Speakers

STEPH MCGOVERN

Business Reporter, BBC

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Over the past twelve years Steph McGovern has reported on business and finance from around the world, from international summits to small business success stories.

She is an established part of the BBC Breakfast team, covering business developments daily, and also regularly taking to the sofa as main co-host. During the financial crash Steph was the lead producer of financial news, working with business editor Robert Peston at the forefront of the award-winning coverage of the credit crunch and banking crisis.

Steph recently launched her own children's TV show looking for the next generation of entrepreneurs, called Pocket Money Pitch on CBBC. Steph is also the co-host of BBC One’s prime time show Shop Well For Less and is on the presenting team of BBC One’s ‘Watchdog’.

BEN TOWERS

Award-winning young entrepreneur

Hailed by Richard Branson as one of the UK's most exciting entrepreneurs, at 18 years old Ben already heads up his own digital media agency with over 35 staff. Whilst his peers were looking forward to starting secondary school, Ben aged 11 started Towers Design. Ben recently agreed a multi-million-pound deal with Zest The Agency to consolidate his position as a leader in digital communications. Ben’s clients include Virgin Racing, Expedia, Twitter, Quickbooks and IHG.

Ben recently appeared as a mentor on Pocket Money Pitch, a Dragons’ Den style programme for CBBC where young entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to win a year's worth of pocket money. He has also appeared on shows like Question Time, The Chancellors Debate, Can Britain Afford a Pay Rise and BBC Breakfast. Ben regularly keynotes at conferences around the world, and was named by The Times at the top of their Super Teen Power List in 2016. He is a dedicated supporter of Young Enterprise and young people in business.


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