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From Vision to Exit: Successfully Building and Selling a Business

A panel of startup entrepreneurs who have successfully grown a business and then sold it will discuss with the audience their stories and top ideas on how to ensure the best return possible is generated on an exit.


We'll follow our 'BBC Question Time' type format, with the main discussion and debate focused on the panelists, but also with a high degree of audience participation, subject to moderation. Please message us via meetup beforehand to let us know of any particular questions you'd like to put to the panel.

6.30pm: General networking, food and drink;

7.00 to about 8pm: Formal panel discussion;

Around 8pm to 8.30pm: More networking, finish off any refreshments; and

From 8.30pm: Head over to The Fox for anyone who'd like to hang around longer.


Guy Rigby, Head of Entrepreneurs at Smith & Williamsonan experienced chartered accountant and entrepreneur, with directorships and shareholdings in a number of varied businesses and author of the critically acclaimed ‘From Vision to Exit - The Entrepreneur's Guide to Buying and Selling a Business’.

Karen Darby, current Founder & CEO of CrowdMission (the world's first equity-based crowdfunding platform for social and environmental businesses) and also Founder of Call Britannia and SimplySwitch, which produced a x22 return for its investors. 

Andy Tait, Partner at the Pembridge Partnership and Co-Founder of Collider12 (the UK’s first startup accelerator for ‘B2Brand’ companies) and co-founded and served as a main Board Director and Vice President of both private and publicly listed companies in the UK and USA.

• Nick Cronin, Partner at business advisory company Bean Partners and former executive at a variety of public and private companies across the globe, including Clean-Tech, Med-Tech, Chemicals, Oil & Gas and Infrastructure, where he has been responsible for the growth and successful sale of multiple organisations. 


This event is sponsored by the leading accountancy practice Smith & Williamson and Gannons Solicitors, a commercial law firm focused on entrepreneurs. We are actively searching for a third sponsor for this event and also for future ones. If anyone knows of any companies who may be interested in being involved with our group, in whatever way, please send them our way!

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  • Brendan Q.

    A big thanks to Jonathan for organisng the event, couldn't attend all the event, however a huge thanks for bringing in some fantastic panel, and it was nice to get a warm welcome from Jonathan. Within the first few minutes made some useful introductions, and some lovely food.

    1 · February 13, 2014

    • Jonathan L.

      Thanks Brendan, great that you enjoyed it :)

      February 13, 2014

  • Nadeem A.

    Excellent meetup to say the least. Some great questions and answers. Good panel to learn from.

    1 · February 13, 2014

  • Andrew W.

    A rivoting combination of insight and humour.

    1 · February 13, 2014

    • Jonathan L.

      Hopefully you meant riveting Andrew!

      1 · February 13, 2014

  • Hak S.

    Enjoyable evening - approachable panelists and good insights/lessons shared

    1 · February 13, 2014

  • Marian

    Good event, interesting panel. Well done, Jonathan!
    Some of you have asked me about it so here it is, supermodel turned businesswoman:

    2 · February 13, 2014

  • Mitch R.

    Inspiring and constructive as usual. Great job! Also great interaction between the panelists and the audience. Many thanks, Jonathan!

    3 · February 12, 2014

  • Sheila T.

    good shared learning in an informal setting

    2 · February 12, 2014

  • Max L.

    Really bummed I can't make it tonight because something with my girlfriend popped up. I'll keep a look out and try to join a future meet up though.


    1 · February 12, 2014

  • Zahra L.

    Unfortunately, unable to make this anymore. Next time!

    1 · February 11, 2014

  • Saaid

    Missed the last one so really keen to attend this one and learn something new.

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • Richard G.

    Enjoyed the last talk on crowd funding. looking forward to this one too.

    1 · February 6, 2014

    • Jonathan L.

      Thanks Richard, hope to chat at the event

      February 7, 2014

  • Glen C.

    Sounds really interesting! Can't wait.

    1 · February 2, 2014

  • Saima J.

    I want to work on finance product

    1 · January 21, 2014

  • Brendan Q.

    Look forward to attending

    1 · January 16, 2014

  • Ella

    Brill! This is essential learning for a start-up/entrepreneur.

    1 · November 18, 2013

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