Business Hub goes to Marketing Maestros

Almost a year has gone by and the Inspiring Entrepreneurs event at the British Library came around again this week. Emma Selby from Business Hubs invited me along, which I was really pleased about as last year was great. This year wasn’t a disappointment and we saw a panel made up of Patrick Drake co-Founder of Hello Fresh, Jessica Seaton co-Founder of TOAST and Siddarth Vijayakumar, co-Founder of Grub Club.

The theme this year was Marketing Maestros and the panel shared their origin stories, their present brand positions and some ‘future thoughts’ giving tips and guidance as to their ideas on marketing. It is interesting how so many big name brands and emerging identities started on little money and that the real fuel to their success has been the drive, passion and commitment invested by the founders and their surrounding people. It’s also brilliant to see a slightly ‘bonkers mentality’ and vision to ‘buck the trend’ be a recurring ingredient in the recipe of success.

I cannot recommend these events highly enough and if you are part of the Hub or looking to join I hope Emma gets a bigger group to go along next year. For my part I documented our trip again to give you a flavour. Our other partners in crime were Jo McGowan from the Guildford Hub and Alyson Reay from Sassy Social Marketing; these photos start with the rendezvous under the Waterloo Clock and run through the evening culminating with an unexpected meet up with Barney Whiter on the train home!

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I did rather snuck up on them!

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Top Knot ahoy!

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Jessica Seaton co-Founder of TOAST

Jessica Seaton of TOAST takes the stage followed by Patrick Drake. Siddarth Vijayakumar went first but I missed the shot!

Patrick Drate co-Founder and Head Chef of Hello Fresh Patrick Drake co-Founder and Head Chef of Hello Fresh MBInsEnt-10 MBInsEnt-11 Emma Selby of the Business Hubs MBInsEnt-13 MBInsEnt-14 MBInsEnt-15 MBInsEnt-16 MBInsEnt-17 MBInsEnt-18 MBInsEnt-19 MBInsEnt-20 MBInsEnt-21 MBInsEnt-22 MBInsEnt-23 Joanna McGowan from the Guildford Hub by Matthew Burch Joanna McGowan, Siddarth Vijayakumar, Alyson Reay and Emma Selby photographed by Matthew Burch

Siddarth Vijayakumar, co-Founder of Grub Club with Joanna McGowan, Alyson Reay and Emma Selby

Joanna McGowan, Siddarth Vijayakumar, Alyson Reay and Emma Selby photographed by Matthew Burch

Siddarth Vijayakumar, co-Founder of Grub Club with Joanna McGowan, Alyson Reay and Emma Selby

MBInsEnt-27 MBInsEnt-28 Joanna McGowan, Siddarth Vijayakumar, Alyson Reay and Emma Selby photographed by Matthew Burch

Siddarth Vijayakumar, co-Founder of Grub Club with Joanna McGowan, Alyson Reay and Emma Selby

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Jessica Seaton from TOAST with Alyson Reay

Jessica Seaton, Alyson Reay and Emma Selby photographed by Matthew Burch Joanna McGowan, Jessica Seaton, Alyson Reay and Emma Selby photographed by Matthew Burch

Jessica Seaton from TOAST with  Joanna McGowan, Alyson Reay and Emma Selby

Joanna McGowan, Jessica Seaton, Alyson Reay and Emma Selby photographed by Matthew Burch Joanna McGowan, Jessica Seaton, Alyson Reay and Emma Selby photographed by Matthew Burch Joanna McGowan, Jessica Seaton, Alyson Reay and Emma Selby photographed by Matthew Burch Joanna McGowan, Jessica Seaton, Alyson Reay and Emma Selby photographed by Matthew Burch Joanna McGowan, Jessica Seaton, Alyson Reay and Emma Selby photographed by Matthew Burch

Jessica Seaton from TOAST with  Joanna McGowan, Alyson Reay and Emma Selby

Patrick Drake MBInsEnt-48 MBInsEnt-49 MBInsEnt-50 MBInsEnt-51 MBInsEnt-52 Patrick Drake from Hello Fresh MBInsEnt-54 MBInsEnt-55 MBInsEnt-56 Joanna McGowan, Patrick Drake, Alyson Reay and Emma Selby photographed by Matthew Burch

Patrick Drake from Hello Fresh with  Joanna McGowan, Alyson Reay and Emma Selby

Joanna McGowan, Patrick Drake, Alyson Reay and Emma Selby photographed by Matthew Burch

Patrick Drake from Hello Fresh with  Joanna McGowan, Alyson Reay and Emma Selby

Joanna McGowan, Patrick Drake, Alyson Reay and Emma Selby photographed by Matthew Burch MBInsEnt-60 MBInsEnt-61 MBInsEnt-62 MBInsEnt-63 Joanna McGowan, Alyson Reay and Emma Selby photographed by Matthew Burch Joanna McGowan, Alyson Reay and Emma Selby photographed by Matthew Burch MBInsEnt-66 Emma Selby Barney Whiter by Matthew Burch

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