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: Dominic Smales encore

    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 of reach and influence on social… 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

  • Shaper: Craig Burkinshaw

    Show aired on 23rd June 2018 Craig Burkinshaw From a young age, Craig Burkinshaw was an avid traveller with a keen entrepreneurial spirit. He was keen to steer away from the mainstream travel-agent industry and heavily trafficked ‘holiday hot-spots’ and get off-the-beaten-track. After guiding his own small group tours around Vietnam, he identified a gap… Read more

  • Shaper: Kit Kemp

    Show aired on 16th June 2018 Kit Kemp Kit Kemp MBE is an award-winning interior designer. She is Design Director and co-owner of Firmdale, a group of luxury hotels in London and New York. Over her three decade long career, she has collaborated with Anthropologie, Wedgwood dinnerware, Chelsea Textiles, Christopher Farr, and others to produce… Read more

  • Shaper: Adam Pike

    Show aired on 9th June 2018 Adam Pike Prior to co-founding SuperCarers, Adam was a Management Consultant at Deloitte during which he acted as Policy Advisor to the Cabinet Office in Westminster. He then co-founded and became CEO of BeyondMe, a company that promotes generosity in leadership before taking the position of Advisor & Strategy… Read more

  • Shaper: Timo Boldt

    Show aired on 2nd June 2018 Timo Boldt Timo Boldt’s city career included several special situations hedge funds. In 2007 he left Project Management at BMW to become an Analyst at Rothschild, before 2011 where he became an Associate and later Vice President at Petrus Advisers. He then founded Gousto in 2012 after he was… Read more

  • Shaper: Katie Massie-Taylor

    Show aired on 26th May 2018 Katie Massie-Taylor Before co-founding Mush, Katie Massie-Taylor worked for an exclusive matchmaking company, as a City broker, and as a PR Executive. She was inspired to start Mush after striking up a conversation with a fellow mum in a rainy south-west London playground. They soon realised how many other… Read more

  • Shaper: Ray Kelvin

    Show aired on 19th May 2018 Ray Kelvin Ray Kelvin grew up in Cockfosters, which his late mother taught him to pronounce Co’fosters, to sound “posher”. He attended Middlesex Polytechnic, studying Business Studies, but later dropped out of his course to work. His experience in fashion and retail began when he worked in the family… Read more