Entrepreneurs 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.
A chance meeting with a homeless man set entrepreneur Alex Stephany on a new path.
Simon La Fosse
Building a business around the principle that people shouldn’t have to choose between a caring and ambitious organisation
Too often big brands assume that sofa-surfing gamers can’t be motivated into action.
Christian Nellemann had entrepreneurship in his blood.
Fresh soup is now ubiquitous on supermarket shelves, but in the 1980s, it was a radical idea.
Graham Hobson may have been a reluctant entrepreneur, but he was ready for a change. He says: “I’m not a very conformist person and I’ve never liked being bossed around."
For 28-year old founder Ben Francis, it all started when his mother – worried about his lack of application - persuaded him to join the local gym.
Joel Hopwood and Matt Lee
Joel Hopwood and Matt Lee of Shopper Media Group learned good business management the hard way.
Lara Morgan started her first business in 1991 aged just 23, building on a family tradition of entrepreneurship.
Michael Tobin is best known for turning Telecity into a billion dollar company, but more recently has moonlighted as a philanthropist and author.
Nick Wheeler wanted to do something he liked and it just so happened he liked shirts - “the smell of crisp clean cotton”.
"I always had a powerful sense of the future I wanted to create."
Martyn Dawes knew early on that he didn't want to take a conventional path,
even if he wasn't sure what the unconventional path would be.
It could have been very different story for Peter. By his early thirties he had a well-established career as a senior partner in a surveying firm, but grown disillusioned with the nine to five nature of the job. He needed to do something, to branch out on his own and began looking for opportunities.
Preferring to make a big difference in a small company rather than a small difference to a big company, Robert Ginsberg left a major consulting group and joined his father's bathroom mirror company.
Saurav Chopra and Chieu Cao
Saurav Chopra and Chieu Cao tell Smith & Williamson’s Hall of Fame how they had the vision to pivot their business not just once, but three times en route to building employee experience platform Perkbox, now a global business.
Sean Ramsden MBE
Ramsden International exports flagship British brands across the globe. It is a rare example of a company building on its success with each generation. Sean Ramsden, the third generation at the helm, tells Smith & Williamson’s Hall of Fame how he did it.
Sara Murray OBE
With a glittering entrepeneurial career, which has included founding Confused.com, Sara Murray is on her third business, tracking criminals (and five year olds) all over the world. She tells Smith & Williamson's Hall of Fame about the inspiration behind the business.
He built Thoughtonomy to address the need for a more flexbile workforce, deploying digital workers to improve workplace efficiency. Terry Walby tells Smith & Williamson's Hall of Fame about his journey as an entrepreneur.
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