“Robbing” is a slight exaggeration. But the sentiment is there. Clever company Green Works takes redundant furniture from blue chips and sells it to SMEs and charities, dirt cheap.
Dawn Gibbins has just sold her flooring company Flowcrete for a cool £35m, but she’s not about to sit back and chew the cud. She’s now investing £2m to set up Barefoot Living – a domestic flooring business which she hopes will brighten up the UK manufacturing industry.
Olly Swanton’s £2m-turnover digital press agency is a "baby factory", with employees taking time off to have children or look after their kids. It costs Swanton a fortune – but he’s backing the breeders.
Sisters Haleh and Golnar Abivardi opened their first Swiss Smile clinic in Zurich in 2004. Today, Swiss Smile clinics are filling cavities and polishing teeth in St Moritz and London, and are set to take on the world over the next two years.
Sir Alan gives Kevin the boot, and not a moment too soon.