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Following every Firestarter Forum, we will update this page with new, dedicated follow-up workshops, giving you the opportunity to address key topics and issues raised in more detail.

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Our current Firestarter Friends' workshops

Below is the current list of Firestarter Friends’ workshops, based on content discussed in previous Firestarter Forums. Each workshop will last for 90 minutes and provide an opportunity for participants to explore the topics discussed in more detail. These workshops are limited to a maximum of 12 people to ensure effective interaction between all parties.


Getting going with a meaningful digital strategy    Craig Wiltshire

How to get started and how to move quickly from concept to activation.

Tuesday 26th May, 9:30am – 11:00am

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Opportunities passing you by?    Lisa Zevi

Get out of the day to day so you can focus on growth.

Wednesday 27th May, 9:30am – 11:00am

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Converting to a virtual business    Richard Clarke

Lessons learned in developing and getting the best out of a remote workforce

Thursday 28th May, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

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Looking to exit your business?    Lisa Zevi

How to build a management team to take your business forward.

Wednesday 3rd June, 9:30am – 11:00am

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Adapting your brand as a result of COVID-19    Paul Phedon

How it should change, support new new developments and innovations, and how you should be communicating.

Friday 5th June, 9:30am – 11:00am

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Our expert speakers

We are very pleased and proud to be well-connected with a large number of industry experts, who are willing to support the Firestarter Forums and provide us all with the benefit of their experience and expertise on a wide range of topics. Brief information about our guest speakers can be found below, along with contact information if you would like to discuss anything with them in more detail on a 1:1 basis.


Secret Source

Richard Clarke - Secret Source

Richard Clarke originally hails from Hampshire but moved to the Canary Islands in 2001 (where the current temperature is 25ºC). He set up Secret Source in 2014. Secret Source is a nearshore IT development company that provides IT teams for UK and US companies.

Now they have 30 staff and clients include GSK, British Gas, the NHS and many SMEs throughout the UK. All their clients are remote and their staff are a mixture of remote and partially remote developers.

Connect with Richard



REAL Business Builders

Lisa Zevi - Operational Business Coach

Lisa Zevi is an operational business coach, TEDx speaker and Amazon Number 1 bestselling author.

She has more than 20 years’ experience of managing people and building teams and businesses. She works with business owners and their teams getting the right people doing the right things to enable companies to scale.

She runs a 12-week programme for small business owners focusing on PURPOSE, PEOPLE and PROCESSES as well as bespoke workshops on org design, people management and operational excellence – usually in a room, but recently more and more of these have been online!

Connect with Lisa



Gung Ho Communications

Paul Phedon - CEO of Gung HoPaul is CEO of Gung Ho – a communications agency working across PR, social and experiential in the sports and lifestyle sector. They work with a number of high profile brands including New Balance, Quiksilver, Speedo, ellesse and Canterbury and have worked on big scale events such as the Rugby World Cup, World Swimming Championships, London Marathon and the Olympic Games. Gung Ho has just been appointed to work on the PR for 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Prior to this Paul was Global Marketing Director at Speedo over a period of 9 years and has worked in numerous marketing agencies prior to that.

Paul is a keen runner and ran last year’s London Marathon with a personal best.

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Craig Wiltshire - CEO at StrutoCraig is the CEO at Struto. His background is in technology but his love of business in general means he explores and works with all kinds of organisations. Craig has 25 years’ experience in Internet technologies both at a hardware and software level having previously built and sold a Cisco Gold Partner.

His love for where marketing is going, especially from a technology perspective, is what drove him to start Struto and now his mission is to help other businesses use technology to power their marketing, sales and customer services.

Connect with Craig