Real Entrepreneurs Club: associate partners

The Real Entrepreneurs Club is one of Leicestershire’s premier forums for entrepreneurs to meet, discuss and share ideas on how to drive business and develop ideas.

The bi-annual event was held on Tuesday 2nd April at the Queen Victoria Arts Club this year. Launched in 2016, the Club has various events with speakers in attendance, to encourage and support entrepreneurialism and provide investors and entrepreneurs with new business contacts and ideas.

The guest speaker at the event was Shahid Sheikh OBE, Managing Director of Clifton Packaging Ltd. He said:

“It was an honour to be invited to speak at the Real Entrepreneurs Club - a fantastic group of people from various business backgrounds but all who believe in the power of networking and to share these perfect knowledge transfer opportunities. Every day is an opportunity to learn from one another and the Real Entrepreneurs Club is the perfect forum for this; no matter how big or small an enterprise, we all share the same passion to learn and to grow as we continue to aspire to inspire before we ultimately expire.”

Leanne Bonner-Cooke, founder and CEO of E-Bate and Evolve said: “The RE Club demonstrates how many entrepreneurs there are in Leicester and Leicestershire, we should be very proud of not only what we have achieved but also our city. Supporting and inspiring each other is the way to move forward. Thank you again to Jenny Cross and her team for pulling together such a good event.”

The Club has a strong foundation of associate partners consisting of great leaders of local businesses. This year, we were proud to have Claremont Financial Planning Ltd as the headline associate for the Real Entrepreneurs Club.

Founded by John Kiely in 1994, Claremont Financial Planning Ltd is a company that provides wealth management and financial planning advice for business and individuals in the UK. Their distinctive relationship-based service puts clients at the centre of everything the company does. Due to the company’s success, they were invited to join St. James's Place Wealth Management in 2006 and became an associate partner practice.

Claremont Financial Planning Ltd’s services include planning investments, protecting your estate, banking, managing mortgages and corporate services, including shareholders, and pension reforms.

We are also incredibly proud to confirm that the additional nine associate partners for the Real Entrepreneurs Club were:

E-bate: Founded in 2017 by Leanne Bonner-Cooke MBE, E-bate was created to build an end-to-end SaaS solution that is highly configurable, offers a great user experience, and can be implemented in as little as 16 weeks. The team of technologists and pricing specialists recognised a gap in the market for an affordable solution to help decision makers digitise their rebate process.

Glynis Wright & Co Family Solicitors and Mediators: Head of practice Glynis Wright started her award-winning family law and mediator practice in 2011. The team at Glynis Wright & Co has grown exponentially and have won multiple legal and business awards.

The Innovation Centre DMU: Based on the university’s campus, the Innovation Centre is a creative space that supports start-up businesses, freelancers and future entrepreneurs. The space offers a range of networking events and workshops, office space to lease, free membership and a public Coworking cafe.

Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd: Founded in 1991, Morningside Pharmaceuticals is a distributor, manufacturer and supplier of medicines and healthcare products - not only to the UK, but internationally. In 2017, the company won the Innovation in Generics Award at the Pharmacy Business Awards.

Wiserways Ltd: Wiserways is a planning and coaching support company founded by Laurence Duncan. Their mission is to develop a community of local business owners and help their clients run and grow their businesses wisely.

Mattioli Woods: Founded in 1991, Mattioli Woods is a wealth management and employee benefits provider that administer over 10,000 clients and have offices all over the UK - including Leicester, Glasgow, London and Manchester.

SFB Group: Starting out as Hayles & Partners in 1971, the firm has become well established in Leicester as an accountants and wealth managers; the firm rebranded in 2017 and the award-winning firm have an excellent team of chartered accountants, wealth managers, tax specialists and business advisers.

The Turnaround CEO: Founded by Amanda Daly, the Turnaround CEO provides support to individuals and businesses and help them to move forward with their goals and ambitions. By working side by side with leaders and management, Amanda is able to see the business from the inside, as well as the outside.

Leicester Castle Business School: Created by De Montfort University (DMU), LCBS has been established to meet the needs of 21st century business and offers a great learning experience for their students under the leadership of Professor Dana Brown.

We would like to thank all of our associate partners for attending the fantastic event this year; it was a huge success and it was an amazing opportunity to network with many local entrepreneurs.

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