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Simon Armstrong – Actinic

Simon Armstrong Marketing Manager Actinic About Actinic Actinic provides web-based ecommerce and shopping cart software solutions for start-ups and SMEs. The cloud-based ecommerce solution combines flexibility, affordability and ease of use with the functionality needed to build and manage a successful online business and is used by many thousands of companies to power their ecommerce stores. About our business expert, Simon Armstrong Simon Armstrong is marketing manager for ecommerce solution provider Actinic and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. His interest in ecommerce was sparked after helping to design and implement an online shop for a butchers’ supplier back in 2004. Previously he has worked for software and data companies including Microsoft, Collins Barth... »

Chris Barling – SellerDeck

Chris Barling Chairman SellerDeck About SellerDeck SellerDeck is one of the UK’s top suppliers of ecommerce and point of sales systems to small and medium-sized businesses. With more than 5,000 customers and 16 years’ experience, SellerDeck supplies everything your business needs to succeed online and in-store. About our business expert, Chris Barling Chris Barling is a true ecommerce industry expert. In 1996 he co-founded Actinic, one of the UK’s first and most successful ecommerce startups. Now called SellerDeck, the company rode the dot com wave, growing from a garden shed operation to floatation on the London Stock Exchange in less than four years. An enthusiastic entrepreneur and business angel, Chris has a passion for helping small businesses take advantage of new t... »

Jane Lee – Dexterity PR

Jane Lee Independent PR Consultant Dexterity About Dexterity Dexterity offers no-nonsense press relations (also called public or media relations) for smaller businesses in the B2B sector with a strong focus on IT PR (software, hardware, services). Jane Lee raises awareness of her clients in the relevant print and online media  with a pro-active mix of activities including press releases, feature tracking, press interviews, article and case study placement and product coverage. For clients the benefit of using an established, well-regarded independent PR consultant is like hiring a senior account director in a big agency, only better: they get great results without having to spend the earth. And if a client needs other services, Jane has a network of equally experienced associates incl... »

John Sollars – Stinkyink

John Sollars Managing Director, founder About is an online superstore for printer consumables based in Shropshire, providing supplies for all inkjet and laser printers at great prices. In addition to a comprehensive range of ink and toner cartridges, it provides expert advice, free delivery and a 100% product guarantee. About our business expert, John Sollars John Sollars has used the lessons learnt in the last recession of the 90s and in running his two previous businesses, to become a successful web entrepreneur. His third business is in online retail and despite a tough start in 2002 where he lost £32,000 in a credit card fraud scam, followed by a warehouse burglary, John fought back and within two years was in profit. Now he employs 14 st... »

Tom Ball – NearDesk

Tom Ball CEO and founder NearDesk About NearDesk NearDesk makes it easy for people to work productively – using a card to touch-in, touch-out and only pay for the time they use. It is used by people to work near home rather than commute or trying to be effective at home, and by companies to reduce costs whilst retaining and motivating staff. About our business expert, Tom Ball Tom is a serial entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of NearDesk. He was originally a hardware engineer before migrating to software / web development. Tom built a 25 person web development firm (CD9) and a dotcom (DomainAudit). However, 9/11 and Enron’s bankruptcy led to the collapse of the business just days before his wedding. Tom then went on to set up a communications business and spent seven years h... »

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