Business Shapers

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  • Shaper: Emma Bridgewater

    Show aired on 1st July 2017 Emma Bridgewater After studying English at London University, Emma joined a small knitwear firm, but soon realised that what she really wanted to do was start her own company. Her ‘eureka moment’ came in 1985, when she was searching for a pretty cup and saucer for her mother’s birthday…. Read more

  • Shaper: Melissa Morris

    Show aired on 24th June 2017 Melissa Morris Melissa Morris began her career at Lehman Brothers, where she was a Capital Markets Reporter (2005-2006). She was later an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division at Citi Bank (2007), and then a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company (2008-2010). She then worked as a Management Consultant/Strategy… Read more

  • Shaper: Cleo Rocos

    Show aired on 17th June 2017 Cleo Rocos Cleo Rocos was born in Rio de Janeiro and started her professional career in television where she co-starred The Kenny Everett Show. She also co-starred in a number of TV shows both in the UK and the US, including the comedy, Assaulted Nuts and the detective series,… Read more

  • Shaper: Mikhail Fridman

    Show aired on 10th June 2017 Mikhail Fridman Mikhail Fridman was born in Lviv, Ukraine and has Jewish heritage. He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys in 1986, with distinction, having studied metallurgical engineering. In 1988 Mikhail co-founded Alfa Group, a multinational conglomerate. He served as chairman of the 50/50 TNK-BP joint… Read more

  • Shaper: Niki Rein

    Show aired on 3rd June 2017 Niki Rein Niki Rein was born in Seattle. Until the age of 18, Niki played competitive football and enjoyed lifting weights at university, but found that she put on muscle easily and did not feel as feminine as she would have liked. She was then introduced to dance-based fitness,… Read more

  • 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