Business Shapers

Contributor: Best of the guest

Every Saturday at 9am Jazz Shapers with Elliot Moss broadcasts from Jazz FM. The show shares music from the risk takers, leaders and influencers of jazz, soul, funk and blues, alongside interviews with their equivalent in the business world: entrepreneurs who have defined and shaped business categories and ways of operating.

Recent posts by Best of the guest

  • Shaper: Simon Franks

    Simon is the founder of a number of successful businesses and an investor behind a number of enterprises. He sold his first business (the first company in Europe to stream feature films over the internet) in 2000. In 2003, Simon co-founded and seed-funded Video Island/Lovefilm – Europe’s leading online DVD rental business. Lovefilm was subsequently… Read more

  • Shaper: Alex Depledge

    Alex Depledge Alex Depledge founded, built and sold UK based domestic cleaning marketplace start-up, As CEO of, Alex took the firm to a Series A funding round of $6 million and 70 full time employees within 12 months of launch – using the investment to quickly take the startup into Ireland and Europe,… Read more

  • Shaper: Mark Gallagher

    Mark Gallagher Mark Gallagher is the Senior Partner and Founder of Pagefield, a London-based communications agency which he founded in 2010. Pagefield specialises in reputation and crisis management, campaigning and public affairs, regulatory affairs, bid support, stakeholder relations and public relations. Mark has more than 20 years of experience in public and regulatory affairs, corporate… Read more

  • Shaper: Celia Atkin

    Show aired on 8th April 2017 Celia Atkin Celia read French and German at Kings College London and despite thinking she would work in the arts, found herself working for a San Francisco finance company setting up in Europe. She started off as PA to the Managing Director in London, but soon became their first female international… Read more

  • Shaper: Dame Stephanie Shirley

    Show aired on 1st April 2017 Dame Stephanie Shirley Dame Stephanie Shirley (83) was an unaccompanied child refugee who arrived in England on the Kindertransport in 1939. In different ways, the rest of her nuclear family also escaped Nazi Europe, and the international Red Cross message service helped keep the family in touch. One of… Read more

  • Shaper: Neil Sinclair

    Show aired on 25th March 2017 Neil Sinclair Neil has over 50 years’ experience in the property sector. He was a founder of Sinclair Goldsmith Chartered Surveyors which was admitted to the Official List in 1987 and subsequently merged with Conrad Ritblat in 1993, when he became Executive Deputy Chairman. Neil was appointed Non-Executive Chairman… Read more

  • Shaper: Mark Adlestone

    Show aired on 18th March 2017 Mark Adlestone Mark Adlestone is Chairman of Beaverbrooks the Jewellers. Mark joined the Company in 1979, became Joint Managing Director in 1990, sole Managing Director in 2000 and Chairman in 2012. Beaverbrooks currently has 69 stores nationwide, trading in the middle to upper market, and stocking watch brands such… Read more

  • Shaper: Camilla Stephens

    Show aired on 11th March 2017 Camilla Stephens Camilla Stephens founded Higgidy in 2003 after being inspired by companies liked Innocent and Green & Blacks, and driven by the desire to share her home-cooked pies with everybody. A career in food was much more tempting than school for Camilla, who left  halfway through her A-levels to… Read more

  • Shaper: Vernon W. Hill II

    Show aired on 4th March 2017 Vernon W. Hill II Vernon Hill is Chairman and founder of Metro Bank. Previously founder and former Chairman and president of Commerce Bank – which he founded in 1973 as a one-branch bank in metro Philadelphia with nine staff and $1.5 million – he is often credited with reinventing… Read more

  • Shaper: Gina Miller encore

    Show aired on 25th February 2017 Gina Miller Gina Miller co-founded SCM Private in 2009 as a disruptive modern investment manager offering low access to high end wealth management. She has worked in the UK retail financial services sector since 1996 and is passionate about transparency, accountability and consumer protection. Gina’s business principles are characterised by… Read more

  • Shaper: Oliver Tress

    Show aired on 18th February 2017 Oliver Tress Oliver Tress is the Founder and Managing Director of independent British lifestyle retailer, Oliver Bonas. Having left university with an Anthropology degree, at the age of 25 he opened the first Oliver Bonas store on London’s Fulham Road, bringing together homeware, accessories and jewellery he had found… Read more

  • Shaper: James Hind

    Show aired on 11th February 2017 James Hind James Hind is co-founder and CEO of carwow, ‘the easiest way to buy a car on line’. After studying Finance at the University of Nottingham, James spent time interning at Midas Capital in the city in the midst of the 2008 financial crisis, which put him off… Read more

  • Shaper: Emma Sinclair

    Show aired on 4th February 2017 Emma Sinclair Having formerly worked in M&A, Emma is the youngest person to have floated a company on the London Stock Exchange, having done so at 29. A serial entrepreneur, she was awarded an MBE for services to entrepreneurship in 2016. She now co-leads global software company EnterpriseJungle. Recently… Read more