BEN BLACKBURN
BEN BLACKBURN
Growth & Expansion Manager

Ben leads the business growth strategy within Centuro and is responsible for expanding the company to new markets. He is an experienced professional with over 10 year’s working both in the UK and overseas. He has implemented partnership programs for large companies as well as establishing successful strategic plans for business growth. Ben is a creative and analytical individual with specialist skills in developing unique solutions. He is also passionate about technology and works with the team to help raise investment for startups.

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    Scaling Your Business to Latin America

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  • Event
    Dec 2020

    Doing Business in a Post Brexit Europe

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  • Videos
    Nov 2020

    Why did Starbucks fail in Australia? (Coffee with Centuro Episode 13)

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  • Videos
    Sep 2020

    Coffee with Centuro - Episode 8

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  • Videos
    Sep 2020

    Coffee with Centuro - Episode 7

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  • Press Release
    Sep 2020

    Centuro Partners With Faster Capital

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  • Videos
    Aug 2020

    Coffee with Centuro - Episode 3

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  • Videos
    Aug 2020

    Centuro Global launches Coffee With Centuro!

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  • Videos
    Aug 2020

    Coffee with Centuro - Episode 2

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  • Event
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