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Date: 4th January 2012

Telegraph Business Club Joins Branson and Sugar at Business 2012

Two of the UK’s best-known and most admired entrepreneurs, Sir Richard Branson and Lord Sugar, have already been confirmed as keynote speakers.

January 4th 2012 - Dedicated to entrepreneurs, owner-managers and dynamic professionals, the Telegraph Business Club features articles, expert views and case studies to help people to grow their business. As such, it is the perfect Media Partner for Business 2012, as the organiser’s Managing Director, Vishal Misal of Blak Pearl Ltd explains:

“We are obviously delighted to have such a prestigious brand associated with the event and feel that we are perfectly aligned with the Telegraph Business Club in terms of our goals, so this is a fantastic opportunity for both parties.

“Telegraph Business Club Members are serious business people who are like-minded and determined to put the UK economy back on a positive path. All 50,000 members of the Club are most welcome at Business 2012 and will be able to network with other similarly focussed, driven and inspired entrepreneurs and business owners from across the country and indeed the world.”

Running from 18th - 20th March at The O2 in London, Business 2012 [] is free to attend, with over 600 workshops, seminars and exhibitors available to learn from and speak to for anyone serious about setting up or developing their business.

Speaking about Business 2012, Sir Richard Branson said:

"I can confirm that I will be at Business 2012, being interviewed live on stage and answering questions and tweets. No one has a monopoly on good ideas and events like this can open the door to greater connections and business opportunities: something we all need during these challenging times.”

Confirming that he too will be a keynote speaker at Business 2012, Lord Sugar said:

'I've always encouraged entrepreneurs and hopefully this event will really help people to grow bigger and better businesses. Encouraging young people to become entrepreneurs is something I've always believed in. I have always said they are the business people of tomorrow and we need to encourage and support them all we can. This event is for serious business people and will help small businesses at the time they need it.”

Business 2012 is for people in the early stage of starting up as well as for established businesses. To help visitors tailor their visit and make the best use of their time, Business 2012 has three areas for registration: Start Up, SME and Mid-Market. To see the range of confirmed speakers and exhibitors and register for a free ticket, go to

Notes to the editor

About Blak Pearl

Business 2012 is being organised by Blak Pearl Ltd set up in 2009 based in Kestrel Court, Harbour Road, Portishead, Bristol BS20 7AN. Blak Pearl is a specialist business event company founded by Managing Director, Vishal Misal. Vishal is a successful Indian entrepreneur with a proven track record in sales and event provision, gained in the Business to Business and Health Food sectors with a career strengthened by an MSc (distinction) in International Business. He was nominated for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2010.

Business 2012 headline sponsors are now confirmed as Regus and BlackBerry. A further press release will be issued in regards to their involvement.

About Telegraph Business Club
Telegraph Business Club was established in 2005. It is a dedicated platform for entrepreneurs, owner-managers and dynamic professionals. Including articles, expert views and case studies to help you grow your business. To find out more sign up to our weekly newsletter at

About Virgin Group
Virgin is a leading international investment group and one of the world's most recognised and respected brands. Conceived in 1970 by Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin Group has gone on to grow successful businesses in sectors ranging from mobile telephony, travel, financial services, leisure, music, holidays and health & wellness. Virgin has created more than 400 branded companies worldwide and employs approximately 43,000 people, in 29 countries. Global branded revenues of £13bn ($21bn).

About Lord Sugar
After leaving school in Hackney aged 16, Sugar started selling car aerials and electric goods out of a van he bought for £50. In 1968, he founded Amstrad, and now, over 40 years later, he has an estimated worth of £770 million, and was ranked 89th in the 2011 Sunday Times Rich List.
A former Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur FC, Sugar sold his Amstrad empire to Sky in July 2007. Sugar's other companies include AMSCREEN, which offers digital screen media advertising networks, AMSPROP, a property investment firm and VIGLEN, a manufacturer specialising in computers, networks and solutions.

In 2000, Sugar was knighted for his services to business and he holds two honorary Doctorates of Science degrees, awarded by City University and Brunel University respectively.

Having previously sat on the Business Council for Britain and fronted a campaign promoting the benefits of apprenticeships, in 2009 he was named as Enterprise Champion and appointed to the House of Lords as Baron Sugar of Clapton in the London Borough of Hackney.
Lord Sugar is a philanthropist for a number of charities including Great Ormond Street Hospital and Jewish Care.

Media Contact:
Katie Moore, Blak Pearl,
Email: Katie.moore[at]blakpearl[dot]com
Tel: 07554 743 446 / 01275 390 499

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