Business Shapers

Monthly Archives: July 2015

  • Shaper: Christine & Tamara Roberts

    Show aired on 1st August 2015 Mother & Daughter duo, Christine & Tamara Roberts are the CEO and Founder of family business Ridgeview Wine. Their first vines were planted in 1995 and wines started to be sold in 2000. Ridgeview Wines specialises in the production of traditional method sparkling wines from the traditional grapes varieties… Read more

  • Social media and the digital afterlife: Facebook’s new ‘legacy contact’ feature

    Facebook is probably the most well-known social networking website, with in excess of one billion users worldwide.  This week it launched a new ‘legacy contact’ feature, but what does this mean for users and what problems might this create in the future? The new feature, initially introduced in the US earlier this year, enables a… Read more

  • Beneficial ownership disclosure for UK land and properties: the next step in the march towards transparency?

    In Singapore on Wednesday David Cameron made clear his determination for the UK not to become a safe haven for corrupt money, saying that “when you have companies whose ownership isn’t known you allow a shroud of secrecy behind which people can do bad things, sometimes terrible things, with no accountability.” The movement towards greater… Read more

  • The Leap 100 July Poll – Climate: Culture

    Purpose or profit? Fast growth firms want them both JUST two per cent of The Leap 100 think that Brits have a very negative view of entrepreneurship. In fact, nearly 90 per cent believe that society has a positive – or strongly positive – opinion of it. “Britain loves entrepreneurs, and many sets of society… Read more

  • How the traditional world of law is embracing entrepreneurial values

    The legal profession has always been exactly that – a profession. It has grown within a strict statutory framework, which has been vital for maintaining standards, but it’s perhaps not the easiest environment for flexibility and entrepreneurialism. However, that doesn’t mean law firms can ignore this growing trend. After all, the legal profession vies for… Read more

  • Shaper: Claire Mason

    Show aired on 25th July 2015 Claire Mason is the Founder of B2B marketing and public relations consultancy Man Bites Dog. A decade ago she set out to solve the challenge of how to market the knowledge economy. Today her multi award-winning team works with some of the world’s smartest organisations, turning their intangible expertise… Read more

  • Sharing personal data online: a risky affair?

    The internet is becoming an increasingly popular forum for social interactions, but how much personal information should we share online and how do we know it won’t fall into the wrong hands? These are the questions on many people’s lips following the revelation this week that personal data belonging to over 37 million ‘anonymous’ users… Read more

  • Shaper: Rhydian Lewis

    Show aired on 18th July 2015 Rhydian Lewis is CEO and co-founder of RateSetter, the UK’s leading peer-to-peer lending platform. RateSetter launched in 2010 and the platform has originated loans worth over £600m to date – it is the largest platform in terms of monthly lending volumes. RateSetter was the first peer-to-peer lender to introduce… Read more

  • What London’s quarterly economic survey results say about Q2’s performance…

    Last week, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) launched their latest London Quarterly Economic Survey with Capital 500 for Q2 2015. They surveyed 510 London business leaders between 7 and 20 May this year. The headlines for London’s performance in Q2 include: a 3% reported increase in domestic sales; a 6% reported decrease in… Read more

  • Shaper: John Stapleton

    Show aired on 11th July 2015 John Stapleton is an entrepreneur, business leader, CEO & Non-Executive Director with over 25 years’ experience in creating and building consumer brands in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector in both the UK and the United States. A founder of three successful start-ups, he co-founded the New Covent Garden… Read more

  • Shaper: David Jones

    Show aired on 3rd July 2015 David is one of the three founding directors of Serious, a creative producer of international music. Responsible for a wide range of concerts and special events, the company works with artists, venues and festivals in Britain and internationally.  Within Serious, David holds long-standing artistic relationships with artists as diverse… Read more

  • Improving access to capital markets finance for SMEs

    There has been a recent focus, both at EU level and in the UK, on the need to improve access to capital markets finance for small and medium-sized enterprises. There are differing views on how best to achieve this: some advocate reduced, or more proportionate, standards of disclosure for SMEs, while others focus on improving… Read more