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Jazz Shapers


Every Saturday at 9am Jazz Shapers with Elliot Moss broadcasts from Jazz FM.

The show shares music from the risk takers, leaders and influencers of jazz, soul, funk and blues, alongside interviews with their equivalent in the business world: entrepreneurs who have defined and shaped business categories and ways of operating.


Business Shapers

A series of animated films featuring Jazz Shapers' inspiring guests commissioned by Mishcon de Reya.

  • Jude Kelly
  • Michael Janisch
  • Nick Wheeler
  • Ben Elliot
  • Justine Roberts
  • Matthew Slotover
  • Annabel Karmel
  • Luke Johnson
  • John Vincent
  • Sir John Hegarty
  • Lara Morgan
  • Carol Hayes

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Sat 19th April - Elliot chats to Chris Currell

Chris Currell is the founder and Chairman of Currell, a chain of Estate Agents and Chartered Surveyors located in London. The Company was founded in 1990 and has continually expanded its operations to create a network of local offices and departments with over 75 employees.

‘Change and adapt’ has been the key to the business. Today the practice is progressing its business in mainland China and South East Asia, having been selling in the latter for the past 4 years.

Chris, a father of 5, continues to play an active role in raising funds for charitable causes. As a charity auctioneer he has conducted auctions for NSPCC, Broadway London, Bicycle Helmet Initiative Trust, Warrior Programme as well as for a number of churches and schools.

His passion for contemporary culture has resulted in Chris becoming a collector of contemporary and 20th Century Art and a keen promoter and supporter of local artistic talent in the communities within which he lives and works.

The “Currell Collection” now comprises around 150 works of art including paintings , sculpture, tapestry and photographs from emerging artists from the UK, Europe and Latin America.

His dual passion for business and art aligned with his extensive business contacts have resulted in many clients being introduced to the various forms of modern art and an appreciation of the local initiatives which are a central tenet that drives the Currell business.

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Listen Show 114 - Podcast | Sat 12th April - Elliot chats to Emma Jones

Following a degree in Law and Japanese, Emma joined international accounting firm Arthur Andersen, where she worked in London, Leeds and Manchester offices and set up the firm’s Inward Investment practice that attracted overseas companies to locate in the UK. In 2000, bitten by the dot.com bug, Emma left the firm to start her first business, Techlocate.

The experience of starting, growing and selling a business from a home base gave Emma the idea for Enterprise Nation which was launched in 2006 as the home business website. The company has since expanded to become a small business community of over 75,000 people who benefit from business books, events and funding: online, in print and in person.

In March 2011 Emma was one of 8 co-founders to launch StartUp Britain, the national campaign to encourage more people to start a business and support existing businesses to grow. Over the past 2 years, the private sector campaign has facilitated mentoring, hosted Industry Weeks, toured the UK with entrepreneurs and experts, launched special projects such as StartUp Loans and StartUp High Street and has had a critical role to play in record results of people becoming their own boss. Emma is currently acting as campaign director of StartUp Britain.

In June 2012 Emma was awarded an MBE for Services to Enterprise.

Emma is the best-selling author of the business books Spare Room StartUp, Working 5 to 9, Go Global, The StartUp Kit and Turn Your Talent Into a Business. She hosts the popular one-day business class StartUp Saturday in London, and speaks at several other business events.

Listen Show 114 - Podcast | Sat 5th April - Elliot chats to Chris Galvin

Originally inspired by the cooking of his grandmother, Chris’s career is one of almost forty years as a chef working in some of the finest restaurants and hotels on both sides of the Atlantic.

His talent, enthusiasm and dedication never waning for the profession that he loves neither his commitment to training and giving back to the industry. Chris started in a small neighbourhood restaurant as a pot washer for Antony Worrall-Thompson, before joining the brigade at The Ritz hotel in London as a young Commis under the direction of Michael Quinn.

His talent, enthusiasm and dedication was soon spotted by acclaimed Chef, Paul Gayler, who first brought him into his kitchen brigade at Inigo Jones before recruiting him again many years later at The Lanesborough hotel, as Executive Sous Chef.

In 1997 Chris joined Conran Restaurants where he worked directly with Sir Terence Conran for ten years; opening restaurants Mezzo, Bluebird and as co-founder of Almeida. The launch of Orrery, where he worked for many years, saw him achieve a coveted Michelin star in 2000.

In 2003 Chris was appointed by Jeremy King and Chris Corbin to open the much acclaimed, Wolseley restaurant where he established, amongst other things, the now famous Wolseley breakfast.

Chris teamed up with his brother Jeff in 2005 to open their first solo venture the eponymous Galvin Bistrot de Luxe in Baker Street to much critical acclaim. Jeff and Galvin went on to launch Galvin at Windows, Galvin La Chapelle, Galvin La Chapelle, Galvin Café a Vin and most recently Galvin Demoiselle in Harrods.

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Listen Show 113 - Podcast Sat 29th March - Elliot chats to Jonathan Quin

Jonathan is co-founder and CEO of World First, which provides foreign exchange and international payment services to companies and private individuals.

Founded in 2004, the company now has 210 staff in the UK, US, Australia and Singapore.

It has over 60,000 clients ranging from individuals sending small amounts, to SMEs transacting up to £20m per transaction. The business won the Customer Focus category at the 2012 National Business Awards and came 12th in the Investec Hot 100 fastest-growing businesses in 2013. It was in the Virgin FastTrack 100 fastest growing companies in the UK for 3 consecutive years, was in the top 100 most profitable companies and has just been shortlisted for a 2014 European Business Award. Jonathan was shortlisted for Entrepreneur of the Year 2012.

Jonathan lives in South London with his wife and two daughters. He previously worked for Citibank and RBS and studied Law and Accounting at Edinburgh University.

Listen Show 112 - Podcast | Sat 23rd March - Elliot chats to Martin Gilbert

Martin Gilbert is a co-founder and Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management PLC, the holding company of the fund management group that was established in 1983.

Under Martin's leadership, Aberdeen has become one of the world's leading independent asset managers through a combination of organic growth and acquisition. The Group's core expertise is in equities, fixed income, alternatives and property and it manages assets for national and corporate pension funds, central banks, financial institutions, charities, foundations and private individuals around the world. It joined the FTSE 100 in March 2012.

In 2008, Martin was named European Personality of the Year at the Funds Europe Awards. In 2009, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Aberdeen for services to business and entrepreneurship. In 2011, he was named Scotland PLC CEO of the Year at the Business Insider/PWC Scotland PLC Awards.

Martin, who was born in Malaysia, was educated in Aberdeen and has an MA in Accountancy and an LLB. He divides his time between Aberdeen, where the business has always been headquartered, and London, as well as overseeing the international operations of the Group.

Listen Show 111 - Podcast | Sat 15th March - Elliot chats to James Daunt

James Daunt is the Managing Director of Waterstones Booksellers Ltd. He took up his position on 30th June 2011 following the acquisition of the company by A&NN Group from HMV Group PLC. In 1990 he founded Daunt Books, an independent bookshop chain with seven branches in London.

Listen Show 110 - Podcast | Sat 8th March - Elliot chats to Lord Bilimoria

Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL is the founder of Cobra Beer, Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Limited and of Molson Coors Cobra India, both joint ventures with the global brewing company, Molson Coors. 

He is also the Founding Chairman of the UK India Business Council and a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London. 

In 2006, Karan Bilimoria was appointed the Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, making him the first ever Zoroastrian Parsi to sit in the House of Lords. In 2008 he was awarded the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman by the President of India. He is an honorary fellow of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge and a Member of the Advisory Board of the Judge Business School, Cambridge University. 

He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young and graduated in law from the University of Cambridge. He is also an alumnus of the Cranfield School of Management, the London Business School and the Harvard Business School. 

Listen Show 109 - Podcast Sat 1st March - Elliot chats to Michael Saunders

Michael joined Bibendum Wine in 1982, the year the company was founded, following a brief stint working for Sherry Lehmann in New York. Apart from six months working at Chateaux Leoville Barton and Langoa Barton in 1985, Michael has spent the last thirty years building Bibendum into the UK’s most successful independently-owned wine and spirits business. 

Michael was responsible for founding Bibendum’s On Trade department in 1986 and its Fine Wine broking desk two years later. Having been made Sales Director in 1988, Michael became Joint Managing Director in 2001 and assumed sole responsibility five years later. Under his tenure, Bibendum’s turnover has dramatically increased and it now supplies every channel of the UK trade from contract catering to multiple grocers, via Michelin-starred restaurants and travel retail. Bibendum was chosen as the supplier of wines (Olympic venues) to the London 2012 Games.

An avid skier and follower of Chelsea football club, Michael was named Drinks Business Man of the Year in 2009 and picked up the Special Achievement award at the 2012 Harpers Wine and Spirits Awards. He is a member of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association’s Executive Board. 

Listen Show 108 - Podcast | Sat 22nd February - Elliot chats to Gina Miller

Gina Miller is a philanthropist and business woman who has founded five businesses since 1992, all of which have operated with a profit for purpose model where a percentage of profit goes to community projects and charities.

In 2009 Gina formalised her support for small charities by founding Miller Philanthropy which focuses on community charities doing transformational work; primarily in the UK. Over her working career, Gina has supported over 45 charities in 23 countries. She is also a passionate advocate of smarter giving and a more strategic business-like approach to charity and the Third Sector. 

Gina is known for her feisty approach, commitment to protecting consumers and speaking up against poor industry practices. In 2012 Gina started the True and Fair Campaign calling for radical reform in the investment and savings industry via transparency on all fees and holdings; as well as a more ethical culture leading to the eradication of many the opaque anti-consumer practises occurring in the UK savings and investment industry. 

Gina co-founded SCM Private in 2009 which embodies what she is calling for in her True and Fair Campaign. It is an innovative, modern consumer centred investment manager, focused on consistent performance, high diversification, low cost and fair fees – all underpinned by 100% transparency. 

Listen Show 107 - Podcast | Sat 15th February - Elliot chats to Sarah Wood 

Sarah Wood is Co-founder and COO of marketing technology company, Unruly, where she ensures that the company delivers the most awesome social video campaigns on the planet.

Sarah has been voted UK Female Entrepreneur of the Year by the Growing Business Awards, one of 15 Women to Watch in Tech by Inc., one of 10 London-Based Entrepreneurs to Watch by Forbes and a Rising Star in Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Women in UK IT.

Sarah is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, where she teaches a course in “Mash-Ups, Memes and LOLitics: Online Video Culture and the Screen Media Revolution” for the Screen Media and Cultures MPhil . She has been a member of Social Media Week’s Global Advisory Board since 2011 and is part of the Gazelle Group of Entrepreneurs, helping to foster a new generation of entrepreneurs.

When she’s not working, Sarah spends way too much time on the Viral Video Chart, watching clips of kittehs* with her kids.

*Kittehs is l33t speak for kittens. It's a deliberate, playful misspelling used extensively by the LOLcats meme, much as "teh" was used instead of "the" in the early noughties"

Listen Show 106 - Podcast | Sat 8th February - Elliot chats to Jillian Maclean MBE

Jillian MacLean leads the bold and innovative start-up company, Drake & Morgan. Established in February 2008, Drake & Morgan consists of six large-scale bar and restaurants in the capital, with plans to open a new site in early 2014.

Despite opening in the height of a recession, Jillian’s hard-working ethos combined with her focus on delivering excellent customer service has seen Drake & Morgan emerge as one of London’s leading bar and restaurant groups, with sales now in excess of £16 million, which saw it ranked 6th fastest growing company in the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100.

Drake & Morgan’s first venue, the refinery, opened in September 2008 in Southwark in the landmark Blue Fin Building, their second site, the parlour, opened in October 2009 in Canary Wharf, site number three, The Anthologist, opened on Gresham Street in the City in April 2010 and site four, The Folly, opened on Gracechurch Street in November 2010. The Drift opened in Heron Tower on Bishopsgate in July 2011 followed by the most recent opening in St Paul’s, the happenstance, which opened its doors in June 2013. A seventh site is due to open in early 2014. 

Drake and Morgan has won a number awards including a Restaurant & Bar Design Award in 2013 and 2010 and a Great British Pub Food Award in 2010 to name a few. While Jillian has personally won a Women’s Shine Award for ‘Outstanding Entrepreneur Award’; ‘Rising Star’ at Retailers Retailer of the Year Awards 2013 and in 2013 she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the hospitality industry.

Like Sir Francis Drake, the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe, and Captain Morgan, the Welsh buccaneer, Jillian set off on her own voyage to build a group of independent bars that are constantly innovative and customer focused.

Listen Show 105 - Podcast | Sat 1st February - Elliot chats to Nick Keller

Nick Keller is the Founder of Beyond Sport, a global organisation that promotes, develops and supports the use of sport to create positive social change across the world. With a network of more than 1,000 projects and organisations in more than 135 countries, Beyond Sport is one of the largest collisions of expertise and influence in the sporting world today. It is partnered with some of the world’s most powerful brands and is the only organisation in the world to work with each of the American major leagues – MLB, MLS, NASCAR, NBA, NFL, NHL and WNBA – as well as the Barclays Premier League.

During his career Nick has worked with, and consulted for, an array of blue-chip brands including Bloomberg, Barclays, P&G, ESPN, BT, Western Union and Deloitte.

Nick founded Beyond Sport in 2008 having spent his working life as a tenacious entrepreneur and ideas man within the sport industry. He is the CEO and Founder of Benchmark Sport International, whose brands and businesses include the Sport Industry Group, Benchmark Talent, thinkBeyond and the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay.

He sits on the World Economic Forum Advisory Board for Sport and Society, and is a Consultant to the International Olympic Committee. Fascinated by enterprise, leadership, social change and sport’s role in society, he can be found on Twitter @nickbeyond, writing for the Huffington Post, and on www.beyondsport.org

Listen Show 104 - Podcast | Sat 25th January - Elliot chats to Jen Torpe and Lawson Muncaster

In September 2005, Lawson launched together with CEO Jens Torpe a newspaper aimed exclusively at London's business and financial areas - CITY A.M.

City A.M. is distributed at more than 400 carefully chosen commuter hubs across London and the home counties, as well as 1,600 offices throughout the City, Canary Wharf and other areas of high business concentration, giving it a daily readership in excess of 399,000 professionals.

Listen Show 103 - Podcast | Sat 18th January - Elliot chats to Jo Malone

Designing fragrance is who I am. It makes my heart beat

Jo Malone created one of the world's most sought after luxury fragrance brands eponymous with her name. In 1999, Jo sold her beauty business to Estée Lauder Companies and remained Creative Director until her complete departure in 2006.

Two years later in 2008, Jo was honoured with an MBE for her services to the beauty industry.

Aware that her passion for fragrance never left her, it was falling in love with cooking that inspired Jo to play with food, flavours and colours that she had never used before. Being back in her kitchen, blending ingredients by hand and excited by the process, Jo soon realised that her instincts were prompting her to create fragrance and she found herself asking “could I do it again?”

Possessing an inherent entrepreneurial flair, a head full of ideas and the desire to build another business, Jo decided to follow her instincts and return to the beauty industry. In November 2011, five years after leaving the Jo Malone brand, she launched her new brand JO LOVES to global expectation.

Today, the JO LOVES collection includes eight fragrances and two innovative layered scented candles. In October 2013, Jo launched her first JO LOVES store in Belgravia’s Elizabeth Street bringing beautifully blended products to life, experienced within an innovative and entertaining retail environment. Coincidentally it is the same store where 16 year old Jo had her first job as a florist!

Listen Show 102 - Podcast | Sat 11th January - Elliot chats to Sonia Brown

Sonia Brown MBE is a business communicator, coach, trainer and writer, with over 20 years in marketing, branding and life skills development. She is an authority on many areas of business, leadership, sales and marketing, as well as supporting individuals to achieve success in all areas of life.

She founded the National Black Women’s Network; Let’s Talk Business Networking Forum and Sistatalk the UK’s leading online forum for women looking to connect with leading companies, decision makers and industry peers. More recently she launched the Inspirational Women’s Super Summit in London and the Scottish Parliament as well as EVOLVE; a six step business growth programme aimed at solo and micro entrepreneurs.

Sonia has successfully worked with the who’s who in business and is endorsed by government departments and ministers, leading banks and financial institutions including top FTSE companies as well as working with a number of high profile champions.

She contributes to a number of radio shows, magazines and newspapers on women, diversity, public appointments and enterprise issues. She is also the Director of Communications, Women in Public Policy UK.

Listen Show 101 - Podcast | Sat 4th January - Elliot chats to Johnny Persey

Jonny Persey is the Chief Executive of Met Film, a unique organisation based in Ealing Studios, which comprises the UK's fastest growing film school, an award-winning feature film production company, and a cutting-edge post-production facility – blurring the boundaries between education and industry.

Jonny’s producing credits include Deep Water; Wondrous Oblivion; Village at the End of the World; Donor Unknown; Town of Runners; The Pied Piper of Hutzovina; Heavy Load; French Film; Little Ashes; The Great Hip Hop Hoax; The Dark Matter of Love, and Men Who Swim. Meanwhile, under his leadership, Met Film also produced The Infidel.

Having studied psychology at Cambridge University and worked for several years as a youth worker and training and organisational development consultant, Jonny produced his first feature film, Everyone’s Child, in Zimbabwe, releasing in 1996. He then went on to study at the National Film & Television School where he produced a series of acclaimed short films both through the school and independently. He serves on PACT’s Film Policy Group and is a member of ACE.

Met Film Production is dedicated to the development and production of innovative and commercially driven feature films, and was formed in early 2008 incorporating the team from Jonny’s previous company, APT Films. APT’s first feature film Solomon and Gaenor was nominated for an Oscar in 2000.

The Met Film School trains and educates the next generation of film professionals, through practical filmmaking courses at our campuses in Ealing Studios in London and at BUFA Studios, Berlin, they believe that the best way to learn filmmaking is to make films, with the support and guidance of experienced industry practitioners.

Listen Show 100 - Podcast | Sat 28th December - Elliot chats to Vanessa Vallely

In 2008, Vanessa started the networking site: www.wearethecity.com, as a vehicle to help other City Women connect and grow professionally and personally. WeAreTheCity experiences over 4 million hits per month and an average of 260,000 unique visitors.

Today, WATC has become the Little Black Book for London’s female workforce. Its’ 30,000+ members rely on WATC for information ranging from professional to personal; to connect with others or to access interests that are centric to working in the City. Vanessa also recently created www.careerscity.co.uk, which is a niche female job board aimed at raising visibility of the opportunities open to Women in terms of their careers.

Vanessa has worked tirelessly to furthering the Diversity Agenda. To this end, Women in Banking & Finance (WiBF), recognized her achievements with the ‘2011 Women’s Champion Award’. In 2009, Vanessa co-founded the citywide diversity forum, The Networks of Networks (TNON). The TNON includes the Diversity heads and heads of women’s networks from 48 firms.

As testimony to the success of the knowledge she shares with others, Vanessa is on every watch list following top women in the City, such as: Financial News Top 100 Rising Star across Europe, Africa and EMEA, Financial News Top 100 Women in Finance, The International Alliance for Women’s Top 100 Women who are making a notable difference and most recently, Brummels Top 30 Inspirational Women in the City and the UK Leadership Award from Womensphere.

Vanessa has recently released her first book, “Heels of Steel” which tracks her career climb as a corporate woman in a man’s world. The book also imparts tips and advice aimed at helping the next generation to achieve career success.

Vanessa is committed to community work, serving as a Non Executive for Prostate Cancer UK and NYMT. She is also the Pearly Queen of the City of London, which represents a fundamental aspect of London’s heritage.

Listen Show 99 - Podcast | Sat 21st December - Elliot chats to James Averdieck

Born in Yorkshire in 1965, James was educated at Uppingham School before studying Economics at Durham University from 1985 to 1988.

At Durham, James set up his first business, a Direct sales shoes, sourcing from quality UK manufacturers and selling on dealing floors in the City of London.

After leaving university, James joined the graduate programme at strategy consultants, Arthur D. Little, where he stayed for two years, working in Europe, US and the Middle East. He enjoyed consulting and learnt about the key drivers to a successful business, but wanted to get closer to the coal-face.

James spent the next 9 years in Food industry working for both Safeway and St Ivel and learnt about Sales and Marketing and running businesses. With St Ivel he moved to Belgium and became a convert to Belgian gastronomy and, as he says, ‘went native on the chocolate front’. It was in Brussels that the seed was sown for his UK chocolate venture.

He created Gü Chocolate Puds - a brand whichs bathes in chocolate indulgence. Gü was well received by the supermarkets, launching first in Sainsburys and Waitrose with the others following apace.

10 years on Gü is one of the fastest growing food company’s in UK and is credited with revolutionising the quality of desserts. It has offices in London and Paris, selling in UK, France, Germany, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Holland and Belgium. In the process, James has realised his chocolate dream of selling soufflés to the French and chocolate to the Belgians.

James sold the business in 2010 to Noble Foods in 2011. Over the last year James has developed his media interests, giving speeches on entrepreneurship and also is a Presenter for a Sky show “Cooks to Market” which is came out in UK in September 2012. James now coaches businesses on brand development and entrepreneurship.

Listen Show 98 - Podcast | Sat 14th December - Elliot chats to Rupert Gavin

Rupert Gavin is CEO of the Odeon Cinema Group, the largest cinema group in Europe. Prior to that he was head of BBC Worldwide.

Rupert started life as a Hollywood script writer, before later a Director of Saatchi & Saatchi after they bought his advertising business in 1985 and served until 1987 within its Dorland Agency, during which time it grew to become the UK's third largest agency.

From 1998-2005 Rupert Gavin was CEO of BBC Worldwide, responsible for all BBC commercial content operations. In 2002, BBC Worldwide won the Queens' Award for Excellence in the export category and won the UK Trade Partners Export Award.

In 2005, he was appointed CEO of Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group. In this role, he is responsible for the largest Cinema group in Europe, running 1700 screens in 200 cinema locations.

Aside from his role at Odeon, Rupert holds a range of positions including shareholder and Director of the Ambassador Theatre Group, which is the largest theatre company in the UK, owning over 24 theatres in the West End and the regions. His industry work includes being fellow of the Royal Television Society; Treasurer of the Contemporary Art Society (1990 1996); Governor of National Film and Television School (1996-2001) and Director of Arts & Business.

He also appears regularly on programmes such as The Andrew Marr Show, Today and The Bottomline.

Listen Show 97 - Podcast | Sat 7th December - Elliot chats to Sally Greene

Sally Greene is an entrepreneur in the entertainment and arts field. Her career began when she bought the lease of the Richmond Theatre from her father, Basil Greene in 1986. She went on to acquire several key London theatres and her business portfolio now includes the Criterion Theatre in London’s West End, the Old Vic Theatre, Old Vic Productions plc, Greene Light Films Ltd, world renowned Jazz Club, Ronnie Scott’s, and two London restaurants: the Cheyne Walk Brasserie, and its sister restaurant The Waterloo Bar and Grill.

Listen Show 96 - Podcast | Sat 30th November - Elliot chats to William Cash

William Cash is founder and editor-in-chief of Spear’s, Europe¹s leading wealth management magazine and media business.

Educated at Westminster and Cambridge, William worked as a foreign correspondent in America for The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Spectator in the 1990s and from 2001 for the Evening Standard before founding Spear¹s in 2005.

He has written and reviewed for many leading international publications including The Sunday Times, New Republic, New Statesman and The Observer.

Spears had previously been sold to an American private equity firm but after the financial crisis, an opportunity arose to buy the firm back, which William did, with Ben Goldsmith as a financial partner. William then re-sold it a year later Spear¹s to Mike Danson, owner of Progressive Digital Media in 2010.

William is the author of a biography of Graham Greene, The Third Woman: The Secret Passion that Inspired The End of the Affair and a memoir of his time in America working for The Times called Educating William: Memoirs of a Hollywood Correspondent.

He has twice won Editor of the Year at the PPA Independent Publisher Awards.

William lives between London and Shropshire where he lives at Upton Cresset Hall, a historic Elizabethan house which won the 2011 Hudson's Heritage Award for 'Best Hidden Gem' as a heritage tourist destination in the UK. He now runs the historic house as a business and entrepreneur as well as living there at weekends.

William is an active and vocal campaigner for heritage protection in Britain and has petitioned the Prime Minister through Spears's Save Britain's Historic Landscape Campaign.

He is divorced, and is now engaged to the society milliner Laura Cathcart.

Listen Show 95 - Podcast | Sat 23rd November - Elliot chats to Anna Lee

In 1989 Anna Lee co-founded the watch brand STORM in offices above a pizza takeaway in London - an entrance that turned the 'traditional' watch market on its head. Aside from being the first UK company to sell watches as an accessory, STORM also utilised materials and designs never witnessed in watch design before. STORM has now become one of a few true British fashion watch brands on the market today where all the new models are still designed in the London Head office. It is distributed in over 45 countries worldwide in hundreds of stockists with over 30 standalone STORM stores.

Today the brand has evolved to include watches, jewellery, bags, wallets, opticals, sunglasses and fragrances. Anna has remained one step ahead of other fashion watch brands by keeping to its design principles and continuing to push design boundaries. Anna says her core achievement is retaining a brand integrity in a competitive market for more than 20 years whilst many have failed or lost their way, she explains that “we don’t work like other watch companies do. We do our own thing and we won’t be led.”

Anna has been able to juggle her impressive career as well as being a working mum with four children.

Listen Show 94 - Podcast | Sat 16th November - Elliot chats to Charles Vallance

Charles graduated from Nottingham University in 1986 with a first class degree in English Literature. He began his advertising apprenticeship at Burkitt’s, working subsequently at BBH and WCRS.

In 2002 he decided he’d start working for himself and, along with his three partners (Rooney Carruthers, Adrian Coleman and Ian Priest), set up VCCP. Their founding Client was O2, to whom they are eternally grateful.

Over the last two decades, Charles has worked on and, in some cases, helped launch a diverse range of brands including O2, First Direct, Orange, Sony, BMW, Land Rover, easyJet, Coca-Cola, Heineken, Dyson, and Compare the Market.

VCCP is now 10 years old and has grown from an agency of 4 to over 400 people. Its head office is in London, but it also has offices in Berlin, Prague and Madrid, with Sydney and Sao Paulo in the pipeline.

Outside of work Charles doggedly pursues a variety of sports including cricket, tennis, golf, shooting and snooker, all at a consistently low standard. He is a trustee of two charities and the director of another.

Listen Show 93 - Podcast | Sat 9th November » Elliot chats to Nicholas Dean.

Nicholas Dean, 55, has been in the yacht brokering industry for over 30 years. He grew up in southern England and his love for sailing dinghies developed at an early age. His first job was at the harbour at Brighton Marina. Three months after joining the Marina, Nicholas was approached to start a yacht brokerage company, and at age 19 he sold his first yacht.

In January 2005, Nicholas joined forces with the long-standing friend and professional associate, Peter Hürzeler. Together they masterminded the merger of Ocean Cruise, Sea Independence and Velona Yachting, to form OCEAN Independence. Three years later saw the acquisition of Cavendish White, a highly respected and longstanding competitor and most recently in 2011 Primo Yacht joined the ranks, resulting in the emergence of the superyachting force that is OCEAN Independence today. Although currently the youngest of the top 5 companies in the business, OCEAN Independence now manages the world’s largest charter fleet of crewed luxury superyachts, and one of the largest listings of yachts for sale.

In addition to specialising in sales, charter and management, Nicholas has been very active in the yachting body, Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association (MYBA). From 1997 to 2004 he was a board member of the Association, and in that time spent 4 years as chairman of the charter committee and 2 years as chairman of the Tax & Law Committee.

Listen Show 92 - Podcast | Sat 2nd November » Elliot chats to Edwina Dunn.

Edwina Dunn is co-founder of dunnhumby, the company behind Tesco’s Clubcard, My Kroger Plus and other loyalty programmes around the world. She founded the company with her husband Clive Humby in their back bedroom in 1989 and by the time they stepped back from the business in 2011, it had grown to an organisation of 1,500 people, reaching 350 million customers in 25 countries.

They are now exploring the future of customer audience engagement in a diverse range of sectors and in May 2013 announced a seven-figure investment in the UK’s leading theatre analytics and targeting company, Purple Seven.

Listen Show 91 - Podcast | Sat 26th October » Elliot chats to Saul Klein.

Saul Klein is a Partner at Index Ventures,which works with fledging businesses to help them grow. He joined in the London office in 2007 and currently serves on the boards of Alertme, Chartbeat, Codecademy, GlassesDirect, MyHeritage, Seedcamp, Songkick and Soluto.

Saul brings over 15 years of experience successfully building and exiting companies in both the US and Europe as an entrepreneur, operator and seed investor. Most recently he was the co-founder and original CEO at what is now Lovefilm International and part of the original executive team at Skype.

Saul loves working with seed and early stage companies and is a passionate believer that Europe is only scratching the surface in terms of its potential for entrepreneurs to create great startups. To support this vision, since 1999 he has been a Founding Partner of The Accelerator Group (TAG) and in 2007 he also started Seedcamp and OpenCoffee Club, which is now active in over 90 cities around the world.

Listen Show 90 - Podcast | Sat 19th October » Elliot chats to Michael Hayman.

Michael Hayman is a public relations consultant in the United Kingdom. He is a co-founder of Seven Hills, a London-based campaigning communication consultancy.

Listen Show 89 - Podcast | Sat 12th October » Elliot chats to David Pearl.

David Pearl is a property developer worth an estimated £233 million (He says he still remember the joy of buying his first house!) David set up Pearl and Coutts, a property management and letting agency aged 19 which specialises in quality residential and commercial property lettings in London.

David is also the Vice - President of Tottenham Hotspur FC.

Listen Show 88 - Podcast | Sat 5th October » Elliot chats to Richard Joseph.

In their 10th anniversary year, talented twin brothers Richard and Antony Joseph have seen their company develop from a small business into a truly global operation with stockists in 83 countries and brand that has become synonymous with contemporary kitchen style. 2012 saw the opening of their first branded store in Japan, the reception of several notable awards, including the Blackberry Growth Strategy of the Year Award at the National Business Awards in November 2012 as well as reaching number 49 on the Sunday Times Fast track 100. So far this year, the company has received three awards, the most notable being The British Inspiration Award for Design.

Launched in 2003, Joseph Joseph was a unique combination of the twins’ strengths and experience in design and business, Antony studied design at Central St Martins whilst Richard studied business at Cambridge. With an inimitable ability to match form and function with a playful sense of style and colour, as a company they have created some of the most sought-after kitchenware in the world.

Specialising in kitchen and tableware products, their trademark (and award winning) glass worktop savers are where it all began. The Joseph family has had a glass production business stretching back three generations and this is where as young boys the twins spent their summers learning all about the family business. Back in 2003, their father asked them to design a series of contemporary chopping boards and from here the idea of Joseph Joseph was born.

Joseph Joseph’s offering has grown rapidly since 2003 and now includes everything from clever utensils, problem-solving gadgets and a generally innovative collection that will take you from kitchen to table in effortless style. Notable products include the Chop2Pot, Index Advance, Nest 9 and the Elevate series of kitchen utensils as well as the now well-known glass Worktop Savers. So what does the future hold? For 2013 the twins are planning to apply the same function and design-lead problem-solving to new products in the cleaning and organisation category as well as new kitchen ideas.

Joseph Joseph prides itself on leading the field with its innovative designs and hope to keep applying their ethos of innovation and functional form in the contemporary kitchen for years to come.

Joseph Joseph is stocked in numerous well-known UK retailers and has their own ecommerce website – www.josephjoseph.com

Listen Show 87 - Podcast | Sat 28th September » Elliot chats to Cilia Snowball.

Cilla joined AMV in 1992 as the agency’s first New Business Director. Twenty one years later, she now oversees the 6 companies that comprise the AMV Group in the UK – AMV.BBDO, Proximity, Redwood, Fishburn Hedges, Hub+ and Weapon7.

Cilla chairs the Advertising Association and sits on the boards of BBDO Worldwide, Comic Relief and the Women’s Business Council.

She was awarded the CBE in the 2009 New Year Honours list for services to the advertising industry. She is one of the BBC Woman’s Hour “100 most powerful women in the UK” and an Advertising Age “Woman to Watch”.

Listen Show 86 - Podcast | Sat 21st September » Elliot chats to Phil Doye.

Phil is the founder and CEO of Kelway, an established and trusted IT services and solutions provider. Phil is responsible for overseeing the company’s operations as it moves towards achieving £1 billion of revenue. Since founding Kelway in 1990, Phil has led the team through significant organic growth and a series of successful acquisitions, while retaining a focus on exceptional customer service.

Kelway’s portfolio of solutions and services are today delivered from offices in four continents, and Phil continues to lead the company with a passion for its continued growth.

Listen Show 85 - Podcast | Sat 14th September » Elliot chats to Adam Byatt.

Cooking is in Adam Byatt’s blood. Not only was his grandfather a cook in the army, but his mother is also a professional chef, so from an early age he was immersed in the world of the kitchen. It was almost inevitable that Adam would become a chef himself; in fact, just two days after his 16th birthday he began an apprenticeship at Claridge’s. At the same time, he started training with the Academy of Culinary Arts, splitting his time between the course and the hotel before qualifying as a professional chef at age 21. After a brief stint at The Berkeley, Adam joined Phil Howard’s lauded Mayfair restaurant, The Square. He was the sous chef when the restaurant was awarded its second Michelin star.

Having learnt his trade in some of London’s finest establishments, Adam was eager to cook his own food and in 2001 he opened his first restaurant, Thyme, in Clapham. After four years, Adam made the decision to close Thyme and open Trinity in Clapham Old Town. Trinity was an instant hit when it opened in 2006 and has held three AA rosettes for five years. It has also won a host of accolades including being voted among the top ten restaurants in London in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by both Harden’s and Zagat. Giles Coren has said that Trinity is ‘as close to an absolutely perfect experience of eating out as it is possible to have’.

Building on the success of Trinity, Adam opened another restaurant on Clapham’s Abbeville Road in 2012: Bistro Union. In contrast to Trinity’s fine dining style, Bistro Union is a more relaxed neighbourhood affair, serving British classics such as fish pie and toad-in-the-hole, while remaining faithful to Adam’s love of seasonal British produce. In 2013 Adam backed Tom Sellers, one of his former Trinity chefs, in one of the year’s hottest new openings, Restaurant Story.

While Adam is first and foremost a chef, his passion for food has led him into other areas, most notably his regular appearances on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen. He has also appeared on Market Kitchen and Celebrity Masterchef. In 2010, Adam published his first book How to Eat In (Bantam Press, 2010), full of recipes ideal for the home cook but with all the flavour of restaurant cooking.

Listen Show 84 - Podcast | Sat 7th September » Elliot chats to Michael Squire.

Son of architect Raglan Squire and grandson of poet Sir John Squire, founder of the Architecture Club, Michael was educated at St John’s College, Cambridge, where he was awarded an MA and Diploma in Architecture.

After a period working for Raglan Squire and Partners on various overseas projects, Michael founded the current architectural practice in 1976. Under Michael’s direction, the practice has established a reputation for constructing new buildings in sensitive central London locations which are crafted to respond to their context, while maintaining modernist principles of design. Buildings have included offices in the City and the West End, residential buildings in central London and the Docklands, luxury hotels, and a number of publicly funded buildings such as an Education Centre for the British Council in Nairobi.

Michael has been responsible for the negotiation of numerous significant planning consents in London,particularly in Westminster and the Docklands area. He has undertaken masterplans for the Millennium Quarter on the Isle of Dogs, West India Quay, Royal Victoria Docks and more recently for Chelsea Barracks in Westminster and the Shell Centre on London’s Southbank.

In addition to his planning and design expertise Michael has acted as an expert witness at both appeals and arbitrations. The consistency and high level of design established by Michael has earned the practice a significant number of design awards.

Listen Show 83 - Podcast | Sat 31st August » Elliot chats to Ajaz Ahmed.

Ajaz founded AKQA when he was 21 to create an ideas and invention company to help organisations embrace the digital revolution. AKQA's clients today include Nike, Red Bull and Google. AKQA has created some of the world's most recognised and iconic digital products, services and ideas. AKQA is now the largest and most awarded company in its field with over 1,300 employees and 11 offices worldwide. With an introduction by Sir Richard Branson, and alongside Stefan Olander head of digital sport at Nike, Ajaz co-authored Velocity – the no. 1 bestselling book about the changing business and technology landscape. All proceeds are donated direct to youth homeless and global healthcare charities through Virgin Unite foundation.

Listen Show 82 - Podcast | Sat 24th August » Elliot chats to Phil Cable.

Phil Cable is the CEO of Maritime Security firm, MAST. But what exactly does a maritime security firm do? Join Elliot and Phil at 9am on 24th August to find out, when they discuss the threat of pirates, kidnappings and security systems on Super Yachts. MAST offers Kidnap and Ransom Negotiation and Response for its clients and their insurers in addition to its core services. Phil is an ex Royal Navy Officer, He met his business partner Philip Batty on a super yacht project in Palma Majorca and over a glass of claret and a cigar they decided to form MAST. He is currently learning to fly and taking his Private Pilot’s Licence.

Listen Show 81 - Podcast | Sat 17th August » Elliot chats to Nick Jenkins.

Nick Jenkins if the founder of moonpig.com. He was sponsored by the Army to read Russian, at the last moment he gave up his place at Sandhurst to accept a job in Moscow which led to spending eight years working as a commodity trader for Glencore. Nick returned to the UK in 1998 in order to start his own business and read for an MBA while thinking of cunning ideas. It became clear that the combination of the internet and digital printing could now make it viable for a customer to order a single personalised birthday card. Moonpig.com was founded within a month of graduating from the course. After five years of struggling to grow the business Moonpig finally made its first profit in 2005 and then quickly grew into a household name with over 3.5 million customers. The business was bought by Photobox in 2011 for £120 million. Nick is now extensively involved in the voluntary sector as a trustee of the children’s charity ARK and as an enterprise fellow of the Prince’s Trust.

Listen Show 80 - Podcast | Sat 10th August » Elliot chats to Wendy Hallett.

Wendy Hallet is the Founder and Managing Director of Hallet Retail - The Concessions People.

In 1999 Wendy devised a completely unique concessions concept pulling together boutique, young fashion brands and accessories under her own fuse fashion network branded umbrella or in Hallett Retail run concessions in host stores and online. Today, Hallett Retail works with many of the High Street’s top retailers including Debenhams, DPs, Outfit, New Look, Oasis and Simply B. Hallett Retail also operates jewellery concessions in House of Fraser stores.

Fusefashion.com was launched in November 2012, not only giving the company a direct route to market, but providing a testing ground for new brands and thereby widening the portfolio of brands available to offer hosts.

In 2013, Fuse Fashion Network Wholesale was launched and Hallett Retail took on a warehouse facility, giving brands and hosts we work with a full service including logistics and e-fulfillment, in the UK and internationally.

Wendy was awarded a MBE in The Queen’s Birthday’s Honour’s List in June 2013 for services to diversity in the retail sector.

Listen Show 79 - Podcast | Sat 3rd August » Elliot chats to Tom Allason.

Tom Allason talks to Elliot about his award winning "immediate ecommerce business" which now covers 84% of the country and has a record quickest delivery of under 15 minutes. Plus find out how Usain Bolt nearly cost Tom Allason a lot of money.

Tom is a serial entrepreneur. His courier infatuation began while working at his only "real job" as a trainee shipbroker, where he learned the business from the ground-up. After a bad experience with his local courier firm, Tom decided "I could do that better" and set up eCourier.co.uk in 2003 with the ambition of making customers happy. In 2010, eCourier.co.uk reached #6 on Deloitte's list of UK's fastest growing technology businesses with 5,000+% growth since 2004.Tom left eCourier.co.uk in 2008 to set about solving delivery for e-commerce. Later that year, Shutl was born. Since then, Shult has won numerous awards in the UK for its innovative platform and the success retailers have enjoyed thanks to this service. The service is launching imminently in North America.He fosters support for other entrepreneurs as a Trustee at FoundationStone, an organization.

Listen Show 78 - Podcast | Sat 27th July » Elliot chats to Sharai Myers.

Sharai Myers, a law graduate of Dundee University, began her career specialising in legal aid cases, before being introduced to modelling. Ultimately, through a series of jobs in the fashion industry, she met designer Roland Mouret and became his business partner and muse for several years. After the birth of her first child, Myers re-evaluated her career and new future with a growing family.

In 2005 she developed the concept for Purple Dragon - a family member's club totally new to the UK. The flagship Purple Dragon club opened in 2011 featuring activity and wet play zones, creativity classes, after school programs, a relaxation area for parents, restaurants, and more, all to encourage creative play and family time. Myers plans to open 5 clubs in the next 5 years.

Listen Show 77 - Podcast | Sat 20th July » Elliot chats to Charlie Marshall.

Charlie Marshall is founder and 'head of loafing' of Loaf.

Loaf was set up after Charlie lost a whole Saturday trying to buy a bed. He saw an opportunity to make the shopping experience quicker than the high street and as hassle free as possible. So two years, 187 mattress factories and some seriously comfy beds later, The Sleep Room was born in December 2008. A predominantly online business, The Sleep Room quickly became one of the fastest-growing companies in the UK. While most were waiting for the financial markets to improve, Charlie saw the downturn as the ideal time to launch a business responding to consumers’ demand for high quality, well designed goods at lower prices. 

The formula worked and having established themselves as the online bed specialists, it was the right time to expand the product offering and become a one-stop shop for the home. A new name was needed and so on 1st October 2012 The Sleep Room rebranded as Loaf (Loaf.com). Everything else remained the same. Same company. Same people. Same customer service. 

Listen Show 76 - Podcast | Sat 13th July » Elliot chats to Korda Marshall.

Korda Marshall got his start in RCA Records, working as A&R Director for 5 years before launching his own label, eventually merging with Mushroom Records and being acquired by Warner Music group in 2003. As Managing Director of the company’s Atlantic Records label, he signed The Darkness and James Blunt among others, before taking over as MD at Warner Music in 2004 and overseeing the careers of Madonna, Green Day, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and signing artists including Gnarls Barkley. He's recently re-launched his original label, Infectious Music, in 2009.

Listen Show 75 - Podcast | Sat 6th July » Elliot chats to Michael Janisch.

Michael Janisch is an award-winning electric & double bassist, composer, bandleader, producer, promoter and record label owner originally from the USA now based in London, England. His multitude of talents across the music industry have seen him become one of the most active and in-demand musicians of his generation, as well as a lynchpin figure between US & European artists.

Listen Show 74 - Podcast | Sat 29th June » Elliot chats to Stephen Margolis.

Producer and Executive Producer of films such as Leon The Pig Farmer, Waking Ned, Bend It Like Beckham, Flawless, Manoleter, Goodbye Bafana, Cracks, Malice in Wonderland, Planet 51 and 50 Dead Men Walking, Transiberia, Odd Thomas and many more is in the studio talking Elliot about his company Taurus Asset Finance and much more.

Listen Show 73 - Podcast | Sat 22nd June » Elliot chats to Jasmine Guinness.

Jasmine Guinness, model and designer, has worked with brands such as Burberry, Paul Smith, Sonia Rykiel, Blumarine, APC and Joseph and was the face of Guinness for their 250th anniversary. She has worked with photographers such as Mario Testino, David Lachapelle, Bruce Webber, Ellen von Unwerth, Tim Walker and Patrick Demarchelier to name a few. Jasmine is a talented designer; in 2001 she co-founded Clothesline with Jade Parfitt and Zita Lloyd to help AIDS and HIV orphans in Sub Saharan Africa. She is now designing a range for the Littlewoods brand ‘Very’ , whilst running her own toy shop in Notting Hill called ‘Honeyjam’.

Listen Show 72 - Podcast | Sat 15th June » Elliot chats to Jonas Almgren.

Jonas Almgren is the CEO of Artfinder. Set up in 2010, Artfinder's mission is to make affordable original art available to all.

Listen Show 71 - Podcast | Sat 8th June » Elliot chats to Ella Romanos.

Ella is the CEO of game developer Remode. Remode was founded in 2007 in the UK and is owned by Ella and Martin Darby (@mrbouffant), who set up the studio as university graduates.

Listen Show 70 - Podcast | Sat 1st June » Elliot chats to Brent Hoberman.

Brent Hoberman is the co-founder of lastminute.com, made.com and PROfounders Capital.

Listen Show 69 - Podcast | Sat 25th May » Elliot chats to James Lohan.

James Lohan is one half of the couple behind Mr & Mrs Smith.

Listen Show 68 - Podcast | Sat 18th May » Elliot chats to Nick Wheeler.

Nick Wheeler is the founder and chairman of Charles Tyrwhitt Shirts. 

Listen Show 67 - Podcast | Sat 11th May » Elliot chats to Jamie Catto.

Jamie Catto, Creator, Producer/Director of the multi-award winning global 1 Giant Leap films and albums and founder member of Faithless is now leading uniquely transformative workshops and one-on-one sessions. Drawing from the richly diverse wisdom, techniques and processes he has encountered during his ground-breaking filming, recording, philosophy voyages across all 5 continents, he is weaving these creative techniques and exercises to spark both Professional and Personal breakthroughs.

Listen Show 66 - Podcast | Sat 4th May » Elliot chats to Stuart Miller.

Stuart Miller is the co-founder and CEO of ByBox.

Listen Show 65 - Podcast | Sat 27th April » Elliot chats to Ranald MacDonald.

Ranald MacDonald is the founder of Boisdale Restaurants.

Listen Show 64 - Podcast | Sat 20th April » Elliot chats to Simon Duffy.

Simon Duffy is the founder of Bull Dog.

Listen Show 63 - Podcast | Sat 13th April » Elliot chats to Jude Kelly.

Jude Kelly joined Southbank Centre as Artistic Director in September 2005 and is responsible for creating a unified artistic vision for the whole 21-acre site. She has held a number of important positions in the world of arts and culture. She made her name as Artistic Director of Battersea Arts Centre in the 1980s establishing it as a national venue. In 1986, she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company before becoming the first Artistic Director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse (WYP) in Leeds. As Artistic Director and CEO of the country’s largest regional theatre, she established the WYP as an acknowledged centre of excellence. Jude left the WYP in 2002 to establish a series of arts spaces called Metal, an artistic ‘laboratory’ that develops creative ideas in a number of contexts. In her career, she has directed over 100 productions with actors including Sir Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, David Suchet, Alan Rickman and Alison Steadman. Jude directed On The Town with English National Opera in 2007, a revival of the successful 2005 production; and Carmen Jones in 2007 as part of the reopening celebrations of the refurbished Royal Festival Hall. More recently, Jude directed Paco Pena’s Flamenco sin Fronteras in 2009 and Quimeras, also by Paco Pena, which had its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival in September 2010.

Listen Show 62 - Podcast | Sat 6th April » Elliot chats to Lloyd Dorfman.

Lloyd Dorfman, Founder and Chairman of the Travelex Group, is a 60-year-old Londoner. He started his own currency exchange business in 1976 from one small shop in central London, after briefly sampling the bar and investment banking. In March 2001 Travelex acquired Thomas Cook’s Global & Financial Services business for £440m. Today, Travelex is the world’s largest foreign exchange specialist.

In 2001 Lloyd Dorfman was the winner of the Consumer Business Category in the UK “Entrepreneur of the Year” awards sponsored by Ernst & Young, Citibank and The Times. In 2002 he received the British American Chamber of Commerce’s UK Entrepreneurial Award, and the Institute of Economic Affairs’ Free Enterprise Award. He was named as “2007 Honorary Australian of the Year” in the U.K. In June 2008, Lloyd Dorfman was appointed CBE in the Queens Birthday Honours list for services to business and charity. In 2011 he was awarded The Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy.

Listen Show 61 - Podcast | Sat 30th March » Elliot chats to Amanda Ross.

Amanda Ross is Joint Managing Director of Cactus TV, a production company she founded with her husband Simon in 1994. Cactus specialises in broad based Entertainment, Features and Chat Shows, and its current productions enable Amanda to indulge in her passions for Books and Cookery, as well as big scale entertainment. Her productions have meant she is lucky enough to have worked with a wide range of Hollywood stars and famous figures as diverse as Madonna and Bill and Hilary Clinton. Recent programmes include The TV Book Club, Saturday Kitchen Live, The Roux Legacy, The Roux Scholarship, Madhur Jaffrey’s Curry Nation, Fern, Hairy Bikers Food Tour of Britain, Richard & Judy (which at the time was Channel 4’s biggest ever commission), the Rachel Allen series, The Galaxy National Book Awards, the ITV3 Crime Thriller Season and Awards to name a few. She has won numerous Awards for her contribution to the British publishing industry.

Listen Show 60 - Podcast | Sat 23rd March » Elliot chats to Mark Popkiewicz.

Mark Popkiewicz is CEO of MirriAd. He was previously a director of companies like BBC Ventures, Mobile Media, Lucent and Eicon where he set up 30 operations around the world. Mark is an innovator and has grown and improved performance of both small and large businesses with various trade exits and IPO. Mark launched MirriAd in September 2007 with a view to revolutionize product placement for the digital era. MirriAd has since developed an end to end solution. Using nVidia GPU technology MirriAd is able to digitally place brand imagery into any video on demand and at scale. MirriAd’s digital placements have been extensively researched and proven to achieve excellent results for brands whilst positively impacting production values and the viewer experience on TV and online. MirriAd works with broadcasters, content producers and agencies around the world.

Mark started his career by having his own show on LBC where he presented the latest technology innovations in media from a ‘benefits to the consumer’ perspective. Mark then developed his own content production and facilities business in the UK whilst he led several technology businesses to global success through the 90’s. At the turn of the millennium he focussed on the media technology sector with companies like the BBC, Mobile Media and MirriAd.

Listen Show 59 - Podcast | Sat 16th March » Elliot chats to Richard Hilton.

Richard began his career in Advertising, having come from a long line of advertising executives. Both his grandfather and father had their own agencies, so after receiving his advertising diploma in 1990 from Watford College, he moved to New York City to find a job on Madison Avenue.  He got his start at Grey advertising as an assistant media planner, making very little money but working every hour under the sun.  It was here he developed his work ethic and attitude to make things happen. It’s also where he was introduced to the American gym culture, and where the first stirrings of an idea for GYMBOX were formed.

Since then GYMBOX has kicked on. The business is now 86.5% owned by management with the remainder owned by Octopus Private Equity. This gives them the best of both worlds; management are the primary drivers of the business and the decision makers; but there is financial muscle behind Gymbox for expansion and new sites. The Company currently operates from five London locations – Holborn, Covent Garden, Westfield London, Bank and Farringdon.  The business does £3million EBITDA off £9.5 million revenue.

Listen Show 58 - Podcast | Sat 9th March » Elliot chats to Lord Young.

The Rt Hon the Lord Young of Graffham DL has had a distinguished career, first graduating from University College London and then becoming a Solicitor.  After a year he left the profession and went to work for The Great Universal Stores Ltd. where he worked for the Chairman Sir Isaac Wolfson, Bart.  After five years he left to set up the first of his businesses and founded the Eldonwall Group engaged in Industrial Property, Civil Engineering, Plant hire.  In 1970 he sold out to Town & City Properties (now part of P&O).  In 1974 he started a joint venture with Manufacturers Hanover Bank in real estate lending and a housebuilding company, Greenwood Homes.

Listen Show 57 - Podcast | Sat 2nd March » Elliot chats to Tim Delaney.

Tim Delaney started his career in advertising in the mail room. He worked as a copywriter at Y&R and BMP before joining BBDO, the Omnicom-owned agency, in London, where he became Creative Director at 27 and Managing Director at 31. He founded Leagas Delaney in 1980 in London – the group now has additional offices in; Los Angeles, Milan, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Prague, Tokyo and Shanghai.

Over the years he has won awards for his work in all the major awards schemes, notably Britain’s D&AD, America’s One Show and the Cannes Festival. He was President of D&AD in 1992 and 3 years later received The D&AD President’s Award and The Creative Circle President’s Award. The British Television Awards Lifetime Achievement Award has also been bestowed on Tim in recognition of his contribution to the communications industry. He was inducted into the One Show Advertising Hall of Fame in America in 2007 and Campaign’s British Advertising Hall of Fame in 2008. He remains a working copywriter.

Listen Show 56 - Podcast | Sat 23rd February » Elliot chats to Molly Bedingfield.

Molly Bedingfield is the Founder and CEO of Global Angels Foundation - an international charity empowering disadvantaged children and communities around the world, her passion having been created by over 25 years of active management, leadership development, mentoring and motivational speaking within the international charity sector. This has brought her alongside thousands of inspirational and dedicated charity workers on all continents and some of world’s most vulnerable women and children.

Over the course of that time she has also been practicing as a professional counsellor, psychotherapist and life coach, working within the business and charity sectors, and entertainment industry.

In the 1990′s she was head teacher of two inner city schools working on a pilot program, reproducible in any culture. She worked closely with children, parents and teachers, experimenting with new models of education, focusing on what each child was good at and helping build their confidence.

In 1978, Molly qualified as a Physiotherapist, studying in Auckland, New Zealand. She is married to John, and is mother of international artists Daniel and Natasha Bedingfield, Nikola and Joshua.

Listen Show 55 - Podcast | Sat 16 February » Elliot chats to

Sat 16th February » Elliot chats to Jonathan Gold.

Born in 1970 and brought up in North London, Jonathan’s lofty ambitions started early in life, wanting to be a ship builder, but it was his love of Lego that confirmed his desire to invent things and as he puts it ‘simply design better products’.

With an array of inventions under his belt, developing unique products for the likes of Siemens, Tesco, Graco and Wal*Mart, it wasn’t until he became a father that he dedicated his efforts to baby products…and the British baby brand Brother Max was born.

Brother Max is not only a company inspired by Jonathan’s family (and named after his two sons, Max 10yrs and Sam, 8yrs), but is a company made up of parents, ultimately designing innovative products to help get things done more easily so that babies, toddlers and their parents spend more time doing the fun stuff.

Listen Show 54 - Podcast | Sat 2nd February » Elliot chats to Tim Levene.

Tim went to the University of Manchester to study Russian and joined Bain & Company in Moscow, Boston, Sydney and London. Tim embarked on an entrepreneurial path and left Bain in early 1998 and created a new retail concept when he opened his first Juice bar (Fresh n Smooth) in 1999 in Canary Wharf. The business has since evolved into a 29 store business across London called Crussh.

In the summer of 1999, Tim joined 3 former colleagues from Bain & Company (San Francisco) and launched Flutter.com. In early 2000, Flutter raised over $24m in venture capital from Index Ventures, Benchmark Capital, amongst others, and became one of the highest profile internet businesses in the UK. Flutter merged with Betfair.com in 2001 and Tim became the Commercial Director of the newly merged business. Today, Betfair manages more than £60 billion in transactions each year, and facilitates more transactions each day than the rest of the European stock exchanges combined. Tim led the internationalisation of the business, and laid the foundations across Asia, Europe and the rest of the world. He moved to Asia in 2004 to launch the business in Asia and moved back to London in 2009 to launch Augmentum Capital.

Augmentum Capital is a new breed of venture capital fund that was founded by Tim Levene to back dynamic entrepreneurs in the technology and internet space. Backed by Jacob Rothschild and London listed RIT Capital Partners, Augmentum invests in businesses that exploit inefficient markets and those that develop disruptive technologies. Augmentum has invested in several internet and software businesses since 2010 including e-commerce players BullionVault.com, Bathrooms.com and Borro.com

Tim was made a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012, and works with the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry on digital strategy.

Listen Show 53 - Podcast | Sat 26th January » Elliot chats to Greg Marsh.

Greg Marsh is co-founder and CEO of onefinestay. Prior to founding onefinestay in 2009, Greg spent 3 years on the IT investment team at Index Ventures, the venture capital firm behind Skype and MySQL. Previously he had management roles in operations, business development and product development at logistics marketplace start-up GF‑X, most recently as the firm’s Product Manager. Greg has an MA from Christ’s College, Cambridge, and an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School where he was a Fulbright Scholar and graduated top of his class. He also works with Amnesty International and is elected to the charity’s Finance and Audit Committee.

Listen Show 52 - Podcast | Sat 19th January » Elliot chats to Graham Cartledge CBE.

DMU Graduate Graham Cartledge CBE (DipArch 1972) is Chairman of Benoy, an award-winning architecture firm with offices in London, Newark, Abu Dhabi, Mumbai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong. Acknowledged as “Retail Experts”, their portfolio now embraces Commercial, Education, Hospitality and Leisure, Residential and Transport. Much of their work is considered to be truly “mixed-use”.

With a talented global team of around 550 people and a multitude of awards to its name, Benoy is now recognised as one of the world’s leading architecture and design practices. Times are good, but the triumphs have not come without their tribulations.

Listen Show 51 - Podcast | Sat 12th January » Elliot chats to Matt Kingdon.

There’s a clue in Matt Kingdon’s job title about the reality of his role in ?What If! As he says “I’ve always been an enthusiast, for my kids, my football team, my company and what we stand for. In business I’ve realised how useful it is make goals tangible and how important it is to relentlessly engage everyone with the excitement and stretch of the journey”.

At ?What If! Matt works with senior client leaders who are similarly enthused with innovation but often stuck as to how to make it happen. He co-founded ?What If! in 1992 and led the business to not only grow rapidly but come first in the Financial Times ‘Best Company to Work For’ in Europe awards an unprecedented two times (2005 and 2006). When he’s not doing this he’s banging the drum for innovation. He is co-author of the best-selling innovation text ‘Sticky Wisdom’ and his new book ‘The Science of Serendipity’, all about driving innovation in large organisations, is set to follow suit. He frequently speaks and key notes conferences, providing unique perspective on the bear traps awaiting organisations as they attempt to transform from sleepy giant to nimble innovator.

Prior to ?What If! Matt worked with Unilever marketing their broad brand portfolio, first in the UK then SE Asia and the Middle East. Matt lives in London and his hobby is having cartilage removed from his knees following marathons he shouldn’t have run.

Listen Show 50 - Podcast | Sat 5th January » Elliot chats to Mike Clare.

Mike Clare formed Clarenco LLP in 2009 and has now built up a considerable property portfolio of amazing & unusual properties such as Towers, Castles, Forts and Monasteries (throughout Britain) under the ‘Amazing Retreats’ division.  These properties are let out for Exclusive Use, Weddings and Corporate Hospitality and Themed Events.

Clarenco has also invested in many pre-let commercial properties in High Wycombe and Slough as well as larger residential homes through Beaconsfield Executive Homes. Another division of Clarenco is Country Manor Estates which as the name suggests specialises in the development, sale and holiday letting of substantial country houses.

Listen Show 49 - Podcast | Wed 17th December » Elliot chats to James Eder.

James Eder is the Founder of The Beans Group thebeansgroup.com which helps brands and agencies understand, access and engage young people.

Their flagship website isstudentbeans.com, a lifestyle portal for university students which includes the latest deals and discounts, money-saving advice and entertaining articles. The Beans Group recently expanded to includemorebeans.com, a graduate site focusing on life after university.

James became one of the youngest entrepreneurs in the UK when he founded the business at the age of 22, two weeks before graduating from university.

Listen Show 48 - Podcast | Wed 12th December » Elliot chats to Andrew Walker.

Andrew Walker has been working as a web developer & designer since 1995.  After co-founding creative agency Thin Martian in 1998, Andrew has spent the last twelve years helping brands connect to social networks & online communities – working with companies like Microsoft, Xbox, The Guardian, HP, Nokia, Universal Pictures, Reuters and Microsoft to engage audiences through the web, Twitter, Facebook and mobile apps. In 2008 he co-founded Tweetminster, a data mining & analysis company making politics & politicians more accessible via Twitter, being the first geek to interview political leaders like Nick Clegg and Gordon Brown with live online Q&A sessions. He’s a regular speaker at conferences, an occasional blogger and journalist on technology and business development, he’s a big jazz fan, loves mechanical things and does 3D printing as a hobby, also a closet sci-fi writer.

Listen Show 47 - Podcast | Wed 5th December » Elliot chats to Geoffrey Riesel.

Geoffrey Riesel is Chairman and CEO of Radio Taxis Group & One Transport Ltd.

Since 1988 Geoffrey has headed and “change managed” the operations division, the finance department, then the sales department and in due course on becoming Chairman in 1993 he vowed to modernise, to improve and to professionalise the business.

This included the incorporation of state of the art, high tech, automated GPS satellite data despatch systems, at least 5 years before GPS became widely used.

Listen Show 46 - Podcast | Wed 28th November » Elliot chats to Marc Worth.

Online media pioneer Marc Worth has been involved as a founder, executive and operational leader in consumer and media industries for over 25 years. In 1997, along with his brother, he revolutionised the trends information business with the launch of Worth Global Style Network (WGSN), which went on to become “the fashion industry bible” (The Wall Street Journal), providing trend forecasting, market research and data for retailers, manufacturers and designers. Marc’s wide-ranging roles at the business included responsibility for product development, operational strategy, and sales and marketing. In October 2005, the business was sold to Emap. A natural entrepreneur, Marc has since been involved in several start-up businesses as a minority shareholder. In late 2009, he returned to working full-time as Chairman and CEO of Stylus Media Group.

Listen Show 45 - Podcast | Wed 21st November » Elliot chats to Ben Elliot.

Ben Elliot is the co-founder of Quintessentially, the luxury lifestyle group and  24 hour global concierge service, which he started in London in December 2000.

They now have over 60 offices worldwide, offering everything from access to fine wines, private jets, property and luxury cars, to fine art, bespoke gifting, event planning, communications, design and much more.

If that wasn’t enough, Ben gives over a lot of time to charities, fundraising for Place2Be, Prince’s Trust, Cancer Care and more.

Listen Show 44 - Podcast | Wed 14th November » Elliot chats to Alan O’Rourke .

When he left school, Alan O’Rourke joined Ford Motor Company as a Technical Apprentice, learning the engineering and production line processes. But away from work, his passion was always for music and making his own high fidelity loudspeaker systems.

He teamed up with his father Brian, a skilled cabinet maker, to form Ruark Acoustics in 1985.

From humble beginnings, Alan and Brian quickly carved a niche with their speaker designs winning critical acclaim and enjoying sales all over the world. With the rapidly growing interest and promotion of digital radio, Alan and his team saw a niche in the market to use their audio and loudspeakers expertise to develop a high quality radio and other small audio products. Since launching The R1 in November 2006, business has been growing at a frantic pace and Ruark Audio products are becoming known as the finest on the digital market.

Listen Show 43 - Podcast | Wed 7th November » Elliot chats to Alexander Leendert Hendrik Van Hoeken.

"Managing Kilo Goldmines started as a trial and now has become a passion. Following an initial review of the company’s properties and its prospects, I quickly realized that the potential of the company had been considerably undervalued and understated. Although the company had defined an initial resource of nearly 2 million ounces in the Adumbi prospect, the extent of the geological formations, historical colonial workings,  and current artisanal mining show the possibilities of finding something much larger. It is now my ambition to develop such a project and let it become a reference in the African mining industry, alongside with other significant discoveries in the past 15 years."

Listen Show 42 - Podcast | Wed 31st October » Elliot chats to Emily Bendell.

Emily Bendell is a young entrepreneur who was inspired by her Saturday job in a lingerie store – she now has a multimillion pound company, offering women ‘delicious decadence’ in their lives.

Emily has assembled a world class business team, resulting in BlueBella’s record growth. She’s used media and technology to grow UK wide, and allow women to run a business themselves from home.

Listen Show 41 - Podcast | Wed 24th October » Elliot chats to David Bloom.

David is an expert in business finance, with a passion for entrepreneurs. He’s worked with large and small businesses, everything from restaurants to media firms.

Currently, he runs FDU group, who help small and medium sized businesses solve their financial difficulties, and keep their shareholders happy!

Listen Show 40 - Podcast | Wed 17th October » Elliot chats to Kathryn Parsons, co-founder of Decoded.

Decoded teaches people how to use computer code – in a day. She demonstrates how anyone and everyone can acquire the basic skills they need to understand what goes on behind the screen. Within weeks of launch, it became clear that a need for these skills extended to every sector, age group and field, from CEO down to shop floor.

In particular Kathryn is championing the agenda of women and technology, specifically encouraging professional women to be code-literate so as not to be excluded from what she believes is the hybrid skill set of the future.

Listen Show 39 - Podcast | Wed 10th October » Elliot chats to Charlie Green, Co - CEO of The Office Group.

Charlie is a qualified Chartered Surveyor having worked in office development and investment prior to being appointed Property Director for one the UK’s largest serviced office providers. The Office Group now has 15 buildings in the portfolio, the majority of which are owned freehold. Turnover is forecast for 2012 at c.£18m with EBITDA at c.£11m. The Office Group continues to target new buildings in London. Charlie is the Co-CEO and is responsible for property and finance and sticks his nose into most other things. Outside of work, Charlie’s interests are family, design/architecture and boxing.

Listen Show 38 - Podcast | Wed 3rd October » Elliot chats to Glen Manchester, Chief Executive Officer of Thunderhead.com, a leading provider of enterprise solutions for customer experience management.

Under his leadership, Thunderhead.com has grown from a UK start-up to a global technology company with operations in Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific.

Listen Show 37 - Podcast | Wed 26th September »Elliot chats to Harriet Hastings , founder of Biscuiteers, bakers of delightful hand-iced gift biscuits.

Harriet Hastings co-founded Biscuiteers with her husband, Stevie Congdon. they are also co-directors of leading london catering company Lettice and parents to four young biscuiteers.

Biscuiteers launched online in September 2007 with the mission statement ‘why send flowers when you can send biscuits instead?’ The media seemed to get it immediately and were very taken with our launch fashion collections, which remain some of our bestselling lines.  They moved into their first proper bakery in November 2007.

Listen Show 36 - Podcast | Wed 19th September » Elliot chats to Fiona Pool.

Fiona’s primary career was in finance having worked on the Credit Trading desk at Credit Suisse as one of three traders on a multi-currency global trading book, using financial derivatives to repackage securities. She then moved to Goldman Sachs as an Executive Director, where she established the Credit Trading book. Three years later, she left to follow her true love of design, co-founding with Scott Henshall, a successful fashion design business, winning the first Vidal Sassoon Young Designer of the Year award and being a fixture on the London Fashion Week schedule as well as showing in Paris and Milan. Having secured 40 stockists worldwide, she secured significant investment into the business from a Singaporean family and sold out her stake in 2001. She then returned to the financial world, joining Bank of America in London as a distressed debt trader and shortly thereafter was appointed Head of European High Yield Sales, Trading and Research. She left in 2006 to become a partner in a specialist structured finance consulting firm, but was approached in early 2008 to establish and run a small, luxury fashion label, which she grew to 18 stockists and £500,000 turnover before leaving in May 2010.  She joined Hunton in September 2010.

Listen Show 35 - Podcast | Wed 12th September » Elliot chats to Brendan Robinson.

Brendan is the founder of The Village Vet Group of veterinary Practices which has grown to 18 practices situated in North  London and Cambridge.

Brendan set up the Village Vet Group to provide the best veterinary care with vets who continue to further their qualifications, to maintain a strong academic culture, excellent modern equipment and well trained qualified nurses, in clean hygienic facilities, and to provide excellent service to the local community.

Listen Show 34 - Podcast | Wed 5th September » Elliot chats to Henrietta Morrison.

Henrietta is the founder and MD at Lily’s Kitchen, who make a range of artisan made and designed healthy, holistic, organic pet foods.

Available in Ocado, and 400 organic food shops, vets and pet shops. Named the UK’s most ethical pet food company, along with The UK’s Most Innovative Pet Food Company 2011 by Mintel. Lily’s Kitchen has gone from strength to strength.

Listen Show 33 - Podcast | Wed 29th August » Elliot chats to Justine Roberts, co-founder of Mumsnet.

Mumsnet was set up in January 2000 by Roberts, a sports journalist, and Carrie Longton, a TV producer.

The origins of Mumsnet go back to 1999 when Roberts went on holiday with her one-year-old twins to a family-friendly resort that turned out to be less than family friendly. She came back thinking how rewarding it would be to have somewhere for people to pool their knowledge as well as give advice and guidance. The company was launched a year later with exactly that aim.

Listen Show 32 - Podcast | Wed 22nd August » This week, it’s another Best of the Guests special so far with Anabelle Karmel, John Griffin, Johnny Geller, Rene Caryol and Tim Manna.

Listen Show 31 - Podcast | Wed 15th August » This week, we continue with the Best of the Guests from the first six months of the programme including Elliot in conversation with Charlie Mullins, Eliane Stern, Lara Morgan, Luke Johnson and Lance Foreman.

Listen Show 30 - Podcast | Wed 8th August » This week, Elliot presents the first of three ‘best of’ programmes featuring some favourite guests on Jazz Shapers since the show started in January. We’ll hear from John Vincent from the Leon chain and marketer Sir John Hegarty amongst others.

Listen Show 29 - Podcast | Wed 1st August » This week, Elliot meets Matthew Slotover OBE, one of the founders of Frieze Magazine and the Frieze Art Fair.

Through Frieze, Matthew has also pursued other publishing projects, including the books: What the Butler Saw – The Selected Writings of Stuart Morgan; All Tomorrow’s Parties – Photographs of Andy Warhol’s Factory, by Billy Name; and Designed by Peter Saville, a retrospective book of Saville’s graphic design.

Listen Show 28 - Podcast | Broadcast on: Wed 25th July » Elliot chats to Kriss Akabusi, accredited personal coach and CEO of The Akabusi Company, a corporate communications and training company.

Kriss is famous for his achievements in athletics where his greatest individual triumph was his Gold Medal in the 1990 European Championships when he also beat David Hemery’s 22 year old British Record.

Listen Show 27 - Podcast | Broadcast on: Wed 18th July » Elliot chats to John Griffin, chairman of Addison Lee, the minicab and travel company.

After beginning training as an accountant, John was forced to give up his apprenticeship and focus his efforts on rescuing his father’s business, working as a minicab driver to make ends meet during this period. Having helped his family firm and following the birth of his two sons, John was inspired to start his own business and came to the conclusion that he could run his own minicab business a lot more successfully than the companies he had worked for.

Listen Show 26 - Podcast | Broadcast on: Wed 11th July » Elliot chats to James Day, owner and founder of Urban Golf, the famous indoor golf simulation business. James left school at 18 to join the golf pro-circuit and coach at his local club. Frustrated at being unable to practise at night and in bad weather, he developed the idea of taking golf indoors. Sourcing simulation machines from the US and funding from several of the bankers he coached, Urban Golf opened in Soho in September 2004 offering virtual play at an hourly rate.

Listen Show 25 - Podcast | Broadcast on: Wed 4th July » Elliot chats to René Carayol, one of the world’s leading business gurus specialising in leadership and culture, drawing from his own unique experiences on the boards of the biggest British and American organisations; from Marks & Spencer and Pepsi to IPC Media and the Inland Revenue.

Listen Show 24 - Podcast | Broadcast on: Wed 27th June » Elliot chats to Lance Forman, managing director of Forman’s Fish Island. Lance joined Forman’s in 1994 and has developed the business, pioneering the growth in speciality British Food, through the launch of Forman & Field. His battle with former Mayor of London over the compulsory purchase of the Forman’s factory led to the development of a new premises, venue and restaurant – Forman’s Fish Island – in record breaking speed.

It is the closest venue in London to the 2012 Olympic Stadium.

Listen Show 23 - Podcast | Broadcast on: Wed 20th June » Elliot chats to Carol Hayes, an entrepreneur born and brought up in the North London suburb of Southgate. Representing over 60 of London’s leading make-up artists, hairdressers, stylists as well as locations and faces like Gok Wan, Arlene Phillips and Pearl Lowe – Carol Hayes Management continues to thrive with it’s artists working on Hollywood film premieres, high calibre editorial shoots, PR events and Ad Campaigns.

Listen Show 22 - Podcast | Broadcast on: Wed 13th June » Elliot chats to Gary Stolkin, Global Chairman and CEO of The Talent Business. In 1993 Gary started a headhunting business, specialising in the advertising space. The Talent Business is now a global operation, with seventy-five employees, providing senior talent and transformational business leaders to the world’s communications agencies and creative businesses.

Listen Show 21 - Podcast | Broadcast on: Wed 6th June » Elliot chats to John Paleomylites, a serial entrepreneur. He built his first company JCP, from start-up to become the UK’s leading internet transaction security company in less than four years. JCP was acquired by Sun Microsystems for $40M in 2000 at which point John became Global Director Financial Services Software. John then left Sun and after a year or so launched BeatThatQuote.com, a price comparison website, in 2005 after extensive research into the price comparison market.

Listen Show 20 - Podcast | Broadcast on: Wed 30th May » Elliot chats to Duncan Cheatle, the founder of The Prelude Group whose mission is “to make Britain the most enterprising nation in the world”. Duncan co-founded StartUp Britain a private sector led initiative to inspire and support startup and early stage entrepreneurs which got substantial support from corporates and SMEs as well as (non financial) backing from the Prime Minister and government.

Listen Show 19 - Podcast | Broadcast on: Wed 23rd May » Elliot chats to Tim Warrillow, co-founder of Fever-Tree Ltd, he blames being diagnosed as hyperactive as a child as the reason for his move into an entrepreneurial life. Becoming quickly restless in a corporate environment, he was impatient to start on his own and this ultimately led to Tim devoting a year of his life to developing a special tonic water. Warrillow along with business partner Charles Rolls, launched Fever-Tree mixers in 2005 and last year was listed in the Sunday Times as the UK’s fastest growing private food and drink company.

Listen Show 18 - Podcast | Broadcast on: Wed 16th May » Elliot chats to Jeremy Paxton, a lover of nature, fascinated by architecture and design, a passionate helicopter pilot and champion water-skier. He is the visionary founder of Lower Mill Estate, a ‘residential nature reserve’ offering an idyllic country retreat redesigned for the 21st century.

Listen Show 17 - Podcast | Broadcast on: Wed 9th May » Elliot chats to John Lee, a serial entrepreneur and media professional. Between 1994 and 2009 he founded and sold three B2B publishing businesses. During this period he was responsible for the launch and branding of 12 separate titles, many of them market leaders. A history graduate, the publishing companies that John has established have focused on the global financial services industry.

Listen Show 16 - Podcast | Broadcast on: Wed 2nd May » Elliot chats to Ben Day, an artist who has produced exclusive collections of jewellery for extraordinary Hollywood clients. Ben opened his first shop and studio in Spitalfields, London in 2002 and on the strength of this success he has relocated to his beautiful new shop and studio in Notting hill gate. Ben’s belief is that real jewellery by its nature is not for the mass market, but is a personal expression of the passion and love between those who give and those who wear his jewels. Capturing this essence is part of his talent.

Listen Show 15 - Podcast | Broadcast on: Wed 25th April » Elliot chats to Luke Johnson, the Chairman of Risk Capital Partners, a private equity firm he founded in 2001. For six years until 2010 he served as Chairman of Channel 4 Television.

Luke is Chairman/part owner of the restaurant business Giraffe, Chairman/owner of Patisserie Valerie and Chairman/part owner of Gail’s and was Chairman of PizzaExpress PLC in the 1990s.

Listen Show 14 - Podcast | Broadcast on: Wed 18th April » Elliot chats to Lara Morgan, the founder of KUTA.me and best-selling Amazon author of “More Balls Than Most”, her story about building a global enterprise.

Lara is a straight-talking entrepreneur who understands the frustrations felt by small and medium-sized businesses that have lost their way. Rather than administering generic big picture advice, Lara is dedicated to delivering honest and practical help to enable businesses to achieve their full potential.

Listen Show 13 - Podcast | Broadcast on: Wed 11th April » Elliot chats to Sir John Hegarty, Creative Director and Founder of advertising agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH). John started in advertising as a junior Art Director at Benton and Bowles, London in 1965. In 1967, he joined the Cramer Saatchi consultancy which became Saatchi & Saatchi in 1970, where he was a founding shareholder. In 1982, he started Bartle Bogle Hegarty which was soon to become one of the most talked about and awarded advertising agencies in the world.

Listen Show 12 - Podcast | Broadcast on: Wed 4th April » Elliot catches up with Tim Manna whose company Kennet Aviation specialises in restoring vintage aircraft. A Harvard graduate, Tim was in the US Navy and served as a pilot on active duty before leaving to work for JP Morgan and then Merrill Lynch.

Listen Show 11 - Podcast | Broadcast on: Wed 28th March » Elliot's special guest is Ranjan Singh, one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs in online travel. In mid 2004 Ranjan joined Ebookers as managing director, responsible for hotels. The idea for isango! came to Ranjan whilst he was trying to book a holiday to Australia and New Zealand. In less than two years isango! has become one of the largest aggregators of travel experiences across the globe, built a team of 60 passionate and driven individuals and secured more than $10 million in funding.

Listen Show 10 - Podcast | Broadcast on: Wed 21st March » Elliot's special guest is Mark Greig, chairman of West London estate agency Paramount Properties. Paramount Properties was established as an independent London estate and lettings agents in June 1989 by Mark Greig. Mark is permanently committed to taking Paramount Properties forward with a professional and modern approach to Estate Agency and the London property market.

Listen Show 9 - Podcast | Broadcast on: Wed 14th March » Elliot welcomes Adam Leigh, CEO of The Communications Agency. Adam joined Ogilvy & Mather in 1987 as a Graduate Trainee and was made the youngest Account Director in the agency less than three years later. In 1994, he became New Business and Marketing Director for the agency. During that time, he was named a Face to watch by Campaign magazine.

Listen Show 8 - Podcast | Broadcast on: Wed 7th March » Elliot is joined by Tom Marchant, Co-founder of luxury travel company Black Tomato. A former City analyst, Tom left his job in 2005 to co-found a travel business specialising in bespoke itineraries ranging from hip city breaks to polar expeditions. Tom was named young entrepreneur of the year by the British Travel Industry Hall of Fame in 2010.

Listen Show 7 - Podcast | Broadcast on: Wed 29th February » Elliot's special guest is Annabel Karmel, Author, healthy food guru and "mumpreneur". A mother of three, Annabel’s books on children's nutrition and healthy recipes have sold over 4 million copies worldwide. She presented her own show on CITV in 2011, Annabel's Kitchen, which was supported by Procter and Gamble.

Listen Show 6 - Podcast | Broadcast on: Wed 22nd February » Elliot talks to Sam Galsworthy, Co-founder of Sipsmith, a premium drinks brand. Having worked in the drinks industry (specifically, Fullers Brewery) for many years, in 2007 Sam and his business partner left their jobs to pursue a gin distillery license. In 2009, the license was granted and Sipsmith built the first copper distillery in London for nearly 200 years.

Listen Show 5 - Podcast | Broadcast on: Wed 15th February » Elliot chats to Maurice Helfgott, Founder of Amery Capital. A previous Executive Director of Marks & Spencer, Maurice founded Amery Capital in 2004 with a focus on principal investment and advisory activities in retail and consumer related businesses. Amery Capital's portfolio includes Oliver Sweeney, Kookai and Long Tall Sally.

Listen Show 4 - Podcast | Broadcast on: Wed 8th February » Elliot welcomes Jonny Geller, Managing Director of Books at Curtis Brown. After working as an actor in early 1990s, Jonny turned to book agenting and joined Curtis Brown as an assistant before becoming an agent in 1995. Jonny represents authors including Monica Ali, John le Carre, Howard Jacobson and David Nicholls.

Listen Show 3 - Podcast | Broadcast on: Wed 1st February » Elliot welcomes Elaine Stern, Co-founder of The 10 Group, a broadcast PR agency. Elaine started her career in broadcasting, joining Lynne Franks PR in 1993 before setting up her own agency, TVC, in 1998. Elaine started The 10 Group in 2010 and today advises global brands on broadcast strategy, media relations and content.

Listen Show 2 - Podcast | Broadcast on: Wed 25th January » Elliot talks to Charlie Mullins, Founder of Pimlico Plumbers. Charlie started his plumbing company in 1979 with a second hand van and a bag of tools in a Pimlico basement. Today, Pimlico Plumbers has an annual turnover of £16million and undertakes more than 75,000 jobs a year.

Listen Show 1 - Podcast | Broadcast on: Wed 18th January » Elliot's first guest is John Vincent, co-founder of Leon restaurants. John spent many years in the city working for Bain & Company before setting up the Leon chain with partner Henry Dimbleby in 2004. They now own eleven restaurants in London and are well known for their ethical, sustainable approach to food – "fast food doesn't have to be bad food".

Elliot Moss

Jazz Shapers is presented by Mishcon de Reya’s Director of Business Development and former LBC presenter Elliot Moss.

During each show, Elliot will be interviewing shapers of the business world, people who, like the musicians in the show, have defied convention and gone on to achieve great success.

Jazz Shapers Party, November 2013