Return of opportunity - entrepreneurs debate challenges of financing expansion

As Luke Johnson's Patissiere Valerie becomes the latest to announce plans to list, the serial entrepreneur will lead a panel of experts in sharing their advice at June's MT Live 2014 conference for CEOs and senior directors.

by Ian Wylie
Last Updated: 30 Apr 2014

The planned flotation of the coffee and cakes chain – which hopes to raise £33m on AIM – highlights strengthening business confidence and follows listings by Pets at Home, discount chain Poundland, newsagent McColl's and online fashion outlet Boohoo.com.

Chairman Johnson, who has been behind the success of PizzaExpress, Strada and Giraffe, will chair a panel of entrepreneurs at MT Live 2014 that includes Kathryn Parsons, co-founder of Decoded, Sarah Wood, co-founder of Unruly Media and Austen Pickles, founder of Buxton Pickles. The entrepreneurs will be offering their thoughts on how best to seize opportunities in a growing economy.

MT Live 2014 is Management Today’s inaugural business conference taking place on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 at 200 Aldersgate, St Paul’s, London EC1A 4HD. Other speakers at MT Live 2014 include Sainsbury’s Justin King, Facebook’s Nicola Mendelsohn and Lord Heseltine. You can book your ticket here.

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