EVENT FULL: The Bristol Distinguished Address: What does it take for a creative small business to thrive? Simon Belsham

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Date: 30 November 2016
Venue: UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre, BS34 8QZ
Time: Reception: 18:00 - Lecture: 18:30 - Networking: 19:30

UPDATE: Tuesday 29 November 2016 - Please note this event is now full - We are not operating a waiting list, however, a podcast will be available after the event, subject to no technical difficulties.

What does it take for a creative small business to thrive?

Simon Belsham, CEO notonthehighstreet.com, will speak about what it takes for creative small businesses to thrive in today's world. His address will explore current retail trends, as well as the opportunity that the shift in consumer demand from mass - produced products to products with provenance presents for small creative businesses looking to set up and scale.


  • 18:00 - Registration and refreshments
  • 18:30 - Lecture
  • 19:30 - Networking

There will be an exclusive pre-event to this address, a private opening of our Future Space. Future Space at UWE Bristol provides a unique destination for science and technology companies and includes shared and co-working offices, an equipped lab, upgradeable workshops and dedicated offices.

If you are interested in attending this private event from 17.00-18.00, then please email events@uwe.ac.uk to request a place.


Simon Belsham joined Notonthehighstreet.com in May 2015 as Chief Executive Officer to build the brand's future growth and development as the leading curated online marketplace connecting the best small creative businesses with the world.

Simon's career has been focused on unlocking the opportunities of technology and retail amidst evolving customer behaviours. Through his experience creating and growing online retail businesses at different points of inflection, Simon has gained invaluable insights to inform both his vision for Notonthehighstreet.com and importantly to help support and grow the small creative businesses that define the brand.

Starting his career as a consultant at Cap Gemini, in 2003 Simon joined Tesco and over the next seven years led a variety of projects developing the operating model for the UK business, primarily in convenience, supply chain, general merchandise and latterly online with Tesco Direct. In 2011, he joined Ocado as Director of Non-Food where he was responsible for building general merchandise platforms - first of which was pet site fetch.co.uk- to link with Ocado's home delivery network. Simon re-joined Tesco in June 2013 as Managing Director of Grocery Home Shopping and became Online Director, managing all online businesses, in January 2015.

Simon earned his BA(hons) in Natural Sciences and Psychology at University of Cambridge (2000) and his MBA from Harvard Business School (2007).

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About the Bristol Distinguished Address Series

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series provides a unique opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership. The series is delivered by the Bristol Business School in partnership with ACCA, Bristol City Council, Bristol Junior Chamber, Bristol Post, Business West, CBI, CMI, FSB, IoD, ICAEW and the West of England LEP.

Media queries

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We aim to make these lectures available as a podcast subject to receiving permission from the speaker/s to do this, and subject to no technical problems with the recording of the event. Podcasts are normally available 1-2 working days after the event. The Media library of past events can be found online.


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Cost: Free
Contact: Corporate Relations Service
Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 81805
E-mail: Events@uwe.ac.uk

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