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Strategic Partners

The key to the Connect model is to set up strategic alliances with the private and public sector organisations involved in the creation and development of high growth businesses.  This includes Universities, Colleges, RDA’s, existing corporate companies, deliverers of public sector funded initiatives, VC’s, business angels, consultants, mentors, Chambers of Commerce, sub-regional organisations etc.  The network is very complex and beyond the understanding of most individuals and perhaps particularly entrepreneurs trying to develop an existing new business idea.  Connect endeavours to put the network in place so that entrepreneurs can be quickly and effectively directed to the most suitable source of information and resources.  Connect also believes in adopting some formality in their referrals to be able to monitor the quantity, quality and effectiveness of the network.

Organisations interested in joining the Connect Strategic Partnership Network should contact James Gardner at



Briffa is a law firm that specialises in helping businesses use intellectual property to create value in their commercial activity. We work with you to identify what is valuable and secure protection where necessary. We also ensure you use it to gain market advantage (income!!) and where necessary we take steps to enforce it for you by stopping others from using your rights without your permission. We work with you to grow the rights which are fundamental to your business, whether as an individual or in partnership with others by way of for example joint venture, licence, a franchise. Briffa are proactive, commercial and practical. We don’t just tell you want you can do but what you should do to achieve your business goals. We believe investment in securing rights is one in which you must have a return. We advise you on how to organise your business to capture rights as your business grows. We have international reach with associates in most other countries. Through this we provide a one stop shop for all intellectual property needs. Briffa work across all industries and have strength and reputation in new and emerging technologies as well as businesses using more established business models. Innovators and creatives are often at the cutting edge and we understand the challenges and opportunities they face.


We are highly regarded in our field. We are upfront and personal. We value all our Clients and support them in their drive to build a successful business by providing a personal service in which we are available and responsive to their need for easy access to lawyers who understand them and intellectual property inside out. We have assisted 1,000’s of businesses to achieve their goals and we welcome the opportunity to  work with you also to identify and use intellectual property to fuel your success.

020 7 288 6003


  Supporting angel and early stage investments

The BBAA is the only trade association dedicated to promoting angel investing and supporting early stage investment in the UK.  Each year private investor’s account for between £800 million and £1 billion of early stage investment in the UK: the single largest source of early stage capital in the country.

The BBAA works to create an eco-system to promote and support the early stage investment market, providing a forum for these groups to integrate and share good practice on new developments and trends in early stage investing, development of new services and tools to support the investment process.  BBAA also acts as a voice to Government, stakeholders, business and the media to promote the interests and needs of the angel and early stage investment


The FSE Group

The FSE Group provide investment and support to small and medium sized enterprises though a range of equity and debt funds. The FSE Group manages two social impact funds that provide finance for both social enterprises and community-based renewable energy projects. They also run active Business Angel networks in London, Surrey and Oxfordshire matching innovative entrepreneurs with high net worth individuals for acceleration funding and mentoring.

Tel: 01276 608510



A network committed to growing new technology clusters Worldwide

The Global CONNECT membership network links individuals and organizations committed to building international technology-based enterprises.


Leardon Solutions recognizes the need companies have for fast, cost effective, and reliable product development. We work for small and medium companies, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and innovators to engineer, prototype, and manufacture their product ideas. Our efficient processes, developed and used in the best product development companies, are optimized for the needs of our customers.  To learn more, please visit



Imperial Entrepreneurs (IE) are proud to be in close collaboration with Connect London. Our mission is to drive innovation from within the student body through providing inspiration, education, networking opportunities and the chance to learn through action, to produce the next generation of disruptive technology entrepreneurs from Imperial College and beyond.

IE is the society for student entrepreneurs at Imperial College. It was launched in September 2006 and in just over three years, we have achieved a great deal:

We have the largest student entrepreneurs society at Imperial, 600 members, 80% of which are from University of Imperial and includes undergraduate, graduate and MBA students - run by a committee of 7 dedicated students.

Our is website created as the hub of the organisation. Visit

We have achieved widespread media coverage spanning various student publications, The Telegraph and BBC Business online.

The Founding patrons include business angels, Paul & Michael Birch, Saul Klein, Michael Smith as well as Index Ventures and Accel Partners

We attract high-profile speakers from diverse backgrounds including, Paul Graham (Y combinatory), Brent Hoberman (, Jay Bregman (eCourier), Alex Hoye (Seedcamp, Go Industry plc).

We have also been responsible for setting up a nationwide student entrepreneurship movement, in association with Oxford Entrepreneurs, LSE, Cambridge, Oxford Brookes, Kings College London ,Warwick, South Hampton, LBS as well as government backed agencies MakeYourMark and the NCGE.

Our Events and Central Activities include:

Guest speakers – the world’s top entrepreneurs and innovators speak to inspire our members -Practical workshops – by leading practitioners in various aspects of business to educate our members

Social events – to facilitate networking and develop a community of entrepreneurs

Ideas Empowered business challenge, to encourage students to think of new business ideas and by doing this, give them the opportunity to learn.



SLIP is a network of organizations in South London that offer support to business for business development, growth and innovation.


(Under the Secretariat of Connect London)


The British Library Business and IP Centre can help you start, run and grow your business.

We can help with Business Networking, Business Planning, Protecting your Ideas, Researching Markets etc.

Business & IP Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road

London NW1 2DB
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7454



A Consultant specialising in business-to-business marketing

primarily with technology companies

Marc has over fifteen years marketing experience helping business grow by understanding their products/technologies while providing the marketing know-how to reach their customers in a focused and cost effective way.

Contact Marc Duke: 0208 953 8302/07764 950 953  email:

For more detailed information (click here)


Genius Incubator helps entrepreneurs realise their dreams. Genius Incubator provides mentoring and advisory services to early stage and growth stage entrepreneurs and helps them realise equity capital of GBP200000 to GBP10 million from angel investors, venture capitalists and high networth individuals in Europe, Middle East and India. Genius Incubator also acts as a gatekeeper to Private Equity and Institutional Investors on select investment opportunities, with particular strengths in the Indian market. Genius Incubator is based in London and has partners in NewYork, Sanfrancisco, and Mumbai

Contact:  Arifa Khan


The EIC Environmental Investment Network

A partnership between The Environmental Industries Commission and commercial law firm Clarkslegal LLP, The EIC Environmental Investment Network facilitates investment in environmental technologies and services. Companies are invited to present funding opportunities to the network’s investors at investment meetings and further support is provided through the network’s website


The Next Women is the first award-winning online Women’s Business Magazine and Networking Forum, with a focus on startups and growing businesses, led, founded or invested in by women. It bring news on business, events, funding and tech from a female angle and interviews and profiles Female Internet Heroes, making them notable and quotable. The NextWomen interviews female startup entrepreneurs, female internet heroes and business experts, concentrating on the process of founding a business, finding capital and overcoming business challenges. Its international network of high-growth female entrepreneursm female and male investors and supporting business consultants constitutes and eco-system to do business, get support and inspiration and to create value and sustainable businesses. The NextWomen run Pitching & Funding events – Dragon’s Den for women-led companies – Kitchen Dinners for leading entrepreneurs and high profile networking events.

Contact:  Simone Brummelhuis -

   Accelerator is London Met University's business incubator located in Shoreditch.  It houses ICT, digital media and gaming companies, and delivers training and support to SMEs across London.

Want to improve your business?

VentureNavigator is a unique and free online service with one clear aim: to help start-ups and small businesses improve their chances of success. VentureNavigator delivers business benchmarking, impartial resources and supports an online community for entrepreneurs to share experience and advice.

VentureNavigator is a free service funded by the UK Government


THE GENERATOR BUSINESS CENTRE Nurturing Entrepreneurs and their Business Ideas

For Offices, Workshops, Meeting Rooms and a Conference Room

to meet your Business Needs

95 Miles Rd, Mitcham CR4 3FH
Tel: 020 8274 5771/2


  Julian Hall - Connect London Business Support Member

Julian Hall is an consultant who helps businesses and entrepreneurs increase their revenue online. A writer, speaker and columnist, his focus is on doing things differently, outsmarting the competition and delivering a return for his clients.

t.    +44 (0) 8000 194 737

m.  +44 (0) 7956 902 361



     Fox Williams LLP is an independent business law firm, based in the City of London, focused on providing practical commercial advice to a broad base of clients that benefit from our entrepreneurial and responsive style.

We have a strong reputation for both contentious and non-contentious work in our core practice areas of mergers and acquisitions and private equity, employment, partnership, real estate and commerce and technology.

Reflecting our longstanding commitment to the technology sector, our specialist e-business law group is focused on helping clients to take advantage of business opportunities presented by new and evolving technologies.  Our in-depth knowledge and experience of the sector enables us to deliver the pragmatic legal advice that clients operating in this sector need.  Clients include VCs, private investors, start-ups, SMEs and listed companies.

Connecting Innovation and Resources

Young ambitious companies use MyDealMaker to attract investors, find key skills and get expert advice.


Korea Innovation Centre provides entrepreneurs with the best possible package of accommodation, services and support to help them convert their business ideas into successful businesses. Korea Innovation Centre acts as a platform to bring entrepreneurs, inventors, business angels, academia, professional advisors and support organisations together.We are always interested in hearing about new business ideas and also hearing from investors who are keen to work with entrepreneurs and inventors.

If you would like to discuss your interest with one of our partners or would like to arrange a visit to the Korea Innovation Centre, please feel free to contact us.




  China Innovation Centre has been established in London to support Chinese organisations who intend to set up a business in the UK. The services which can be offered include: accommodation, support in setting up and operating a new company, business support and support of Chinese business agents.




Business Plan Services (‘BPS’) operates in association with London Business School to provide a professional solution dedicated to assisting clients with all aspects of effective business planning. The company’s expertise in this area has enabled it to develop a suite of products and services to help clients, whatever their size, stage of their business’ life and industry sector. Because the planning process is different for each company, BPS’ services are individually tailored to meet client requirements. The company’s collaboration with London Business School reinforces its position within the commercial marketplace as the UK’s leading business plan practice. Partnering with the School enables BPS to supplement its long-established and proven formula with additional resources of only the finest calibre.

Tel:  0845 057 4065



 Welcome to Fashion Enter Ltd.

The lead website for Fashion Enter Ltd is the industry

acclaimed fashion portal for the UK

Fashion Enter is an industry based specialist that offers real support and advice for today’s talented designers and manufacturers. Its full guidance and networking opportunities combined with an online presence and two retail boutiques make Fashion Enter a unique company.

Fashion Enter was established to continue the work of a five year initiative that was funded by the LDA – The London Fashion Forum expired in March 2006.

Fashion Enter has various commercial opportunities for designers and manufacturers to engage with that actively promotes their business. These initiatives include:


One major initiative is the UK’s leading industry portal  This site receives 5.5 million hits from 60,000 unique users and is a major business tool for all connected to the fashion industry. Currently ranked on the second page of Google for the word ‘fashion’ worldwide


   Consolite Technology is a highly successful business operating in a niche market within the aerospace industry.

Its core business is in design, development and manufacture of specialist aircraft lighting products, with expertise encompassing a wide variety of disciplines and activities. The majority of the business is concerned with small volume batch manufacture with short lead times, high quality requirements, and highly flexible output. A substantial part of the day to day activity is the design and development of new products. Consolite is fully accredited to ISO9001:2000.

Consolite is experienced in the design of precision electro-mechanical assemblies, with a realistic appreciation of the importance of design for manufacture. Consolite also has a full optical design capability, particularly for special filters in glass or polymer for a wide range of light sources and functions.

Consolite has considerable experience in development and test of new products, and is well used to satisfying the highly demanding requirements of the aerospace industry in this respect. In-house capabilities include a comprehensive dark room facility with a range of sophisticated optical measurement and test equipment.

Consolite has a well equipped manufacturing facility, including precision CNC machining, CNC laser cutting and engraving, screen and pad printing, and mechanical and optical assembly. Consolite also works closely with a network of small sub-contract manufacturing suppliers who bring other specialisms to the mix.

Consolite is interested in talking to new technology based businesses that would benefit from any of the above expertise. Business transactions could either be on a conventional commercial basis, or possibly in the form of supply of assistance in return for equity.

Likely market sectors, apart from aerospace equipment, include other areas of transportation, alternative energy, and medical equipment.

+44 1747 840900 Tel
+44 1747 841500 Fax
ISO 9001 : 2000 accredited

BCO - India

Business Co-ordinators is lead by Beryl Nassé who has relocated to India after a successful career in The Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA Ltd)  She now heads up PPMA India on their behalf.

Beryl worked for PPMA for many years as PA to the Board of Directors and events organiser.  In this position she was involved with all activities carried out by PPMA including the organisation of the British Pavilion at Interpack in 2005. This gives her a wealth of experience in facilitating business for companies overseas. She has many contacts at UK, Indian, Chinese and American Trade Associations and the British Deputy High Commissions in India.

The team that work with Beryl in India are Indian nationals. They will help you to unravel the mysteries of doing business in this fast growing and vibrant economy. 

Currently Business-Co-Ordinators are working with the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry on a Seminar scheduled for 12 13 14 May 2008 bringing together UK and Indian Packaging and Processing Companies wishing to do business.