Emma is founder of Enterprise Nation. Emma joined international accounting firm Arthur Andersen, before starting her own business in 2000, which was successfully sold two years later.
Emma then launched Enterprise Nation and has since written a number of bestselling business books, including Spare Room Start-Up, Working 5 to 9, Go Global and the StartUp Kit.
Emma was a co-founder of StartUp Britain in 2011 was appointed one of the prime minister's Trade Ambassadors in 2015 and Small Business Representative for the Crown in June 2016. Find out more about Emma.
A long-time supporter of Enterprise Nation, Richard was appointed a Non Executive Director in 2017 to help Enterprise Nation become the UK’s leading provider of business support. Richard led a significant outsourcing business at RSM Tenon before leaving to start his own growth advisory firm which works with scaling companies, advising founders on how to manage and maintain revenue and profit growth.
Gary is a co-founder and the Managing Director of Xero UK, responsible for business operations across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Under Gary's leadership, Xero UK has scaled from a three-person startup with annual revenues of £50k to more than £40M in the year to 31 March 2018.
A visionary on SaaS and technology, Gary is renowned for his trend spotting. He’s loved tech since he started coding on a BBC micro computer in his parents’ attic in the 80s. Gary is also passionate about small business, being an active investor in startups with a passion for building better businesses.
A 25-year veteran of the UK’s software industry, Gary joined Xero shortly after its UK launch in 2009. A native of Glasgow, Scotland, he has previously held senior positions at Microsoft, Systems Union and Pegasus Software. He's an engaging speaker, writer and thought-leader on startups, digital transformation and leadership inside hyper-growth organisations. Gary has also served as a mentor to early-stage fintech startups at TechStars London.
Gerard is Managing Partner of Growth Partner, the investment vehicle that invested in Enterprise Nation in December 2017.
Gerard has spent decades backing management teams to achieve their growth ambitions. He started his financial career at KPMG, then moved in to stockbroking where he advised plc businesses on mergers, acquisitions and fundraising. He went on to acquire, develop and sell a document management company before focusing his attentions on restructuring and effecting operational change within marketing and communications agencies. At AIM listed investment company Springboard plc, Gerard completed a dozen buy-ins and developed a portfolio of more than 20 early stage investments before selling the company in 2006. He has served in non-executive and consulting capacities, providing objective and independent strategic guidance to boards.
With a background in organisational development and operational management and having grown start-up businesses to a national scale, it is Helen's role to support the brilliant Enterprise Nation team to realise their full potential and keep the focus on delivering the best possible service for members.
Helen is also dedicated to encouraging young people to start their own business and believes that anything is possible!
With 15 years of experience as a small business journalist, Dan has interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from billionaires like Sir Richard Branson to brand new start-ups.
Responsible for the prolific output of content on our blog and social media platforms, Dan works from our Bristol office.
Lizzie works tirelessly to get Enterprise Nation, its members and the issues facing UK small businesses on the news agenda.
Lizzie is a former journalist turned PR specialist, fighting the corner for small businesses everywhere.
Kieran has two loves in life; exciting small businesses and cricket.
Kieran manages key relationships for Enterprise Nation and works on special projects including membership for support organisations, Enterprise Nation TV and international expansion.
Polly Dhaliwal heads up partnerships and works with the Enterprise Nation team to ensure partners leverage the platform and community. She wants to help start-ups and small businesses grow and provide them with the right resources at the right time.
Polly love start-ups and travelling, and has her own podcast.
Chris is a journalist and editor with eight years' experience covering small businesses and startups. Working for national newspapers like the The Guardian and The Financial Times, and editing UK Business Forums.
He's interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs and is the co-founder of Box 2 Media, which runs The Pitch.
Jess studied Business Management and Marketing at King's College London and has been involved with Enterprise Nation ever since.
She's very enthusiastic about helping people turn their passions into businesses, and works in the events team spreading the word about our fantastic business events.
Lauren is an experienced event manager from up North who is passionate about supporting the great work of small businesses. Lauren champions small business owners across the UK by leading two major campaigns: 'She Means Business' for female entrepreneurs supported by Facebook and 'Next Generation' for young entrepreneurs powered by Enterprise Trust.
In her spare time Lauren loves exploring London and runs her own book-club London Gals Read, organising regular meet-ups in the city.
Holly has interned at Enterprise Nation events for years and after graduating from The University of Manchester, she has now joined the team for good.
Holly is based in Manchester, working on spreading the word about our fantastic events and campaigns. She is also keen to grow the small business community in the North.
Elaine has an extensive retail background covering customer service, sales training, visual merchandising, buying and product development.
Elaine was introduced to Enterprise Nation when she secured a win for her business Clay Studio in the Hatch and Enterprise Nation pop-up competition in Manchester. She now project manages a new campaign focusing on pop-ups and High Street retailing at Enterprise Nation.
Danielle has worked in the events industry over the last seven years and has experience in running events of all sizes. She is passionate about the positive effects that face-to-face events have on both businesses and individuals.
Danielle manages the Next Generation campaign, supporting and inspiring young entrepreneurs.
Nia is working with Enterprise Nation in her University placement year, she studies events management at Greenwich and is working with the team until August 2020.
Nia works with our events team assisting the campaign and events managers working with partners and suppliers to support our events schedule throughout the year.
Marco focuses on the continual development of the Enterprise Nation platform, enhancing the UX and UI with help from the Enterprise Nation community.
Marco has over 10 years’ experience as a front-end developer and digital designer within advertising and e-learning sectors. He has a passion for everything digital and emerging technologies.
Luke studied computer science before joining Enterprise Nation as a technical apprentice. Luke supports the technical team with requests and front and back end edits, while building his knowledge of web development at the same time.
James has worked on marketing campaigns in a wide range of environments: brick&mortar retail, ecommerce and B2B software, with both multinational blue chip businesses and new start-ups.
When not crunching data and designing ads at Enterprise Nation, James runs an online home bar store, writes fiction and does first aid at events with St John Ambulance.