Professional athletes often find themselves facing a unique and potentially unnerving dilemma, namely what do with when they come to the end of one hugely successful career and have to work out what to do next. But former Olympic swimmer Adrian Moorhouse has relished the challenge.
Dino Forte co-founded customer management business Converso Contact Centres in 1997 and this year he anticipates that sales will top £6 million. He’s overseen the group’s evolution from a four-person outfit into an innovative call centre operator with 280 employees, learning some important lessons along the way.
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Few entrepreneurs can claim to have secured their first client before even establishing a business, yet that was the rather enviable position in which doctor-turned-TV presenter David Bull found himself some five years ago.
Paramount 21 is a labour of love for its chairman, Alison Hannaford. Not only does her passion for food underpin her considerable enthusiasm for the business, but there is also an deep-seated emotional involvement.
A combination of great production skills and creative excellence are driving television production company Ten Alps Communications ever further forward, according to chief executive Alex Connock.
Robert Chapman launched The Training Camp (UK) in 2001 and dramatic growth has seen annual revenue hit in excess of £4 million. Unlike most other IT training providers, the company offers accelerated learning in the zero-distraction environment of its residential centres, where pupils can study 24 hours a day.
London-based public relations outfit Next Fifteen is now the leading provider of technology PR in the United States, following the purchase OutCast Communications – a firm based in San Francisco and New York – during the summer.
After more than 15 years in the hospitality industry, Ken Millar faced the horrifying prospect earlier this year of having to call in the administrators for his hotel business. He’s managed to turn his fortunes around and is now part of the successful consortium of Best Western Hotels.
While the start-up phase of a company’s life can be make or break, the next step in the evolution of a growing business can be even tougher.
IFone, Morgan O’Rahilly’s mobile phone games developer and publisher, was recently crowned the second fastest-growing technology company in the UK.
At first glance, Mark Estdale seems every inch the reluctant entrepreneur, after all Outsource Media – the voice production venture he established over ten years ago – was originally conceived as a lifestyle business.
Having built a thriving betting shop business, Peter Done changed tack and took on employment consultancy Peninsula. He eventually turned the company’s fortunes around, but sailed close to the wind on many occasions.
Britain might not be the manufacturing behemoth it once was, but what it lacks in scale it certainly makes up for in expertise and innovation.
Powerleague is leading the way with floodlit 5-a-side football centres in the UK, has plenty of growth to gun for in a thriving market, and even has one eye on a European push
Most entrepreneurs are far too focused on their own businesses to contemplate what they’d like to do in the future. Undeterred, GrowthBusiness decided to ask a simple question: ‘What would you do with £100,000?’
Back in late 2001, recruitment industry software developer Bond International Software was a business on the up, but then things started to stall.
In the late 1990s, Adam Balon, Jon Wright and Richard Reed came up with the idea of a device to automatically fill your bath, but, on account of the dangerous mix of water and electricity involved, they changed tack and started selling fruit smoothies instead.
In just three years Phil Harvey and his fellow founding directors have grown media, design and advertising agency JPMH from start-up into a business generating £2 million of turnover each year.
‘We were already in the nursery sector, but not in a big way,’ explains Ringo Francis, chairman and chief executive of cleaning products supplier Zenith Hygiene.
DAD is a service app that harnesses the power of gig work to address the stresses of home repair. The start-up raised £2m to further its platform with a video visit service
Samantha White, CEO of My Credit Controllers assesses if calling out late payers can actually tackle this pervasive issue
The annual Cash Shells Directory is an invaluable guide for companies and advisers considering joining the stock market by reversing into a shell, providing a list of potential candidates and a commentary on each of them