**Ray Kelvin CBE, Shaun Pulfrey, Emma Sinclair MBE, Ambarish Mitra, Simon Woodroffe OBE, Ozwald Boateng OBE and Peter Williams to headline London events**

**HSBC UK backs nationwide events to inspire and support the next generation of British entrepreneurs**


Entrepreneurs Exchange, the nationwide programme that connects the next generation of British entrepreneurs with the UK’s most successful business founders, is to take place for the second time in London on Thursday 2 March 2017.


As part of a series of events taking place simultaneously in 10 different locations across the UK, some of the country’s leading entrepreneurs will share their stories and offer real business advice to the next generation of business leaders.


In London, budding entrepreneurs will hear from: Ray Kelvin CBE, founder and CEO of Ted Baker; Shaun Pulfrey, inventor and founder of Tangle Teezer; fashion designer Ozwald Boateng OBE and Emma Sinclair MBE, founder of Enterprise Jungle, at Lancaster House.


Ambarish Mitra, founder of Blippar, Simon Woodroffe OBE, founder of Yo Sushi, and Peter Williams, founder of Jack Wills, will also headline a second London event at HSBC’s St James Street.


The events will allow attendees to discover how these established and successful business leaders set up and grew their businesses, the challenges they have overcome to enable success, and the advice they wish they had been given when starting out.


The London events commence at 6pm and are free and open to all, enabling attendees to build networks with other like-minded entrepreneurs.


Amanda Murphy, HSBC’s Head of Corporate Banking in the UK, said: “Following the success of last year’s events, we’re excited to support Entrepreneurs Exchange again and to give entrepreneurs the opportunity to hear from some of the UK’s most successful business founders.  We see first-hand the number of SMEs who have ambitions to develop their businesses in the UK and overseas, and we’re committed to supporting them on this journey by providing the knowledge, support and funding to grow.  These events are a great opportunity for the business leaders of tomorrow to learn what it takes to build a successful business.”


Mark Garnier MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Trade said: “Entrepreneurs will be the pioneers of the UK’s trading future. It is often small or growth businesses that are the first to take opportunities abroad in areas like the creative industries, software design, fintech and precision manufacturing. Entrepreneurship has no route-map beyond the experiences that are shared. Now in its second year, our hope is that Entrepreneurs Exchange becomes the place where Britain’s small businesses come together to plan their exporting futures.”


Entrepreneurs Exchange is business-led, by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs.  It’s backed by government and supported by HSBC as part of the bank’s commitment to SME banking.


Taking part in the events are, among others, the founders of Coffee Republic, Ted Baker, Green & Blacks and Not on the high street.


Entrepreneurs who would like to sign-up should go to www.entrepreneurs-exchange.co.uk. The full list of speakers, as well as further information about the events, can be found on the website.