You are here: Home Jazz Shapers Listen live at 9am Every Saturday at 9am Jazz Shapers with Elliot Moss broadcasts from Jazz FM. Jazz Shapers features interviews with entrepreneurs and businesspeople – Business Shapers – who have broken the mould and achieved success in their fields alongside music from the category defining risk takers of jazz. It airs every Saturday morning at 9am on Jazz FM. In 2016, we are introducing the following new elements to the programme: Future Shapers: A series of short interviews with bright young things that have recently founded businesses destined for great things; Jazz Shapers Encore: A minimum of six programmes catching up with past guests. One Encore guest already confirmed is Robin Rowland of YO! Sushi, who exited the business in 2014 only to announce his return to the business (now with 75 UK and 17 international restaurants) in late 2015; Jazz Shapers Live!: One or two Encore interviews plus music broadcast live in front of an audience at an iconic central London location TBA. Do you know someone who would make a great Business Shaper or Future Shaper? Whether you or someone you know is a well-established entrepreneur with a handful of exits under their belt or brand new to the game with a great idea and ambition to spare, we'd love to hear from you. Please contact Carla Thompson with suggestions. Business Shapers A series of animated films featuring Jazz Shapers' inspiring guests commissioned by Mishcon de Reya. Next show Sat 30th April - Elliot chats to Mark Allen Mark read social studies at Durham University and, having spent a gap year working in a London remand home and assessment centre for youth offenders, originally wanted to become a social worker. Read more Previous Shows Sat 26rd April - Elliot chats to Barry Hearn Barry Hearn qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1970 and spent several years with a major firm of international accountants before moving into the commercial world as finance director of Kensal House Investments. Read more Sat 16th April - Elliot chats to Moira Benigson Moira Benigson is the founder and managing partner of The MBS Group, a leading executive search and leadership advisory firm. The MBS Group works across all consumer-facing industries, including retail, consumer products and services, travel and leisure, fashion and luxury, and digital and tech. Read more Previous shows Sat 9th April - Elliot chats to Geoff Read Geoff is a serial entrepreneur who founded Ballygowan Spring Water Group, the brand-leading bottled water from Ireland, building it into a dominant market-leadership position in Ireland and the UK before selling it in 1993. Read more Show 216 - Podcast | Sat 2nd April - Elliot chats to Jo Malone 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. Read more Show 215 - Podcast | Sat 25th March - Elliot chats to Angus Thirlwell To say that Angus Thirlwell is passionate about chocolate would be an understatement because, as he willingly admits, it’s more of an obsession. Together with his business partner, Peter Harris, he founded Hotel Chocolat in 2004 with three guiding principles that remain central to the brand’s success today – authenticity, originality and ethics. Read more Show 214 - Podcast | Sat 19th March - Elliot chats to Robin Rowland Robin Rowland returns to Jazz Shapers for his encore. Robin has led YO! Sushi’s growth over the past 17 years. He joined the company when there were four London restaurants. Read more Show 213 - Podcast | Sat 12th March - Elliot chats to Adam Sopher Adam Sopher is co-founder and director of Joe & Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn along with his parents Joseph and Jackie. Joe & Seph’s aim is to produce the very best-tasting popcorn in world, using all-natural ingredients. Read more Show 212 - Podcast | Sat 5th March - Elliot chats to Kate Lester Kate Lester is a multi-award winning entrepreneur, and Founder and CEO of the fastest growing courier company in the UK, Diamond Logistics. She has a passion for small business, inspiring people to take the plunge into self-employment and supporting them on their journey. Read more Show 211 - Podcast | Sat 27th February - Elliot chats to Mark Smith Mark Smith was born in 1969 and lived in The New Forest throughout his childhood. Mark joined the Royal Navy in 1985 at the age of 16 as a junior mechanic, later transferring to the Royal Navy Police. After 14 years of service he then spent ten years in specialist consumer finance. Read more Show 210 - Podcast | Sat 13th February - Elliot chats to Jay Wright Jay Wright was born in Peru and also lived in Houston, Texas for a few years as a child. He gained a degree in Economics and Politics from Manchester Polytechnic, was lead singer of a glam rock band called ‘Wild Affair’ and also worked at Manchester registry office marrying people! Read more Show 209 - Podcast | Sat 6th February - Elliot chats to Charles Finch Charles Finch is a creative marketing and brand entrepreneur. A “Brand Alchemist” with an impressive track record, Charles uses his extensive background in the entertainment sector as the basis for the marketing and development of brands. Read more Show 208 - Podcast | Sat 30th January - Elliot chats to Laurence Isaacson Laurence studied economics at LSE and graduated in 1963. His early career was in marketing and advertising with Unilever before he set up his own advertising agency – The Creative Business – in 1972. Read more Show 207 - Podcast | Sat 23rd January - Elliot chats to Diane Young Diane Young co-owns The Drum – an outlet covering marketing, advertising, design and digital news – and its associated companies. She was PPA UK Publishing Innovator of the Year 2014-15. Read more Show 206 - Podcast | Sat 16th January - Elliot chats to Kresse Wesling Kresse Wesling, MBE, is a multi-award winning environmental entrepreneur and Young Global Leader with a background in venture capital and significant start-up experience. Read more Show 205 - Podcast | Sat 9th January - Elliot chats to Tobi Schneidler Tobi is founder and CEO at Bouncepad, a fast-growing technology company that helps retailers reboot stores for the digital age. Based in London and Boston, Bouncepad products are now used in more than 50 countries. Read more Show 204 - Podcast | Sat 2nd January - Elliot chats to George Mackintosh George is a serial entrepreneur in technology markets. He is the founder and CEO of TestPlant, a maker of software test automation tools. Read more Show 203 - Podcast | Sat 26th December - Elliot chats to Robert Soning Robert Soning went into the Real Estate business in 1991 selling everything from residential homes to industrial warehouses. Read more Show 202 - Podcast | Sat 18th December - Elliot chats to Neil Woodford Neil adopted the same philosophy and long-term approach for the CF Woodford Equity Income fund that had underpinned his 30-year plus career. He invests in a company only when he is convinced of the compelling long-term opportunity but he also considers how the global economy influences the stocks he owns and the ones that he doesn’t. Read more Show 201 - Podcast | Sat 12th December - Elliot chats to Peter Scott Peter Scott began his advertising career at Ogilvy & Mather – now one of the pillars of WPP – where he had the good fortune to be offered the chance to open and run a new agency for Ogilvy in Scotland, and so began his penchant for starting businesses. Read more Show 200 - Podcast | Sat 5th December - Elliot chats to Daniel Galvin Daniel Galvin OBE is a British hair colourist who owns the Daniel Galvin brand, which incorporates London’s largest independent salon, franchised salons, and trademark licencing agreements. Daniel is known for his celebrity clientele and is world renowned for his expertise in hair colour. Read more Show 199 - Podcast | Sat 28th November - Elliot chats to Dominic Smales After spending 15 years in media, production and advertising Dominic Smales set up Gleam Futures initially to help online communities connect for mutual benefit. Read more Show 198 - Podcast | Sat 21st November - Elliot chats to Vanessa Brady Vanessa is an international interior designer, business consultant and Founder of the Society of British and International Design. She has amassed an award winning portfolio including projects for Hard Rock Cafe, the Design Council, Kabaret Club, British Luxury Club, Unilever, high security government offices, His Majesty The Sultan of Brunei, King of Saudi Arabia, Head of State Palaces, as well as the private residences of numerous diplomats and VIPs. Read more Show 197 - Podcast | Sat 13th November - Elliot chats to Chantal Coady Chantal Coady is Founder & Creative Director of Rococo Chocolates. She began the Real Chocolate Revolution in the UK in 1983, in London’s King’s Road. Fresh from art school, Chantal knew that there was space for some love and creativity in the area of retailing chocolate. Read more Show 196 - Podcast | Sat 5th November - Elliot chats to Giles Hargreave Giles Hargreave is Chairman of Hargreave Hale Ltd and manages a number of funds under the Marlborough brand which include investments in the AIM market. Read more Show 195 - Podcast | Sat 31st October - Elliot chats to Herbie Dayal Herbie Dayal is the founder and major shareholder in KMI Brands, a fast growing UK business which has over the past 20 years established a reputation for creating beautiful, innovative products. Read more Show 194 - Podcast | Sat 24th October - Elliot chats to Charlie Vaughan-Lee Charlie Vaughan-Lee is CEO of property investment company Student Cribs, founded in 2002 whilst he was studying Chemistry at Bristol. Charlie has worked alongside Charlie Philip in developing the business over the past five years, including the successful launch of the first Student Crib Fund. Read more Show 193 - Podcast | Sat 17th October - Elliot chats to Tony Matharu Tony is founder and Managing Director of Grange Hotels – ‘London’s Leading Independent Hotel Group’ and former winner of the “Best Small Hotel Company”. (Business Travel Awards) Read more Show 192 - Podcast | Sat 9th October - Elliot chats to Phil Cameron Phil Cameron, Founder & CEO of award-winning airport lounge specialist No.1 Traveller. Read more Show 191 - Podcast | Sat 3rd October - Elliot chats to Giles Andrews Giles Andrews is Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Zopa, the world’s first and the UK’s largest peer-to-peer lending platform. Giles has overseen Zopa help over 200,000 consumers financially and Zopa is on course to lend it’s billionth pound in August 2015. Read more Show 190 - Podcast | Sat 26th September - Elliot chats to Alastair Stewart Alastair Stewart is the Managing Director of etc.venues. Alastair’s ambition of running his own business can be traced back to his entrepreneurial grandmother who amongst her many accomplishments set up a hotel in South Africa which drew the young Alastair into the hospitality world. Read more Show 189 - Podcast | Sat 19th September - Elliot chats to Monika Linton Monika Linton is the Founder of Brindisa Ltd and Co-Founder of its sister company, Brindisa Tapas Kitchens Ltd. Brindisa is an importer, wholesaler and retailer of Spanish foods; while Brindisa Tapas Kitchens is a group of Spanish restaurants in London and Barcelona. She maintains a hands-on approach in both companies, as Managing Director of Brindisa and Brindisa Tapas Kitchens. The name Brindisa comes from the Spanish word, “brindis”, the act of raising your glass, so both companies are a celebration of Spanish food. Read more Show 188 - Podcast | Sat 12th September - Elliot chats to Janine & Gideon Stone Janine Stone is one of Britain’s foremost interior designers, her internationally acclaimed practice is supported by a team of 50 architects, designers, craftsmen, project managers, technicians and builders; each dedicated to striving for excellence. Her husband, Gideon, is Managing Director of the practice. Read more Show 187 - Podcast | Sat 5th September - Elliot chats to Dominic Joseph GB Young entrepreneur of the year 2013, Dominic is the CEO and co-founder of Captify, an advertising technology business that specializes in Search Intelligence. Dominic co-founded Captify with Adam Ludwin in 2011, sharing a join vision of creating a digital advertising technology that engages with consumers through Desktop, Mobile and Video based on their intent shown through search. Read more Show 186 - Podcast | Sat 29th August - Elliot chats to John Mulliken John Mulliken is Senior Vice President of International & Strategic Initiatives, Wayfair. Read more Show 185 - Podcast | Sat 22nd August - Elliot chats to Nick Giles Nick Giles is co-founder of Seven Hills, the highly acclaimed campaigns firm and co-creator of SUMMIT, a series of events exploring the sectors and trends with the potential to drive growth. Read more Show 184 - Podcast | Sat 15th August - Elliot chats to Alison Wilson and David Lea-Wilson Alison Wilson and David Lea-Wilson founded Anglesey Sea Zoo in 1984, which Exhibits local sea creatures in recreations of their natural habitats. It attracted 2.5 million paying visitors and employed over 250 people in the 23 years from start up to sale to an old member of staff in 2007. Read more Show 183 - Podcast | Sat 8th August - Elliot chats to Bill Amberg Luxurious bags, a celebrated baby papoose and Penguin book covers are just a few of the notable items that Bill Amberg has crafted from leather. Read more Show 182 - Podcast | Sat 1st August - Elliot chats to Christine & Tamara Roberts Mother & Daughter duo, Christine & Tamara Roberts are the CEO and Founder of family business Ridgeview Wine. Their first vines were planted in 1995 and wines started to be sold in 2000. Ridgeview Wines specialises in the production of traditional method sparkling wines from the traditional grapes varieties only (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier). Read more Show 181 - Podcast | Sat 25th July - Elliot chats to Claire Mason Claire Mason is the Founder of B2B marketing and public relations consultancy Man Bites Dog. A decade ago she set out to solve the challenge of how to market the knowledge economy. Today her multi award-winning team works with some of the world’s smartest organisations, turning their intangible expertise into Man Bites Dog stories – ideas that lead, and ultimately sell. Read more Show 180 - Podcast | Sat 18th July - Elliot chats to Rhydian Lewis Rhydian Lewis is CEO and co-founder of RateSetter, the UK’s leading peer-to-peer lending platform. RateSetter launched in 2010 and the platform has originated loans worth over £600m to date – it is the largest platform in terms of monthly lending volumes. RateSetter was the first peer-to-peer lender to introduce a provision fund, which absorbs credit exposure and effectively spreads investors’ risk across the whole loan portfolio as opposed to individual loans. The provision fund reduces the risk of loss so well that no individual RateSetter lender has ever lost a penny. Read more Show 179 - Podcast | Sat 11th July - Elliot chats to John Stapleton John Stapleton is a results-focused entrepreneur, business leader, CEO & Non-Executive Director with over 25 years’ experience in creating and building consumer brands in the FMCG sector in both the UK and the USA. A founder of three successful start-ups, John is an expert at developing new and innovative consumer-focused products & categories and has wide-ranging experience in operational management and strategic leadership roles. Read more Show 178 - Podcast | Sat 4th July - Elliot chats to David Jones David is one of the three founding directors of Serious, a creative producer of international music. Responsible for a wide range of concerts and special events, the company works with artists, venues and festivals in Britain and internationally. Within Serious, David holds long-standing artistic relationships with artists as diverse as Kronos Quartet, Hugh Masekela and Woodkid. Read more Show 177 - Podcast | Sat 27th June - Elliot chats to Simon Boyle Simon Boyle is the vision behind Brigade, a unique social enterprise restaurant. Formed from a partnership across the private, public and third sector, Brigade opened in September 2011 and was awarded an AA rosette within three months. Since its launch the restaurant has been the home of Simon’s charity; Beyond Food, which works to motivate and inspire people who have experienced homelessness to gain meaningful employment. Read more Show 176 - Podcast | Sat 20th June - Elliot chats to Camilla Barnard Camilla is a Co-Founder & Marketing Director of Rude Health. As part of her degree, Camilla spent a year in Fukuoka, Japan. Here she developed an understanding of the language and a thoroughly indecent passion for Japanese food. Upon graduating Camilla headed back east to indulge in another eight months of sushi eating and learning. Read more Show 175 - Podcast | Sat 13th June - Elliot chats to Itay Talgam A protégé and disciple of the great Leonard Bernstein, Itay Talgam has conducted many prominent orchestras and ensembles worldwide, including the Orchestre de Paris, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, and the Leipzig Opera House. He also teaches leadership to Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, and universities, and at conferences around the world, including TED, Google’s Zeitgeist, and the World Economic Forum at Davos. His book The Ignorant Maestro is published by Penguin. Read more Show 174 - Podcast | Sat 6th June - Elliot chats to Harvey Goldsmith This week Elliot Moss is joined by Harvey Goldsmith. Harvey is a legendary and visionary producer and promoter of rock concerts, Charity events and television broadcasts. Read more Show 173 - Podcast | Sat 30th May - Elliot chats to Gerard Grech This week Elliot Moss is joined by Gerard Grech. Gerard has nearly 15 years experience in the world of digital media, web and mobile. His international experience in London, New York and Paris building and rolling out global digital products has given him both a global vision and local expertise. Read more Show 172 - Podcast | Sat 21st May - Elliot chats to Linda Morey-Burrows This week Elliot Moss is joined by Linda Morey-Burrows, the founder and Managing Director of MoreySmith. Read more Show 171 Podcast | Sat 16th May - Elliot chats to Frazer Thompson Born in July 1959, and from Newcastle, after graduating in 1981 Frazer, as a Geordie, was drawn to beer. At Whitbread. By the age of 29, he was made a director of Whitbread plc having led the team behind the success of Boddingtons in the early 90s with its famous advertising and draughtflow widget. Read more Show 170 - Podcast | Sat 9th May - Elliot chats to Galahad Clark This week Elliot Moss is joined Galahad Clark, a 7th generation shoemaker. Galahad’s unique heritage meant growing up immersed in a world that honored tradition and pushed boundaries of design innovation. As a teenager, he spent summer holidays on various shoe production lines in Europe learning the family’s trade. After finishing school at Millfield in Somerset, Galahad was offered a Morehead Scholarship at the University of North Carolina, where he earned a degree with honors in Chinese and Anthropology. Read more Show 169 - Podcast | Sat 2nd May - Elliot chats to Scott Law Scott Law is founder and CEO of Pay4later, a company that provides a platform of banks that retailers can refer to in order to try and secure credit deals for their customers to help secure a sale (interest rates start from 0% APR, and rise according to the potential customer’s credit rating). Read more Show 168 - Podcast | Sat 25th April - Elliot chats to Des Gunewardena and David Loewi Des Gunewardena and David Loewi founded D&D London, which owns and operates over 30 leading restaurants in London, Leeds, Paris, New York and Tokyo, in addition to highly acclaimed South Place Hotel in London. Read more Show 167 - Podcast | Sat 18th April - Elliot chats to Stephen Rapoport Stephen Rapoport launched PactCoffee.com in 2012 as a way to combine his two biggest passions; coffee and entrepreneurship. Pact works as a flexible subscription service delivering the best coffee from around the world to coffee-lovers in the UK at home or in the office within just 7-days of roasting – so when it tastes its very best. Read more Show 166 - Podcast | Sat 11th April - Elliot chats to Steve Bennett Steve Bennett is a businessman and entrepreneur who founded The Genuine Gemstone Company in 2008. In his time, Steve has started 27 businesses, first starting out in the IT industry at the height of the dotcom boom. Read more Show 165 - Podcast | Sat 4th April - Elliot chats to Frank Meehan Frank was selected as part of the 2012 Wired UK Top 100 in tech, and Vanity Fair’s The Next Establishment list 2010. Read more Show 164 - Podcast | Sat 28th March - Elliot chats to Karen Mattison Karen Mattison is the innovative co-founder and joint CEO of Timewise , the £1.6m organisation that helps organisations unlock the business potential of flexible working. Read more Show 163 - Podcast | Sat 21st March - Elliot chats to Mike Soutar Mike Soutar is co-founder and CEO of Shortlist Media Ltd, the market-leading premium, free magazine publisher. With an audited ABC in excess of 500,000 copies per week, ShortList has dominated the men’s market since 2007, combining unparalleled reach with an affluent, professional male readership. Sister title Stylist was launched in October 2009 to industry-wide acclaim; its weekly ABC is over 400,000. Read more Show 162 - Podcast | Sat 14th March - Elliot chats to Peter Grainger South African born Peter Grainger is a former projects analyst turned entrepreneur and one half of the founding team behind CaféPod. Read more Show 161 - Podcast | Sat 7th March - Elliot chats to Andrew Marten Andrew Marten is the Co-Founder of award-winning probiotic chocolate brand Ohso. Andrew has extensive experience bringing innovative products to market and before launching Ohso, he helped develop brands for world famous names including Estée Lauder, Yves Saint Laurent, Revlon, Wonderbra, Dewars Whiskey and Champagne Mercier. Read more Show 160 - Podcast | Sat 28th February - Elliot chats to Robyn Exton Robyn is the founder of Dattch, the first app created specifically to help lesbian and bisexual women connect. Dattch has been designed and optimised around female specific user behaviour with a core focus on gender based interaction. Read more Show 159 - Podcast | Sat 21st February - Elliot chats to MT Rainey MT Rainey is a Director of Channel 4, Chair of TH_NK, Founder of horsemouth.co.uk and Vice Chair of Creative Skillset. MT Rainey was born in Dumbarton in Scotland and educated at The University of Glasgow Read more Show 158 - Podcast | Sat 14th February - Elliot chats to Nigel Chapman Nigel Champan is the founder of Luxury Family Hotels. It all started when Nigel Chapman launched Woolley Grange in May 1989 – It reinvented the English country hotel. He was inspired by his experience staying at Ballymaloe House in Ireland and what he describes as a ‘continental’ approach to families. Read more Show 157 - Podcast | Sat 7th February - Elliot chats to Simon Devonshire Simon built and now Directs Wayra Europe, the business accelerator that belongs to Telefonica. In its first two years, Wayra Europe now has seven academies in five countries, and has invested in c. 150 start-ups that are valued at over €100m. Read more Show 156 - Podcast | Sat 31st January - Elliot chats to David Richards David is CEO, President and co-founder of WANdisco and has quickly established WANdisco as one of the world’s most promising technology companies. Read more Show 155 - Podcast | Sat 24th January - Elliot chats to Luke Lang Luke Lang co-founded Crowdcube in February 2011. Crowdcube is the world’s first and most successful investment crowdfunding platform. It enables entrepreneurs to bypass the traditional business angel, venture capital or bank finance routes, giving them greater control and access to more investors. Read more Show 154 - Podcast | Sat 17th January - Elliot chats to Peter Usborne After National Service in Tanzania, Peter Usborne’s publishing career began at Oxford University, where he started a funny magazine called Mesopotamia. When he left Oxford, he started satirical magazine Private Eye, where he was Managing Director for three years. He then spent a year at a French business school and a year as a management consultant before ending up back in publishing as ‘special assistant’ to the chairman of the BPC Publishing Group. Read more Show 153 - Podcast | Sat 10th January - Elliot chats to Debbie Wosskow Debbie Wosskow is an entrepreneur, investor and Sharing Economy expert. CEO of leading peer-to-peer travel club, Love Home Swap, Debbie is also the Founder of the influential Collaborative Consumption Europe network and is currently leading the UK government’s review into the Sharing Economy. Read more Show 152 - Podcast | Sat 3rd January - Elliot chats to Dominic List Dominic List, Chairman, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist. Having already transformed the commercial success of several companies, Dominic List founded Comtact in 2005 and following success in the healthcare space went onto form Comtact Healthcare in 2006. In Comtact’s brief history it has scored success in the Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100, Deloitte Fast 50 UK and 500 EMEA and National Business Awards. Read more Show 151 - Podcast | Sat 27th December - Elliot chats to Duncan Goose Duncan Goose is the founder of Global Ethics and the One Water brand. He has a background in advertising and marketing and was formerly a board director of a WPP subsidiary which he saw through a buy-out, and subsequent merger into the J Water Thompson Group. Read more Show 150 - Podcast | Sat 20th December - Elliot chats to Alistair Hughes Alistair Hughes is Managing Director and owner of Savoir Beds, a London- based company which creates bespoke beds that are widely regarded as the world’s most luxurious. Savoir’s heritage lies with the iconic Savoy hotel. The company was started in 1905 as the Savoy Bedworks with the aim of giving guests the best night’s sleep. Read more Show 149 - Podcast | Sat 13th December - Elliot chats to Rob Forkan Rob and Paul’s parents, Kevin and Sandra Forkan, were compassionate, adventurous and generous people. As keen travellers themselves they wanted to raise their children with a deep understanding of the world. In order to expose their children to other cultures and see what life was like for children in other countries, Kevin and Sandra came up with a plan for their family to travel the world together. Read more Show 148 - Podcast | Sat 6th December - Elliot chats to Oday Abbosh Oday Abbosh graduated from Imperial College with a degree in Mechanical Engineering before qualilifying as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG. However, things soon got more exciting for Oday as the Global Managing Partner of Accenture's Media & Entertainment business, where he worked on many world renowned entertainment brands across the world. Read more Show 147 - Podcast | Sat 29th November - Elliot chats to Robin Rowland Robin Rowland has led YO! Sushi’s growth over the past 15 years. He joined the company when there were four London restaurants. As CEO, Robin put the team and systems in place to grow the business to 90 restaurants (75 UK restaurants and 15 restaurants overseas will be open by end of 2014). Read more Show 146 - Podcast | Sat 22nd November - Elliot chats to Sara Murray Sara is a serial technology entrepreneur. She founded a number of companies including Ninah Consulting and Inspop, which owns the brand Confused.com. Sara then founded and now runs Buddi, which provides technology for remote health and location monitoring of people. Read more Show 145 - Podcast | Sat 15th November - Elliot chats to Jo Hansford Described by Marie Claire as “the First Lady of Colour” and hailed by American Vogue as “the best tinter on the planet”, Jo Hansford MBE is quite simply an icon in the field of hair colouring. Jo is held in the highest regard by her peers in the industry and her celebrity clientele, who include Elizabeth Hurley, HRH Duchess of Cornwall, Erin O’Connor and Sienna Miller. Read more Show 144 - Podcast | Sat 8th November - Elliot chats to Raymond Blanc Raymond’s cooking has received tributes from every national and international guide to culinary excellence there is. His story began Besançon, the capital of the Franche-Comté region in eastern France, where Raymond was born. He was inspired by his mother, who used created wholesome meals for the family. Read more Show 143 - Podcast | Sat 1st November - Elliot chats to Richard Setterwall Richard Setterwall, the founder and CEO of myDogBuddy, is an avid dog lover first and foremost. He graduated with an MSc in Financial Engineering from UCLA Anderson and LTH before starting his professional career in management consulting and corporate strategy for McKinsey and PWC Strategy. Read more Show 142 - Podcast | Sat 25th October - Elliot chats to Erik Biorklund Erik Biorklund is the co-founder of European Travel Ventures. European Travel Ventures was set up by Erik Biorklund and William Wenkel and is the parent company of the internationally acclaimed The Yacht Week, one of the only companies bringing an exhilarating experience of sailing, regattas and entertainment. Read more Show 141 - Podcast | Sat 18th October - Elliot chats to Kanya King Kanya King is an internationally recognised entrepreneur and innovator in the British music industry. As CEO and founder of MOBO, she is the dynamic force behind the MOBO brand and has played an instrumental role in elevating Urban music and culture to mainstream popular status in the U.K. Read more Show 140 - Podcast | Sat 11th October - Elliot chats to Raegan Moya-Jones After moving from her native Australia to the United States, the news in 2003 that Raegan was expecting her first baby triggered many mixed emotions. Although her family was half way around the world, Aussie motherhood traditions were always with her. On the top of her list were muslin wraps that Australian moms use to swaddle their babies. Read more Show 139 - Podcast | Sat 4th October - Elliot chats to Nicola Horlick Nicola read Jurisprudence at Balliol College, Oxford. In 1983, she joined S.G. Warburg as a graduate trainee. She worked with Leonard Licht, one of the leading fund managers in the City during the 1980s, and together, they built up the Specialist Equity team of what became Mercury Asset Management. Nicola was appointed a director of Mercury in 1989. Read more Show 138 - Podcast | Sat 27th September - Elliot chats to Stephen Fear Stephen Fear DBA is an English entrepreneur, businessman, philanthropist and author with over 40 years international business experience. Today Fear has an established property empire and interests in a number of industries, including green technology, hotels, residential care and manufacturing. Read more Show 137 - Podcast | Sat 20th September - Elliot chats to Paul Lindley Paul Lindley loves to explore, dream and discover. He was born in Sheffield, England and grew up in Zambia where his explorations, dreams and discoveries truly began. Graduating from the University of Bristol, he trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG in London and Los Angeles. He then spent 9 years at Nickelodeon UK where he rose from Financial Controller to Deputy CEO via the roles of Chief Financial Officer, Commercial Director, Communications Director and General Manager. These career and character forming years gave him a passion for children’s issues, a deep understanding of how children think. Read more Show 136 - Podcast | Sat 13th September - Elliot chats to Angela Farrugia Angela began her career as a retail buyer for apparel, moving into licensing in 1989 for Copyright Promotions to run the apparel area of its licensing business. Her distinct understanding of retailer needs and practices quickly revolutionised CPL’s business. One of the key changes that she made was in the form of direct retail approaches, working with store groups such as Marks & Spencer, Woolworths, BHS, Mialorder etc. Read more Show 135 - Podcast | Sat 6th September - Elliot chats to Will King Will King is the founder of award-winning shaving brand King of Shaves. Having graduated from Portsmouth Polytechnic in 1987 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Will founded King of Shaves in 1992. Read more Show 134 - Podcast | Sat 30th August - Elliot chats to Lucinda Bruce Gardyne Lucinda Bruce Gardyne is the founder of Genius Foods, a company that specialises in tasty gluten-free food. Genius began to take form after Lucinda's son was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance. Read more Show 133 - Podcast | Sat 23rd August - Elliot chats to Phil Jaffa Phil Jaffa is founder and Creative Director of Scape Design Associates which opened its doors in 2000. Under his guidance and creative flair, Scape Design now leads the global luxury lifestyle market in landscape design. We push the debate, explore new possibilities and design world class landscapes for an audience that demands a new kind of luxury. Read more Show 132 - Podcast | Sat 16th August - Elliot chats to Tony Laithwaite Tony Laithwaite chose to work and study Bordeaux’s wine industry in as part of his geography degree. The rest, as they say, is history! Tony's time spent in Bordeaux gave him an idea. In 1969, he started with a small van and the idea of bringing ‘real’ wines - wines of total authenticity and strong character - and delivering them directly to UK customers. This started from Bordeaux and grew from there - hence the original company name; 'Bordeaux Direct' which - to avoid confusion - became 'Laithwaites Wines' in 2000. Show 131 - Podcast | Sat 9th August - Elliot chats to Andy Puddicombe Andy Puddicombe, a former monk with a degree in Circus Arts, is the co-founder of Headspace, an award-winning digital health platform providing guided meditation sessions and mindfulness training to the masses. TED talker, BBC contributor and Huffington Post writer, Andy is on a mission to get as many people as possible to integrate a 10-minute meditation exercise into their lives, bringing them, through Headspace, a “gym membership for the mind.” Show 130 - Podcast | Sat 2nd August - Elliot chats to Richard Cohen Richard is CEO of LoveLive. LoveLive is a music media company that brings together brands, broadcasters, digital platforms and labels; combining unique access to music rights with digital and marketing capability to create original high-quality music content and campaigns for delivery across a variety of channels. Prior to LoveLive, Richard was on the board and Entertainment Managing Director at Perform Group. Richard has also held senior positions at Framestore CFC and Image.Net (subsequently acquired by Getty Images). Show 129 - Podcast | Sat 26th July - Elliot chats to Ruth Chapman Tom and Ruth Chapman are joint CEOs and co-founders of MATCHESFASHION.COM. Tom and Ruth Chapman opened their first two Matches stores in Wimbledon in 1987. Since then, the company has grown into a global luxury retailer, with 14 London stores, including DVF and MaxMara, and an international site that operates in 200 countries worldwide. In April this year, all platforms of the business were renamed MATCHESFASHION.COM, unifying the brand and creating a truly omni-channel experience for the customer. Show 128 - Podcast | Sat 19th July - Elliot chats to Nick Hungerford Nick is the founding CEO of Nutmeg. Following a business degree at Exeter University, Nick worked at Barclays in the areas of product, banking and wealth management. Nick was a Divisional Director at Brewin Dolphin and has an MBA from Stanford University in the United States. Nick's industry and investment views are respected globally and he frequently appears on Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC and has been quoted in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and many international publications. Nick has been a guest lecturer at academic institutions including Harvard, Stanford and London Business School and has represented UKTI around the world, promoting the benefits of doing business in Britain. Show 127 - Podcast | Sat 12th July - Elliot chats to Des McDonald Des McDonald is the former Head Chef at the Ivy Restaurant in London, former Managing Director of Le Caprice and now an independent restaurant consultant. After 20 years with Caprice Holdings Des left in 2012 to set up his own consultancy and restaurant business. Just two years down the line and he has already gained a number of high end clients in London, Ireland, Scotland and the US. Show 126 - Podcast | Sat 5th July - Elliot chats to Paul Jacobs Paul Jacobs is a recruitment specialist who has spent 37 years within the recruitment industry including his time as the Managing Director of Office Angels, the UK’s leading office support recruitment consultancy. He is now behind a new ‘Love Work Life’ initiative, which helps businesses strategize and succeed. LoveWorkLife provides strategic advice and mentoring to recruitment business to help them to create enviable and contemporary cultures that attract and retain clients, candidates and most importantly colleagues. Show 125 - Podcast | Sat 28th June - Elliot chats to James Reed James Reed is Chairman of REED, the recruitment, HR and training specialist. He became Operations Director of Reed Employment in 1994, and was appointed Chief Executive in 1997. The company now spans Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific and delivers recruitment services across 30 different specialisms. REED also runs reed.co.uk, Europe's biggest private sector job site and delivers Welfare to Work services through Reed in Partnership, placing over 125,000 people who had been unemployed back into work. Show 124 - Podcast | Sat 21st June - Elliot chats to Robert Rowland and Hilary Gilbert Founders of BOOM Cycle, London’s new ‘revolutionary’ style of gym, based purely on bikes and biking. Show 123 - Podcast | Sat 14th June - Elliot chats to Thomasina Miers 2005 ‘Masterchef’ winner, she has gone on to huge business success with Mexican food chain ‘Wahaca’. Show 122 - Podcast | Sat 7th June - Elliot chats to Vashi Dominguez This week Elliot Moss is joined by Vashi Dominguez, Chaiman and CEO of international online diamond retailer vashi.com From a humble upbringing in the Canary Islands, Vashi is now one of the world’s most well known diamond experts and traders. He was once so inspired by a business book, he now gives a copy to every new employee! Show 121 - Podcast | Sat 31st May - Elliot chats to Ed Bussey Ed Bussey has had success with ventures such as Figleaves (the underwear brand) and now runs Quill, a content creation business he founded in 2010 which oversees a global network of over 2,000 writers, editors, designers and video producers. Show 120 - Podcast | Sat 24th May - Elliot chats to Carole Stone Carole Stone has spent her life bringing people together, first as producer of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour programme and then as the producer of the BBC Radio 4’s flagship discussion programme Any Questions? where she brought together opinion formers from the words of business, politics, media, charities and NGOs. Since leaving the BBC ,Carole has worked as a freelance journalist and broadcaster and as a media consultant. With more than 50,000 names in her electronic address book she’s been called London’s networking queen – she’s famous for putting people together to their mutual advantage, what Carole calls ‘good networking’. Nowadays, Carole spends here time as Managing Director of YouGovStone Ltd, a joint venture with the online market research agency YouGov plc, where she established the YGS ThinkTank – a global panel of over 5,000 people. Show 119 - Podcast | Sat 17th May - Elliot chats to Rob Halliday-Stein Rob is the Founder and Managing Director of BullionByPost, the UK’s leading online bullion dealer supplying gold and silver bars and coins directly to members of the public through the post. He founded the company in 2008 with just £10,000 after spotting a gap in the market. Today, BullionByPost has handled more than 57,000 deliveries. After his mother died in 2008, Halliday-Stein decided to invest a proportion of his inheritance in gold and silver, but was put off by the unfriendly nature of established bullion dealers, and the high premiums they charged. During a visit to an established bullion dealer in London, he saw customers queuing out of the door, confirming his belief that there was a growing demand to invest in bullion as part of a long-term financial plan. Halliday-Stein initially rented office space in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, and he dealt personally with customer enquiries and their orders. He quickly identified that trust and customer service was the key to the company’s success, and spent a lot of time talking to customers and discussing their options. Once he was confident that there was demand for his offering Halliday-Stein began without a formal business plan, instead focusing on tightly controlling costs and closely managing cash flow. He reinvested all profit generated back into marketing to help grow the business. Show 118 - Podcast | Sat 10th May - Elliot chats to John Bird John Bird is the founder and editor of the Big Issue magazine. A man with a fascinating story who has made a successful enterprise against all the odds. He was born into poverty, brought up in care, and has lived through a lot. His life’s journey has included spells as a thief, prison inmate, artist and poet. Now an established iconoclast, activist and publisher, John Bird is the force behind The Big Issue, the world's most successful street magazine. He is an inspirational business leader with an outstanding record of using business as a tool for social change. At a time when Corporate Social Responsibility is preoccupying business leaders and consumers alike, John Bird offers an authoritative, fresh approach, and some original perspectives on the interaction of business and society. His diverse experience, combined with his exuberant personality, erudition and often trenchant views make him a compelling and entertaining speaker. Bird on Bird “I speak clearly and powerfully and my message is simple: It’s about motivation, leadership, drive, learning from your mistakes, and turning rejection into something positive. I have been homeless, an offender, and an addict. Yet I’ve achieved a more than many who started life with more advantages than me. I am now ready to help other people to realize their goals.” Show 117 - Podcast | Sat 3rd May - Elliot chats to Chris Wright Chris Wright started running a small blues club and representing rock groups whilst social secretary at Manchester University. After which he moved to London and founded Chrysalis with another former social secretary Terry Ellis. After starting as managers and agents they developed Chrysalis into one of the leading independent music labels and music publishing in the world. Ellis left the company in 1985 and a few years later the Chrysalis record label was sold to EMI. Following this, Wright spent the next 20 years continuing to build the music publishing company and launching the Echo label he also moved Chrysalis into the field of TV Production, creating the first British Super Indie, and also into radio creating one of the top three radio station groups in the UK. The company was eventually sold in 2011, he is re-launching a new TV production company under the Chrysalis banner, and has future plans to re-enter the music business. Show 116 - Podcast | Sat 26th April - Elliot chats to Jacqueline Gold Jacqueline Gold is Chief Executive of Ann Summers and Knickerbox and is renowned for managing a company run by women, for women. She began her career at 21 when she started working for her father’s company, Ann Summers. As she learnt more about the Ann Summers of the 1970’s she saw the potential to change the focus of the business and create a business and brand which focused on women and would allow women to browse and shop for lingerie and sex toys in a safe, female friendly environment. Show 115 - Podcast | 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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" 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. 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 Show 104 - Podcast | Sat 25th January - Elliot chats to Jens 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. 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?” 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. Show 101 - Podcast | Sat 4th January - Elliot chats to Jonny 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 twice won Editor of the Year at the PPA Independent Publisher Awards. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 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”. 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. 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. 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. 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. Show 82 - Podcast | Sat 24th August » Elliot chats to Phillip Cable. Phillip 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. 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. 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. Show 79 - Podcast | Sat 3rd August » Elliot chats to Tom Allason. 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. Show 78 - Podcast | Sat 27th July » Elliot chats to Sharai Meyers. Sharai Meyers, 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, Meyers 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. Meyers plans to open 5 clubs in the next 5 years. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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’. 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. 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. 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. Show 69 - Podcast | Sat 25th May » Elliot chats to James Lohan. James Lohan is one half of the couple behind Mr & Mrs Smith. Show 68 - Podcast | Sat 18th May » Elliot chats to Nick Wheeler. Nick Wheeler is the founder and chairman of Charles Tyrwhitt Shirts. 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. Show 66 - Podcast | Sat 4th May » Elliot chats to Stuart Miller. Stuart Miller is the co-founder and CEO of ByBox. Show 65 - Podcast | Sat 27th April » Elliot chats to Ranald MacDonald. Ranald MacDonald is the founder of Boisdale Restaurants. Show 64 - Podcast | Sat 20th April » Elliot chats to Simon Duffy. Simon Duffy is the founder of Bull Dog. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Show 55 - Podcast | Sat 16 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. 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 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. 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”. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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." 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. 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! Show 40 - Podcast | Wed 17th October - Elliot chats to Kathryn Parsons 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. Show 39 - Podcast | Wed 10th October - Elliot chats to Charlie Green Charlie Green is a 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Show 33 - Podcast | Wed 29th August - Elliot chats to Justine Roberts Justine is a 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. 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 Carayol and Tim Manna. 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 Forman. 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. Show 29 - Podcast | Wed 1st August - Elliot chats to Matthew Slotover OBE Matthew Slotover is 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. Show 28 - Podcast | 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. Show 27 - Podcast | 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. Show 26 - Podcast | 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. Show 25 - Podcast | 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. Show 24 - Podcast | 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. Show 23 - Podcast | 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. Show 22 - Podcast | 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. Show 21 - Podcast | Wed 6th June - Elliot chats to John Paleomylites John Paleomylites is 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. Show 20 - Podcast | Wed 30th May 2012 - 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. Show 19 - Podcast | Wed 23rd May 2012 - 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. Show 18 - Podcast | Wed 16th May 2012 - Elliot chats to Jeremy Paxton Jeremy is 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. Show 17 - Podcast | Wed 9th May 2012 - Elliot chats to John Lee John is 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. Show 16 - Podcast | Wed 2nd May 2012 - Elliot chats to Ben Day Ben is 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. Show 15 - Podcast | Wed 25th April 2012 - 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. Show 14 - Podcast | Wed 18th April 2012 - Elliot chats to Lara Morgan Lara is 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. Show 13 - Podcast | Wed 11th April 2012 - 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. Show 12 - Podcast | Wed 4th April 2012 - Elliot chats with Tim Manna Tim's 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. Show 11 - Podcast | Wed 28th March 2012 - 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. Show 10 - Podcast | Wed 21st March 2012 - 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. Show 9 - Podcast | Wed 14th March 2012 - 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. Show 8 - Podcast | Wed 7th March 2012 - 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. Show 7 - Podcast | Wed 29th February 2012 - 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. Show 6 - Podcast | Wed 22nd February 2012 - 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. Show 5 - Podcast | Wed 15th February 2012 - 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. Show 4 - Podcast | Wed 8th February 2012 - 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. Show 3 - Podcast | Wed 1st February 2012 - Elliot chats to 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. Show 2 - Podcast | Wed 25th January 2012 - Elliot chats 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. Show 1 - Podcast | Wed 18th January 2012 - Elliot's first guest is John Vincent John Vincent is a 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.