Profile: The Organic Pioneer

Few business people would describe themselves as a “left-leaning anarchist”, but being different partly explains why Guy Watson, founder of award-winning Riverford Organic, has achieved so much. Mark Williams finds out how his belief in organic farming turned into a prosperous business that delivers food boxes to tens of thousands of UK homes each week Born…

Read More

My biggest leap of faith in business

Taking risks are part and parcel of being an entrepreneur, but some are particularly significant. Mark Williams asks five entrepreneurs to look back to a time when they took a leap of faith Wendy Tan White’s first major leap of faith wasn’t, as you might expect, starting Moonfruit with Joe White and Eirik Pettersen during the first…

Read More

How to run a business with your spouse

“The main problem when working with loved ones is linked to relationship intensity,” says psychologist Dr Kathy Marshack, author of Entrepreneurial Couples: making it work at work and at home. “Since we care more about what they think of us and vice versa, the work and home environment can become ripe for conflict.” Marshack agrees that…

Read More

Profile: The Flip-Flop Philanthropist

Rob Forkan has been on an incredible journey. With younger brother Paul he runs Gandys, which uses some of its profits to help orphans in India – just one reason this fast-growing flip-flop brand continues to win admirers. Rob’s amazing story, which includes surviving the 2004 tsunami that claimed his parents’ lives, as told to…

Read More

How Laura Tenison scaled JoJo Maman Bébé

JoJo Maman Bébé is the UK’s leading boutique mother and baby brand. With more than 75 UK stores, 750 staff and trade customers in 50-plus countries, it’s perhaps difficult to believe that its founder and managing director, Laura Tenison MBE (pictured), started her business in 1993 as a classic ‘kitchen table’ enterprise. So, how has…

Read More