While others have warned of a triple-dip recession, the latest ICAEW/Grant Thornton UK Business Confidence Monitor (BCM) shows business confidence has increased to its highest point since Q2 2011, with a number of other positive indicators for the UK economy.
Jo Fairley co-founded a chocolate empire. Here she talks about what she learnt from launching Green & Blacks Organic Chocolate and growing it into a global ethical brand. We’ve also pulled out 10 tips based on her experience and insights.
Chocoholic entrepreneur Josephine Fairley talks about how she co-founded Green & Black’s organic chocolate during the 1991 recession, built it into a global ethical brand and helped pioneer the modern concept of ethical business. “Which,” she says, “only goes to show there are opportunities as well as challenges for businesses in difficult times like these…”
Sarah Wood started her first business aged 13; now 38, she is the Winner of the 2011 Fast Growth Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award. But you’ll know her better from her social media work, turning brand campaigns such as Compare the Market/Meerkat and Evian’s Roller Babies into viral hits. In true tech entrepreneur style, she sent her interview answers in via smartphone from the middle of a Cambridge conference…
Grant Thornton’s Elevate magazine comes out but twice a year, and that’s why it’s packed with the latest thinking for and from UK business leaders. Here’s what you’ll find inside the latest issue and how to join our mailing list.
In the week that Prime Minister David Cameron made the historic decision to veto a new European Union treaty, we review our blog interview series on the life-changing decisions made by world-famous leaders in business…
Like many serial entrepreneurs, Luke Johnson believes in getting off your behind, facing down the risks and rising to a challenge. Never more so than in 1992, when he was living on an overdraft in order to help finance a reverse takeover of Pizza Express. It was a transformational moment, which he relives here as the latest subject of Grant Thornton’s My Big Decision series.
Here on Elevate blog, we write for and about those dynamic entrepreneurs and business leaders who have already ‘made it’ and are heading up successful companies, many in the corporate mid-market. But our next My Big Decision interviewee has got us thinking about how these CEOs started out and how a new wave of entrepreneur clubs and support networks is supporting British enterprise.
We’re pleased to announce that our next My Big Decision interviewee will be the world-famous marketer and blogger, Seth Godin – coming shortly on Elevate. Interspersed with him talking about a critical decision he has made, however, are glimpses of the Kewpie Doll and figures collection he keeps in his office - ending on shot of a Seth Godin ‘Mini-Me’. Yes, it seems the man has his own action figure! Here’s the story of the doll…
Sahar Hashemi is the co-founder of Coffee Republic, one of the most powerful women in British business and author of new book for entrepreneurs, Switched On . She’s also the subject of Grant Thornton’s next
Setting up a technology-oriented investment firm just six months after the dot com bubble burst may sound like risky business. But as entrepreneur and BBC Dragon Julie Meyer explains, in Grant Thornton’s
‘Entrepreneurs’ may not have made the top 100 keywords used in Alistair Darling’s budget speech (see our Wordle below), but Budget 2010 held some good news for entrepreneurs looking to sell their business, as the Chancellor raised the level of
She is the founder of Ariadne Capital, a technology-orientated investment firm, a Dragon on the BBC’s online Dragons’ Den and, according to the Wall Street Journal “one of the top 30 Most Powerful Women in Europe”. She’s also the subject of Grant Thornton’s next