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BOWER Black Book Event 2019

July 2, 2019  |  3 min read

Last week the BOWER team hosted their annual Black Book event at the stylish Ham Yard hotel, with 120 guests in attendance.

The purpose of the event is to showcase some of the key business contacts from our own very Black Book and share them with our clients, candidates and friends. This year we were privileged to host an absolutely exceptional line-up of speakers, all of whom gave such engaging and illuminating lightning talks about their unique ventures.

Our 120 guests were also lucky enough to hear from our Keynote Speaker, Lord Blunkett, who spoke about the benefits of having a top quality PA. They were also kept entertained by our fantastic compère for the evening, Patrick Monahan, who kept the laughs coming.

Watch the video of the evening here for yourselves…



2019’s handpicked Black Book stars featured representatives from the Technology, Charity, Art Investment, Cyber Security, Data Protection, Family Law and Professional Services industries. In the format of ‘lightning talks’, each representative had just 5 minutes to talk about their product/business/organisation to our eagerly awaiting audience…

Speaker 1: Francesca Casiraghi- Co-founder & CEO of London Trade Art. London Trade Art is a visionary project aiming at expanding the art market and its audience, and in short – revolutionising the way we buy art!

Speaker 2:  Lucy Greenwood, Partner of International Family Law Group. IFLG is a specialist law firm, looking after international and national families. They are experts in all legal matters relating to relationship breakdown and write the UK’s main practitioner’s guide for international family law.  IFLG are passionate about making the law more accessible.

Speaker 3: Jen Lexmond, Founder & CEO of Easy Peasy. EasyPeasy helps parents discover, play, create, and share learning games with their children from birth to 5 years old, to ensure that children develop the skills they need to succeed in school and life. EasyPeasy is a social enterprise with a mission to give every child the best possible start in life, regardless of their background.

Speaker 4: Emma Hatto, Co-Founder & CEO of ibLE. Created by the Founders of recruitment firm, BOWER Talent, ibLE connects busy people and businesses to dedicated and well-experienced Assistants. Be it for a one-off task or project or to become a longer-term, integrated team member and lynchpin, an ibLE Assistant can have a profound effect on your productivity, allowing you to achieve more. ibLE’s platform provides a gateway to high-end flexible working, and their technology allows users quick and easy access to monitor their Assistant’s work, approve it and pay online which ensures they remain in full control.

Speaker 5: Jane Fordham, Founder of Jane Fordham consulting. The business offers a range of consulting and training across many aspects of people management including leadership, culture, talent acquisition and development, wellbeing and diversity and inclusion.

Speaker 6: Ben Falk, Founder of Yo-Da, a new AI powered consumer data protection service. Yo-Da is the world’s first personal data agency helping consumers protect their privacy, uncover new insights about themselves, and make money from the information they create.

Speaker 7: David Pinchin, Founder & Chairman of Leadership Through Sport and Business – Inspiring a Generation of Leaders. LTSB is a social mobility charity that prepares and supports bright young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into meaningful roles with major firms. They make sure those at risk of under-employment find careers equal to their ambition and ability, and can contribute from their first day on the job. Their work is so inspirational, and BOWER are proud to be involved with such an impactful organisation.

Speaker 8: Last but not least Cal Leeming, Founder of River Oakfield. River Oakfield (ROAK) is a global provider of tailored cyber security solutions to help business leaders combat cyber threats. They are powered by world-class talent and proprietary technology, with a diverse client base across S&P 500 companies, financial services and entertainment. They offer a range of advisory & consultancy services, customised with care and precision.

We were thrilled that the event was a such a huge success and following popular demand are putting plans in motion for our next Black Book Event in early 2020.

If you or your business are interested in joining BOWER’s Exclusive Black Book, drop an email to contacts@bower-talent.com today.

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