Growing Big Gorillas press event


To re-invigorate the Cambridge Enterprise Conference, which had been running for several years and was considered by many to have lost its relevance.


To make the conference relevant to entrepreneurs and investors, we renamed it ‘Growing Big Gorillas’ to differentiate it, restructured the programme, and introduced strong branding and themes to excite delegates and media.

To provide opportunities for media stories, and tangible evidence of support for entrepreneurs, we arranged a ‘Technology Press Day’ in parallel with the event and invited early-stage companies to demonstrate to the media and potential partners and investors.


The conference was fully booked with the desired mix of entrepreneurs, academics, investors and business support professionals.

Alok Jha, The Guardian's science correspondent, interviews small business


We achieved extensive BBC coverage – interviews on the Today Programme, live broadcasts to BBC News24 and the BBC1 lunchtime news, and ‘live-blogging’ of the event on the BBC website.

Additional broadcast coverage was achieved on British Satellite News, Anglia News, Q103, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, and BBC Radio York.

National coverage appeared in the Observer, Guardian, and Daily Mail.

Regional media covered stories from the event, in Cambridge, East Anglia and beyond.

Key industry titles were present and coverage was achieved in, Computing, Personal Computer World, Eureka, Electronics Weekly, Engineering and Technology, and Nanotechnology Now, among others.

“SJIC has worked closely with Holdsworth Associates for a number of years and they have added great value with their creativity. The coverage received has been exceptional and both we, and the companies involved, have received unprecedented media exposure.”

Peter Hornby, St John’s Innovation Centre

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