Drive The Network
Drive, the Partnership Network, is a dynamic learning and support community for ambitious business owners.
they know what it means to put your hopes and dreams into a business (not to mention your life savings!) and they want to make sure you succeed and build a business that gives you a great life as well as a great living.
You’ll never be just a number to them, you’ll be an individual with your own unique skills and experience and they’ll value that and help you to build on it with the individual, tailored support exactly when you need it.
Our amazing sponsors
Karen Arnott - Arnott Design
Karen Arnott is a Graphic designer and a Creative Director at Arnott Design.
Arnott Design offers a full range of branding, print and digital design services. Their experienced, knowledgeable and trustworthy team steps into your business and produces work to a brief on time and on budget.
Their creative director, Karen Arnott, has more than 20 years’ experience as a designer, working in a range of sectors including education, software, technology, financial services, food and hospitality. This has enabled her to build up a trusted network of creative professionals and reliable suppliers who she brings together to meet their clients’ needs.
They will work closely with you to ensure all deadlines are met. You are informed of progress every step of the way. They project manage the whole process so you don’t have to.
Emma and Dave Sheppard - Big Bear Creative
Big Bear Creative is a design and marketing agency based in Cambridgeshire, run by Emma and Dave Sheppard.
Throughout the years they’ve worked with many exciting startups, as well as household brands and some of the biggest, well-known companies in the UK and Europe. They use big brand thinking to help our SME clients compete with bigger brands – creating awesome branding and designs and then making sure they’re seen by the right audiences through effective marketing.
They have the power to elevate your brand and get it seen by the right audiences. Imagine all your marketing efforts working in perfect harmony for maximum impact, helping you achieve your marketing goals and beyond!
ContentCal is a social media company with the mission to help anyone and everyone succeed in social media marketing.
Save time and create better social media content with ContentCal. No more stress, just awesome content. You can say goodbye to embarrassing typos. Their built-in approvals ensure that content won’t go live until it’s been vetted and approved by the relevant people.
Join thousands of businesses and agencies using ContentCal to build an effective social media presence.
Saunders & Lee
Louise is an organisational software geek and proud of it! In 2010 she founded Saunders & Lee to provide real time, continuous, business critical support for micro-businesses. Because who starts a business with a burning desire to be bogged down by operations and administration?
19 years earlier, Louise’s career began at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office focusing on Conventional Missiles in the Non-Proliferation Section. An unusual start. However, it was here she learned the importance of having teachable, repeatable systems to keep work flowing smoothly.
And that’s what Saunders & Lee does. We create teachable, repeatable systems, get them set up and run them for you so your business is an asset which operates efficiently and profitably – all the time.
Agorapulse is the #1 rated Social Media Management tool for businesses and agencies. The combination of publishing, monitoring, listening and reporting for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube positions Agorapulse as a critical asset to your social media success.
It’s an easy to use social media management software that allows you to drive engagement and build authentic relationships with your audience all in one platform. With AgoraPulse you can schedule your content, get reports, and engage followers with just one simple tool.
Rachel Way - The Work Bees
Rachel is an outsourcing specialist and back office services guru, Founder of award winning The Work Bees and The Kind Acts Network.
With 22 years of experience working with a variety of different sectors and business types, Rachel set out to bring together a collaboration of awesome support services to her clients allowing them to grow and experience the back office they deserved, she had witnessed too many specialists reaching the end of their business journey because they didn’t have the expertise to run the business in the background.
Now mentoring business owners and guiding them on how to make the most of the outsourcing opportunities available to them.
Only 15% of people watch video with the volume on.
Be heard even with the volume off with QuiCC. We automatically transcribe your video, allow for edits of your transcription, and we burn those captions right onto your video. You can stylize your captions to match your branding and download the full transcript and SRT with every video. QuiCC works on Android, iOS, and desktop.
As the Chief Community Officer at QuiCC, Krissy Buck helps support QuiCC users and community around all things video.
As a Digital Media major, Krissy understands the creativity and time of sharing your message through video. Whether you are a novice or a video expert, she’s always keen to connect!
Cambridge Wine Merchants
Cambridge Wine Merchants are independent wine merchants with shops all around Cambridge and beyond! They have won many awards including International Wine Challenge (the world’s biggest wine competition) top prize: “Merchant of the Year”, and they’ve three times been voted the UK’s No. 1 Independent Drinks Retailer.
Cambridge Wine Merchants was established in 1993 by two friends, Hal Wilson and Brett Turner, who met at Peterhouse May Ball in 1990. Sharing a love of wine, they wanted to work in the wine trade but didn’t fancy working for somebody else, and so CWM was born.
They also manage the Cambridge University Centre Wine Bar. It’s the perfect space for holding a private live music event or a formal drinks reception.
May King Tsang - May King Tea
May King Tsang has been Live-Tweeting professionally for many years helping conferences, festivals and workshops trend with their hashtags in Australia and the UK. May King has also been interviewing business owners for many years through her #ShiningTheSpotlight series on Periscope (Twitter Live) and Instagram (IGTV).
May King combined her live-tweeting prowess and interviewing skills to create a unique role of Social Media Correspondent and FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) Creator May King is also a lover of tea, and you’ll mainly find her tweeting at @maykingtea.
Luca Senatore is a Speaker, Writer, Growth Entrepreneur who built seven business and Agency Director at Genie Goals. Luca is also the author of the book ‘The Agency: Build, Grow, Repeat’ – How to build a remarkable agency (or any) business that wins and keeps clients.
In this book you’ll discover how to:
- Create a powerful mission that motivates your staff and customers
- Build powerful sales and pitching processes that win new business
- Form a compelling proposition that sets you apart from your competitors
- Find, train and motivate the best people for your agency
- Market your agency online and offline with tested strategies and channels
- Improve profitability
- Set powerful objectives and build roadmaps that guide you and your team
- Create bullet-proof agreements and on-boarding procedure
- And much more
Our amazing team and supporters
David Orchard - Viaworks
Justin and Jemma Crane - The Crane Event
The Crane Event is an event management and event marketing agency based here in Cambridge.
No matter what the occasion, events should be designed to make an impression. From the initial concept right through to the day itself, dedicated time and expertise are needed to develop something special. That’s where Justin and Jemma come in. Combining a wealth of ideas and creativity with meticulous planning and knowledge, they deliver events that are remembered for all the right reasons.
‘Banjaraa is a bohemian Indian street food brand. It’s the food we grew up eating – simple but with bold flavours, no colouring and awesome homemade taste. It’s the kind of food I would feed my children!’ – Ajay, Chief foodie
The idea behind the Banjara food van started when Ajay was running Snacks by AJ, an Indian comfort food start-up, serving local Peterborough homes and businesses. In 2016, he took a stall at his kids’ school summer fete and sold 100 artisan handmade lamb samosas in about 20 minutes. The rest is history.
Banjaraa means an Indian wanderer. It’s the way Ajay cooks. It’s all about making simple, authentic food with Indian flavours – some in traditional form and others tweaked from his worldly travels over the last 20 years.
Banjaraa is a local Peterborough based food horsebox catering to festivals, events and outside catering in and around Peterborough. We make awesome Indian inspired wraps and more.
Que Rico Tapas
Que Rico Tapas is an authentic tapas catering company, bringing the flavours from Spain to the people of Cambridge by providing private chef services as well as event catering and cookery lessons.
Estefania came to Cambridge from Aragon, Spain. After many years working as a journalist, she decided it was time to follow a life-long passion, something that she really enjoys – cooking and making other people happy with her delicious food.
Estefania cooks traditional Spanish food, following many classic recipes. She like simple, honest food – it’s authentic… proud of its heritage and production. Estefania is passionate about the products and producers she works with, carefully selecting and refining the freshest ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible, and often using authentic Spanish products for her dishes.
Tim Bond - Tim Bond Design
Tim Bond has been a graphic designer for nearly 20 years and has worked as an in-house designer for global publishing companies and a university.
Tim set up as an independent designer in 2013, specialising in creating awesome visual designs for corporate and educational marketing materials. Tim has worked with clients including Pearson Education, Oxford University Press, University of Cambridge, Cambridge Assessment and Captial City College group. Tim listens to his customer’s needs and creates designs that have an impact and delivers projects on time and within budget.
Jemima creates brilliant brand portraits of amazing businesses.
This might be creating images for individuals in her Cambridge based studio or on location… They might want a new professional headshot for LinkedIn or even for their dating profile.
Jemima often takes her studio on location to client’s offices. For Jemima creating a relaxed atmosphere helps the client’s experience to be an enjoyable one.
All of the images she creates are inspired by the person or companies’ brand, which working collaboratively she translates into a bespoke set of imagery. This could be working on a client’s brief for employee branding or creating story appeal for their social media content.
Jemima also help business owners understand the power of their brand by creating tailored imagery which makes them stand out from the crowd and attract their ideal client.
Check out her exclusive #CSMDay2019 packages here: www.jemimawillcox.co.uk