Mike France

One of the leading retailers of his generation, Mike France operated from his early thirties at board level for several blue-chip companies (BHS, Sears, Debenhams) before becoming CEO/co-owner of the world renowned educational toy brand, Early Learning Centre together with his business partner, Peter Ellis. The pair sold the business in April 2004 and within weeks came up with the idea of launching the world’s first pure-play online luxury watch brand. He is also on the advisory board at Kurt Salmon Consulting and has previously held various non-executive roles as varied as Premier League football clubs (West Ham United) and in several private equity ventures.

Effective collaboration is all about the people involved
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Negative reviews from customers are a window into my business
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Industry awards – are they worth it?
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seasonal-rush
Why everyone, including the CEO, must muck in during seasonal rush
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Location is everything, but does the London label actually have a brand impact?
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Customer service goals
Customer service goals: Driving 300 miles overnight for an emergency wedding delivery
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Raising capital – Tales of success from a watch brand
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Christopher Ward thinking different
My take on building a successful business by thinking different
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Being different
Building up a successful business by being different
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Celebrity endorsements: Essential or expendable?
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Business annual budget
Your annual budget: Opportunity to stick, twist or go bust
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Digital advertising strategy
Digital advertising strategy: Have we reached a tipping point?
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Belbin philosophy for NASA mission
Adopting the Belbin philosophy to build a watch brand’s team
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Why Morgan Motors was the right premium brand to partner with
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Maternity leave
Dealing with maternity leave in an SME
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Christopher Ward launch
Founders Diaries: Introducing Christopher Ward co-founder Mike France
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