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Date: 18th January 2012

Meet the 24 year old Indian Entrepreneur who just hired Sir Richard Branson for Business 2012

Vishal Misal is living his business dream and hiring his hero, Sir Richard Branson, as a keynote speaker for what has been dubbed “The UK’s Biggest Business Event” - Business 2012.

January 18th 2012 - Vishal Misal, a 24 year old Masters graduate who came over from India to study at the University of Nottingham on a scholarship, is living his business dream and hiring his hero, Sir Richard Branson, as a keynote speaker for what has been dubbed “The UK’s Biggest Business Event” - Business 2012.

Having been awarded a distinction for his Masters in International Business, Vishal immediately set up events company Blak Pearl Ltd from a small office on the University of Nottingham Innovation Park (before he relocated the business to Bristol in 2011).

Working tirelessly for 18 months, Vishal launched his breakthrough event ILSG 2010, featuring U.S. sales guru Brian Tracy and UK entrepreneur Karren Brady, which placed him firmly on the promotional map.

Now, Vishal has done what his hero Sir Richard Branson has always inspired him to do, think big. So he has, hiring Sir Richard himself to be the cornerstone of his hugely ambitious Business 2012 project, which runs from the 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 the decision to hire Sir Richard Branson, Vishal said:

“I’m sure you can imagine just how proud I am to even be mentioned in the same sentence as Sir Richard. He has inspired me and countless other entrepreneurs across the world to get started in business and to shoot for the stars. As soon as we completed our first major event (ILSG 2010), the team and I began planning for an even bigger one and we knew that there was only one person that we wanted to work with.

“There are so many people out there that crave the opportunity to release the huge potential within their businesses and in turn within themselves and we want to help them to do that through Business 2012. With Sir Richard confirmed as our keynote speaker I am 100% confident we can do just that.”

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.”

“I hope the audience will be full of people who run their own businesses, hopefully together, we can come up with some ideas to make our businesses even stronger than they are today."

To register for your free ticket to Business 2012 visit

Notes to the editor


Vishal was born in India in small town called Bhoom in 1987 – he’s just turned 24.
He is the eldest son and role model for his siblings and cousins who look up to him for guidance and support. Vishal’s courage and motivation inspires them to achieve their own personal goals.
His father had a successful business that provided Vishal with a good standard of education, however years later, the business collapsed. The foundation of the family business inspired Vishal to develop his own entrepreneurial spirit and goals.

Vishal studied English literature and quickly proved himself by completing a BA Honours in English Literature at the age of 19 and going on to win a scholarship from the Indian Government to the study his masters degree in International Business in the UK at Nottingham University. Vishal passed with distinction. Vishal achieved all these academic qualifications despite suffering from dyscalculia [a learning disability in mathematics].
Although being offered a position at KPMG, Vishal followed his entrepreneurial dreams and formed Blak Pearl Ltd in 2009: an events company with the ambition to bring visionary people to the UK in order to motivate, inspire and promote entrepreneurship.
Business 2012 at The 02 is all about business sustainability and growth for business owners from SME’s to mid-market businesses. Our next event is scheduled for November this year and is ‘Entrepreneurs 2012’ – which is for everyone who wants to be an entrepreneur and to help people get into work, whether it’s starting a business of their own, or working for a company who is looking to employ people with an entrepreneurial spirit

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 Regus and BlackBerry. A further press release will be issued in regards to their involvement.

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).

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