BEN BLACKBURN
BEN BLACKBURN
Business Development Executive

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.

ARTICLES RELATED TO BEN
  • Event
    Jan 2021

    Scaling Your Business to Latin America

    Latin America presents a fantastic growth opportunity for scaling companies in their global expansion journey. The region is yet to be saturated with software like many other territories, it has one of the highest predicted GDP growth rates for 2021 in the world, and there is a high-skill talent pool to be tapped into. Infrastructure has also rapidly developed across the continent and the region has also become more politically stable in recent years. Nonetheless, doing business in Latin America also comes with a host of challenges. Companies frequently struggle to make critical decisions during the global expansion process. Rather than spending weeks and months researching information and looking for service providers, join our panel of local experts on Wednesday, 27 January 2020 as they share vital initial decision-making information to give you a competitive advantage in your expansion journey. Join us as we discuss everything you need to know around: • Conducting market assessments • Cultural Adaptations • Determining the best market entry options • Corporate & Employment law • Tax requirements • Managing your HR and payrollREGISTER FOR YOUR FREE TICKET HERE.  
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  • Event
    Dec 2020

    Doing Business in a Post Brexit Europe

    As the transition period for the UK leaving the EU is drawing to a close, are you Brexit ready?Register for your free ticket here Understanding the importance of effective Brexit planning will help UK & European companies avoid a challenging and costly post-Brexit transition. Join us on Thursday 10th December 2020 as we bring together experts from around Europe for an interactive roundtable discussion with exclusive insights and advice into what business must consider when preparing for the end of the transition period. We will cover topics including the implications of Brexit on: Immigration, staff mobility and hiring between the UK and the EU Entity Setup and the need for a European presence to continue trading Social security and tax Business visitor requirements Intellectual Property This event will be interactive and if you have any questions in advance, please do send them to hello@centuroglobal.com.Register for your ticket here 
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  • Videos
    Nov 2020

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

    We start this week’s episode by case studying Starbucks' expansion into Australia and then delve into the US presidential elections 2020. Get our thoughts and opinions on the candidates, issues and battleground states.
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  • Videos
    Sep 2020

    Coffee with Centuro - Episode 8

    What do Robert Downey Junior, Mark Cuban, Ciara and the CEO of Uber all have in common? Tune in to this week's episode of Coffee with Centuro to find out!This week Zain, Ben & Seraj discuss topics ranging from Facebook's threat to quit Europe, LVMH's proposed takover of Tiffany, Toilet Paper VC, and analyse the proposed smart city in Senegal AKON CITY.
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  • Videos
    Sep 2020

    Coffee with Centuro - Episode 7

    This week Ben, Seraj and Zain discuss their thoughts and opinions on a range of trending topics in the business world from philanthropy, AI automation and its effects, LEGO, among many others.
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  • Press Release
    Sep 2020

    Centuro Partners With Faster Capital

    We are delighted to announce that Centuro Global has entered into partnership with FasterCapital, to add to our offering to startups and scaleups around the world.Centuro Global seeks to assist companies from around the world in expanding their business into new markets globally and provides a range of services including legal, tax and accounting, HR & payroll to fully service a company’s international expansion needs.FasterCapital is an online incubator that supports entrepreneurs worldwide with a core focus on FinTech, AI, EdTech, Software, B2B, Media, Entertainment, Tourism and other industries that mostly require technology. The core offering is to help you build your product by becoming your technical co-founder and investing 50% of the money you will need in the process.Mr. Bashar Hamood of FasterCapital commented on this partnership, “FasterCapital is thrilled to partner with Centuro Global and we look forward to supporting and working with entrepreneurs from the Centuro network.”FasterCapital runs three programs to bring a startup to life and set it up to scale globally, at which point Centuro Global can come in to assist with all international expansion related work. The three FasterCapital programs are: Tech Cofounder, Idea to Product, Grow your Startup. Founders can join any of these programs for free by filling an online form and applying here. Zain Ali of Centuro Global commented, “We are excited to work with FasterCapital and assist their startups in scaling globally.”
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  • Videos
    Aug 2020

    Coffee with Centuro - Episode 3

    This week Ben, Seraj and Zain discuss the UK economy heading into recession, some of the top countries for doing business (which include a few surprises!) and the wonderful world of Unicorns (billion dollar valued companies)! Grab a coffee and join in with the conversation here.
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  • Videos
    Aug 2020

    Centuro Global launches Coffee With Centuro!

    Our team regularly has insightful discussions about business news from around the world, sharing interesting opinions, fascinating insights and experiences over a cup of coffee and we thought why not turn this into a weekly chat show / podcast / vlog series?! We sat down and thought, what can we call this, and decided to name it after exactly what it is - Coffee with Centuro ("CwC"). In episode 1, Zain Ali, Ben Blackburn and Seraj Toefy (all of Centuro Global) sit down alongside guest, Shaheena Rasool from Oclas Group (a turnaround business consultancy) and discuss the Winners & Losers of COVID so far, and what struggling businesses can do to keep going and get through this pandemic. Check out the video here and let us know what you think! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCpiXXdDBwk 
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  • Videos
    Aug 2020

    Coffee with Centuro - Episode 2

    This week Seraj, Ben and Zain discuss the Big Tech Hearing in the US, TikTok's struggles in the US, and Forbes recently published list of the Most Valuable Brands in 2020. Seraj backs the slipper market as the next big opportunity, Ben suggests that Facebook may be better off being broken up leaving Instagram and Whatsapp as independent companies and Zain finds the US' much debated TikTok ban shocking and potentially illegal. Watch the episode here and let us know your thoughts!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpcAsnY7Vrc 
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  • Event
    Jun 2020

    FREE WEBINAR: Tactics to Exploit Your Intellectual Property to Scale and Protect Your Business

      ABOUT OUR FREE WEBINAR   Join this webinar to learn the best tactics to exploit your intellectual property (IP) to both scale and protect your business. IP lawyer, Zain Ali of Centuro Global, will be joined by Alex Athienitis of EdTech startup, Education Shed, to explore the different types of intellectual property and how to use them to grow your business.  Book your free ticket: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-use-intellectual-property-to-scale-your-business-tickets-107820451874  Who is this webinar for?  This event is for dynamic forward-thinking entrepreneurs and business owners to help them get an edge on their competition by understanding intellectual property and how this might apply to their business.  What will we cover?  Zain Ali will guide you through the core forms of IP and how these can be exploited by your business, he will cover:  Core forms of IP - Trademarks, Patents, Copyright and Design Rights  Top tips for protecting your IP  Do’s and don'ts when using IP to get ahead of the competition  How to exploit your IP Zain will be joined by Alex Athienitis to discuss how Education Shed exploited trademarks to scale their brand globally across 102 countries. With over two million users of their technology, the innovative online platform that provides educational resources globally has gone from strength to strength. Alex will also share his experience of how they protect themselves from competition plus the key considerations for startups when creating their IP strategy.  Discover your business's Intellectual Property Every company will have some form of IP that they own or can own, yet many businesses are not aware of some of the IP that exists within their company and do not know how to exploit it. Apple reached a TRILLION DOLLAR evaluation in 2019, and 80% of that value arose from their intellectual property. Join this webinar to ensure you don’t miss out on an opportunity to add value to your company! Register for tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-use-intellectual-property-to-scale-your-business-tickets-107820451874  ABOUT CENTURO GLOBAL  Centuro Global offers leading business consultancy to help businesses go global. With over 20 years' experience working in legal services and management consultancy and an extensive global network, they can help you scale your business and achieve your goals.  Services include:  Support finding investment and funding Helping businesses go global  Intellectual property advice  Start-up and Innovator Visas Business strategy and much more...  Find out more and get in touch: https://www.centuroglobal.com/contact-us
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