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LENS invites speakers to first event of the year

The Liverpool Entrepreneurs Network Society (LENS) held their first event of the academic year at 6pm on Thursday 10 October in the Rendall Building on University of Liverpool campus. The event saw a turnout of over fifty students, budding entrepreneurs, staff and local business people interested in entrepreneurship and business, or just looking for an inspirational kick.

Professional motivational speaker and Founder-CEO of successful courier business, P4D – Parcels 4 Delivery, Steve Abel, was the guest speaker at the event. Steve is a serial entrepreneur who first got into business at the age of 16, and has since founded up to eight businesses, from his first venture selling reconditioned television sets to his present courier service company. Drawing from his vast business experiences and knowledge of the right business mix, he went on to write a book, Big Fish, Little Fish: How to Start Small to Build a £Million Business That Will Run Without You, which tells ‘the story of Steve’s highs and lows as he sought the ideal business that would bring him genuine success’. He is also a recognized public speaker, regularly invited to speak on his entrepreneurial journey and business tips.

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Steve charmed the audience with his knowledge and liveliness. He used his story to inspire students, and give an example of how far one can go with hard work and determination. He shared some of the ways he stays positive and motivates himself. According to him, ‘whenever you notice a difficulty in your life, rather than pull the drain, flick the switch’. This is a principle he says he has abided by, which has allowed him to see opportunities in hitches, and develop ideas out of them.

Winner of guild’s Big Pitch award LivCycle share story

Also speaking at the event were Ella McAuley-Clegg and Melissa Safran, students and founders of LivCycle, a new bicycle rental service for University of Liverpool students. They offer bicycles for hire for the academic year or full calendar year, which can be ordered online from their website They also provide their customers with cycle maps of the city and keep them updated on upcoming cycling events in the area. They shared their story on how they got the inspiration to start the business, the steps they took towards turning their plans in action, and answered questions from students. LivCycle was the winner of the Guild’s The Big Pitch Awards 2013.

LivCycle Founders

The Liverpool Entrepreneurs Network Society (LENS) organizes guest speaker events monthly to give its members an opportunity to learn from the successful entrepreneurs and a chance to network with other business-minded students and the invited speakers.

To find out more about LENS, follow their Facebook page for more information or email them at, or tweet at them @LiverpoolENS.