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The UK’s fastest growing business social network Ecademy is celebrating a record turnout at its latest networking event, with over 600 entrepreneurs and small business owners attending a packed venue in central London last week. Held at the Tower Hotel, near Tower Bridge in London on Thursday 19th June, guests filled the exclusive event to hear entrepreneur and founder of Lastminute.com Brent Hoberman speak about his experiences of building a billion dollar online business.

Both Ecademy and Lastminute.com were founded ten years ago and Hoberman commended the UK’s first business social network by saying “Ecademy is testament to the fact that we have moved into a world where a very differentiated product with a strong brand can be successfully marketed in a completely different way than previously possible”.

Founder of Ecademy Penny Power, also shared her insight into the future of social networking by saying; “Our children are growing up in a world which is much less about competition and more about working together and helping each other to succeed. They are growing up in world where their aim is not be the best in class, but to be part of a winning team, and this ‘success through sharing’ is exactly what members are achieving through being part of the Ecademy network”.

“The success of Ecademy is testament to the increasing acceptance of the value that social networking plays in growing and developing businesses in the 21st Century” said Power, who founded Ecademy in 1998 at the age of 33, initially to manage the increasingly expanding network of contacts for her husband Thomas.

The Ecademy network has since grown to over 275,000 members worldwide, is present in over 200 countries and has an average of 15,000 new members joining each month.

To find out more about the Ecademy network visit www.ecademy.com

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Images: Brent Hoberman of Lastminute.com with BBC broadcaster Jeremy Nicholas

Editors Notes:

About Ecademy

Ecademy connects business people all over the world. It is a self-development, business and branding tool, which enable business people to achieve immediate visibility. The relationships, advocates and knowledge subsequently shared through the network provides individuals with the credibility they need to grow their business.

Ecademy’s core intention is to help business people to be more successful and promotes the values of a business community who no longer wish to be broadcast to, but demand engagement and conversation

Founded in 1998 by husband and wife team Thomas and Penny Power, The Ecademy community has in excess of 275,000 members as at June 2008, with an average of 15,000 new members joining every month. Ecademy is now present in over 200 countries and has over 4,000 active clubs/networks.

Ecademy is privately owned and sustains itself through subscription, with only ten percent of Ecademy’s revenue coming from advertising and partnerships. The Ecademy business model is a classic example of a 21st Century business, operating virtually, with minimal operational costs and just five staff members on the payroll.

For more information visit www.ecademy.com

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