Business Tips Over Breakfast From Dating Entrepreneur Ross Williams

In a perfect match, Ross Williams, founder of the lifestyle and online dating services company Venntro Media Group, shared tips on business growth with entrepreneurs at an exclusive breakfast briefing. Propeller CEO Martin Loat attended the breakfast at the Clubhouse in Mayfair hosted by accountancy and management group Smith & Williamson, in association with Fresh Business Thinking. Williams, winner of a string of awards including EY Entrepreneur of the Year and Institute of Director’s Young Director of The Year for London & The South East, has created businesses based on platform technology, including White Label Dating.

Venntro operates eight brands with more than 45 million members, including White Label Dating.

It supplies the payment processing tech and software for thousands of online dating sites around the world and provides white label services for brands, broadcasters, media publishers and online entrepreneurs. These include Bauer Media, The Independent and Plenty More Fish In The Sea.

Williams told the assembled audience it is vital to focus on the factors that will make the most difference when researching and considering how to grow business. He suggested that those working in agency and consulting models explore moving to a scalable platform model.

Head of entrepreneurial services at Smith & Williamson Guy Rigby also presented the latest key findings from the company’s Enterprise Index at the event.

The study shows that business confidence rose 15 points to a record 119.4 in the second quarter of 2015.

Rigby said “that the result of the General Election, delivering a majority government, left businesses with the stability they craved”.

More than 80% of the 200 plus business leaders who took part in the established quarterly survey expect the economy to improve over the next 12 months.

Then Conservative victory in May’s General Election delivered a majority Government and this has driven business confidence with 87% of the respondents optimistic about their own prospects over the coming year. In addition, 83% are planning growth or an acquisition in that time.