Business Shapers

Jazz FM

  • Shaper: Sir Lloyd Dorfman encore

    Sir Lloyd Dorfman Sir Lloyd Dorfman was educated in St Paul’s but did not attend university. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Travelex Group, started his own currency exchange business in 1976 from one small shop in central London, after briefly sampling the bar and investment banking. Today, Travelex is the world’s largest… Read more

  • Shaper: Rodney Schwartz

    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 financial services analyst at PaineWebber and… 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

  • 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