Business Shapers

Monthly Archives: January 2014

  • Shaper: Jo Malone

    Jo Malone created one of the world’s most sought after luxury fragrance brands eponymous with her name. In 1999, Jo sold her beauty business to Estée Lauder Companies and remained Creative Director until her complete departure in 2006. Two years later in 2008, Jo was honoured with an MBE for her services to the beauty… Read more

  • Shaper: Sonia Brown

    “I came to that point in my career where I just thought: this is hell on earth; I cannot do another day” “I want to get them out there, shining and being great influencers in their communities, in their sectors, and being fantastic role models – because, tomorrow, I want very girl to say it’s possible.”… Read more

  • Shaper: Rupert Gavin

    “The total group has about ten thousand people…but versus some of the organisations I have been part of before, such as BT or the BBC, we are relatively small and compact I think” “its intent was to make the most depressing evening in the theatre possible, that is how we set out to create the… Read more

  • Shaper: Jonny Persey

    “I found myself in a sort of circuitous series of events in Zimbabwe…” “I want the company, the organisation, the institution to represent the world I want to live in. I want it to be modelled on how I think the world should be” “…we give them the resources, the space, the people, the technology, to… Read more

  • Shaper: James Averdieck

    “I think entrepreneurs don’t really want their kids to be entrepreneurs; they want them to have proper jobs” “No one is interested in margarine. It’s a product with zero consumer interest” “It was a hell of a rollercoaster on the way, I have to say.” “There was a fabulous bomb au chocolat which really smelt, tasted and… Read more

  • Shaper: Vanessa Vallely

    “I was a washer upper – I used to wash up, clean the eel stand…” “I come from an area where girls didn’t go on to work in banks. I think there was always this part of me that liked to kind of reboot the system”  “…I had some fairly strong role models in my… Read more

  • Franchisors & Licensors – Can you enforce post termination provisions?

    A recent case in Virginia, USA has highlighted the need to keep international franchise agreements under review and the value of taking local law advice when granting international franchises. The United States Court of Appeal have held that, in some situations, reference to “termination” in a franchise agreement does not include “expiry” of the agreement…. Read more

  • As corporate PR plunges into digital and social media, does it still need the traditional press?

    While budgets in news organisations are tighter than ever, big corporations – especially in finance and law – have the cash to invest in their own rich communications. The websites of  big law firms such as Mishcon de Reya are full of media content; a TV channel and blogs on fashion and lifestyle (Lawfully Chic) and… Read more