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: Will Butler-Adams

    Show aired on 27th May 2017 Will Butler-Adams Will Butler-Adams is the Managing Director of Brompton Bicycle. He studied Mechanical Engineering and Spanish at Newcastle University, followed by a Chartered Mechanical Engineering course at the Institute of Mechanical Engineering. He began working as a Project Manager at ICI, a former chemical company and as a… Read more

  • Shapers: Jalal and Soraya Janmohamed

    Show aired on 20th May 2017 Jalal and Soraya Janmohamed  Jalal, Soraya & Farah Janmohamed are siblings and co-founders at OptiBac Probiotics, a 14 year old company specialising entirely in friendly bacteria supplements. Jalal studied Business at the University of Nottingham; he finished on the Friday and, eager to get going, started the company on the Monday. His… Read more

  • Shaper: Holly Tucker

    Show aired on 13th May 2017 Holly Tucker Holly Tucker has many strings to her bow – mother, MBE, founder of Holly & Co, UK Ambassador to Small Creative Businesses, Chief Inspirator and co-founder of But Holly simply sees herself as an imagineer – someone who believes in the impossible and the power of creativity…. Read more

  • Shaper: Craig Sams

    Show aired on 6th May 2017 Craig Sams Craig Sams was born on a farm in Nebraska. He has worked as a bottle deposit recovery operative, a caddy at an 18-hole country club, a shelf stacker, a grocery bag carry out boy, a newspaper delivery boy for the Omaha World Herald, a parking lot attendant… Read more

  • Shaper: Simon Franks

    Show aired on 29th April 2017 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… Read more

  • Shaper: Alex Depledge

    Show aired on 22nd April 2017 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… Read more

  • Shaper: Mark Gallagher

    Show aired on 15th April 2017 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… 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