pan-European strategic partners and business development.

Neil Gaydon, CEO, Pace plcNeil is Chief Executive Officer at Pace plc, a leading global technology company for the PayTV industry. Neil was appointed Pace CEO in 2006 where he has transformed the company from loss-making with revenues of just £175m into a global business with revenues of over £1.33bn in 2010.Since Neil became CEO, Pace has become the world’s largest supplier of set top boxes, entered the FTSE 250, become a top ten UK quoted technology company and has a global customer base that includes many of the world’s leading PayTV operators. Neil joined Pace in 1995 and has been on the company’s Board of Directors since 2002.

Paul Kenny, Owner, Ocean LearningPaul Kenny is one of the UK’s top sales trainers, consultants and speakers. Paul has an extraordinary knack of helping software people embrace their inner sales person. He has worked with many customers in three continents, including IBM, Perot Systems, The Guardian Newspaper and tens of others. Paul has developed a portfolio of nearly 100 sales, management and personal development courses. He won a national training award for his work with The Guardian.

Andy Leaver, VP EMEA, WorkdayAndy spent the first 10 years of his career learning technology innovation with Microsoft and business leadership with GE, mainly in the US. In the most recent 10 years he’s grown and managed Europe for Ariba, SuccessFactors, Bazaarvoice and currently Workday, as founded by Dave Duffield of Peoplesoft fame. All these businesses have gone through rapid growth and expansion across EMEA, and have used the disruptive trends of Cloud, Social and Mobile to achieve market leadership. His passion is sales execution.

Martin Leuw, Non-Executive Director of IRIS SoftwareMartin served as Group CEO of IRIS Software from 2001 to 2011 and led its growth from revenues of £9m to over £120m p.a. During this period IRIS grew from an enterprise value of £30m to over £500m to become one of the UK’s largest private software houses, with market leading positions in a number of sectors and circa 60,000 business customers.

Mark Littlewood, Founder, The BLNMark is the founder of The BLN. He was part of the founding team at Library House, an investment research business based in Cambridge serving the global venture capital & banking communities. He led the business development activities for the organisation & built a network of angels, early stage, venture & corporate investors.

Stuart Miller, Co-Founder & CEO, ByBoxStuart is the co-founder and CEO of ByBox, Europe’s leading dropbox logistics company. ByBox is one of the fastest growing technology companies in the UK and was ranked number 1 in the Deloitte Fast50 in 2008. Stuart has spear-headed ByBox’ phenomenal growth from a start-up in January 2000 to a turnover of £40 million today. ByBox leads the UK market for dropbox logistics in the field service sector and recently launched myByBox: a ground-breaking dropbox solution for Internet deliveries. Outside the UK, ByBox provides dropbox logistics in France and the Benelux.

Jonathan Milner, CEO, AbcamJonathan Milner is a highly experienced entrepreneur and business leader with a background in genetic research. He founded Abcam, with David Cleevely and Professor Tony Kouzarides, in February 1998 as an internet-based business to supply a rapidly growing market. He is an active member of the Cambridge, UK, business community and is chairman of Cambridge Temperature Concepts Limited, a privately held medical device company developing a reliable system for ovulation monitoring.

Nigel Payne, Non-Exec Director, Sportingbet plcNigel joined Sportingbet plc in May 2000 as Group Finance Director. Nigel was Group Chief Executive between 2001 and 2006. Prior to joining Sportingbet, Nigel was the Group Finance Director of Polestar Magazines, Europe’s largest magazine printer, and has held directorships at Scottish & Newcastle and Brann Direct. Nigel is a Partner in Merlin Financial Advisors LLP and is a Director of Mucky Pups Childcare Limited, Bettor Logic Limited, Goldbidder Limited and Hangar8 plc. Nigel qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1984.

Mary Turner, CEO, AlertMe.comMary Turner was appointed CEO of In February 2010. Prior to this, Mary was CEO of broadband company Tiscali UK, growing the company from less than half a million dial-up customer to the third largest DSL provider in the UK with 1.8m broadband customers by 2008.  At Tiscali she headed up a number of acquisitions including Video Networks IPTV business (Homechoice) and the Pipex broadband and telephone business, before the sale of Tiscali UK to The Talk Talk Group in 2009. In 1999 she became CEO of BT LineOne, leading its sale to Tiscali SpA the Milan listed company in 2001. Before BT LineOne she was General Manager UK (ISP and Portal) and Vice-President Marketing Europe for AOL Bertelsmann/CompuServe Information Services. Mary also has extensive consumer retail experience through senior management roles at Elizabeth Arden, Avon and the Innovations Group. She is also on the board of ASOS PLC.

Tim Weller, Group CEO, Incisive MediaTim Weller is Group Chief Executive and founder of Incisive Media which he floated on the main market of the London Stock Exchange in December 2000 and then took the company private again in December 2006 in a £300m MBO. He is also Non Executive Chairman of Polestar Group, Europe’s leading print group, and E-Trader Group, the online trade marketplace for surplus stock.

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