Business Shapers

Monthly Archives: April 2015

  • Shaper: Des Gunewardena and David Loewi

    Show aired on 25th April 2015 Des Gunewardena and David Loewi founded D&D London, which owns and operates over 30 leading restaurants in London, Leeds, Paris, New York and Tokyo, in addition to highly acclaimed South Place Hotel in London. CEO Des Gunewardena and Managing Director David led the buyout of Conran Restaurants in September… Read more

  • Shaper: Stephen Rapoport

    Show aired on 18th April 2015 Stephen Rapoport launched PactCoffee.com in 2012 as a way to combine his two biggest passions: coffee and entrepreneurship. Pact works as a flexible subscription service delivering the best coffee from around the world to coffee-lovers in the UK at home or in the office within just 7-days of roasting –when it… Read more

  • The Leap 100 March Poll – Climate: Confidence

    How confident do high-growth companies feel about the coming year? For The Leap 100, the future looks bright. A whopping 98 per cent were either optimistic or very optimistic about their business’s prospects over the next 12 months, and 83 per cent expect the economy to improve or greatly improve. Significantly, however, only two thirds… Read more

  • Shaper: Steve Bennett

    Show aired on 11th April 2015 Steve Bennett is a businessman and entrepreneur who founded The Genuine Gemstone Company in 2008. During his career, Steve has started 27 businesses, first starting out in the IT industry at the height of the dotcom boom. However, when an opportunity presented itself for him to return to his passion for… Read more

  • Recruitment News

    The new tax year has implications for recruiters who must now record all information regarding any temps or contractors they place in employment but are not paid through the agency’s PAYE scheme. The reports are quarterly and any which are late may incur a fine. The information is passed on to the HMRC. These reports… Read more

  • Transparency of ultimate ownership to be a reality for UK corporates

    Four months on from our “Question Time”-style event on transparency of corporate ownership, public registers of who really controls UK corporates are set to become a reality.  The act to introduce them (the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act) was passed in the final days of Parliamentary session and just before election fever began.  According… Read more