Set up by a vegan father and daughter team in 2003, Beanies Health Foods has simultaneously cornered a niche and appealed to the mainstream by selling meat-replacement foods.
We all know the health benefits of a vegan lifestyle but now vegan businesses are arguing that eating less meat can significantly help reduce our carbon footprint.
In setting up his publishing company Vegetarian Guides, Alex Bourke learnt a few hard lessons along the way – namely choose your bank carefully and ask yourself “Do I really need an accountant?”
Dawn Gibbins was just 21-years-old when she set up Flowcrete with her father in 1982. Last month she sold the company for £35m and while her husband has stayed on in a MD role, she says there’s “no way” she would want her two daughters to join the business.
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.
When it comes to popularity stakes in the business world, Sir Richard Branson is the reigning champion. Most recently, the chairman of the Virgin Group has topped a poll of business role models as voted for by UK SME owners.
She may have just sold her flooring company Flowcrete for £35m but it hasn’t been a smooth ride to success for Dawn Gibbins. And given the current economic climate – she says now is the time, more than ever, to focus on reducing your variable costs.
Set up in response to changing marketing trends, Total Marketing Network offers the full shebang of marketing solutions. “An increasing number of clients were coming to us saying ‘We want to go to one company that can do everything for us,’” says Denise Pritchard who co-founded the company in 2003.
James Caan’s recent remark that the UK can kiss manufacturing goodbye has raised hackles. Dawn Gibbins, who has just sold her flooring company Flowcrete for £35m, is the latest to pour scorn on the dragon: “I challenge him on this because I think women will revive manufacturing in the UK.”
Lois Cook set up her website Angels’ Den in order to match angel investors with people with a worthy business idea. In her experience, early-stage businesses should seek ways to avoid external funding.
Since founding Instant Offices Group in May 1999, MD Rob Hamilton has grown the company to be the largest serviced office broker by market share in every key market in the world. So what is it that sets them apart from their competitors?
Lois Cook decided that not only was there not enough funding available for entrepreneurs, but the amount that angel groups were charging was "criminal". And so last May, Angelsden.co.uk was born which charges a £499 flat fee for entrepreneurs to post their business plans on a site with 1,100 angels.