||Blueprints for Business:
A proven route to success
Tuesday 24 February 2009, 18.15-21.00
British Library Conference Centre
96 Euston Road, London
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7454
Tickets: £10.00 (concessions £7.50)
Book online at www.bl.uk
Are you an aspiring entrepreneur
in search of an idea? Have you launched a business
and want to expand? Are you a budding entrepreneur
seeking to build a venture based on a proven formula?
Are you, in short, looking for your own blueprint
for business success? 'Blueprints for Business'
is an opportunity to hear from four highly successful
entrepreneurs who have built personal and business
success on the back of franchising.
On the panel will be:
Toni Mascolo OBE,
the genius behind Toni & Guy is one of Britain's
greatest and most successful entrepreneurs. Starting
with one salon in 1963, he has built probably
the world's most successful high-street hairdresser
brand. While the model for his business's incredible
expansion has been franchising, it is also, he
insists, 'a family thing'.
Sophie Atkinson is
managing director of Autosmart, the car-cleaning
firm that was crowned "Franchise of the Year"
in 2008. Autosmart has more than 250 profitable
franchisees in the UK, Europe and Australia. Sophie
joined the Litchfield-based business after a stint
in consultancy, and led a management buyout of
the firm in 2004.
Atul Pathak is one
of the UK's most successful franchise entrepreneurs,
who set up his first McDonald's franchise in 2003
and today runs a ten-strong, and growing, restaurant
group. A pioneer with the McDonald's formula,
Atul has trialled initiatives such as introducing
a Halal menu into his Southall restaurant.
Jamal Hirani is the
chief executive and founder of the Indian restaurant
chain Tiffinbites and a rising star of the London
food scene. He started his career as a Marks &
Spencer underwear buyer. Today his 'fast-food'
business feeds more than 250,000 people a week,
many receiving their lunchtime 'tiffin box' of
delicious Indian food.
Matthew Rock is founder-editor
of Real Business, the UKs leading magazine
for entrepreneurs. He is a founder of Caspian
Publishing, the £10m-turnover media business
and a respected media commentator on entrepreneurial