My Story: 2009
2009 yet another hectic year. Developments move on apace at Anywayup LLP and we are both relieved and delighted that our business has gained strength and progressed throughout the recession. The final details are being put in place for a trade launch of our new products in 2010. It is SO exciting!!
Best of all is the arrival of our second grandchild – in Toronto. Family comes first so, I apologise and turn down numerous speaking engagements from September onwards, in order to be free to jump on a plane, the moment he decides to make his appearance. Grandson number 2 - Murray – is the first baby for our son Ben and his wife Jessica – what a sweetie!
We fly out when Jessica goes into labour and we arrive just 15 hours after Murray is born. We have a wonderful two weeks in Toronto getting to know him but then we have to say ‘Goodbye’.– thank heaven for Skype!
Events & Exhibitions:
- I am invited to join Lord Alan Sugar who has been invited for a private visit to the British Library Business and IP Centre. I and two other entrepreneurs are presented to him as case studies and supporters of the BIPC. The purpose of this visit is to showcase the activities of the BIPC and enlist Lord Sugar’s support. Subsequent to this visit, Lord Sugar agrees to speak at the BIPC event ‘In Conversation with Lord Sugar’ - http://www.bl.uk/bipc/workevents/lordsugar.html
- I am invited by The Chair of the Economic Development, Culture, Sport and Tourism Committee to attend their meeting discussing support for small business start ups. The Committee is a cross-party committee made up of six Assembly members who undertake work to hold the Mayor and the London Development Agency (LDA) to account and investigate issues of interest to Londoners. The Committee undertakes specific investigations which involve identifying an issue to explore, gathering relevant views and information from a wide range of sources, collating and analysing this information and then producing a report that sets out its findings on the issue and makes recommendations for action to the Mayor, the LDA etc. Further details are at: http://www.london.gov.uk/assembly/scrutiny/econ_cst.jsp.
- I am a VIP guest at She’s Ingenious Launch party and attend the Cass Business School Entrepreneurship Centre launch where I meet Peter Mandleson.
- I sit on the judging panel of the Design Innovation in Plastics, Awards. Established in 1985, this is now the longest running student plastics design award in Europe.
- The Anywayup cup and my story goes on permanent display at London’s Science Museum – Wallace and Gromit’ Cracking Ideas exhibition. The launch event is great fun!
- I attend a conference in Washington, DC. with a focus on “U.S. and EU Approaches to Protecting IP” and “Communicating the Value of IP”.
I have the following speaking engagements:
- IP celebrity panel discussion - part of a conference organised by Central Law Training, the largest provider of post qualification training to the legal profession.
- Sharing my experiences and thoughts as a successful entrepreneur at the Cass Business School in London.
- Being key note speaker at the Bournemouth Festival of Design.
Published articles include:
- ‘Designing’ - The design and technology magazine for Schools, Colleges and Universities.
- ‘Plastiquarian’ the journal of the Plastics Historical Society.
- Interviewed by Financial Times and featured in the Economist.
- Featured in ‘Design Week’ magazine’s article, ‘The Copycat Trap’, by Sarah Woods.