The Growth Challenge: Major UK Summit launches

The leaders of many of the UK’s most successful high-growth businesses meet tomorrow at the London Intercontinental, Park Lane, to map out a new agenda for economic renewal in the UK; one based around the entrepreneurialism, innovation and the latent economic potential locked in the UK’s mid-sized business sector.

The Investec Entrepreneurs’ Summit, co-hosted by Real Business and the CBI, opens with a keynote address from CBI director-general Neil Bentley, who will offer insight from the CBI’s groundbreaking Future Champions report, which investigated the contribution made by mid-sized businesses to the UK economy. Guests will also hear from David Van Der Walt, CEO of the “entrepreneurs’ bank”, Investec.

Following that, the Real Business Debate will bring together four high-quality minds for a compelling discussion about whether UK companies are ambitious enough. Debating the motion, Too many British businesses are happy merely to survive, rather than take risks and grow” will be top investors Jon Moulton (Better Capital) and Julie Meyer (Ariadne Capital), alongside financial entrepreneur Errol Damelin (founder of Wonga) and McKinsey & Co managing partner Kevin Sneader.

The Real Business Debate is followed by a hard-hitting discussion, hosted by Real Business founding editor Stuart Rock, about the seismic changes taking place in business finance. Exploring how SME bonds, alternative fund-raising and regional growth funds can transform the prospects of UK mid-sized firms will be a terrific panel, including Will King of King of Shaves, Business Growth Fund boss Stephen Welton and Dr Neil Murray of Redx Pharma.

Next come three blasts of entrepreneurial perspective: from Stuart Garner, who is rebuilding the iconic Norton motorbike brand; David Spencer-Percival on why he gave it all up to become a start-up again; and the impressive social entrepreneur Katherine Hibbert.

Delegates, including many from market-besting UK SMEs, will then have the opportunity to put questions to business secretary Vince Cable on how the government is supporting the entrepreneurial renaissance in Britain.

The 2012 Investec Entrepreneurs’ Summit, supported by the CBI, Land Rover and Spring Law, takes place on June 13 at the London InterContinental, Park Lane. This will be the most high-density gathering of high-growth businesses in the UK this year.

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