StartUp Britain Founders

About Emma Jones

Emma JonesEmma Jones is the founder of Enterprise Nation, a small business support company.

A small business expert, Emma is the author of books including Spare Room Start Up – how to start a business from home, Working 5 to 9 – how to start a successful business in your spare time, Go Global – how to take your business to the world and The StartUp Kit.

Following a career with Arthur Andersen, Emma launched her first business at age 27 and successfully sold the company two years later. Enterprise Nation was launched in 2006 as a website to help anyone start and grow a business from home. The company has since expanded to offer online services, publications, events and finance to small businesses across the UK.

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About Michael Hayman

Michael is co-founder of the campaigning company Seven Hills, the fastest growing public relations firm in the UK today.

He is chairman of entrepreneurs at the private bank Coutts & Co and is chairman of MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival. Michael is a non-executive member of Festivals Edinburgh. He also served as a non-executive director with the cities of Westminster and Sheffield and as a commissioner on the Inquiry Into The Future Of Cities And Local Government Finance.

He is a fellow of the British American Project, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, and the Royal Society of Arts. He is also a freeman of the Guild of Public Relations Practitioners, is listed in Debrett’s People of Today and is an ambassador for the Courvoisier Future 500.

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About Oli Barrett

Oli is founder of CoSpA (The Co-Sponsorship Agency), helping brands around the world to create and develop social action projects (for example, getting young people fixing their own youth clubs, with a major DIY chain). He co-founded Make Your Mark with a Tenner (now called Tenner), the scheme which has challenged over 50,000 school pupils to see what they can achieve in a just a month, starting with £10. A lively speaker and motivator, he is best-known for his unique skill of connecting people. He brought Speednetworking to the UK. Outside of the UK, he helps organise regular trade missions to San Francisco (in Web, Cleantech and Health), helping British companies to pitch for funding and explore business opportunities.

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About Rajeeb Dey

Rajeeb is the founder of – a portal that connects students and graduates to work placements in start-ups and SMEs for which he was named the 02 X Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009. He is a Trustee of UnLtd – the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, advisory board member of Channel 4 (Education) and the UK-India Business Council’s Next Generation Network. Rajeeb graduated with First Class Honours in Economics & Management from the University of Oxford in 2008 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

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About Duncan Cheatle

Duncan Cheatle has spent over 10 years championing UK enterprise. He is the founder of The Prelude Group, whose mission is ‘to make Britain the most enterprising nation in the world’, as well as The Supper Club, the home to hundreeds of Britain’s most innovative, award-winning and high-growth entrepreneurs. The club won the SFEDI UK Best Enterprise Support Awards in 2012. Duncan is also founder of the social enterprise, an internet business aimed at bringing recognition to those people that make a real difference in our communities, and RiseTo – The Enterprise Challenge, which trains young people in business skills through an innovative, mentor-supported, six-week, community-based campaign.

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About Jamie Murray Wells

Jamie is the founder and executive chairman of internet retailer Glasses Direct, which sells a pair of glasses every few minutes, round the clock.

Jamie is also a volunteer for the Prince’s Trust and the entrepreneur-in-residence at Atomico Ventures. Jamie is passionate about new enterprise and in 2009 his work inspiring others was recognised with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion.

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Chairman Luke Johnson

Luke is a former chairman of Channel 4, a current chairman of equity house Risk Capital Partners and the Royal Society of Arts as well as writing a regular entrepreneurial column for the Financial Times.

Luke is also part owner and chairman of Giraffe Restaurants, Patisserie Valerie, APT Controls and Gail’s Bakery. He is a non-executive chairman of Metro Bank.

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