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.
David Sproxton and Peter Lord
Peter & David registered the name Aardman as joke: ‘Aard man’ was one of their first characters, a slovenly superhero. They never believed there was a career to be made out of animation – and certainly not a multi-million pound enterprise.
Tessa Clarke, co-founder & CEO of OLIO, is tackling one of the worlds chronic environmental problems - food waste. To date OLIO has had an environmental impact equivalent to taking 100 million car miles off the road, has saved 5 billion litres of water saved and prevented 30,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emission.
For Katie, the germination of Mush was deeply personal. She had given up a high-flying career in the City, with all the recognition and salary that went with it, to look after two small children. It was lonely and tiring.
With a lengthy pedigree in promoting financial inclusion, South-African born Philip Belamant is pioneering a new wave of ‘responsible consumerism’ in the UK market with credit provider Zilch.
Roberta Lucca’s mother taught her anything was possible. As gaming group Bossa Studios goes from strength to strength, it looks like she might have been right.
Cas Paton defied scepticism from VCTs, angel investors and even his friends and family, to found online marketplace OnBuy. He went from generating £100,000 in 18 months to achieving sales in excess of £100m in his most recent financial year.
Eddie Latham and PJ Scott
Eddie Latham and PJ Scott’s hobby, Velocity Commerce, quickly got out of hand when they turned £120,000 in their first December. They both took early redundancy from their day jobs to focus on their business. Eight years later, they turned over £40m per year.
While trillions of dollars are laundered annually, less than 3% of criminals are ever caught. The key to combating the crime, says Charles, was uncovering the links.
Scott recognised that he’d been given a chance early on in his career and wanted to ensure that others got the same opportunities
From school entrepreneurship to advising CEO’s of Skype and MoneySuperMarket, Asher’s experiences all had one problem in common – funding. This is what led to Uncapped.
An early failure gave Gurinder Dhillon the courage to pivot his business when he spotted a major shift in the market.
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Success fell into Alex Tew’s lap at the tender age of 21. Part-way through a business management degree at Nottingham University and unenthused by the usual bar jobs that sustained his fellow students, he created the Million Dollar Homepage. It sold internet advertising space at $1 a pixel, went viral and he made $1m in just four months.
Mervyn Williamson’s path to entrepreneurship was unusual in that he didn’t pursue a ‘big idea’, but just had an inkling that business travel could be done better, in a more personalised and skilful way. He has been proved right, particularly during the most significant crisis that has faced the travel industry in memory.
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