Business Shapers

Monthly Archives: October 2015

  • Shaper: Herbie Dayal

    Show aired on 31st October 2015 Herbie Dayal is the founder and major shareholder of KMI Brands, a fast-growing UK business which has over the past 20 years established a reputation for creating beautiful, innovative products. The current portfolio of brands includes Ted Baker, Orla Kiely, Fish hairstyling and Scott Cornwall. The products include perfumes, haircare, skincare and… Read more

  • Private Equity Africa Fundraising Forum

    “You never really know a person until you give them your money.” On 14 October, Mishcon de Reya hosted an event in collaboration with Private Equity Africa, inviting leading private equity experts from the media and marketing industries, family office advisers, auditors and tax consultants, as well as various private equity firms. The event began… Read more

  • The Leap 100 October Poll – Climate: Politics

    Corbyn fear mars post-election Leap 100 positivity SAYING that Jeremy Corbyn is not a hot prospect for the UK’s fast-growing businesses would be an understatement. Nearly half (46 per cent) of The Leap 100 say they would consider emigrating if the Labour leader became Prime Minister. A third say his policies would “make life much… Read more

  • Shaper: Charlie Vaughan-Lee

    Show aired on 24th October 2015 Charlie Vaughan-Lee is CEO of property investment company Student Cribs, founded in 2002 whilst he was studying Chemistry at Bristol. Charlie has worked alongside Charlie Philip in developing the business over the past five years, including the successful launch of the first Student Crib Fund. Student Cribs was launched… Read more

  • Shaper: Tony Matharu

    Show aired on 17th October 2015 Tony is founder and Managing Director of Grange Hotels – ‘London’s Leading Independent Hotel Group’ and former winner of the “Best Small Hotel Company”. (Business Travel Awards) He is responsible for designing, building and managing 18 luxury 4 star and 5 star central London hotels. Tony combines his passion for hospitality with philanthropy, sport and community engagement; acting as… Read more

  • The EU: in or out? The campaigning begins!

    Since 2010, polls have indicated that the British public is divided on the question of EU membership. The largest ever poll (of 20,000 people, in March 2014) by Lord Ashcroft showed the public evenly split on the issue, with 41% in favour of withdrawal, 41% in favour of membership and 18% undecided.  Interestingly, when asked… Read more

  • Challenging TFL’s taxi proposals could be Uber difficult

    The recent publication of Transport for London’s (TFL’s) proposed changes to the Private Hire Vehicles Regulations has garnered significant media attention. It has been suggested that they are a blatant attack on app innovators, including Uber. The press is awash with allegations that TFL’s proposals will severely restrict competition in the taxi market and will… Read more

  • Implementation of company law reform: updated timetable

    We have covered in previous blog posts the enactment and implementation of the corporate transparency and company filing provisions of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act. Certain of the Small Business Act’s changes to company law will take effect from 10 October, including the measures to suppress the day element of the date of… Read more

  • Shaper: Phil Cameron

    Show aired on 9th October 2015 Phil Cameron, Founder & CEO of award-winning airport lounge specialist No.1 Traveller Phil Cameron has worked in the aviation sector for twelve years, following a theatre career which saw him win an Olivier Award in the West End and a Tony Award on Broadway. He founded award-winning lounge operator No.1… Read more

  • Safe Harbor: a safe harbour no more?

    It has been a long-established EU data protection law that personal data can only be sent outside of the EU if one of various tests is passed. For transfers to the United States, the key decision of the EU Commission was that where US companies signed up to the “Safe Harbor” scheme – which essentially… Read more

  • What London’s quarterly economic survey results say about Q3’s performance…

    London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) last week launched the Q3 2015 results of its London Quarterly Economic Survey with Capital 500. They surveyed 514 London business leaders between 18 August and 7 September this year. The headlines of London’s performance in Q3: Domestic sales remain positive, unchanged from Q2; There has been an… Read more

  • Access to capital markets finance for SMEs: Prospectus Directive consultation will be key

    As we noted in a previous blog post, the European Commission in February published a Green Paper setting out a consultation on building a Capital Markets Union. On Wednesday last week, the Commission published an Action Plan setting out its priorities following the consultation. The Commission’s Action Plan identifies a number of priorities, including modernising… Read more

  • Shaper: Giles Andrews

    Show aired on 3rd October 2015 Giles Andrews is Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Zopa, the world’s first and the UK’s largest peer-to-peer lending platform. Giles has overseen Zopa help over 200,000 consumers financially and it is on course to lend it’s billionth pound. Before joining Zopa, Giles spent the first ten years of his career pursuing all things automotive. This included… Read more