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09 Nov 2021
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Celebrating enterprise and entrepreneurial people

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We felt it fitting to run one of our Scale Up events during the week when GEN UK is hosting its largest festival of entrepreneurship in 180 countries, Global Entrepreneurship Week 2021.

Entrepreneurs thrive on change and disruption (we’ve seen plenty of that in recent times). They’re doers, dreamers, and risk-takers. They’re doing things differently. So, at our November event, join us and our guests to help celebrate entrepreneurship, learn how founders and directors have grown brands, overcome challenges and personal battles, and gather up all the tips to instil into your future strategy.

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Sharon Keegan,
Founder & CEO, Peachylean

Sharon Keegan is founder and CEO of Peachylean athleisurewear and we’re delighted to welcome her to our celebrating entrepreneurship Scale Up event on Tuesday 9 November as guest speaker.

She started the company in 2018 after she failed to find suitable supportive activewear after the birth of her first son Liam. Since then the Dublin woman has grown the company into an award-winning female-led scale up.

Despite huge personal and professional challenges, including the tragic death of her brother in March 2020, she recently appeared on BBC Dragons’ Den, receiving offers from three dragons and a £100K investment.

Sharon has always had a nose for business and an appetite for innovation. Suffering from postnatal depression, she undertook a post-grad in Innovation at University College Dublin (UCD), exploring several avenues of product-market fit. She finally settled on Peachylean after testing an early version of what would become her famous supportive spandex and nylon leggings.

Previous to her pregnancy, Sharon built and ran the Irish arm of UK brand Pieminister, growing the business exponentially over 6 years. Before that, she launched the St. Tropez tanning brand in to Ireland and spent years cutting her teeth in the Yellow Pages.

Sharon is a sassy self-starter who knows that her leggings help women find their inner confidence and slay their own inner dragons. She’s passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship – particularly in females, as she has encountered varying levels of rejection on her journey to build Peachylean.

She has learned to laugh at herself, love herself, and seeks to help the everyday every body to love their selfie too.

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Tref Griffiths,
Founder & CEO, CluedUpp

Tref Griffiths, CEO and founder of CluedUpp Games will also be joining us on Tuesday 9 November for a Q&A.

CluedUpp is a geo-gaming platform operating in more than 1000 cities worldwide. Following multiple spells in customer service and account management, Tref launched CluedUpp Games as a way to encourage people to get outside and enjoy playing games together on a giant scale. From a standing start in 2017, the multi-award-winning CluedUpp now hosts more than 1 million players in over 50 countries across the globe!

After a difficult time across the globe, Tref and the CluedUpp team believe everyone needs a reason to get together with family and friends in a shared adventure.

With tech blurring the lines between the dream world and the real world, we’ll be asking Tref how he made it as a successful geo-gaming entrepreneur and what led him to launch his own super-fun, team gaming platform.

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“What a brilliant event. I had no real idea what to expect, both in terms of the event itself and the new fulfilment centre. Both were just fantastic! It was lovely to have an opportunity to share my story and I had no idea I was going to meet so many interesting people. The James and James staff were all so lovely, friendly and welcoming – and were genuinely excited to show us all around. I very much look forward to coming to more events in future!”

Hanna Sillitoe, Dragons’ Den Entrepreneur and Skincare Expert

“What a great day…finally to be at an event with real humans! Thank you so much for having me on your panel to represent Cooper Parry discussing scaling up in the post-Brexit and post-Covid world. My takeaway was, yes it’s a new world in 2021, and maybe it’s a bit complex but with a positive mindset, a willingness to learn and the right partners who care about your business…this new world is your oyster!”   Emma Robotham, Indirect Tax Senior Manager, Cooper Parry

“It was a fantastic meeting, I’m really happy to have attended!”   Silvina Neder, Model, Actress, Influencer


The Scale Up events, hosted by James Hyde

Founder, James and James Fulfilment

In 2010, James Hyde, Founder of James and James Fulfilment, was struggling to find a suitable fulfilment provider for the online honey seller he was working for at the time. They all ran on paper-based systems with limited traditional distribution processes. No one out there offered web-based technology to connect with eCommerce platforms to process orders automatically.

The result was ControlPort, a cloud-based (and award-winning) order fulfilment platform. With the ability to retrieve orders from online stores in real-time (rather than from a delayed CSV upload), manage the pick and pack process without paper (increasing accuracy and efficiency), and providing both online stores and their customers with live information on their inventory and orders, this innovative, one-of-a-kind solution quickly took off.

Fast forward to today, James and James is now one of the fastest-growing organisations in the UK, with operations extending to the US and EU. James hosts our regular Scale Up events and advises on fulfilment best practice in the UK and overseas.

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James and James Fulfilment

It all began in 2010, when James Hyde and James Strachan couldn’t find a modern shipping service for the eCommerce business they ran. Faced with messy warehouses based on out-dated systems, they decided to build their own.

We’ve not stood still since, helping hundreds of online brands scale up – and scaling with them.