British Entrepreneur and former ‘Dragon’ Jenny Campbell joins speaker line-up at Venturefest North West 2019

Published on Business stage: Scaling, Starting, Thinking, Unlocking

Former banker turned award-winning entrepreneur Jenny Campbell will deliver a keynote address at this year’s Venturefest North West, which returns to Manchester for its sixth year this autumn.

Organised by GC Business Growth Hub at Manchester Central on Wednesday 20 November, Venturefest North West is the region’s biggest annual innovation conference and exhibition.

The event will once more welcome North West business owners, entrepreneurs and investors who are looking to grow and build their businesses, whether they are starting out, scaling up, or already well established.

Jenny’s keynote speech will focus on ‘breathing fire into’ challenges and opportunities for businesses located across the North West. She joins a line-up that includes Nitin Rai, founder and managing director of Elevate Capital, based in Portland, Oregon, as well as business commentator and successful entrepreneur Professor Vikas Shah MBE.

Jenny said:

“The North West is recognised around the world for its entrepreneurial spirit and I’m proud to have my roots in this bourgeoning region.

“Small, high-growth businesses – like those found across the North West – are the backbone of our economy; driving jobs, productivity and national prosperity.

“Building and maintaining a business takes an incredible amount of energy, hard work and resilience. Even with the steeliest determination, running a business can be a lonely experience – which is why events like Venturefest are so important.

“It promises to be a day well spent with like-minded individuals, reflecting on progress, learning from each other, and hearing from some of the leaders in their respective fields.”

“I’m looking forward to visiting the exhibition villages and meeting some truly inspirational businesses and entrepreneurs from all backgrounds at Venturefest and celebrating the North West’s unique role in UK plc.”

More than 1,100 delegates attended last year’s Venturefest North West, as GC Business Growth Hub, part of The Growth Company and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, joined forces with regional partners Cheshire & Warrington Growth Hub, Cumbria Growth Hub, Liverpool City Region’s Local Growth Hub, and Boost, Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub.

Janice Mears, Head of Business Growth at Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said:

“Jenny Campbell is a truly inspiring entrepreneur and it’s fantastic to have her at Venturefest North West – a flagship annual event in support of business development across our region.

“We’re encouraging as many Liverpool City Region entrepreneurs to come along to the event as possible, in order to make the most of the insight, knowledge and expertise that will be on offer all under one roof. Whether representing start-ups or fully established organisations, the event will have something for everyone who is looking to develop and grow an idea or business.”

Heather Waters, Enterprise Manager at NatWest, said: “We are delighted to once again support Venturefest. It’s a fantastic event which helps entrepreneurs from across the North West region access new ways to develop their businesses further through new connections. Jenny Campbell is a wonderful role model who will no doubt offer some interesting insight into what it takes to succeed in business.”

To register your free place at Venturefest North West 2019 go to

Businesses can access the Local Growth Hub services at, via their Local Growth Hub broker or on Twitter @localgrowthhub and LinkedIn Local Growth Hub

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