Investec, the investment bank, is hosting a conference for entrepreneurs on 25 May. Lara Morgan, founder of Pacific Direct, LoveFilm’s Simon Calver, Luke Johnson among others will be speaking. Also, Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, will be giving a speech on the economy alongside John Cridland of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). For more information call 020 7368 7128, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.entrepreneurssummit.com. The standard ticket price is £249 plus VAT.
CURRENCY FLUCTUATIONS HITTING SMES
Fluctuation in the currency markets over the last year has hit small business, a new report from currency specialists HiFX says. 48 per cent of businesses felt that they had been negatively affected in 2010, and admitted that currency fluctuation was their second biggest worry after concerns that the demand for goods and services would be reduced in 2011. Nevertheless, six out of ten (65 per cent) small business owners are confident about their company’s prospects in 2011.
PROOF: ENTREPRENEURSHIP CAN BE TAUGHT
It turns out entrepreneurship can be taught: James Caan’s Entrepreneurs’ Business Academy (EBA) this week announced its first million pound delegate. Alyas Khan, founder of consultancy firm Emica Group, said that his turnover had increased from £517 in March 2010 – when he joined the EBA – to £1.05m last month. Alyas says an online trading seminar he attended was the turning point for him. He claims his business turnover increased by £16,000 when he implementing the website advice given by EBA web guru, Guy Levine.