Business Shapers

Monthly Archives: April 2016

  • Shaper: Mark Allen

    Show aired on 30th April 2016 Mark read social studies at Durham University and, having spent a gap year working in a London remand home and assessment centre for youth offenders, originally wanted to become a social worker. At university, he founded and became the chairman of a voluntary group providing support for vulnerable people,… Read more

  • Entrepreneurs Are Being Priced Out Of London

    London’s housing crisis has united left and right in solidarity. And as I explained yesterday, most sensible people agree that it’s principally a problem of restricted supply. But while the housing crisis steals the headlines, an adjacent crisis has so far slipped below the radar: the commercial property crisis. These crises are two sides of… Read more

  • Why London Needs A Drone Superhighway Over The Thames

    On 5 May, Londoners will vote on who should replace Boris Johnson as Mayor of London. As happens in elections, the candidates are playing their opponents instead of their policies, but once the winner is chosen he (and it will be a “he” because Sadiq Khan and Zac Goldsmith are the only likely winners) will… Read more

  • Shaper: Barry Hearn

    Show aired on 23rd April 2016 Barry Hearn qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1970 and spent several years with a major firm of international accountants before moving into the commercial world as finance director of Kensal House Investments. After a period in the fashion industry and property development, he became chairman of Lucania Snooker… Read more

  • The only way is up for Leap 100 companies

    The Leap 100 is a list of 100 of the most exciting, fast-growing companies in the UK. But it’s more than a list: it is a cohort of founders whose fortunes we will follow and whose ambitions we will support over the next 12 months; founders with the talent to help secure Britain’s place as… Read more

  • Chatbots – who is actually chatting?

    Chatbots – software programs that respond to text and/or vocal inputs in a humanlike manner – are beginning to proliferate online. Facebook announced at its recent F8 developer conference that it would be opening its Messenger Platform to third party developers who will be able to create their own bots to run on Facebook’s centralised… Read more

  • Shaper: Moira Benigson

    Show aired on 16th April 2016 Moira Benigson is the founder and managing partner of The MBS Group, a leading executive search and leadership advisory firm. The MBS Group works across all consumer-facing industries, including retail, consumer products and services, travel and leisure, fashion and luxury, and digital and tech. Clients from all over the… Read more

  • Business Shapers: Peter Usborne

    Peter Usborne featured on Jazz Shapers, a radio programme broadcast on Jazz FM, presented by Mishcon de Reya’s Director of Business Development, Elliot Moss. On Jazz Shapers, entrepreneurs like Peter Usborne, who have defined and shaped business, are interviewed by Elliot. Alongside music from the risk takers and leaders of jazz, soul, funk and blues,… Read more

  • Business Shapers: Itay Talgam

    Itay Talgam featured on Jazz Shapers, a radio programme broadcast on Jazz FM, presented by Mishcon de Reya’s Director of Business Development, Elliot Moss. On Jazz Shapers, entrepreneurs like Itay Talgam, who have defined and shaped business, are interviewed by Elliot. Alongside music from the risk takers and leaders of jazz, soul, funk and blues,… Read more

  • Business Shapers: Robin Rowland

    Robin Rowland featured on Jazz Shapers, a radio programme broadcast on Jazz FM, presented by Mishcon de Reya’s Director of Business Development, Elliot Moss. On Jazz Shapers, entrepreneurs like Robin Rowland, who have defined and shaped business, are interviewed by Elliot. Alongside music from the risk takers and leaders of jazz, soul, funk and blues, they… Read more

  • Whatsapp: your messages are encrypted, but is your data protected?

    Last week, Whatsapp, the popular messaging app now owned by Facebook, announced that it would immediately encrypt the messages of all users- a whopping one billion people. Encryption means that only the user and the person they’re communicating with can read what is sent- or see their videos, listen to their calls, hear their voice… Read more

  • Shaper: Geoff Read

    Show aired on 9th April 2016 Geoff is a serial entrepreneur who founded Ballygowan Spring Water Group, the brand-leading bottled water from Ireland, building it into a dominant market-leadership position in Ireland and the UK before selling it in 1993. Geoff founded and built Grape Expectations (Ireland) Ltd over a 20 year period, creating a new market… Read more

  • Q1 2016: high performance vs low expectations

    The global economic climate has worsened, forecasts are being downgraded for both UK and world economies and Britain’s EU membership hangs in the balance. With genuine cause for concern, is now the time to invest? Yesterday saw the launch of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Capital 500 quarterly economic survey results for Q1 2016,… Read more