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20 April 2016

The Leap 100 2016 Launch Film

The Leap 100 2016 Launch Film features some of 2015's The Leap 100 company founders sharing their experiences as entrepreneurs and what they have gained from being a part of The Leap 100 programme:

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THE LEAP 100

In 2015 Mishcon de Reya together with City AM created  THE LEAP 100 bringing together 100 of the most exciting fast-growing companies in the UK

We tracked the challenges

We tracked the opportunities and successes of these ambitious companies via regular polls round tables and events

Here are some of their founders

Kate Lester
Founder, Diamond Logistics

I guess the first time I realised I had a business was the first big meeting I had with my major client, the client who gave me 60% of my first years’ turnover.

Fraser Smeaton
Co-Founder, MorphCostumes

I remember saying to my co-founders, I wonder what we can do today maybe a few thousand pounds and maybe our biggest day tomorrow and then that evening we did five thousand pounds alone and the next day we did twenty six thousand pounds and we were like, wow we’ve got something that is worth pursuing  here.

Danvers Baillieu
COO, Hide my Ass!

You don’t really have days off, you don’t really have weekends. Of course you can go off and do things but you are always thinking about the business.

Kresse Wesling
MBE, Co-Founder, Elvis & Kresse

I think if you are interested in what you want to do, you are engaged by it, you're passionate about it, you are in love with it then really it is not a sacrifice, it’s sort of the only option that you’ve got.

Kate Lester
Founder, Diamond Logistics

Yes you make consideration of your time so maybe less play, less family, less social life but it’s definitely a choice, a lifestyle choice and I absolutely love it.

Kresse Wesling
MBE, Co-Founder, Elvis & Kresse

What I love most about our business is that every day we are solving a problem.

Ruzbeh Bacha
Founder, City FALCON

Living my life as per my own terms.

Tobi Schneidler
Founder, Bouncepad

All the people buzzing in the office, talking across department.

Ruzbeh Bacha
Founder, City FALCON

One of the things I have learned when it comes to failure is its okay to fail, it’s okay to try things but the key thing you should look out for is fail fast so that you can move on, you can try other things in the future.

Kate Lester
Founder, Diamond Logistics

You have to be ready to pivot, you have to be ready to change, you have to be ready to absorb new ideas.

Peter Behrans
Co-Founder, RateSetter

You just have to take the cards you have been dealt at that time and play them the best way you can and just always keep trying to move forward and keep re-evaluating your plan and check that it is the right one for the circumstances around you.

Rupert Evans
MD, TranslateMedia

The best piece of advice I have ever had was to get a good Board.  My Board continuously gives me good constructive advice which helps me reach decisions quicker than I might have done on my own.

Kresse Wesling
MBE, Co-Founder, Elvis & Kresse

I remember my first ever boss saying, you’re never done, you’re never cooked, it’s always a work in progress and you have to keep, keep learning consistently.  It’s definitely been incredible advice for us.

Tobi Schneidler
Founder, Bouncepad

So Leap 100 is really important because it focuses on scale-ups rather than just start-ups.

Ruzbeh Bacha
Founder, City FALCON

It helps a lot of businesses differentiate from you know, there is a crowd of businesses out there.

Fraser Smeaton
Co-Founder, MorphCostumes

It gives you a network of other people that are going through the same challenges and frustration that you might be going through.

Kresse Wesling
MBE, Co-Founder, Elvis & Kresse

There is always a little gem or a little piece of advice that works brilliantly,

Rupert Evans
MD, TranslateMedia

My advice for the next Leap 100 would be that you can be self-critical and positive at the same time.

Kate Lester
Founder, Diamond Logistics

If you are offered the opportunity to enter an award, go for it.  If you are offered the opportunity to go to a course, got for it.

Kresse Wesling
MBE, Co-Founder, Elvis & Kresse

The best thing that you can possibly do is engage in the activities, find out who else is involved.  Use that as an opportunity to meet the ones that you are most interested in and see it as a jumping off point for potential collaboration.

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