Business Shapers

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  • Shaper: Alex and Jonathan Petrides

    Alex and Jonathan Petrides Brothers Alex and Jonathan joined forces in 2016 to create allplants, a plant-based food delivery service that makes it effortlessly easy to eat more plants: sending chef-cooked healthy meals straight to your home or work. It was in 2016 when both brothers switched to a plant-based diet and hatched a plan… Read more

  • Shaper: 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 decided to make his own. Following a few… 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

  • How Mishcon de Reya jazzed up its marketing

    Partner and Director of Business Development Elliot Moss was interviewed by FirstWord on our partnership with Jazz FM.

  • 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