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Watch Your Business Fly!

19 Apr 2023
6:00pm - 8:30pm BST

CWN is delighted to be collaborating on an exciting panel session hosted by BDB Pitmans on how to start and grow your own business and take it to the next level. Come and join us at their offices at One Bartholomew Close between St. Pauls and Barbican for an engaging panel discussion with Q&A followed by drinks and canapes. 
BDB Pitmans is a law firm that cares about doing things right and well so individuals, businesses, charities and the public sector do well too.
This female-led panel includes Hollie Gallagher, partner at BDB Pitmans, Susanne Pugsley, consultant and co-founder at Puglsey Sidwell Business Development (PSBD) and Pauline Caldwell, Director of Momentum Business Consulting, who will all be offering advice and support on how you can approach starting your own business.  We have recently confirmed a fourth panelist, Malli Kini, Director at Ernst & Young and trusted strategic advisor to entrepreneurs and private businesses.

The panel will discuss:

  • Advice for someone thinking of starting their own business from a legal (legal business structure, T&C's etc), BD & Marketing (market research, target audience, refine idea/product), HR (employees and retention) and Finance (business plan and funding etc) perspective
  • Getting over "Imposter Syndrome"
  • The avenues to explore when seeking to fund your business
  • Top tips on funding female-led businesses
  • Business plans and offerings
  • Your personal brand
  • What to consider when thinking about scaling or growing your business and what that growth really looks like?
  • Future-proofing your business


About Hollie Gallagher

Hollie is  Partner at BDB Pitmans.  She is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer who advises entrepreneurs and businesses on their legal needs.

She supports national and international businesses in all stages of their corporate life cycle development. Hollie has a particular talent for supporting entrepreneurs as they seek to turn their ideas into tangible opportunities and successful businesses.

Hollie has a broad practice and advises on private acquisitions and disposals, MBOs, joint ventures, shareholder agreements, commercial agreements and corporate governance / company advisory matters.



About Susanne Pugsley

Susanne is a passionate and pragmatic business development specialist in the legal sector and beyond.  During a quarter of a century working in house as a BD and Marketing Director and externally as consultant and coach she has developed a deep understanding of the nuances and intricacies of working with partnerships to achieve their business goals.

Susanne started Pugsley Sidwell Business Development or “PSBD” in 2009 after a decade in house in law firm marketing and business development for a range of firms from Global UK headquartered, US firms, National firms and Regional firms so her range of experience spans the very large to the very small and can adapt and tailor services to fit any size or requirement.

Susanne is a judge for the Managing Partner Forum awards and the Head of Programme Managment for the PM Forum and MPF.  She is also a Non Executive Director for The CPI Code. 

Pauline Caldwell

Pauline is a Global HR professional, Non-Executive Director and Executive coach with 20+ years’ experience, who has operated extensively at C-Suite level working across professional services, primarily within law and accountancy, and more recently within risk, engineering, wealth management and healthcare.  
Pauline’s ability to understand the complexities of the environments in which people work, enables her to advise Boards and leaders on their people leadership capabilities in a business first, commercially focussed, supportive yet challenging way.
After almost 20 years working in professional services firms, Pauline set-up Momentum Business Consulting in February 2021, a people focussed consulting and executive coaching business.  Her key areas of expertise cover executive coaching, people leadership & development, compensation & remuneration, succession planning, ED&I and relationship management.  Pauline is known for being honest, straight-talking, curious, collaborative and possessing an ability to identify issues and recommend solutions swiftly in line with the culture of an organisation.  
Pauline is MCIPD-qualified and holds a Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching and a Systemic Team Coaching certificate via the Academy of Executive Coaching. 


Malli Kini

Malli is a Director at EY and leads the Entrepreneurs Team for Tax in London.  He is truly passionate about the Entrepreneurial market, with over 15 years of experience, where he typically advises on tax matters at both corporate and shareholder levels across multiple sectors. In addition, his clients value him as a trusted advisor who understands their commercial needs well enough to proactively open the doors to other relevant specialists - enabling their businesses to reach the next stage of their growth journey. 

His clients are wide ranging: from startups undergoing their first funding round, or established businesses looking to expand globally, through to unicorn status businesses looking to exit through a sale or listing. 

As well as helping his clients, Malli is also deeply involved in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award programme (EY’s global flagship award for entrepreneurs) and is a mentor on EY’s EMEIA Winning Women Programme for female entrepreneurs.



BDB Pitmans LLP

One Bartholomew Close





6:00pm : Registration and networking with drinks and nibbles

6:30pm: Panel discussion 

7:30pm: Networking with drinks and canapes

8:30pm: Event end



This event is free to Members and Corporate Members with the option to register a guest for £10, the cost of which will be donated to our Charity Partner, Woman's Trust.  Non-Member tickets cost £20 - this cost will also be donated to Woman's Trust.


Cancellation Policy

For tickets cancelled no later than 7 days in advance of the event we are able to provide a full refund of the ticket fee. For any tickets cancelled later than 7 days in advance of the event, a refund can only be given should the ticket be re-sold to the waiting list. 


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