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: Jon Wright

    Show aired on 28th October 2017 Jon Wright Jon co-founded innocent in May 1999 along with two friends, Richard Reed and Adam Balon. Innocent now has revenues of £250m and sells in 15 different countries across Europe. Jon and his two co-founders sold their controlling stake in innocent to Coca Cola in 2013 with the… Read more

  • Shaper: Simon Woodroffe

    Simon Woodroffe, OBE Founder of YO! Simon is the creator of YO! Sushi, and was an original Dragon in the premiere series of BBC’s Dragons’ Den. His early career was spent on the road with the likes of Rod Stewart and The Moody Blues before becoming a stage designer. After a spell in television, he… Read more

  • Shaper: Charlie Green (encore)

    Show aired on 14th October 2017 Charlie Green Charlie Green is co-founder and co-CEO of TOG (The Office Group). Before founding TOG in 2003, he was an Acquisition Manager at MWB Group plc, a property investment and development business. TOG launched just when technology and new ideas were shaping the global economy, with the aim… Read more

  • Shaper: Dana Denis-Smith

    Show aired on 7th October 2017 Dana Denis-Smith Dana Denis-Smith was born in rural Romania before moving to London, where she studied a BSc in International History and an MSc in Political Economy at LSE. Following this, she undertook the PgDL and LPC at BPP Law School and an MBA at the Indian Institute of… Read more

  • Shaper: Richard Farleigh

    Show aired on 30th September 2017 Richard Farleigh Richard Farleigh was born in Kyabram in Australia and was one of 11 children. His father was an itinerant worker, who was variously a shearer, opal miner and seasonal labourer. At the age of three, Richard was taken into care by the authorities, where all of his… Read more

  • Shaper: Tom Blomfield

    Show aired on 23rd September 2017 Tom Blomfield Co-founder and CEO of Monzo Tom went to grammar school in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, where he developed a passion for coding. In his teenage years, he worked for a local estate agent called Wilson Heal, delivering leaflets. Whilst working there, Tom convinced them to get a website, which… Read more

  • Shaper: Tom Thirlwall

    Show aired on 16th September 2017 Tom Thirlwall CEO of Copa90 Tom was born in London in 1973. He attended Reigate Grammar School in Surrey and went on to Leeds University before working as a Planner at Mediaedge, an advertising media planning agency. In 1997, Tom co-founded Fishtank, a youth marketing specialist firm and in… Read more

  • Shaper: Jas Bagniewski

    Show aired on 9th September 2017 Jas Bagniewski Jas attended Westminster School before going to the University of Manchester. Following this, he studied an MSc in International Relations at UCL, and an MBA at the University of Cambridge. In 2005, Jas worked as a teacher at Manasarovar Academy in Nepal, where he taught English and… Read more

  • Shaper: Will Wynne

    Show aired on 2nd September 2017 Will Wynne Will Wynne is MD and co-founder of auto enrolment provider Smart Pension.  Smart Pension was built specifically to help thousands of small British businesses sign up their employees to a workplace pension scheme, as required by law. He co-founded the firm in 2014 with Andrew Evans, CEO… Read more

  • Shaper: Dean Richmond

    Show aired on 26th August 2017 Dean Richmond Born in Cuckfield, Sussex in 1973, Dean left school with four GCSEs.  He ran his own business making birdfeeders and rabbit runs but needed money for a car, so in 1989 went to work in his parents shop, ‘Pets Corner’, which had two stores at the time…. Read more

  • Shaper: Howard Harrison

    Show aired on 19th August 2017 Howard Harrison Previously a lawyer in South Africa and and investment banker in London, New York and Zurich, Howard quit corporate life 13 years ago to found Knomo. He was frustrated with commutting and long office hours and didn’t want life behind a desk to his narrative for the rest of his career. Knomo is… Read more

  • Shaper: David Duke

    Show aired on 12th August 2017 David Duke David Duke is the founder and CEO of recently named ‘Charity of the Year’, Street Soccer Scotland, a non-profit organisation that uses football to help create positive change in the lives of socially disadvantaged adults and young people. More recently, David has set up Change Centre Scotland, a… Read more

  • Shaper: Chris McCullough

    Show aired on 5th August 2017 Chris McCullough Chris McCullough is CEO and co-founder at smart scheduling company, RotaGeek. Prior to founding RotaGeek, Chris worked in the NHS as an A&E doctor. He initially created RotaGeek in 2009 to help overcome the staffing issues faced by his A&E department, but soon left his job in… Read more