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Following feedback from our network, we are delighted to announce that the Next Level Business Conference is going virtual.  

The virtual conference will take place on Thursday 10th November, 0900hrs – 1600hrs, with the addition of some exciting new breakout sessions and keynote speakers.


Participate in panel discussions on sustainability and transitioning your company to a Circular Economy,
as well as receive expert advice on brand marketing and business financing.


You will gain a wealth of
knowledge and business support from the military community, which is essential for taking your
company to the next level.


Find out more below. 


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2021 Award Categories



Stephen Welton

Executive Chair, Business Growth Fund

Stephen Welton is Founder and Executive Chair of BGF, UK and Ireland’s leading growth capital investor with 16 offices and £3bn AUM. He has extensive experience as a private equity investor with JP Morgan, Barclays and Henderson.


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A seasoned entrepreneur, investor and advisor with a long history of identifying, developing and managing innovation and growth across many sectors. 

He is currently Mentor in Residence at the Cambridge Judge Business School and is lead coach on the Accelerate Cambridge programme, Barclays Scale Up programme and the Strategic Business Growth programme.  

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Supply Chain and Procurement Director for the Energy Security & Technology, Jacobs


Andy Katz

Member of PA's Management Group and a Partner in PA’s Growth Strategy capability

25-years in strategy consulting.

Leads PA’s work on Growth and Innovation strategy: focus on conceiving, developing and executing industry-redefining stakeholder solutions

Supports the leaders of major organizations to define the “white space”, identify, make sense of, qualify and take to market new, growth initiatives whether new products, services or stand-alone businesses.

Worked in most sectors from Defence and Security, to Consumer Packaged Goods, to Public Sector and across every continent

Lives in the UK, just outside London. Married with three children

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Andy Pemberton

Andy Pemberton is a content expert with international experience. Currently director at Furthr, he edited Q magazine in London, launched Blender magazine in New York (which was named Ad Age’s launch of the year), and also edited Spin magazine. He has written for the New York Times, GQ, Esquire, the Sunday Times, the National (Dubai) and the Times of India

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Emily is the founder of Small Steps Big Vision, who, through a series of workshops, champion others to celebrate success, love who they are and have the confidence to say ‘yes’ to opportunity. She hasrecently won a funding bid from the Department of Education to deliver 120 personal growth workshops to schools across the South West, and is on the board of the Female Networking Group, Six Degrees.

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Sales Leadership for Sustainability, Jacobs

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Chatham House rule session with a senior member of the Chief Disruptor community who is Chief Information Officer of a global financial institution with experience on both the client and vendor (small and large) side.


Simon Squibb

Simon Squibb is an Investor, Entrepreneur and Chief Purpose Officer at The Purposeful Project.


Simon has spent 10 years as an entrepreneur in the UK and 20 years as an entrepreneur in Hong Kong. He started his first company when he was homeless at 15 years old, and he sold his last company Fluid to PwC. He has also invested in over 70 startups in the last 15 years.


Today Simon is the founder of The Purposeful Project, a platform that helps people learn how to start and scale a business for free. Recently he launched - a place people can stay for free, eat for free and learn business for free alongside other like-minded people.

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Paul Blair

CEO, Serial entrepeneur and veteran, Paul has a track record of building teams, managing resources and delivering results in both the military and commercial worlds. He is an established leader and serial entrepreneur. After a twenty-year career in The Parachute Regiment and five years in the corporate world Paul has launched businesses in property, financial services, pet product and wearable technology sectors.


How do I participate?
First register for the conference via Eventbrite. Conference content and breakout sessions are only available to those signed in with a completed registration. On checkout you MUST confirm which breakout session you are attending for the morning and afternoon.

What days/times are the sessions? 

The conference will begin on Thursday, 10th November at 0850hrs with housekeeping and the introduction of keynote speakers.

AM and PM breakout session times are shown in BTS and can be found here

Will I have access to the recordings and materials?   

The recorded sessions and materials will be available to all attendees shortly after the event.

What are the technical requirements for taking part in the virtual conference?

You will need a device (desktop, tablet, or a mobile phone) that is connected to the Internet. Prior to the start of the virtual conference, you will receive an email providing detailed instructions on how to connect to the virtual conference website.

To attend the virtual conference, you will need a Zoom account.

Will Tech Support be available? 

Tech support will be available in all sessions. To contact Tech Support during your session, click more, then the CHAT icon and chat to the Heropreneurs team member in the session. Alternatively, you may email

How much are tickets?

The virtual conference will be free of charge to all
Heropreneurs Programme members and £15 per person for non-members. Money raised from this event will go directly towards the continued delivery of outstanding support to military entrepreneurs.

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