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Shapers: Robert Rowland and Hilary Gilbert

Founders of BOOM Cycle, London’s new ‘revolutionary’ style of gym, based purely on bikes and biking. @BOOM_Cycle


I mistook my interest in business for an interest in finance and after a couple of internships I quickly realised working in banking was the last thing I wanted to do.

I think people think it’s strange that we would want to spend so much time together.

People kept saying, ‘it’s going to take another three months to make a decision’ – we could have opened six months earlier if people had made faster decisions.

We’ve always jumped in feet first and just gone for things. We’re not ones to hang around and see how it goes. We like to just get on and do it.

We just opened the business, did what we thought was right, made a lot of mistakes.


I studied for four years in college but I didn’t graduate because my modelling contract came through and I was like, I’m getting the heck out of Kentucky.

I have always had this great thirst for adventure in life.

I needed to make a decision about how I was going to pay the bills for the rest of my life, because we all know that unless you’re super famous, models have a sell by date.

I don’t think we’d know the businesses as well as we do if we hadn’t had to fight tooth and nail for every single thing and learn it the hard way.

Shaper: Marcus Wareing

Marcus Wareing is a celebrated chef and Co-Founder of Marcus Wareing Restaurants. Marcus studied at Southport Catering College and was Gordon Ramsay’s protégée for 19 years. He was awarded his first Michelin Stars at 26, one of only a handful of chefs to be recognised at that age. His awards now include two Michelin stars, [...]


Jazz Shapers - 2 days ago

Business Shapers: Sir John Timpson

Mishcon de Reya has created its latest animated business shapers film featuring Sir John Timpson, Chairman of Timpson Group, who was a guest on Jazz Shapers. Broadcast on Jazz FM, Jazz Shapers is a radio programme presented by Mishcon de Reya Partner and Director of Business Development, Elliot Moss. This three minute film documents the personal and entrepreneurial [...]


Jazz Shapers - 3 days ago