Secret Millionaire to Speak at Forum of Private Business Event

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The star of Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire, Kavita Oberoi, will speak about growth through and beyond the recession at a free event organised by the Forum of Private Business taking place in Manchester on 17 March 2010.

Kavita Oberoi

On the surface, starting or trying to grow a small business in a recession might seem irrational, but, if done correctly – and with the right support – it can be the most rational decision you will ever make.

Growth through and beyond the recession will be the theme of a free event organised by the Forum of Private Business taking place in Manchester on 17 March 2010.

The Business Support Event, at which the Forum of Private Business’ new tailored business support solutions will be revealed, will feature as guest speaker the star of Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire Kavita Oberoi, one of the UK’s most successful female entrepreneurs.

Mrs Oberoi, who in 2001 founded the Derbyshire-based Oberoi Consulting, a business healthcare consultancy, will tell her story and offer attendees the advice and practical guidance required to succeed in business.

“Recessions bring opportunities as well as challenges,” she said. “Despite the difficulties, innovative and astute entrepreneurs combining passion with careful preparation can achieve great things.

“Adversity brings out the qualities that every entrepreneur needs to be successful – guts, problem-solving, strength and perseverance. Establishing a company in the lean times can bring great rewards when the economy enters sustained recovery.”

Mrs Oberoi, who left university with a first class degree in applied chemistry before embarking on a career as a medical representative with Bayer Pharmaceuticals, was inspired to start her business after missing out on a promotion with the company.

She added: “I think my story has a lot of parallels with the experiences of business owners who will attend the event. There will be many messages they can take away with them. It’s about embracing change and being flexible enough to adapt quickly and efficiently.

“On the surface, starting or trying to grow a small business in a recession might seem irrational, but, if done correctly – and with the right support – it can be the most rational decision you will ever make.”

Raised in a traditional Indian family, Mrs Oberoi credits her mother as the driving force behind her educational achievements and her father, who died when she was 15, as her entrepreneurial inspiration.

At the event Phil Orford, the Forum of Private Business’ Chief Executive, will discuss the changing nature of the organisation’s business support services. He will tell attendees how the Forum is providing real help to business owners through and beyond the recession.

“We have technically entered a period of recovery but there is still a tough time ahead for small businesses. We are entering a new business landscape where entrepreneurs need support that is tailored to their individual needs. As one of the UK’s leading business support and lobby groups we have evolved to meet that need.”

Registration for the event, which is being held at the City of Manchester Stadium, begins at 2pm.

From 2.15 to 2.45pm there will be a workshop session on accessing finance run by Business Link North West entitled ‘Are you ready for investment?’ and another on workplace inclusion called ‘What’s the business in equality?’ to be run by the UK Council for Access and Equality (UKCAE).

Following their talks Mr Orford and Mrs Oberoi will take part in a panel session which will also include David Booth, International Trade Adviser at UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and Managing Partner at Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank (CYB) Paul Reeves.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with other business owners in a networking session to run from 6-7pm, when the event will close.

Notes to editors

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In addition, the FPB’s was launched in June 2009, providing a wealth of free video advice and information on a range of topics to business owners and managers.

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About the Forum of Private Business

A not-for-profit organisation, the Forum of Private Business provides a personal, friendly and highly tailored service to its members – with the primary purpose of helping them run their businesses more profitably.

With its wealth of business experience, the FPB’s team serves as a ‘trusted adviser’ – offering members the practical and timely advice they need.

The helpline’s team of experts not only provide guidance and information to members but also allow them to air their concerns and frustrations. The team also play a valuable role in giving members the opportunity to discuss ideas and options with a ‘safe pair of hands’.

Representing thousands of small businesses across the UK – including retail, service providers and manufacturing companies – the FPB is recognised by the Government as one of the six main business support and lobby groups. It uses this position to influence decision-makers in the UK and Brussels on the issues that matter to small businesses. Visit

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