Santiago Navarro: "I have put all my money into my start-ups, but it makes a massive difference to have a loving mum who believes fully in me and my drive for success."
Interview with Santiago Navarro CEO and Co-Founder of Garçon Wines.
Santiago Navarro is a serial entrepreneur. His first start-up in 2011, Vinopic Wines, was an online retailer which was the first to use science to judge and score wines for their intrinsic quality.
Following this, he went on to co-found Nightly.travel, the world's only hotel booking site to split a traveller's stay across two hotels to enable them to save as much as 70%. Santiago's now focused on Garçon Wines, as CEO and co-founder, targeting the 35 billion bottles used annually in wine and aiming to make flat, innovative and sustainable bottles the dominant primary packaging.
Adam Barlow on starting his business: "I am worried that I will fail by only living a mediocre life, one in which I am never really challenged..."
Interview with Adam Barlow, Founder & Director of Simply Trios
Adam Barlow went with his gut instinct, and after graduating in Geography, felt he needed a venture that gave his purpose.
He had been making Trios for over 10 years, but only ever as gifts for friends and family. People had always said he should sell them, so he decided to test the waters and see if it was viable. Read on to find out how he found success with his brand, Simply Trios...
On getting new business: "Pick up the phone and tell anyone who will listen to what you are building, why you are building it, and why they should care." Says, Russ D'Argento
Interview with Russ D'Argento, Founder & CEO of FINTRX
Russ oversees business development and enterprise-level sales on behalf of the organisation. Russ is also responsible for negotiating strategic relationships and partnerships for FINTRX and its suite of products. In addition to his role at Capital Hedge, he also serves as Sr. Consultant of Family Office Marketing and introductions for Windham Capital Group - a 20-year-old for fee placement firm in the hedge fund space. Russ holds a BA from the University of Connecticut (Storrs) where he was a four year standout on the Huskies baseball team.
Nikki Hesford on Business: "Look at everything with common sense – you do not need a £5k website on your first day of trading."
Business spotlight shines the light on Nikki Hesford.
Interview with Nikki Hesford, owner and founder of Nikki Hesford Business Academy teaching small business owners the fundamentals of marketing their business and succeeding!
Nikki has a thirst for success - she runs successful events across the UK and hopes to project a turnover of £300,000 in year 2 of trading. Learn how she plans on achieving her business goals:
"Knowing that I’m building something that will reach a billion people gets me out of bed in the morning..." says Scoodle co-founder Ismail Jeilani
Interview with Ismail Jeilani, Owner of Scoodle - Ismail love telling stories. He graduated from King’s College London, furthering his learning with programmes at Oxford & Harvard before joining Google. While funding his degree, Ismail built his first company which helped raise over £900,000 for charity and interest-free funding. With his experience, he co-founded Scoodle, an app connecting students and teachers. Scoodle is a platform that allows students to "learn anything." Their tagline is: "Designing a world where parents can start choosing teachers, not schools’. They were even featured as Apple’s app of the day!’
Scoodle received funding from the co-founder of Twitter, and is the first education-based startup supported by the University of Oxford's incubator. What an achievement!
Ismail Jeilani has been featured in Buzzfeed, Business Insider, BBC and Vice News - as well as being ranked as one of the 'top 100 coolest people in tech' by Business Insider 2017. Read on to find out about his journey in business so far...
"The first 12 months of any new venture is a learning curve, it is in the following years that you will see whether there is light at the end of the tunnel."
Interview with Kanchan Kamdar, Owner of APT BACS - Kanchan first started working for Automated Payment Transfer Ltd (APT), a BACS software supplier, in 2004 as a Sales and Marketing Manager. She completed the management buyout in 2007 and has been running it successfully ever since.
Kanchan has an inspirational story - Employee-turned-business-owner, she is the perfect example of an empowering woman in business "leaning in." Learn how she did it...
In business..."I'd say don't be afraid to ask for help because I was an amateur when I started my business and had no idea on how to write a business plan"
Interview with Rachel Gilbertson, Founder of Roxiie's Treasures - a company which sells handmade Crosby and Liverpool themed cushions and other gifts.
Rachel took the world of employment into her own hands, at the young age of 19, when she struggled to find a job, she decided to create her own. Find out how Roxii's Treasures has helped Rachel in building a career and lifestyle, and how she has transformed her business since its launch in April 2013.
Hunter & Gather owner, Amy Moring talks about how the company turned over 6 figures and her plans for the future...
Hunter & Gather are an innovative Real Food brand catering for those on a Paleo, Keto, Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Vegan or Real Food Lifestyle. They believe in a diet free from sugars, grains and harmful fats to enable you to be the best version of yourself.
Year one as a new food business, and Amy Moring has had a profound year . Read about her amazing journey with co-founder Jeff. Some of their fabulous achievements include:
Success and entrepreneurial spirit are not foreign terms to Asad Shamim; in fact, Asad is known to have built a Furniture e-commerce business, from the ground up, and two years ago, he dived into the world of Sports Management, to take on a life-changing challenge for an amateur boxer seeking his professional license.
"In under 18 months, my business partner and I have a membership of nearly 100 business owners and decision makers" says Laurence Grant
Laurence Grant and Robert O'Sullivan, co-founders of Shaking Hands Interactive Partnership, have combined their experience in business management, sales, marketing, publishing, and events to create Croydon's fastest-growing business partnership. We speak to Laurence to find out how they have got on over the past year and a half of starting up.
Backed by the local authorities, corporate business leaders, and the growing community of small businesses in Croydon, Shaking Hands has become the one-stop-shop for directors and decision-makers looking to collaborate across the Capital.