Dream Bigger Hall of Fame

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.

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Christopher Baker-Brian

Christopher Baker-Brian

Christopher Baker-Brian set out to address a vast global problem and now his company is changing the world. 

Alan & Juliet Barratt

Alan and Juliet Barratt

When husband and wife team Juliet and Alan Barratt decided to disrupt the chocolate bar industry, not everyone was happy about it.

Jess Butcher

"Good entrepreneurs pivot the solution to meet the problem, rather than believe their own hype."

Nicholas Cary

Nicolas Cary

Nicolas Cary has long been interested in the power of technology to solve real world problems. 

Duncan Cheatle

Duncan Cheatle

Duncan Cheatle’s Supper Club is now a vital way for entrepreneurs to meet, discuss their experiences and share best practice.

Mike Clare

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

Chris Cole

Chris Cole found the entrepreneurial bug early, building a £67m business by his early thirties.

Glenn Elliott

Glenn Elliott

For Glenn Elliott, the first seed of his life as an entrepreneur was sown by a physics teacher, who taught entrepreneurship on the side.

Jackie Fast

Jackie Fast

From sponsorship to ice wine to The Apprentice, Jackie Fast has packed a lot into her decade of entrepreneurship.

Sheila Flavell

Sheila Flavell

Sheila Flavell is on a mission to address gender equality and the skills shortage in the technology sector.

Robert Ginsberg

Robert Ginsberg

Robert Ginsberg wanted to make a big difference in a small company rather than a small difference to a big company.

Rowan Gormley

Rowan Gormley

Rowan Gormley has had two pieces of luck: first, he was hired by Richard Branson; second, he was fired by Tony Laithwaite. 

David Higgins

David Higgins

Over the last 20 years, David Higgins, founder of Harvey Nash, has experienced the highs and lows of entrepreneurship.

Duane Jackson

Duane Jackson

Once a beneficiary of the Prince’s Trust, Duane Jackson turned his life around to become a patron of the charity.

Nick Jenkins

Nick Jenkins

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.

Richard Joseph

Richard Joseph

Recognising the power of quality design, Richard Joseph and his brother Antony created Joseph Joseph’s sleek kitchenware range.

Kanya King

Kanya King CBE

Kanya King CBE has built the MOBO awards into one of the most important and influential music platforms.

James Meekings

James Meekings

James Meekings shares his experiences growing the successful small business loans platform, Funding Circle.

Melinda Nicci

Melinda Nicci

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

John O'Connell

John O’Connell became an accidental technology pioneer while working as an accountant for a large international group in the City of London.

Rami Ranger

Dr Rami Ranger CBE

From an Indian refugee camp, Dr. Rami Ranger CBE now sits at the helm of an award-winning UK company.

David Spencer-Percival

David Spencer-Percival

Now on his third business, No.1 Rosemary Water is proving David Spencer-Percival's most challenging project to date.

Matt Storey

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. 

Jamie Waller

Jamie Waller

Leaving school at 16 and realising he needed to make money gave Jamie Waller a head start in entrepreneurship. 

Paul Walsh

Paul Walsh

Paul Walsh's interest in technology began with a ZX Spectrum, an early personal computer, before technology became a fashionable career.

Ross Williams

Ross Williams

It hasn’t always been plain sailing for Ross Williams, whose business powers over 3,000 dating apps.

Devika Wood

Devika Wood

With the aim of making home care more efficient and higher quality, Devika Wood set up Vida in 2016.

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