Business Shapers

Yearly Archives: 2015

  • Shaper: George Mackintosh

    Show aired on 2nd January 2015 George is a serial entrepreneur in technology markets. He is the founder and CEO of TestPlant, a maker of software test automation tools. It is one of the UK’s fastest growing tech businesses, included in the 2015 Sunday Times Tech Track 100. His company is a Red Herring Global… Read more

  • Shaper: Robert Soning

    Show aired on 26th December 2015 Robert Soning went into the Real Estate business in 1991 selling everything from residential homes to industrial warehouses. After four years of specialising in mixed use buildings in central London he joined forces with David Barnett to form Londonewcastle. Having had a keen interest in cutting edge architecture and… Read more

  • Crowdfunding and capitalism: the ties that bind

    Source: Forbes Author: Philip Salter How can capitalism be defended if it’s seen to serve mostly the few? It’s a question defenders of market based economies have long pondered upon. Although economists are largely in agreement on the connection between freer and more trade and our growing wealth, segments of the general public aren’t convinced… Read more

  • Shaper: Neil Woodford

    Show aired on 19th December 2015 Neil adopted the same philosophy and long-term approach for the CF Woodford Equity Income fund that had underpinned his 30-year plus career. He invests in a company only when he is convinced of the compelling long-term opportunity but he also considers how the global economy influences the stocks he… Read more

  • Shaper: Peter Scott

    Show aired on 12th December 2015 Peter Scott began his advertising career at Ogilvy & Mather – now one of the pillars of WPP – where he had the good fortune to be offered the chance to open and run a new agency for Ogilvy in Scotland, and so began his penchant for starting businesses.  After spells… Read more

  • Holiday pay: should it include commission?

    Another legal battle over whether English law requires employers to boost workers’ holiday pay to include commission payments has commenced in the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT). The long-running case centres on Mr Lock, a former British Gas salesman, whose commission payments made up around 60 per cent of his remuneration. Back in 2012, he complained… Read more

  • Online gambling: will EU gambling authorities’ cooperation agreement lead to reduced costs for operators?

    On 27 November, as part of the European Commission’s 2012 action plan, “Towards a comprehensive European framework for online gambling“, a voluntary cooperation agreement on online gambling was signed by the gambling regulatory authorities of EEA member states. The Commission noted that the agreement was the first of its kind in the world. The areas… Read more

  • Shaper: Daniel Galvin

    Show aired on 5th December 2015 Daniel Galvin OBE is a British hair colourist who owns the Daniel Galvin brand, which incorporates London’s largest independent salon, franchised salons, and trademark licencing agreements. Daniel is known for his celebrity clientele and is world renowned for his expertise in hair colour. Daniel started his career in the… Read more

  • Experiences of a female entrepreneur

    Sarah Wood co-founded video ad tech company Unruly in 2006 with Scott Button and Matt Cooke. It has since grown to become one of the world’s most innovative ad tech businesses and in September 2015 was acquired by News Corp. This article is a transcript of her speech at a Leap 100/The Entrepreneurs Network breakfast… Read more

  • Experiences of a disruptive entrepreneur

    Jeff Lynn is co-founder of Seedrs. He was keynote speaker at a Mishcon de Reya/Entrepreneurs Network Leap 100 Power Breakfast on 19 November 2015. The following blog first appeared on The Entrepreneurs Network. My business partner and I started working on Seedrs in 2009. Our mission then – as it is today – was to build… Read more

  • Experiences of an impact entrepreneur

    Alick Varma was keynote speaker at a Leap 100 Power Breakfast on 1st December 2015. The following blog first appeared on The Entrepreneurs Network. When I was 11 years old, my parents sat me down and said: “Alick, we’d like to talk to you about the P&L of your life”. I responded by asking what… Read more

  • Shaper: Dominic Smales

    Show aired on 28th November 2015 After spending 15 years in media, production and advertising Dominic Smales set up Gleam Futures, initially to help online communities connect for mutual benefit. This has evolved now into purely managing ‘Social Talent’, a term coined by Gleam to describe a group of individuals who have achieved the kind of reach and… Read more

  • The challenging landscape for the UK’s serial entrepreneurs

    Gone is the job for life; the portable career is a thing of the past too; even owning your own business is no longer what it used to be. These days, it’s all about scaling fast, exiting and starting again – welcome to the world of serial entrepreneurship. The energy, innovation and determination which accompany… Read more