Shapers: Nick Giles

Show aired on 22nd August 2015


Nick Giles is co-founder of Seven Hills, the highly acclaimed campaigns firm and co-creator of SUMMIT, a series of events exploring the sectors and trends with the potential to drive growth.

Nick co-founded Seven Hills alongside business partner Michael Hayman to generate momentum for Britain’s explosive growth companies and most exciting entrepreneurs. The firm has been named the Best Corporate Consultancy in the World and one of the Top 10 Global Fast Movers by the communications industry monitor The Holmes Report.

Follow Nick on Twitter @nick_giles

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We launched in 2010 with a clear view that we needed entrepreneurs to build businesses, realise their ambitions and create jobs and opportunities. We figured we could help contribute to the national effort to get the economy back on its feet.

We wanted to be running our own business and we spent quite a lot of time daydreaming about what that might be.

Founders are the new rock stars of the business world.  They are the people that have the idea and the courage to get something going.

Chutzpah. I think we are blessed with a fair amount of that.

We found it incredibly reinforcing to have a shared traveller on the journey. 

Michael and I are often described as chalk and cheese.

What sets Seven Hills apart is that we are focused on growth: we want to back businesses that are scaling.

If you have a clear sense of what you’re doing and why you’re doing it, then it is much easier to be consistent. It’s important not to be blown off course.

We’ve always had a view that we’ll bite off more than we can chew, and we’ll deliver it. We’ll deliver it in spades, and we’ll enjoy the process.

We are just getting started – there are plenty more stories to tell.