We speak to Shahena Ali, the founder and managing director of the successful beauty brand The Powder Lounge. Shahena founded the company in 2007 and has quickly established it as a specialist in brow and lash treatments and products, with Brow and Lash Bars located in flagship Topshop, Debenhams and Superdrug stores.
We spent some time with Paul Bates, who has been in the pest control industry for over 30 years. His pest control career started, following a period as a civil servant, when he joined Rentokill, then in 1996 he joined Cleankill, a small operation started the previous year by two of his Rentokill ex colleagues. Now 15 years on Cleankill employs 22 staff and has a turnover of over £1.5million, so how has he done it?
We talk to Patrick Van Der Vorst, who after working for Sotherby’s for a number of years, set up valuemystuff.com the online antiques and arts valuations website and who after a trip to Dragons’ Den was able to bring the hammer down on an investment from Theo Paphitis & Deborah Meaden
We caught up with Jason Mohr, who originally qualified as a solicitor and then worked as a corporate financier with NM Rothschild & Co decided to pursue his dream of helping the environment starting AnyJunk in 2004 with just one vehicle. The company now has 31 vehicles, operating out of ten national depots employing 75 staff and turnover of £5 million.
As part of our new initiative to help profile some of the smaller businesses in the UK, every Friday we accept pitches from business owners who want us to Get To Know Them Better via our Twitter account.
This week John Lakey answers our famous six questions.
We talk to Mark Mason, the CEO of one of the leading smartphone app developers in the UK Mubaloo. Here he discusses what it is like to head up a business in this new and fast moving sector.
We caught up with Patrick Averies, who heads up one of the UK’s leading pawnbroking companies, which is leading the charge in the change of the much maligned and frowned upon sector and in turn seeing a huge increase in business as banks are lending less.
We caught up with Chris O’Connor, who has taken his company to be one of the largest independent hospitality agents in the UK, to ask what keeps him motivated, what are his ambitions and what real-world advice would he give to those wishing to follow in his footsteps.
We talk to Internet entrepreneur Michael Phillips, founder of consumerchoices.co.uk, a leading provider of comparison sites and services, to ask what keeps him motivated, what are his ambitions and what real-world advice would he give to those wishing to follow in his footsteps.