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: Jim Cregan

    Show aired on 10th November 2018 Jim Cregan Jim Cregan is the real ‘Jimmy’ behind Jimmy’s Iced Coffee. A company he co-founded with his sister Suze after becoming hooked on iced coffee during a trip to Australia. Disappointed to find supermarket shelves lacking a refreshing equivalent that wasn’t super sweet back in the UK, he… Read more

  • Shaper: Alex Reilley

    Show aired on 3rd November 2018 Alex Reilley Alex Reilley is co-founder and Chairman of Loungers, the nationwide café, restaurant and bar group. Having spent years in the restaurant and bar trade, Alex and two friends, Jake Bishop and David Reid decided it was time they did their own thing in 2002. Nearly 16 years… Read more

  • Shaper: David Spencer-Percival

    Show aired on 27th October 2018 David Spencer-Percival David Spencer-Percival launched his second business in 2008, having sold everything he owned, including his first business, to pay for it. In a few years, the recruitment agency he founded with business partner Sir Peter Ogden was worth $100m. David was ready for a new challenge after… Read more

  • Shaper: Karen Howes

    Show aired on 20th October 2018 Karen Howes Karen Howes is the Founder and Chief Executive of London-based interior design practice Taylor Howes, founded in partnership with Gail Taylor in 1993. Karen’s real love affair with interiors began when she was just 18 years old when she rented a room in King’s Cross owned by… Read more

  • 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