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We have had the honour over the last few years to speak with startups and entrepreneurs from all walks of life and sectors, and one thing truly stood out. It wasn’t a lack of ideas, creativity or innovation it was the lack of guidance and knowledge, which is what lead us to include this fantastic programme.


Nicky Rudd, founder and Managing Directors of Padua Communications

Industry: Content Marketing and Public Relations

Nicky Rudd has over 25 years experience and has worked with businesses in various industries and stages. She can offer expertise and advice in the areas of business development, marketing, creative strategies, public relations, business operations and would pair well with businesses at any level. Nicky has experience as a business mentor.


Ryan Jackson, founder and Managing Director of Gemini Parking Solutions

Industry: Car Parking Management

Ryan Jackson has over 15 years experience and delivers advice and expertise that startups and small business owners in disruptive industries can benefit from. He can give advice on pinpointing and executing visions and direction, building a strong team, managing business operations and growth hacking. Ryan would pair well with startups at any stage of their business journey. Nicky has experience as a business mentor.

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Lawrence Mallinson, founder and Managing Director of James White Drinks Ltd

Industry: Food and Drinks

Lawrence Mallinson has over 40 years work experience and is one of the most experienced entrepreneur in the Food and Drinks industry. He has immense knowledge in the logistics and operational area in the food and drinks industry. Would pair well with startups or small business owners who already have already built their brand and are operating, but require direction to increase growth and work on strategy. Nicky has experience as a business mentor.

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Lucy Werner, founder of The Werner PR

Industry: Public Relations

Lucy Werner is a PR expert and founder of The Wern, a specialist communications consultancy and training hub for startups, entrepreneurs and independent brands. She has worked with top emerging business talent such as Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, The Marshmallowist and Vinyl Me, Please.

She also consults for innovation, marketing and public relations consultancies, building their go-to market strategies, raising CEO profiles and developing their thought leadership. Lucy uses her own profile to demonstrate how other small businesses can do their own publicity

and has written a ten-day e-learning course for Highbrow called How to get press for your business. She was recently shortlisted as a finalist for Growth Business Enabler from Her first book “Hype yourself: A no-nonsense DIY PR toolkit for small businesses” is launching in January 2020.

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Ritam Ghandi, founder of Studio Graphene

Industry: Tech Agency

Studio Graphene plans, designs and builds blank canvas technology products. The agency is focused on helping startups navigate the journey from conceptualising an idea that they are passionate about to making it a commercial reality. Its focus and technical capability is in two key areas: mobile and web application development, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Having worked as a consultant over 10 years at the likes of Bank of America and Accenture. Ritam would pair well with an entrepreneur who has a product idea that they have validated and are ready to start building, but want to understand how to go about building a brand new digital product. Ritam has experience as a business mentor.

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Nadine Sandcroft, founder of Just Entrepreneurs

Industry: Publishing

As Editor and Strategy Director, Nadine is responsible for driving the brand, content, design, and innovation strategies that Just Entrepreneurs create for our readers. Central to this is framing the problems that our readers and members face in a clear and inspirational way for the editorial team and the design team to understand and take action, to ensure that the best content and creative solutions are delivered. Previously, Nadine worked for Smarta Enterprises, where she honed her expertise in editing and brand strategy and worked with a wide range of companies, including O2, Santander and Startup Loans. Nadine would work well with startups at any level, looking to grow and innovate in their industry.

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Max Ottignon, co-founder, Ragged Edge

Industry: Branding

Ragged Edge is a multi-disciplinary consultancy with branding at its heart. Working with clients such as the BBC, Google, Grey Goose, Bacardi and Gaucho, as well as a range of food and hospitality brands, their remit covers everything from brand creation including identity and strategy, through to implementation. Max has over 17 years work experience and would pair well with an early-stage start-up or an entrepreneur looking to scale-up. Max has experience as a business mentor.

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Juliet Barratt, co-founder of Grenade

Industry: Food and Drinks

Juliet Barratt has had a fascinating career which has spanned education, charity and training, before succeeding in the world of marketing and sports nutrition, with the launch of market leading sports performance and active nutrition brand, Grenade.

The brand grew at an accelerated rate thanks to innovative marketing tactics, and a fresh approach to sports nutrition. Industry recognition soon followed, with Grenade® listed in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 for the last two years and entering the SME Export Track 100 in 2017. The brand has continued to go from strength to strength. Grenade are now leading innovators in the wider lifestyle and Active Nutrition space, renowned globally for their product range which includes Carb Killa® bars and shakes, Hydra 6, and ThermoDetonator. 

Juliet’s career spans education, and consumer and lifestyle sectors, so relevant entrepreneurs with ambitions in these areas would be a good fit.