2e2 chief executive Terry Burt wasn’t afraid to change the IT service provider’s strategy when he realised the company’s original tactics were no longer achieving an optimal number of sales.
Sure, we want to get kids into business. But a bunch of fawning parents buying salmonella cookies and hokey drawings? That’s no way to prepare young entrepreneurs for a life of entrepreneurship.
As the world moves to faster, more expensive optical-based networks, companies such as Conjunct will play a central role.
The entrepreneurial heavyweights in this year’s Hot 100 list aren’t afraid to take risks. Almost two thirds of the country’s fastest-growing companies were started by entrepreneurs using money from a second mortgage on their homes.
Forget the “old school” sectors of manufacturing and construction. The superstars in this year’s Hot 100 list of the fastest growing companies in the UK are derivatives data providers, hedge fund managers, recruitment consultancies and support services firms.
Barbara Scandrett didn’t receive any formal business training but instead learnt how to be a businesswoman from some “influential people” she met along the way.
Hamish Edwards’s company Xero wants to take the frustration out of accounting software and give entrepreneurs real-time access to financial information in a format they can understand.
Thirteen companies from the financial services industry are among the UK’s fastest growing privately owned companies listed in the 2008 Real Business/LDC Hot 100 league table.
Started in 2000 from a kitchen table in the suburbs of Melbourne, Boost Juice Bars now has outlets in more countries than any other smoothie chain. Now, Boost founder and MD Janine Allis, is partnering with Nestle to distribute bottled smoothies throughout the UK.
Andrew Griffith has been appointed chief financial officer of British Sky Broadcasting Group.
Entrepreneurial brothers Surindar and Nick Dhandsa are carving out a niche in the cosmetic surgery business. After selling their nursing home chain for approximately £320m, the brothers opened London’s first purpose-built cosmetic surgery clinic.