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: Nigel Henry

    Show aired on 13th October 2018 Nigel Henry Nigel left school at 17 years old to focus on sales. By 22, he became the leading estate agent in Hampstead helping developers acquire buildings for redevelopment. In 1988 Nigel got married and set up his own property trading business. The first deal he bought was a one… Read more

  • Shaper: Graham Simpson

    Show aired on 6th October 2018 Graham Simpson Graham Simpson started his career as an aspiring actor, appearing in numerous TV dramas. During this time he met and married a Cretan woman, Yianna, and his love for Greece began on two levels. The arrival of two sons and a daughter prompted Graham and Yianna to set up… Read more

  • Shaper: Aron Gelbard

    Show aired on 29th September 2018 Aron Gelbard Aron Gelbard is the founder and CEO of tech-first florists Bloom & Wild. Launched in 2013, tech-first florist Bloom & Wild is currently the 2nd fastest growing business in the UK and the 5th fastest growing in EMEA. Prior to Bloom & Wild, Aron worked as a… Read more

  • Shaper: Sir Lloyd Dorfman encore

    Show aired on 22nd September 2018 Sir Lloyd Dorfman Subsequent to his first Jazz Shapers interview, Sir Lloyd Dorfman collaborated with Network Rail to invest £24m into a co-owned business of click-and-collect stores at more than 300 stations; Doddle. Lloyd said that he wanted to use his experience to build “a game-changing service for millions… Read more

  • Shaper: Rodney Schwartz

    Show aired on 15th September 2018 Rodney Schwartz Rodney Schwartz’s background in equities, financial research, investment banking and venture capital makes him an unconventional but authoritative champion for impact investment. He holds an MBA and BA from the University of Rochester. Rod joined Wall Street in 1980, he rose to become the number one ranked… Read more

  • Shaper on Shaper: Simon & Maurice

    Show aired on 8th September 2018 Simon Woodroffe OBE Simon Woodroffe OBE is the creator of YO! Sushi, the conveyor belt sushi restaurant chain which opened in 1997 and now has over 100 sites around the world.  He then launched YOTEL, the world’s most radical hotel in 2007, which now operates a number of sites… Read more

  • Shaper: Dominic Smales encore

    Show aired on 11th August 2018 Dominic Smales After spending 15 years in media, production and advertising Dominic Smales set up Gleam Futures initially to help online communities connect for mutual benefit. This has evolved now into purely managing ‘Social Talent’, a term coined by Gleam to describe a group of individuals who have achieved the kind… Read more

  • Shaper: Rishi Khosla

    Show aired on 4th August 2018 Rishi Khosla Rishi Khosla has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from University College London and a Masters in Accounting & Finance from the London School of Economics. Rishi is the co-founder of ACORN OakNorth, a Fintech firm focused on unlocking the potential in bespoke SME lending globally using its… Read more

  • Shaper: Michael Rolph

    Show aired on 28th July 2018 Michael Rolph Michael Rolph is CEO of Europe’s fastest growing combined payments and loyalty marketing platform, Yoyo. Michael started his career at Barclaycard, First Data and PayPal. He was a founding member and Director at Anthemis Group, the specialist FinTech advisory and investment firm.  During his time at Anthemis… Read more

  • Shaper: Simon Coley

    Show aired on 21st July 2018 Simon Coley Simon Coley was responsible for successfully bringing the first Fairtrade bananas to New Zealand under the All Good brand. All Good has twice been named on the World’s Most Ethical Companies list and in 2014 was named the World’s Fairest Trader.  Around 2 billion cola-branded soft drinks… Read more

  • Shaper: Linda Pilkington

    Show aired on 14th July 2018 Linda Pilkington Linda Pilkington grew up in the UK had a Saturday job at a tearoom where she learnt how to make ice cream. Her father Ralph was a German businessman who came over to the UK as a Jewish refugee, and mother Elizabeth was a radiographer at Old… Read more

  • Shaper: George Wood

    Show aired on 7th July 2018 George Wood George Wood grew up in a family of theatrical producers.  His parents were responsible for musicals and plays but specialised in pantomime. Unsurprisingly, George started his career as an actor, appearing in West End musicals, films and in children’s television series.  It was whilst appearing in a play in… Read more

  • Shaper: Ben Elliot encore

    Show aired on 30th June 2018 Ben Elliot Quintessentially, a company engaged in the provision of concierge and luxury lifestyle management services through a network of subsidiaries, was founded in 2000 by Ben Elliot, Aaron Simpson and Paul Drummond. Co-Founder Aaron Simpson has said that the business idea came after Elton John asked him to… Read more