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Founders Diaries: Gain an inside look at 20 inspiring British businesses

3 min read

01 November 2016

Former editor

What do you get when you bring together 20 inspiring companies, the leaders at the helm of each, and ask them all to write candid accounts of what their journey is like each month? Welcome to Founders Diaries by Real Business.

The journey to building up a successful business is fraught with obstacles, be they economic, financial or just others trying to stop you reaching an ultimate goal. Learning how to deal with these hurdles is what inspired our new section, Founders Diaries.

We’ve recruited business builders from all around the UK, and from a wide variety of industries, and tasked them with sharing the highs and lows of their own experiences – making sure some useful advice is always contained within.

To give our readers a really representative look at entrepreneurship, we’ve divided the section up into four turnover brackets: £1m-£5m, £5m-15m, £15m-£50m and £50m+ – so there is something for everyone.

We’ve got business owners who are new to the experience, and have been at it for less than five years, and those with serial entrepreneurship stories. They’ve promised to be candid, honest and reflective, not afraid to share accounts of where it has gone wrong.

There is an introductory article from each, giving them a chance to introduce themselves and reveal what their journey has been like so far, what the inspiration for their business was and some insight into the kind of dairy entries they expect to be sharing. Following on from that, we’ll have an entry each month from our Founders Diaries members.

We’d encourage you go and have a look at who we’ve brought on board, ranging from Memory Grandmaster Ed Cooke in our £1m-£5m category to technology trailblazer Christian Nellemann, who is running a company turning over more than £50m. Mixed amongst the rest are the leaders at the helm businesses centred on watches, private jet booking, serviced offices and plumbing.

As ever, if you have any burning questions for our Founders Diaries members then please don’t hesitate to get in contact via editors@realbusiness.co.uk. We’ll be happy to share your enquiries and get a response back to you.

We hope, over time, that Founders Diaries will produce some fascinating insights and produce a story of each of the 20 company’s growth. As some of them move out of a turnover bracket, through explosive expansion, there will be an opportunity for new ones to enter at the bottom.

Our maiden Founders Diaries entry is now live, courtesy of HRC Law partner Simon Whitehead – so please have a read and find out what he’s sharing this month.

This article is part of a wider campaign called Founders Diaries, a section of Real Business that brings together 20 inspiring business builders to share their stories. Bringing together companies from a wide variety of sectors and geographies, each columnist produces a diary entry each month. Visit the Founders Diaries section to find out more.