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The Business Owner: Vanessa O’Shea, Culture Shapers

The Business Owner: Vanessa O’Shea, Culture Shapers

Founder: Vanessa O’Shea Company: Culture Shapers Location: Brighton, Sussex Proposition: Would you like to shape your workplace culture into one where your values are evidently outworked in your people? Lots of people are talking about culture at the moment, but it can be a nebulous and vague concept that is difficult to understand, never mind shape. I have developed a unique programme of shaping culture by embedding values, helping businesses to create a positive, productive and authentic business culture. Size: 1-3 Website: www.cultureshapers.co.uk Describe your business model: To sell the culture shape programme, initially through my consultation, over a series of workshops, and in time, as a standalone model which will be online. How is your business different from what’s already out t... »

The Business Owner: Dr Seth Rankin, London Doctors Clinic

The Business Owner: Dr Seth Rankin, London Doctors Clinic

Founder: Dr Seth Rankin Company: London Doctors Clinic Location: London Proposition: A convenient and affordable chain of private GP practices Size: 9 clinics in central London. Nearly 20,000 patients so far and growing by over 20% a month. Website: www.londondoctorsclinic.co.uk How is your business different from what’s already out there? “If you want to see a doctor at 10 o’clock today London Doctor Clinic is your only choice”. The uniqueness of this selling point cannot be overemphasised. There is probably not a single Londoner that has not on occasions needed an appointment at certain time to fit in with their schedule. We provide that appointment for the very many Londoners for whom a convenient time is their priority and choose to use us. We offer a very easy direct online booking sy... »

International Women’s Day: Inspiring Female Business Owners Share Their Thoughts

International Women’s Day: Inspiring Female Business Owners Share Their Thoughts

It’s International Women’s Day! So we thought, what better way to mark the occasion than to speak to some of the UK’s most inspiring female business owners – and get them to offer some pearls of wisdom for you to enjoy… Believe in yourself Claire Lister, managing director of Pitman Training Group: “Know your rights and be realistic but confident of your abilities.  Make sure that you know what your rights are legally, and don’t let others make you question your abilities.  Have more confidence in your opinions. We all know that when we’re tired and under pressure, probably the first thing to take a knock is our confidence. “If this happens, give yourself a pep talk, and develop a support network that will give you a good kicking if you don’t manage to pick up ... »

The Business Owner: Aidan Rushby, Movebubble

The Business Owner: Aidan Rushby, Movebubble

Name: Aidan Rushby, Company: Movebubble Location: Grays Inn Road, Holborn Proposition: London’s only renter dedicated property app Size: 20 Website: www.movebubble.com How is your business different from what’s already out there? Movebubble’s vision is to move the world’s renters, instantly anywhere! We have built a two-sided market place that enables renters and agents to transact in hours not days. Young professionals can download our app, book viewings in two taps, and secure a property in minutes at any time of the day, as if they have someone else managing their search for them. Agents never need to go to the office as they can manage the whole moving process on the go. We like to think we are in the business of helping renters move home not advertising! How did you finance your busin... »

The Business Owner: May Al-Karooni, Globechain

The Business Owner: May Al-Karooni, Globechain

Founders: May Al-Karooni Company. Globechain Location: London, UK Proposition: Online reuse platform that connects businesses, charities and people to enable them to reuse unwanted items Size: Globechain has well over 10,000 users (businesses and individuals) and over 1,000 corporates signed up to give away items via the platform. The company is bootstrapped and break-even, and is run single-handedly by May Al-Karooni, with no co-founder. Website: www.globechain.com How is your business different from what’s already out there? Globechain is a reuse platform that connects corporates who want to throw away items, with small businesses, charities and individuals interested in reusing. The business model is a Pay to Give, Take for Free model, where corporates pay to upload and give items, and ... »

The Business Owner: Christopher Vogt, BillFront

The Business Owner: Christopher Vogt, BillFront

Name: Christopher Vogt Company: BillFront Founders: Christopher Vogt and Gregor Dimitriou Location: London and Berlin Proposition: BillFront provides a new way for digital media companies to avoid the industry’s lengthy payment terms, which can sometimes be up to 120 days, and get faster access to their media revenues. Size: 15+ employees Website: www.billfront.com Describe your business model: BillFront provides a new way for digital media companies to avoid the industry’s lengthy payment terms, which can sometimes be up to 120 days, and get faster access to their media revenues. As programmatic buying rises within the digital advertising industry, BillFront can help media companies keep on top of their finances, while also simplifying the entire payments process. How is your business dif... »

The Business Owner: Kevin Box, Pug Mug Marketing

The Business Owner: Kevin Box, Pug Mug Marketing

Name: Kevin Box Company: Pug Mug Marketing Ltd Location: West Bromwich, West Midlands Proposition: Our goal is to help businesses get online through creative websites and attract visitors that convert. We do this by making sleek websites which are optimised to rank within search engines. Our business is to help your business grow. Size: 1 Website: www.pugmugmarketing.com How is your business different from what’s already out there? When building websites we put a lot of focus on preparing them for the search engines and how they can be found. We also extract as much information about ‘trust factors’ (what makes visitors trust your company, such as certifications or clients you’ve worked with) as possible. This allows us to think about the website conversion process. A lot of our clients ar... »

The Business Owner: Charlie Turner and Lee Forster, Neat Nutrition

The Business Owner: Charlie Turner and Lee Forster, Neat Nutrition

Founders: Charlie Turner and Lee Forster  Company: Neat Nutrition Location: London Proposition: Neat Nutrition is a premium protein and supplements brand and London small business set up by two friends Charlie Turner (32) and Lee Forster (33). Within a year of trading Neat has an exclusive range with Net-A-Porter and Mr Porter, and has just opened its first café on Regent Street Website: www.neat-nutrition.com Describe your business model: Our business model is primarily an ecommerce retail platform, selling product on our own website and on Net-A-Porter and Mr Porter. We knew we wanted to avoid stocking Neat in large ‘bricks-and-mortar’ retailers and positioning our products alongside mass market, generic brands. Instead, we have chosen to work with premium fitness studios like Third Spac... »

The Business Owner: James Hutchins, James Chocolates/ Chocolate Treat Club/ Cocoa Republic

The Business Owner: James Hutchins, James Chocolates/ Chocolate Treat Club/ Cocoa Republic

Founder: James Hutchins Location: Somerset Proposition: Creative chocolate experts Size: Under 20 employees Website: www.jameschocolates.co.uk / www.chocolatetreatclub.co.uk/ www.cocoarepublic.co.uk How is your business different from what’s already out there? We are recognised as leaders in our field in terms of chocolate creativity and innovation. This carries though all arms of the business, from our core range of James Chocolates branded products with their unique blend of fun and great taste, through to our new brands; Chocolate Treat Club – the UK’s first tailored chocolate subscription service which is set to shake up the chocolate delivery market, and our latest venture, Cocoa Republic – bringing innovation to the chocolate bar market by putting consumers at the helm of... »

The Business Owner: Peter Tuvey, Fleximize

The Business Owner: Peter Tuvey, Fleximize

Name: Peter Tuvey Company: Fleximize Location: Ipswich Proposition: An alternative business lender, offering flexible business loans to British small businesses Size:  40+ employees Website: fleximize.com Describe your business model: Fleximize is a direct business lender that combines innovative tech with traditional underwriting methods. We like to describe ourselves as ‘tech-focused, but relationship-driven’, demonstrating our commitment to customer service. We don’t apply the strict criteria of banks, meaning we will lend to companies that other lenders, including direct competitors, wouldn’t. How is your business different from what’s already out there? We listen to our customers to develop products that they’re asking for, and which aren’t already on the shelves. We also offer repaym... »

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