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The Best of the ‘Best of Guest’ 2018

Before we kick off 2019, we wanted to share our pick of this year’s wisest words and most memorable quotes from our brilliant Business Shapers. These are the successful entrepreneurs and business people who have been interviewed by Mishcon de Reya’s Partner & Director of Business Development, Elliot Moss, on our ‘Jazz Shapers’ programme on Jazz FM, alongside music from the risk takers of jazz.

This year, Jazz Shapers has seen the introduction of The News Sessions: Paddy O’Connell picks up legal insights from Mishcon de Reya experts on relevant topics such as, GDPR, Data and The Gig Economy, which affect the world of business. We also hosted the second live Jazz Shapers recording at Africa House with an interview with Nicole Farhi OBE, as well as live music from soul singer, Judi Jackson and her band. As well as this, the launch of Shaper on Shaper has seen past interviewees take to the microphone to interview each other on where they and their businesses are at now.

Week in, week out, our Business Shapers have provided advice, inspiration and often amusement. Here are our top 10 quotes of 2018:

My parents had strong ethics around social justice; I realised when I got older that I had learnt my values through osmosis. Being creative and vocal is a big part of our organisation. – Simon Coley, All Good

If you are fortunate enough to make money at any level, the important thing is to put something back and to be thoughtful, generous and a decent citizen. – Sir Llyod Dorfman, Doddle

Even now with the new company, nothing has changed. It is the same ethos, the same philosophy. – Graham Simpson, Simpson Travel

I’ve realised that I could share positivity on a bigger scale if I set up my own business in a space where you are trying to please people en-masse. – Aron Gelbard, Bloom & Wild

It requires a really healthy dose of risk appetite and belief in the need to solve the problem. – Alex and Jonathan Petrides, Allplants

It wasn’t one of those ideas where I thought, I wonder if I can make this work?  I knew instantly this was it, this was what I was going to do. – George Wood, The Luna Cinema

Our best ideas come from the audience themselves. – Katie Massie-Taylor, MUSH

As a lawyer you are trained to find risk and avoid it; as an entrepreneur you see the risk and do it anyway. – Michelle Kennedy, Peanut

It isn’t rocket science: it’s about creating demand, giving consumers something valuable and at the right price and creating the brand around it. – Cassandra Stavrou, Propercorn

I think one of the greatest gifts is not to be the best but to know how to get the best out of other people. – Kit Kemp, Firmdale

I have a very young, passionate team, who challenge me all the time and I just love it. Every day is different. – Karen Howes, Taylor Howes

Shaper: Jon Bradford

Jon Bradford, a highly experienced early stage investor, is the Founding Partner of Motive Partners, a financial technology investment company.   Founder and Co-Founder of many other businesses including Dynamo Ventures, an early stage seed investor focused on Supply Chain and Mobility, Jon is well-accredited with the title “Godfather of European Accelerators” for founding Ignite100 Accelerator [...]


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