On Saturday, a group of Small Biz enthusiasts (led by Lakshmi Kaul) hosted a Start-ups & Small Business Summit at the Paul Robeson Theatre in Hounslow. With a view to provide a platform for discussion and exchange of ideas, the summit brought together aspiring entrepreneurs and gave them an opportunity to showcase their businesses.
Lord Dolar Popat was invited to the event as keynote speaker and guest of honour. In his speech, he shared insights into the various schemes and policy changes made by the Conservative led government over the past five years. He noted that government, in shaping business policies, is dependent on feedback from entrepreneurs and business leaders, and invited all entrepreneurs present to publicly share their experiences of launching a business.
The events three main speakers were all women entrepreneurs who, over the last few years, have made significant marks in their chosen streams — Shavata Singh, owner of Brow Studio; Poonam Joshi, co-founder of The UK Asian; and Sarvani Sashidhar, founder of Sahasra Fine Arts.
The Special Guest for the afternoon was Mary Macleod, Parliamentary candidate and former MP of Brentford & Isleworth, who has been the Prime Minister’s Small Business champion. She is also the champion for Women in Parliament. Mary spoke about small businesses and about how important she thinks it is that women are encouraged to start their own companies.
“The summit and exhibition was conceptualised in order to provide an insight to all aspirants and new small businesses into the various grants and schemes available. It also aimed at addressing confidence issues and help aspirants take that first plunge into setting up their own enterprise. When they share a platform with others like themselves who have managed to take that plunge and are on their success path, having been through hurdles, mental blocks and logistical nightmares, they feel reassured and encouraged. We endeavour to make the summit a regular platform available to aspiring entrepreneurs, encouraging them and building their confidence and knowledge base,” said Lakshmi Kaul.