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MATT TURNER  

CEO | The Creative Group

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At just 20 years old, Matt started his own business, which has since led to him winning a number of awards, including 'Young Entrepreneur of the Year' and 'Business Person of the Year' at the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards. This entrepreneurial spirit inspired Matt to become one of the founding partners of Young Start-up Talent, with a view to encourage and motivate young entrepreneurs to start their own businesses. On top of this, Matt is also CEO of his own group of companies, The Creative Group, which includes an award-winning full-service design, marketing and print agency based in the South East. 


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LORRAINE NUGENT

MANAGING DIRECTOR | MEDIA WORD WAVES

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As well as being one of the Founding Partners for Young Start-up Talent, Lorraine also heads up a leading Public Relations agency based in the heart of the South East. She has no shortage of expertise in media relations, having worked for a prominent leading newspaper group for seven years, managing a business paper with strong links in both local and national media. Lorraine now heads up the successful PR Agency - Media Word Waves who act for a variety of clients. In 2014, Lorraine won the ‘Influential Woman of the Year Award’ at the NatWest Venus Awards for Sussex.


SALIM SOMJEE  

Partner | Cripps

Salim is a partner in the corporate team of Cripps LLP, specialising in corporate transactions and advice to directors and shareholders.His primary focus is on helping clients to achieve their goals; he engages with them to understand their needs and works with them to find a sensible way to achieve the overriding objective. His approach is to balance the need for legal formality with the desire to reach the desired outcome in a pragmatic and commercial way.  This is particularly important when advising business start-ups, as they quite often need to prioritise where to spend their limited resources.

 
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BEN TOWERS  

Towers Design & Social Marley

At just 18 Ben is CEO of multi-award winning digital agency – Towers Design and social media managing platform – Social Marley and has recently become a non-executive director of Young Start-up Talent.  Ben is one of the UK’s most successful young entrepreneurs and has had great success as a worldwide keynote speaker. He has recently been named by Richard Branson as one of the worlds most exciting entrepreneurs as well as being placed as Number One in The Times ‘Super Teen Power List’.


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SIMON MADDOX

Partner | Owadally & King

Simon has been a Partner of Owadally & King since October 2005 joining the firm after leaving university in 1986 as a trainee accountant and studying for his ACCA qualification. Simon acts for a mixed portfolio of small and medium sized businesses providing tax and technical advice together with broader business guidance.


JAMES BOOKER

Editor | Croydon Advertiser

Born and bred in Chesterfield, James cut his journalistic teeth in Oxford for two years before becoming news editor of the Croydon Advertiser in April 2014. He has just been appointed the paper’s content editor.


MARK BURGESS  

Director | Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Mark has worked in banking for over 35 years and heads up the Corporate and Commercial lending business in the Croydon and South London area for NatWest. He is member and supporter of Croydon BID and Croydon Commitment organisations which are both local partnerships which mirror his role at NatWest in terms of its focus on supporting the growth and development of the local business community.