The Echo Building, Bournemouth

How I made social media work for my start up

Join us for an inspiring evening for those looking to start or grow their business, network with like-minded entrepreneurs who can help take your business forward

Social media is no longer just an optional channel for startups and small businesses. It’s an essential way of connecting with your audience and getting your brand out there in front of people – plus it’s much cheaper than other, more traditional, marketing channels.

However, with hundreds of thousands of brands clamouring for attention, how can you ensure that your social media efforts add value? With a social strategy, that’s how. Come and meet those who are putting social media at the forefront of their business and find out how and why you should do the same.


Ed Williams of Candy Kittens

I am an experienced brand builder and marketeer. I pride myself on my ability to spot trends and quickly turn new opportunities into commercial value. I am part of the founding team at Candy Kittens where my decisive, positive management has delivered 100% growth for the last three years running.

Candy Kittens is challenging the traditional perception of sweets, adding a creative edge to a very staid industry. We aim to produce the finest candy in the world. Our sweets are made using natural ingredients and real fruit juices whilst also being gluten free (and vegan-friendly!) Life’s too short for boring sweets.

Mitchell Stuart of Inferno Media

Mitchell Stuart, Managing Director of Inferno Media, is a dedicated, highly motivated, successful entrepreneur. Mitchell possesses the invaluable experience and expertise to ensure he and Inferno Media remain at the forefront of today’s digital industry.

After gaining a six digit figure following on Twitter, Mitchell decided to push his vast social media knowledge to a professional level and founded Inferno Media. Mitchell’s innate ability to connect with people both on and offline now sees him working with a variety of established clients from a range of industries. Mitchell is results-driven and prides himself on perfecting his services, Inferno specialise solely in social media marketing ensuring they remain at the top of their game at all times. With a rapidly growing team and big expansion plans, it’s looking bright for Inferno Media.

William Ferreira, UNBXD

William has extensive experience in the creative industry from working as a film producer to freelancing as a creative consultant for some of the UK's most influential fashion and lifestyle brands. Helping them develop their creative content, target market engagement and brand identity. William decided to develop his creative knowledge and launch UNBXD, an integrated creative agency that focuses on social media marketing, content creation and digital media.

Growing up in an expat family gave him the opportunity to live in Asia and Europe, this fuelled his passion for Arts and Culture. William was influenced to enter the business world by his father Seymour Ferreira, CEO of The Amber Beverage Group. 

With the ambition to develop himself as a young entrepreneur, sharing his knowledge with likeminded creatives and investing in new business oppurunities. After successfully running UNBXD since 2015, William has now launched his second venture "Startdeck" an online platform that focuses on assisting startups as well as developing his personal brand as a speaker and consultant.

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