Author Archives: Tim

In conversation with Ed Bussey

Entrepreneurs Universe and Smedvig Capital we delighted to engage in a lively conversation with Ed Bussey, serial entrepreneur and founder and CEO of global content marketing specialists, Quill. Founded in 2011, Quill is purpose built to deliver high performance content across an unparalleled number of topics, formats and languages. Quill is a trusted content partner for global brands and agencies including Shop Direct, STA Travel, LA Fitness, Arsenal, Reckitt Benckiser,, WPP, Aegis and Publicis.

Prior to launching Quill in 2011, Ed was Chief Operating Officer at ZYB, an award-winning mobile social networking pioneer acquired by Vodafone Plc in May 2008. Ed was also part of the founding team and Global Marketing Director of online clothing retailer, acquired by N Brown Plc in Oct 2010.

Ed has held a number of NED, chairman and internet advisory positions with companies including: Mr. & Mrs. Smith Boutique Hotels, Bauer Media Group, PCCW (Hong Kong), Charles Tyrwhitt, Enterprise Ireland, Secretsales and Evans Cycles.

Staged at Home House in Portman Square, Ed shared his experiences of building successful start-ups, in a conversation with Philip de Lisle, a serial entrepreneur whose last venture had a $1.5Billion valuation when he exited.

We invited a small group including high-calibre entrepreneurs, Smedvig portfolio executives, and angels as well as non-executives with a strong interest in high growth businesses. This ensured that there is an opportunity to engage with each other along with Ed and Philip before and after the conversation.




Alon Shulman at IFB 2014

“The International Festival for Business (IFB) 2014 was the largest global concentration of business events in the UK for a generation. It was a key part of the government’s target of rebalancing the economy and achieving its export and investment objectives with more than 150 business-focused events. We were delighted that Entrepreneurs Universe has ws chosen to host two events here. On behalf of the UK and the City of Liverpool we sought to connect the smartest entrepreneurial minds with outstanding business opportunities.”



IFB 2014 – In Conversation with Tim Bleakley

Entrepreneurs Universe supporter Tim Bleakley, CEO of Ocean Outdoor, and serial entrepreneur Philip de Lisle were ‘In Conversation’ at the International Festival for Business 2014. The Entrepreneurs Universe event, sponsored by Liverpool Vision, was hosted by Entrepreneurs Universe Chairman Alon Shulman and provided exceptional networking opportunities for the attendees with many organising pre-arranged introductions through our network. Continue reading

In Conversation with Tim Bleakley

A recent Entrepreneurs Universe “In Conversation …” event witnessed Tim Bleakley, CEO of Ocean Outdoor, outlined his journey and relationship with venture capital and the continued growth of the business after the initial investors excited with the business being sold to a private equity house for £35m. Continue reading