Bev Hurley is one of the UK's leading experts on business start up, scale up and financing. She’s been CEO of YTKO since 2000 and as part of its social mission, YTKO has helped over 30,000 entrepreneurs and businesses and raised £65m finance. She started the Outset foundation in 2013 to help start up businesses and is currently running the programme in the borough. Bev has a CBE for services to enterprise.
Rosie Davies-Smith founded LFA PR agency in 2013, to offer honest PR to great product-based brands without the inflated price tag. She launched PR Dispatch, a PR subscription business in 2017, which provides brands with everything they need to maximise their chances of UK press coverage. They have won multiple awards including Agency Of The Year and Rosie won Creative Industries Entrepreneur Of The Year in 2016
Emma Morley founded her bespoke design consultancy Trifle in 2008. Her team's mission is to create inspiring, creative environments that improve the experience of everyone working in them. To date they have designed over 80 offices, working with a team of spatial experts, designers and project managers.
Victoria Cozens, is co-founder of East London’s specialty coffee roasters; Perky Blenders. Since starting it with her husband, Adam and brother-in-law, Tom in 2015, she’s played a crucial part in building a brand that’s responsible, friendly and accessible to all.
Lucy Knights lives in Walthamstow with her husband and two daughters. She launched BORN AT DAWN in response to hearing other women's frustrations with online shopping.
She was inspired by the many women in Walthamstow doing their own thing and making a massive success of it- brands like Word Store, Birch & Star, Saw Chocolate, Homeplace Online, Indikidual, Bloom of the Block, Leonie Freeman Photography, Studio Milne, Emily Brooks and many, many more.
Carmel King is a freelance photographer, based from her Leyton studio, Host. With over twelve years experience, she has worked with many emerging businesses, helping to establish an aesthetic and identity through images. . Recently she has been documenting the creative community of Waltham Forest, with her ongoing series 'Makers & Manufacturers'.
Carmel founded Hive Collective with Nat Harrison in 2017. She lives with her partner and three children in Walthamstow.