The Smith & Williamson Power 100 shines a spotlight on often unsung heroes who play an active role in supporting the entrepreneurial community in the UK.
From start-ups to scale-ups, it includes those who help shape policy, champion, mentor, support and promote entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship.
Smith & Williamson is one of the UK’s leading financial and professional services groups. The firm has a dedicated entrepreneurs group which understands the complexities facing growing businesses and their owners, providing end-to-end services to meet their needs. It is a champion of the entrepreneurial cause and uses its energy and expertise to help emerging and established entrepreneurs and management teams to succeed.
Not much happens in the Internet of Things world without Alex somehow being involved. She makes sense of IoT on the keynote speaking circuit and is fundamental to the London/Old Street Silicon Roundabout scene.
Andrew Priestley is an award-winning business coach with nearly 20 years experience. Now head coach at Dent, Andrew is a leading figure in business mentoring and coaching in the UK.
Best known for the 2011 ITV documentary ‘The Choir That Rocks‘, Caroline Redman-Lusher is a well known and respected motivational speaker, using her experience with Rock Choir as a platform to inspire and encourage budding entrepreneurs.
Charles Cracknell launched the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank, which provides grants and mentoring support to young people that live in Hull, East Riding, Ryedale and Scarborough. Over 13 years, it has supported 382 enterprising young people in these areas. Charles also established the Hull Youth Enterprise Partnership, Be Enterprising group of teachers and a new NEETS enterprise project MC4C.
Colin Mills is the founder of The FD Centre, which provides entrepreneurs with short-term directors with corporate-level expertise and experience to help boost their business. He is also a recent author on the scale-up agenda, helping ambitious entrepreneurs grow their business faster.
Director of Delicious Marketing Group, Darren Beale is becoming a role model for young entrepreneurs aiming to shape and inspire their own industry through innovative marketing.
David Edmonston is a serial entrepreneur best known for PistonHeads. With a background in coding and programming, David regularly provides advice and tips to entrepreneurs on the technical aspects of running their own website.
Erica Neve is the founder of Wearedotdotdot and the Apprenticeship Incubator Lab. Having started a business as a single, teenage mum, who was homeless for a short time, she commits a large portion of her time to mentoring young people, helping them to start a business or find the right career.
Hanadi Jabado leads Accelerate Cambridge, Cambridge Judge Business School’s in-house accelerator. She is a serial entrepreneur who holds a variety of advisory and investment roles for early-stage startups.
Jay Allan is the founder of My True North, the ‘ethical business coaching company’, which focuses on getting to know each and every one of its clients personally, working together to achieve greater success.
Having trained as a surgeon, Jean Nehme has moved into entrepreneurship with Touch Surgery, a surgical simulator. Thanks to his change of career, Jean is now a role model for anyone working in an industry they think could be improved or helped by starting a new business.
Jo Geraghty runs a business supporting large and small companies increase their productivity through culture. She is a best-selling author and mentors numerous entrepreneurs with a special passion for female entrepreneurs.
Kate Robertson is the co-founder of One Young World, a global forum for young leaders dubbed ‘Junior Davos’. Kate is a regular commentator on leadership and entrepreneurship.
Leila and Ali Dewji
Brother and sister, Ali and Leila Dewji are the co-founders of I Am Self Publishing, a platform for self-publishing authors. Its selling point is the online marketing course which provides entrepreneur authors with the tools and knowledge needed to make their book a success. Ali is also the founder of Growthaholics, a 1:1 training programme designed to help entrepreneurs build their brand.
A serial published author herself, Lucy McCarraher is also managing editor of Rethink Press, which specialises in publishing the expert books of entrepreneurs, coaches, consultants and small business owners. To date, she has helped more than 100 entrepreneurs to publish their own book.
Mark Herring is a managing director of Urbano Network, a London-based networking group which encourages online interaction as well as face-to-face events. Mark is known for his passion for connecting entrepreneurs with the right people, rather than just numbers in a room.
In a 20 year career, Neal Gandhi has held various roles launching, mentoring and coaching new businesses. Now, he continues to invest money in start-ups that will make a difference. He has a set of values and ethics that drive his decision making.
Nick Leech is group marketing director at Host Europe Group. He has a commitment to helping small business understand how to better use digital. Through the use of videos, articles, face-to-face support and training, Nick has helped thousands of small business owners understand how their online customers and use new marketing channels.
Tom Carter is the co-founder of Ultrahaptics, a company considered ‘one to watch’ by TechMarketView. Remembering where he came from, Tom regularly returns to university, where he got the idea for Ultrahaptics, to inspire, educate and motivate students to follow the path to entrepreneurship.
Travis Winstanley is Games Investment Director at Kuju. He invests exclusively in games companies and his first fund was the world’s first crowdfunded video games fund. With the proceeds, he backed, mentored and helped raise more finance for three award-winning startup studios.
Described as an inspiration and ‘potentially the nicest guy on the UK start-up scene’, Tristan Watson is currently leading the Ignite Accelerator Campus North – one of the UK’s most effective accelerators in trying out new ideas in entrepreneurship.
Victoria Olubi is the founder and CEO of TheTutoress.com, which not only provides tutoring for school children, but has enabled over 2,000 budding tutor-entrepreneurs to start their own tutoring business.
As founder & CEO of Wild Blue Cohort, a West London angel investment network, David Barrie is an influential figure in the industry in London. Wild Blue Cohort boasts over 40 angel investors focusing on startup and early-revenue companies.
David Sear is a leading figure in the world of mobile payments. Having led a joint venture between the UK’s three largest mobile network operators, he launched Worldpay. Advancements in mobile payments have allowed many micro and local businesses to start, survive and thrive in an increasingly digital world.
Founder of DeepMind, Demis Hassabis has established himself as one of the leading figures in the UK on artificial intelligence and how it can be used to improve business.
Dr Rami Ranger CBE
Dr Rami Ranger CBE is the chairman of Sun Mark. Dr Rami is an inspiring figure to aspiring entrepreneurs, particularly migrants. Sixteen years after arriving in the UK, he started a business with £2 capital and turned it into a £200 million company.
Emma Sinclair MBE
Emma Sinclair MBE is a serial entrepreneur and became the youngest person to take a company public at 29. Now, Emma leads Enterprise Jungle, which delivers large enterprise innovation projects. She also writes a regular business column for The Telegraph and was appointed Unicef UK’s first ever business mentor.
Evelyn is the CEO of the EDGE fund, which has helped almost 200 companies to get off the ground. EDGE has now invested over £7 million in 194 businesses with the collective impact of generating 818 new jobs in Scotland. The businesses have increased combined turnover of £45m and have attracted £44m of new external investment.
James Lohan MBE
James Lohan MBE is co-founder and chairman of hotel booking service, Mr & Mrs Smith. James is regularly found passing on his wisdom to fellow entrepreneurs and hoteliers at conferences and exhibitions around the world.
Jenny Campbell is CEO of YourCash Europe, an ATM and cash management company. She commits a great deal of her time using her experience and skills to inspire others to reach their potential. Jenny also works with Young Enterprise and Tomorrow’s People.
After becoming the youngest person to secure investment on ‘Dragon’s Den’, Jordan Daykin became one of the UK’s most recognised young entrepreneurs. He plays an active role in inspiring and encouraging young people to follow a path into entrepreneurship.
Through a variety of roles, Josephine Goube is a tireless campaigner for migrant entrepreneurs and women in tech. Techfugees works within the tech industry to coordinate a tech-based solution to the refugee crisis.
Diamond Logistics CEO, Kate Lester, places great focus on developing young and dynamic people to help them on their way to success. She mentors and guides small business owners to help them to get the best from their businesses, often using her own business’s resources to do so.
Sir Keith Mills
Entrepreneur and role model, Sir Keith is chiefly known for inventing the Air Miles (in 1988) and Nectar Card (in 2002) loyalty card schemes. More recently he was deputy chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Best known for launching Maplin Electronics, Keith Pacey is a serial entrepreneur. Using his experiences with Maplin, Keith has given guidance to numerous companies as director and chairman, including Help-Link.
Twice winner at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Laurence Kemball-Cook is renowned thought leader in entrepreneurship and technology, inspiring the next generation to utilise their creativity to bring ideas to life.
As founder of Qventures and Off3r, Lex Deak is a leading figure in the startup investment scene. Qventures gives entrepreneurs access to sophisticated investors, while Off3r is the world’s first mobile crowdfunding aggregator.
Regarded as one of the most inspiring people in the health innovation space, Maxine Mackintosh has developed the largest digital health network of innovators, entrepreneurs, policy makers and clinicians, leading to greater collaboration and influence in the industry.
A champion for women’s rights and today’s youth, Humanise CEO, Melissa Rowley, mentors teen activists around the world with Three Dot Dash, an initiative of the We Are Family Foundation. Melissa is the CEO of Humanise, Inc, a humanitarian media company and head of the tech for good initiative TheToolbox.org, co-founded by the legendary musician and activist Peter Gabriel.
Niklas Zennstrom is best known for his part in launching Skype. He is now the founder and CEO of Atomico, an investment company which identifies and helps to scale innovative tech companies around the world.
Nigel is chairman of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, a not-for-profit group in the North East. As well as being a paying member, Nigel gives a lot of time to support and advise the team who run the Forum, chairing the board and developing & nurturing relationships with supporting companies.
Sir Tom Farmer CBE
Having launched KwikFit in 1971, Sir Tom Farmer now invests in a wide range of businesses and makes charitable donations through the Sir Tom Farmer Foundation.
Surinder Arora is the founder and chairman of Arora International Hotels. He is a member of the London Skills & Employment Board and sits on the New Enterprise Council, the group of entrepreneurs that advises the Conservative Party on business policies.
Despite working in a very male-dominated industry, Tash Walker is constantly finding ways of surprising people and changing their opinions on how to conduct business. She is an inspirational speaker and talks regularly at events both for the industry and for new young students coming through at both General Assembly and university lectures.
Toni Mascolo MBE
Toni Mascolo MBE is co-founder of global hair salon chain, Toni & Guy. Toni now regular seeks to inspire and advise fellow entrepreneurs by speaking at conferences and exhibitions.
Troy Collins is the founder and CEO of fashion website, Endource, and co-founder of SecretEscapes. As a result of his success, Troy has become an influential figure and role model in entrepreneurship in the UK.
Alison Edgar mentors hundreds of entrepreneurs, including Ben Towers and Jordan Daykin. She is also a voluntary mentor for Entrepreneurial Spark and StartUp Britain, as well as regional champion for Enterprise Nation and Small Business Saturday.
Ammar Mirza CBE
Ammar has spent over 20 years giving his time to help start and scale new businesses, mentoring, creating an enterprise education charity and representing the private sector on various public sector boards. Ammar helps communities from across the UK realise and raise their ambitions and aspirations, in particular working with schools, colleges and universities to develop future entrepreneurs.
Anisa Haghdadi is a serial entrepreneur who has launched a wide range of initiatives focused on entrepreneurship. She is the co-founder of Beatfreeks – a social enterprise which engages young people in art, training and leadership – and the founder of PoweredBy – a programme which helps young people turn ideas into social enterprises.
Best known for Streetcar and Lovespace, Brett Akker is a serial entrepreneur now on the board of Chargifi. He also invests in a range of businesses and provides thought-led advice as a speaker at various events.
David Spencer-Percival uses his position as co-chair of Spencer Ogden as a platform to be a friendly, enthusiastic, insightful supporter of entrepreneurship and growing businesses.
Having started his entrepreneurial journey at 16, Eddie Holmes launched Launch 22 in 2014. Launch 22 is a charitable incubator which has helped nearly 500 entrepreneurs to start their businesses through coaching and mentoring.
Francesca joined seed venture fund Downing Ventures in 2015, leading over 20 key investments, including high growth companies like Hackajob, Baby2Body and Live Better With. She is passionate about improving diversity in entrepreneurship and venture capital and in 2016 founded a non-profit called Diversity.VC, which promotes diversity with events, research and recruitment training and has over 80 members of the VC community.
Most famous for his appearance on Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire, Gordon McAlpine launched his own advisory company in 2016 aimed at helping new tech business optimise their sales performance. He is also a Business Fellow at Strathclyde University, and a Tech London Advocate.
Guy Tolhurst is one of the UK’s leading champions of the Enterprise Investment Scheme and other forms of alternative finance for growing companies.
Widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading tech minds, through Amadeus Capital Partners, Hermann Hauser focuses his attention on investing in entrepreneurs with new, innovative tech ideas.
The founder of Student Beans and, more recently, Causr, James Eder is a champion, mentor and supporter of enterprise in the UK, acting as a mentor to young entrepreneurs and a regular speaker at events and universities.
Most famously the founder of Airlink Group, John McGlynn has used his own private investment vehicle to fund £50 million worth of office space for startups, giving new entrepreneurs a base from which to launch their businesses.
Julie Devonshire OBE
Currently identifying, supporting, mentoring and investing in entrepreneurs in Kings College London, Julie Devonshire OBE is a constant ambassador and champion of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in the UK.
Lindsay Whitelaw is the founder of Urica, which enables entrepreneurs to grow their businesses by supplying finance options that are affordable and suit their business models. Having co-founded Artemis Investment Management, Lindsay understood the lack of support that SMEs receive when it comes to funding their supply chain and, since URICA was established, has helped hundreds of businesses to grow and prosper.
Rajesh Agrawal is the founder of foreign exchange company, Rational FX, and Deputy Mayor for London for Business. He is chair of Oxfam’s Enterprise Development Programme, which gives loans to businesses in the poorest parts of the world. Rajesh is also a patron and enterprise fellow for The Prince’s Trust.
Robert Walsh is managing partner at QVentures, which is changing the way entrepreneurs receive funding from angel investors. It uses its community of like-minded investors to match entrepreneurs to the right angel investor for their business.
Roger Wade is the founder & CEO of Boxpark, a series of pop-up shopping centres made from shipping containers. Boxpark provides retail space to local, independent brands, giving up-and-coming fashion entrepreneurs a chance to showcase their products.
Sarah Turner is the founder of Angel Academe, a unique angel investment network. Most, but not quite all, of its angel investors are women. However, Angel Academe will only back a business with at least one woman on the founding team.
Chief executive of Ramsden International, Sean Ramsden flies the flag for UK entrepreneurship overseas, exporting British goods around the world. He also acts as an adviser to the Secretary of State for International Trade and British Chambers of Commerce of export policy.
Tom Ball is founder & CEO of DeskLodge, the winner of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards ‘Co-Working Space of the Year’ award. His mission is to transform the way we work, aiming to get at least one million people working closer to home at least one day a week.
As co-founder and director of Catalyst Growth Partners, Ashley Cooper supports entrepreneurs with both direct investment and active involvement. More widely, he is actively involved with the Welsh Government as a representative on the REAP programme, chair of Venturefest Wales and more. For the past 6+ years, he has mentored other business owners in a peer advisory role on a monthly basis. As a speaker, he both inspires and prepares others for the challenges of building a high growth business.
Having started his first business at 11, Ben Towers is one of the UK’s best known young entrepreneurs. He uses his story to inspire, encourage and motivate budding entrepreneurs to achieve more and become the next influencers.
A serial entrepreneur himself, Carl Reader has turned his hand to passing on his knowledge and wisdom to other entrepreneurs. He is a twice-published author and now a regular entrepreneurship columnist for the Daily Express.
Charles Mindenhall is the co-founder of Blenheim Chalcot, one of the UK’s leading venture builders. The company has helped over 40 businesses to succeed, with sales of over £300 million.
Elizabeth Varley is the founder and CEO of TechHub, the global tech startup community headquartered in the UK, which helps over 750 tech companies to scale-up. She also actively encourages girls to get involved with IT and new media.
Emma-Jane Packe is the managing director of Prelude Group. The Prelude Group operates The Supper Club – an influential peer-learning network group for high-growth founders and CEOs – and The Directors Club, which offers development for directors of entrepreneurial businesses.
Henry Joseph Grant
An early employee at JUST EAT, Henry Joseph-Grant now utilises his experience to help start-ups scale as an advisor and mentor working with Seedcamp and PiLabs. He is founder of Peace Tech in Northern Ireland and writes for Irish Tech News.
Holding a variety of roles across some of the UK’s most influential organisations, Janet Coyle exemplifies all the passion, skills and experience required for a champion of start-ups, entrepreneurs and scale-ups in the UK through unique and exceptional initiatives she has created and the tangible help and support through her programmes.
John Spindler is the CEO of Capital Enterprise and is one of the key figures of the tech ecosystem in London. John has lobbied for over £10m of funding for early stage accelerators in London, through the CAP and CASTS programmes, and founded the London Co-Investment Fund, a £25m Mayor of London fund alongside private money. John also always has time to meet and mentor any startup, no matter what stage they are at.
Jon Bradford is the co-founder of F6S, a global community for startup founders, and tech.eu, a premier source of European tech news. Launching and leading a number of others businesses aimed at helping entrepreneurs, Jon is one of the cornerstones of the UK start-up scene.
Lopa Patel MBE
The founder of two ventures in online media and a data-driven marketing consultancy, Lopa Patel is also a mentor for Young Enterprise; a tech ambassador for STEMNET, an investor, an NED & a Trustee. She is the first Asian woman to be awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion and has also been recognised with an MBE for services to the creative industries.
Lucy-Rose is the co-founder and recently-appointed CEO of Entrepreneurial Spark, the world’s largest free business accelerator. As ‘Chief Entrepreneuring Officer’, Lucy-Rose inspires and enables positive social change through the action of ‘entrepreneuring’.
As a former PLC CEO and entrepreneur, Martin Norbury is an influential mentor helping entrepreneurs to scale their business. APCTC’s Business Mentor of the Year and a best-selling author, he also sits on the Entrepreneurs Circle Mastermind with Nigel Botterill.
Maurice Ostro MBE
After a number of successful exits, Maurice Ostro MBE now brings his experiences to philanthropy; Entrepreneurial Giving encourages start-ups to embed purpose into their DNA – helping them to be more successful whilst also contributing to society.
Michael Tobin OBE
CEO of Telecity Group, Mike Tobin OBE has led the success of the UK & European data centre industry. With a string of high profile industry awards behind him, he uses his position as chairman & non-executive directors of multiple global companies to help entrepreneurs create their own outstanding businesses.
Michelle Wright is an inspirational leader for female entrepreneurs. In 2014-2016, she led a Santander Breakthrough national programme to engage 500 female entrepreneurs and to train and support 50 fast-growth female-led businesses with scalable potential. She also leads the Guildhall School’s Creative Entrepreneurs programme and has supported over 30 creative entrepreneurs to start businesses since 2013.
As CEO of the New Entrepreneurs Foundation, Neeta Patel works incredibly hard to prepare and support the next generation of entrepreneurs. Despite being at the beginning of the journey, she works with passion and dedication to achieve her goal.
Peter Roberts is a highly influential and inspiring figure in entrepreneurship, having launched PureGym. Now the UK’s largest gym chain, PureGym is a perfect example of how to disrupt and lead an already crowded market.
As head of TLA Women in Tech, Sarah Luxford promotes, mentors and furthers the careers and aspirations of many women, of all ages and whatever their career stage. She is a beacon to young women and a is trying to change unconscious bias in the workplace. She also lobbies parliament for diversity change.
Simon Woodroffe OBE
Simon Woodroffe OBE is the founder of Yo! Sushi and the Yo! Group. Having successfully launched the restaurant chain, Simon is now an influential motivational speaker, passing on his knowledge and wisdom to the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Steven Bartlett is the founder and CEO of Social Chain, a disruptive influencer marketing and social media agency. At just 24 and already an award-winning entrepreneur, Steven is looking at what he can do for the next generation. A speaker and investor, his passion lies in engaging and inspiring the next generation.
In addition to leading his own company, Stuart Hillston helps hundreds of entrepreneurs and budding entrepreneurs through various mentoring roles. He is a coach and mentor for several business accelerators in the UK, sits as a non-executive director for 30 companies and teaches at eight major British universities.