Don’t just survive, reinvent!

Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs’ Summit will be the largest gathering of entrepreneurs in 2009. Speakers including EasyGroup’s Sir Stelios and Betfair’s Edward Wray will be revealing how they’re guiding their businesses through the worst recession for 50 years. And Real Business will be blogging live from the event.

36: FUSION PEOPLE

Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Here’s a recruitment company with a refreshing approach to recruiting its own staff. At Hampshire-based Fusion People, “all employees are invited to take up an equity stake in the business, giving everyone a direct share in the performance of the company”. […]

37: BIGBLUE PRODUCT DESIGN

Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link “We see ourselves as the John Lewis of range cookers,” says Chris Parker, one half of the duo behind cooking and domestic appliance product-design company, Big Blue. Parker and partner Andrew Longfield have spent all their working lives designing cookers, having […]

38: NET-A-PORTER

Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Nothing – not even economic chaos – can keep Net-a-porter down. For the fourth successive year, the online luxury goods retailer makes an appearance our Hot 100 list. Net-a-porter proudly describes itself as “the world’s premier online fashion retailer” and, with […]

39: GOLDTRAIL HOLIDAYS

Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link For centuries, Greeks and Turks have been seen as natural enemies. But Goldtrail founder and owner Kadir Aydin is showing that this need not be the case in 2009. His company has become the UK’s largest independent tour operator to Turkey […]

40: LANCSVILLE CONSTRUCTION

Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Harrow-based Lancsville Construction is a family affair that’s been designing, building, altering and renovating for more than 30 years – and continues to flourish. Under the leadership Willam Henry, the business has built up a large trade, with sales reaching £131m […]

41: BRAMALL AND JONES

Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link You have to work hard to make money out of selling cars. Volume can be high but profit margins are often wafer-thin. One man who seems to have mastered the trick better than most is Tony Bramall, who owns 51 per […]

42: ROCKSPRING PROPERTY

Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Rockspring Property Holdings, based in fashionable Sloane Street in London, is a holding company for a trading group whose principal subsidiaries include third-party asset managers and companies providing investment and real estate services to affiliated companies. These subsidiaries are to be […]

43: BOND AVIATION GROUP

Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link The origins of the Bond Air Group go back to the sixties, when the late David Bond founded the group. The company expanded rapidly until, by the nineties, it had 110 helicopters operating globally. In the late nineties, it merged with […]

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