21st November 2019

Leonardo Royal Hotel Tower Bridge (formerly Grange Hotel)
45 Prescot Street, London E1 8GP


Who You’ll Meet on the Day



Sir John Timpson

John Timpson was educated at Oundle and Nottingham University. 

The Timpson family business was taken over in 1973, but 10 years later John led a £42m management buyout.  In 1987 he sold the shoe shops and concentrated on building the shoe repairing and key cutting business.

Timpson now has over 1300 branches nationwide with a turnover of £195m.  It is a private business wholly owned by John Timpson and his family.  Timpson is the UK’s most active employer of people from prison.

Recently widowed, John was married to his wife Alex for 47 years.  He has five children and John and his wife were foster carers for 31 years during which time they fostered 90 children.

He describes his business philosophy in his book, ‘Upside Down Management’ and has a weekly column in the Daily Telegraph.

In 2004 he was awarded the CBE for Services to the Retail Sector.

Ian Livingstone CBE

Ian Livingstone co-founded iconic games company Games Workshop with Steve Jackson in 1975, launching Dungeons & Dragons in Europe. In 1982, he co-authored The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, the first title in the Fighting Fantasy gamebook series which has sold almost 20 million copies worldwide. When serving as Executive Chairman at Eidos, he launched global video games blockbusters including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Ian is an investor in 11 UK games companies, including The Secret Police for whom he acts as chairman.


8.30am: Registration & Networking

9.30am: Welcome & Introduction
Patrick Birley, CEO, NEX Exchange

9.40am: Opening Keynote
Sir John Timpson CBE shares insights from his entrepreneurial journey

10.00am: Special Debate 1: Going global
How portfolio companies (and their investors) are addressing global opportunities.

10.40am: Live Interview
with Dr. Brian Moretta from Hardman & Co

11.00am: Coffee break

11.15am: Company Presentations
Blackfinch Investments, PlayFund and Resonance

11.45am: Keynote speaker
David Scrivens from Clubfinance will give insight into the topical issues of the day.

11.55am: Special Debate 2: Deploying Rapid Growth Capital
Whilst Patient Capital is all the rage, even more exciting are the opportunities where you can get your return in less than 36 months - how fund managers do it.

12.35pm: Guest speaker
Vanessa Bradley, Partner, BDO

12.45pm: Lunch & networking

13.45pm: Welcome Back
Baybars Altuntas introduces the World Business Angels Forum 2018

13.50pm: Special Debate 3: Platform investing - the new and better way to do it

14.30pm: Special Debate 4: Big, bigger, biggest

3.10pm: Coffee break

3.25pm: Special Debate 5: The New Tax Order

4.05pm: Closing Keynote: ‘The Game of Risk'
Ian Livingstone CBE, video games entrepreneur and Chairman, The Secret Police

Ian has been described as ‘one of the founding fathers of the UK games industry', and was the mastermind behind such iconic brands as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. He will give an entertaining and visual account of his struggles as an entrepreneur in the 1970s when he co-founded Games Workshop and launched Dungeons & Dragons in Europe. From analogue to digital, he will give a brief history of computer games, past, present and future, detailing how ‘digital' has transformed customer habits and business models, expanding video games from a niche market to a $100 billion global entertainment industry, and will explain the challenges and opportunities of investing in the sector.

4.25pm: End of Forum

Click here to see the Agenda from the 2016 Forum