Business Shapers

Monthly Archives: March 2015

  • Recruitment News

    The number of females occupying board positions has increased. This is according to the most recent Lord Davies report that claims the number of women on FTSE 100 boards has doubled in the last 4 years. Dianah Worman from CIPD says ‘ All evidence tells us that greater gender diversity at board level boosts performance’…. Read more

  • Shaper: Frank Meehan

    Show aired on 4th April 2015 Frank Meehan Frank is a Partner at SparkLabsGlobal Ventures and is the Co-founder and CEO of, an online platform for entrepreneurs. Prior to this, he represented Horizons Ventures (HK) on multiple boards, including Spotify and Siri. He also founded Kuato Studios, a leading educational games studio, and INQ Mobile… Read more

  • Entrepreneurs aren’t afraid of a setback: Optimism is in their nature

    Starting a business is not for the faint-hearted. You need to be an optimist. While many of us see the metaphorical glass as either half full or half empty, for entrepreneurs it’s overflowing. This exuberance is rational. Before you can convince others that your idea will change the world, you must first convince yourself. For… Read more

  • Business Shapers: Matthew Slotover

    Through Frieze, Matthew has also pursued other publishing projects, including the books: What the Butler Saw – The Selected Writings of Stuart Morgan; All Tomorrow’s Parties – Photographs of Andy Warhol’s Factory, by Billy Name; and Designed by Peter Saville, a retrospective book of Saville’s graphic design.

  • Business Shapers: Sir John Hegarty

    Creative Director and Founder of advertising agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH). John started in advertising as a junior Art Director at Benton and Bowles, London in 1965. In 1967, he joined the Cramer Saatchi consultancy which became Saatchi & Saatchi in 1970, where he was a founding shareholder. In 1982, he started Bartle Bogle Hegarty… Read more

  • Shaper: Karen Mattison

    Show aired on 28th March 2015 Karen Mattison is the innovative co-founder and joint CEO of Timewise , the £1.6m organisation that helps organisations unlock the business potential of flexible working. Experts in flexibility, with more than 10 years of experience, Timewise runs several services designed to build the market for flexible work in the UK, including… Read more

  • Shaper: Mike Soutar

    Show aired on 21st March 2015 Mike Soutar is co-founder and CEO of Shortlist Media Ltd, the market-leading premium, free magazine publisher. ShortList has dominated the men’s market since 200, and Sister title Stylist was launched in October 2009 to industry-wide acclaim. The accompanying websites each have in excess of half a million UK unique… Read more

  • Sea Shepherd Uk v Fish & Fish Limited: Supreme Court Has Bigger Fish To Fry

    The Supreme Court has allowed an appeal by Sea Shepherd UK (SSUK) that it should not be jointly liable in tort with its US parent, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS), for its part in an environmental campaign against the overfishing of Bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean. As part of the “Operation Blue Rage” campaign… Read more

  • The Leap 100 February Poll – Climate: Politics

    Ahead of May’s General Election, the overriding message from Leap 100 businesses to government is loud and clear: whoever you are, tax us less and be more flexible on immigration. This month, we asked them how concerned they are about the election, which party’s policies will best aid their company’s expansion, and what changes from… Read more

  • Recruitment News

    A recent report from Acas entitled Three Sides to every story: the impact of the Agency Workers Regulations has revealed that many agency workers do not know of and/or too frightened to avail of their employment rights. Some of the complaints lodged by employees to the helpline included, employees expressing uncertainty over contractual matters and… Read more

  • How politicians can support Britain’s fast-growth businesses

    The UK is undoubtedly a great place to start and grow a business Politicians of all stripes talk a good sound bite when claiming to support British businesses – but talk, unlike running a company, is cheap. As the election approaches and manifestos are released, we will soon be able to assess which party truly… Read more

  • Shaper: Peter Grainger

    Show aired on 14th March 2015 South African born Peter Grainger is a former projects analyst turned entrepreneur and one half of the founding team behind CaféPod. Peter’s initial idea for CaféPod was inspired by a chance conversation in a coffee shop whilst visiting his hometown of Cape town. Then in his early 30s, the… Read more

  • Dial F for Fraud: Mobile Technology, Safety and Security

    For the first time last year, active mobile phones outnumbered people on the planet*. With more sophisticated applications being developed every day, people have become more reliant on their mobile phone than ever before, from using it for everything from taxi bookings to paying their bills. But the growing prevalence of mobiles in everyday life… Read more