Converting a big dream into a scaleable business requires intuition, skill and stamina. Meet the people who have aimed higher and worked smarter. With vision and dedication, they have built great teams and strong, sustainable businesses. They share their experiences with us, what helped, what hurt and the lessons for the next generation of business owners.
Christopher Baker-Brian set out to address a vast global problem and now his company is changing the world.
When husband and wife team Juliet and Alan Barratt decided to disrupt the chocolate bar industry, not everyone was happy about it.
"Good entrepreneurs pivot the solution to meet the problem, rather than believe their own hype."
Nicolas Cary has long been interested in the power of technology to solve real world problems.
Duncan Cheatle’s Supper Club is now a vital way for entrepreneurs to meet, discuss their experiences and share best practice.
With an independent streak and a capacity for hard work, Mike Clare wanted to run his own business, which became retail giant Dreams.
Chris Cole found the entrepreneurial bug early, building a £67m business by his early thirties.
For Glenn Elliott, the first seed of his life as an entrepreneur was sown by a physics teacher, who taught entrepreneurship on the side.
From sponsorship to ice wine to The Apprentice, Jackie Fast has packed a lot into her decade of entrepreneurship.
Sheila Flavell is on a mission to address gender equality and the skills shortage in the technology sector.
Robert Ginsberg wanted to make a big difference in a small company rather than a small difference to a big company.
Rowan Gormley has had two pieces of luck: first, he was hired by Richard Branson; second, he was fired by Tony Laithwaite.
Over the last 20 years, David Higgins, founder of Harvey Nash, has experienced the highs and lows of entrepreneurship.
Once a beneficiary of the Prince’s Trust, Duane Jackson turned his life around to become a patron of the charity.
Keeping a strong work-life balance and always having a business plan are just some of lessons that Nick Jenkins, creator of Moonpig, has to share.
Recognising the power of quality design, Richard Joseph and his brother Antony created Joseph Joseph’s sleek kitchenware range.
Kanya King CBE has built the MOBO awards into one of the most important and influential music platforms.
James Meekings shares his experiences growing the successful small business loans platform, Funding Circle.
A chance encounter with a GP in Melinda Nicci’s pregnancy inspired her to find a way of putting the right information in women’s hands.
John O’Connell became an accidental technology pioneer while working as an accountant for a large international group in the City of London.
From an Indian refugee camp, Dr. Rami Ranger CBE now sits at the helm of an award-winning UK company.
Now on his third business, No.1 Rosemary Water is proving David Spencer-Percival's most challenging project to date.
With a keen eye for an opportunity, Matt Storey has come a long way from selling sweets on his father’s market stall aged 12.
Leaving school at 16 and realising he needed to make money gave Jamie Waller a head start in entrepreneurship.
Paul Walsh's interest in technology began with a ZX Spectrum, an early personal computer, before technology became a fashionable career.
It hasn’t always been plain sailing for Ross Williams, whose business powers over 3,000 dating apps.
With the aim of making home care more efficient and higher quality, Devika Wood set up Vida in 2016.