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Management meets: Simon Rollings and Ben Franks - The honest truth about entrepreneurship

Our new event series 'Management meets' looks to share expert insight within our community.

  • 7 Mar 2024, 6.00pm to 7 Mar 2024, 8.00pm GMT
  • 10 East, University of Bath
  • This event is free

What is Management meets?

The Management meets series aims to provide expert insight into a variety of industries, professions and topics.

This is a forum for building on expertise by asking questions, discussing challenges and networking with others in the field.

Who is this event for?

This event is open to everyone but will be of particular interest for:

  • budding entrepreneurs
  • those who have just started their own businesses
  • those working in start-ups or SMEs

What will it cover?

This event will consist of an informal talk with our speakers, Simon and Ben, discussing their entrepreneurial journeys. They will talk around:

  • knowing which idea is the 'right' one
  • advice for handling setbacks
  • things people don't warn you about when you start an entrepreneurial journey
  • future-proofing
  • knowing when to move on

Read more about Simon and Ben below.

What can I expect in this session?

A man speaking to an audience in a lecture theatre
Management meets allows you to network with industry experts

As well as hearing from Simon and Ben's direct experience in starting their own companies, the event will provide opportunity to:

  • Understand some of the entrepreneurial challenges they've faced and how they overcame them
  • Pose your own questions to a panel with a wealth of knowledge and experience
  • Connect with like-minded entrepreneurs who share your aspirations and concerns
  • Sample some canned wine!


6.00pm - Arrival and refreshments

6.30pm - Simon and Ben's session begins

7.30pm - Session ends. Time for networking

8.00pm - Departure

Our speakers: Simon Rollings and Ben Franks

Simon & Ben, co-founders of Canned Wine Co. are the speakers for this session.

School of Management alumnus Simon Rollings is the founder and CEO of Canned Wine Co, which was launched in 2019 with a mission to provide more choice and less wastage. Simon has experience in supply chain management, operations, innovation and performance marketing. He counts businesses like Hello Fresh and Eat First among his portfolio, with a passion in earlier stage food start-ups. Prior to cans, he completed an MBA at the University of Bath and continues to support the Uni’s business team and the next generation of business owners.

Ben Franks is a former wine journalist turned entrepreneur, best known for founding the multi-award-winning wine merchant Novel Wines aged 22, and is now Chief Commercial Officer at Canned Wine Co. Ben has been described as 'a shining example of the entrepreneurial spirit' in The Buyer and 'one of the UK's leading wine buyers' by Decanter magazine. Alongside Canned Wine Co., Ben continues to invest in and advise drinks businesses in the UK. He received a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) in 2020 for his entrepreneurialism in the trade.


Simon and Ben join us from Canned Wine Co.

Photograph of Simon Rollings

Simon Rollings - CEO and founder

Photograph of Ben Franks

Ben Franks - co-founder and head wine buyer

Register to attend


This event will take place in 10 East on the University of Bath campus.

10 East University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom

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