News release

Date: 15th February 2012

Branson to meet competition winners face-to-face at Business 2012

Business 2012 and Huddlebuy, the daily deals site for entrepreneurs have teamed up to offer four lucky entrepreneurs the chance to meet Sir Richard Branson, in person at Business 2012 in London on March 18th.

February 15th 2012 - Business 2012 and Huddlebuy, the daily deals site for entrepreneurs have teamed up to offer four lucky entrepreneurs the chance to meet Sir Richard Branson, in person at Business 2012 on March 18th.

The competition, which is integrated across a range of social media platforms allows people to increase their chance of winning the coveted spot, if they pass on the invite too. Entrants simply need to enter their email address to take part - go to to enter.

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 and the Huddlebuy competition to meet him, Sir Richard Branson said:
"I will be at Business 2012, answering your questions and I am looking forward to meeting the competition winners. No one has a monopoly on good ideas and events like this can open the door to better connections and business opportunities: somethingwe all need during these challenging times.”

Saurav Chopra, CEO of Huddlebuy said:
Saurav Chopra, CEO of Huddlebuy said: “This is the competition with a prize that money can’t buy – an audience with one of the nation’s most celebrated businessmen. Sharing via social media is obviously pretty standard these days, but our platform now allows people to increase their probability of winning this amazing competition by sharing it with their online network. Put simply, if your friend wins, then you win too. And who wouldn’t want to win half an hour with Sir Richard Branson?!”

Vishal Misal, founder of Business 2012 said:
“We are always seeking to do things differently in the way that we drive the event and promote it to our target audience. We have seen what the team at Huddlebuy can do and we were excited to see what they could come up with to help us.

“Social media play a key role for us in terms of promoting the event as so many of our customers and potential customers embrace it and can help us to spread the word as advocates. What’s unique about this use of social media with Huddlebuy , is that the competition can be shared via Facebook or Twitter and if any of those connections enter and win, then the ‘sharer’ automatically wins too. We are excited to be working a company that shares our innovative approaches and in the spirit of our keynote Sir Richard Branson isn’t afraid to think ‘what if?’”

Business 2012 has been dissected into three areas, Start Up, SME and Mid-market to help visitors to tailor their visit and make the best use of their time. To see the range of exhibitors and keynote speakers already confirmed for Business 2012, or to register for a free ticket, visit


Notes to the editor

About Blak Pearl

Business 2012 being organised by Blak Pearl Ltd set up in 2009 based in Portishead near Bristol. 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 Huddlebuy
Founded in 2011 by ex-Yahoo!, Apple and Microsoft executives, Huddlebuy is the largest B2B daily deals site in Europe that offers significant discounts products and services for entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses at specially negotiated prices.
Entrepreneurs save thousands of pounds a month on products and services and get exclusive access to deals normally reserved for large corporations.
Huddlebuy now helps more than 35,000 UK small businesses save millions of pounds. It has featured 150+ exclusive offers from leading brands such as Vistaprint, TALK TALK, Three, Philips, Streetcar, Euroffice amongst many others.
Huddlebuy is backed by some of the UK’s most successful internet entrepreneurs and investors including:

Sherry Coutu: described as one of Wired magazine’s top ten investors in Europe and an influential early investor in LinkedIN. Alex Chesterman: Founder and CEO of, co-founder of ScreenSelect/

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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