Plusnet Pioneers: Book your free place at exclusive small business events

The launch of business broadband provider Plusnet’s exciting ‘Pioneers’ programme with exclusive events in London, Birmingham and Manchester announced

Today marks the launch of an exciting initiative where we will help small businesses looking to grow.

Business broadband and phone provider Plusnet has teamed up with a panel of business experts and to create Plusnet Pioneers, a programme of stimulating events, content and mentoring that gets to the heart of common issues small business owners face.

The events in London, Birmingham and Manchester will feature successful entrepreneurs such as Dragons’ Den’s Sarah Willingham, Gymbox founder Richard Hilton, and Claire Morley Jones of fast-growing human resource company HR180.

Why has Plusnet Pioneers been created?

Founders often feel they’re ‘winging it’ when it comes to big moments for their business. readers like you told us about the things that keep them awake at night in three key areas of running a business – marketing, funding, and talent.

The survey, carried out in conjunction with Plusnet, revealed small business owners like you feel they lack the knowledge to solve some of their toughest challenges. But, with the right tools and advice at your disposal, such things can be overcome.

Plusnet is on a mission to help small businesses grow and so – in response to our findings and Plusnet’s commitment – the Plusnet Pioneers programme has been created to provide that helping hand every business needs.

So what will Plusnet Pioneers offer?

Kicking off this week, Startups will share the findings of a survey of almost 850 small business owners, uncovering the things that really give them sleepless nights.

We will also publish the unvarnished fears of small business owners and how amid the excitement of seeing their venture take off they’ve coped with the challenge of finding new customers, financing their businesses, and building a team.

Nine start-up founders shared their innermost thoughts at a Plusnet Pioneers roundtable discussion last month.

Then, you’ll have the chance to sign up to attend one of these free Plusnet Pioneers events in London, Birmingham, or Manchester:

Small business marketing masterclass

The best ways to market a small business and compete revealed

Where do you begin with marketing a small business? With so many options, from free to paid to earned, it can feel like a confusing task.

To help clear the fug, Startups will host an expert panel of business pioneers for a free marketing masterclass and Q&A…

London: Wednesday, March 1


  • Richard Hilton, founder of Gymbox, London’s most talked about gym brand
  • Giles Brook, UK CEO of Vita Coco, the number one selling coconut water
  • Anna Bance, founder of, the challenger brand revolutionising the fashion industry
  • Ben Biboul, chief executive of communications agency Karmarama

Watch highlights from the evening here.

Small business funding masterclass

How to manage your money and funding needs as you grow.

The prospect of securing funding can seem daunting at first, but there are all sorts of different ways to finance your start-up and grow your business – once you know where to look!

To help you understand which options are best for you – be it angel investment or raising venture capital – Startups will host an expert panel at The Custard Factory for a free funding masterclass and Q&A…

Birmingham: Wednesday, March 8


  • Sarah Willingham, Dragons’ Den investor, entrepreneur and finance expert
  • Jordan Daykin, founder of GripIt Fixings and Dragons’ Den winner
  • Tracy Sambrook, CFO of the UK’s first online discretionary investment management company Nutmeg
  • Leigh Purnell, founder and inventor of rapid phone charger Petalite

Watch highlights from the evening here.

Small business talent masterclass

Find out how you can attract and keep the great people happy.

Bringing the right people on board is important for any business, and having a happy team can make a big difference.

To ensure you attract and retain top talent, Startups will host an expert panel for a free talent masterclass and Q&A…

Manchester: Wednesday, March 15


  • Andy Baker, CEO of Plusnet
  • Claire Morley Jones, founder of human resource company HR180
  • Jo Harman, HR director at leading communications agency Karmarama
  • Simon Swan, co-founder of online recruitment marketplace Hiring Hub

Watch highlights from the evening here.

Take a look also at exclusive interviews with Plusnet Pioneers, including Dragons’ Den’s Sarah Willingham, Gymbox founder Richard Hilton, and CEO of Plusnet Andy Baker, as well as leading figures from some of the UK’s best loved brands and most successful start-ups.

For more information on the Plusnet Pioneers, exclusive interviews and features, news on events, video, and the Plusnet Pioneers mentoring scheme, return here:

This article was updated on 19/12/2017.


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