Witness the Growth of a Business (#WGBOB)

Date: Wednesday 14th December 2016

Time: 9.00am to 4.30pm

Location: Anglian Ruskin Chelmsford Campus, Essex, CM1 1SQ (PMI Building) 

Cost: Free - (Must register to attend)

How to book: Click here to book your place now

WATCH THE VIDEO FROM Witness the Birth of a Business (WTBOB) 2015 - Click here to watch now

The FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) is running yet another exciting event to promote entrepreneurship in our region.

David Bell & James Whale

Your guides David Bell (FSB Essex Chairman & Entrepreneur) and James Whale (well-known broadcaster and radio presenter)  will take you on a journey with our entrepreneurs as they navigate the pitfalls, challenges and gain the knowledge that they need to grow their business. Introducing them to the skilled professionals who they need to speak with. David & James will ensure that the audience knows exactly where our entrepreneurs are with their business planning and development.

If you're interested in starting a business, or learning about business or already have a business then you're an entrepreneur- and this FREE event is a must-see for you!

Join our entrepreneurs, our experts and our sponsors at Anglia Ruskin University and enjoy the day with fellow entrepreneurs!

As well as the theatre sessions we will have an exhibition running throughout the day where you can meet our sponsors, our experts and our entrepreneurs as well as network with your fellow attendees.




Meet our Keynote Speaker

Alex Rayner

Alex Raynor - CEO Braxted Park Estate.

Join Alex at the beginning of Witness the Growth of a Business to here more about the highest game of cricket on Everest or the amazing expedition to the South Pole.  

Alex has been the Project Manager for some of the most famous modern day events & expeditions.  From Prince Harry’s Expedition to the North and South Poles, to managing the first all-female team to row the Atlantic Ocean.  Alex discusses the trials and tribulations faced by these projects, and how transparency has led to trust and solid leadership







Meet our Experts

Sarah Brockwell

Sarah Brockwell - SarahBee marketing was founded by Sarah Brockwell in 2010 on a budget of just £250. To date, the company has won six business awards. Sarah has over 25 years experience in marketing and PR. In 2013, Sarah won Businesswoman of the Year. Sarah is a guest presenter on BBC Essex Radio.

Her career includes positions as Vice-President at SunGard (USA FinTech company with annual turnover of $13billion), LighterLife, Bank Austria and Bayerische Landesbank.

So far, sarahBee marketing has helped over 800 Essex Entrepreneurs. 

sarahBee marketing has been tweeted about from the official 10 Downing Street David Cameron twitter account, as an example of an outstanding start-up. 


Gary White

Gary White of CBHC is a qualified accountant with other 30 years’ experience in accounting and finance, with a passion for helping businesses grow profitably.

CBHC are a modern, high tech practice focused primarily on helping growing companies to leverage their key assets to maximise the value of their companies. Using technology such as Xero, the leading cloud based software provider, they have built a great client base.

Richard Pond
Daryl Hine
David Pye
Simon Keating

Richard Pond is the Director of Business Connected Ltd.

Richard is an award winning businessman and entrepreneur. His company Business Connected brings together businesses across a variety of mediums from face-to-face networking, social media, and printed media in the form of business magazines and much more. The Business Connected networking events are the largest in the East of England and focus on bringing businesses together on a weekly basis. Richard has been running companies for the last 15 years and is also involved in a number of charitable organisations.  


Daryl Hine of Abundant Solutions made a decision nine years ago to leave his corporate career after 25 years to get out of the rat race, he no longer wanted the 40 hour week, generous salary, with equally generous holidays and corporate package blah blah blah, instead he swapped this for a 60 + hours per week, no guaranteed income, no paid holidays and no corporate perks to start our own business with my wife Paula ……. And he can honestly say he has never looked back.  

I look forward to sharing with you information about CRM and developing the sales funnel at Witness the Growth of a Business event.



Dave Pye is the Co-Founder of NextGear, a newly created business coaching business based at the MedBIC in Chelmsford and on the Google Campus in London.

Dave’s own background was in the recruitment sector having created, grown and sold various businesses over the past 25 years.   As with all entrepreneurs he has had success and failure along his business journey.

He is an advisor to various tech firms based both in the UK and the US and he is a Non-Executive Director of a number of recruitment companies. At NextGear Dave works with both SME organisations and funded Start-ups. Current businesses include those in healthcare, financial services, conference production, digital marketing and video production.  He is a business mentor to the REC and a regular speaking at various business events across the UK


Simon Keating of Rule of Fun has  over 21 years' experience in the games industry, Simon is highly skilled in many areas of development. The last 5+ years has seen him specialise in Unity3D Games and applications.

Although his career has its roots focussed mainly on games design, his thirst for knowledge of industry tools has led him to mastering many areas of game development. From conceptual designs, prototyping and all the way through to programming and integration, Simon has the skills to complete whole projects single handed, while at the same time being well known for his ability to work well in a team.




Our Sponsors

Anglia Ruskin University
Essex County Council
ESB Logo
Business Connected
Sarah Bee Marketing
Oscar Delano
AQ2 Mobil