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The Smith & Williamson Power 100 shines a spotlight on some of the people who are or who most impact the lives of entrepreneurs. From start-ups to scale-ups, it includes those who help shape policy and those who champion, mentor, support and promote entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in the UK.

Together with Fresh Business Thinking, Smith & Williamson has selected 100 of the most active movers and shakers in the entrepreneurial community. Factors influencing selection include promotion of the entrepreneurial cause, championing and mentoring, social influence and day to day engagement and support of the  entrepreneurial and wider business community.


Rachel Bridge

A serial author on entrepreneurial topics.

Mike Butcher

TechCrunch editor, co-founder at TechHub.

Phil Cox

President of Silicon Valley Bank UK branch, led the establishment of SVB among UK businesses and technology firms.

Sara Daw

Co-founder and CEO of The FD Centre, providing part time finance directors to SMEs.

Simon Dolan

Known as ‘The Twitter Investor’, invests in start-ups based on their pitches on Twitter.

Mark Dixon

Founder of Regus, champions business growth and innovation.

Bonnie Dean

A campaigner for digital entrepreneurship and former chief executive of Bristol and Bath Science Park.


Jonathan Deacon

Leads the University of South Wales’ centre for research in entrepreneurship and Making Business Happen awards.

Alex Hoye


Leader of ICE, events for high-growth entrepreneurs.

Stephen Howard LVO

Chief executive of Business in the Community.

Ben Fletcher

Founder of the Fast Growth Event Series, and founder of Osney Media.

Duane Jackson

Founder of KashFlow, after spending two years in prison himself before starting the business, now believes enterprise should be used to help rehabilitate offenders.

Andy Jackson

Leader of Entrepreneurial Spark – a free start-up business accelerator – in Bristol, Birmingham and Cardiff.

Nick Hungerford

Banker turned entrepreneur, Nick actively engages on the topics of entrepreneurship, finance and investment in the media.

Richard Moross MBE

CEO and founder of Moo.com.

Alastair Lukies

Fintech ambassador for government and CEO at Monitise.

Peter Jones

Founder and director of Smart Anchor Ventures, which invest in and mentors scalable businesses.

John Straw

Investor, adviser and business technology commentator.

Colin Stevens

Founder of Better Bathrooms, Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 at the National Business Awards.

Tony Robinson OBE

Co-founder of Enterprise Rockers, Tony champions the UK’s micro businesses.

Dale Parmenter

Founder of the DRP Group, he is now an active speaker on entrepreneurship and management.

Jonathan Moules

Business education correspondent at Financial Times and author.

Iqbal Wahhab OBE

Restaurant entrepreneur, business mentor and columnist.

Matthew Taylor

Chief executive at RSA, helping people to close the gap between hopes and reality of starting a business.

Oliver Woolley

CEO at Envestors, a driving force behind scale-up businesses.

Kamal Ahmed

BBC business editor.

Robert Craven

Founder of The Directors’ Centre, assisting fast-growth businesses,  author and regular speaker.

James Caan CBE

Serial entrepreneur and former chair of the government’s StartUp Loans Company.

Rebecca Burn-Callander

Enterprise editor at The Telegraph.

Rod Banner

Leader of Snowball, a series of events for high profile and serial entrepreneurs and investors.

Duncan Bannatyne

Founder of the Bannatyne Group, serial entrepreneur and investor.

Martyn Dawes

Coffee Nation founder, known as ‘The High-Growth Entrepreneur’s Mentor’.

Steve Gilroy

CEO at Vistage, developing a network of highly-skilled business mentors.

Ben Heald

Co-founder of Sift Media, which helps entrepreneurs make the most out of their conversations.

Rupert Lee-Browne

Founder of Caxton FX, runs Building British Business events.

James Layfield

CEO of Central Working and serial entrepreneur, tech ambassador for the Mayor of London.

Shalini Khemka

Founder of E2E Exchange, the ‘institute of entrepreneurs’.

James Hurley

Journalist at The Times, editor of Working Life/Enterprise sections.

Michelle Mone OBE

Lady Mone of Mayfair OBE, business mentor, currently leading government report on start-up support.

Julie Meyer

Serial entrepreneur, investor, adviser, broadcaster and business commentator.

Kiki Loizou

Small business editor at The Sunday Times.

Hayley Parsons OBE

Founder of GoCompare, now sits on the Welsh Government entrepreneurship panel and invests in start-ups.

Lara Morgan

Active speaker and author who utilises her own experiences in business to teach and inspire others.

Matthew Rock

Founding editor of Real Business, author and columnist for City AM.

Modwenna Rees-Mogg

Founder of AngelNews and active supporter of entrepreneurs through angel funding.

Simon Walker

Director general at the Institute of Directors, making the political case to support entrepreneurs.

Rory Stirling

Venture capitalist at BGF Ventures, adviser to early-stage high-growth tech businesses.

Jenny Tooth

CEO at UK Business Angels Association, public speaker.

Jeff Thomas

Director at the Corsham Institute, a centre for innovation, research, learning and enterprise in the South West.

Ben Wright

Business editor for the Telegraph group, previously of the Wall Street Journal.

John Allan

National Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses, making the political case for small businesses.

Claire Braithwaite

Tech adviser at Manchester Growth Company, former head of Tech North – bringing Tech City to the ‘Northern Powerhouse’.

Matt Gubba

Founder of Biz Britain, helping to provide young entrepreneurs with StartUp Loans.

Irene Graham

CEO at the Scale Up Institute.

Rowan Gormley

Founder of Naked Wines and CEO of Majestic Wine.

Rajeeb Day

Founder of Enternships, co-founder of StartUp Britain, and founder of Student Voice.

Hugh Chappell

Serial entrepreneur, adviser and investor, and adviser at E2Exchange.

Ed Bussey

Serial entrepreneur and investor, Entrepreneur of the Year at Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2015.

Will King

King of Shaves, founder of The Entrepreneur-in-Residence Company.

Phil Jones

Managing director of Brother, an active commentator on business and entrepreneurship, particularly in the North West.

Michael Jacobsen

Mentor at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy and Level39, Coach for government’s Growth Accelerator Programme.

Peter Ibbetson

Chairman of Small Businesses at RBS, non-exec director at StartUp Loans Company.

Titus Sharpe

CEO of MVF, and winner of the Smith & Williamson Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2015.

Guy Rigby

Entrepreneur, author and Head of Entrepreneurial Services at Smith & Williamson, the go-to firm for entrepreneurs, member of Economia’s Global Finance 50 in 2015.

Steve Pateman

Head of UK Banking at Santander, public speaker and driving force of Santander’s efforts with entrepreneurs.

Dale Murray CBE

Angel investor, non-exec director for the Department for Business, Innovations & Skills and UKTI.

Gordon Merrylees

Head of Entrepreneurship at the Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest.

Ian Merricks

Chair at Accelerator Network, adviser for Social Incubator Fund, Dell for Entrepreneurs, Capital Enterprise and The Entrepreneurs Network.

Dr Ruth McKernan CBE

Chief executive of Innovate UK, leading the UK’s technology and innovation strategy.

Martin McCourt

Former CEO of Dyson, investor and non-executive director.

Ross Williams

Founder of WhiteLabelDating and Venntro Media, serial award winner.

Darren Westlake

Co-founder of Crowdcube, the UK’s biggest crowdfunding platform.

Dr Shai Vyakarnam

Lecturer and Director of Business Growth and Development Programme at Cranfield University School of Management.

Matt Smith

Director at Centre for Entrepreneurs and StartUp Britain, adviser at the Enterprise Research Centre.

Sarah Wood

Founder of Unruly, City AM Entrepreneur of the Year.

Sir Rod Aldridge

Founder of the Aldridge Foundation, an educational charity helping young people reach their potential through entrepreneurship.

Oli Barrett

‘The most connected man in Britain’, a champion of entrepreneurship for many years through various projects, co-founder of StartUp Britain.

Karren Brady CBE

One of the UK’s most recognisable businesswomen, now a member of the House of Lords focusing on promoting small businesses.

Sir Richard Branson

One of UK’s most recognisable entrepreneurs, who now devotes his time to inspiring and mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Eileen Burbidge

A highly regarded tech entrepreneur, founder of Passion Capital – a venture capital management company for early-stage businesses.

David Buttress

CEO of Just Eat, he is actively engaged in entrepreneurship debates and is considered one of the most influential businessmen in the UK.

Ian Cass

Chief executive of the Forum of Private Business (FPB), which is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs to increase growth and profitability.

Duncan Cheatle

Co-founder of StartUp Britain and founder of The Prelude Group, a series of networks and events aimed at making “Britain the most enterprising nation in the world”.

Mike Clare

Founder of Dreams, founder of Clarenco, and founder of The Clare Foundation, which helps charities become more entrepreneurial.

Sherry Coutu

Angel investor, founder of the Scale-Up Institute and Founders4Schools.

Julie Deane OBE

Founder of The Cambridge Satchel Company, recently published an independent review of the self-employed in the UK on behalf of the government.

Simon Devonshire

Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, founder of business accelerator Wayra Europe.

Tony Goodwin

Founder of Antal International, serial entrepreneur and investor, speaker and entrepreneurs’ champion.

Gerard Grech

CEO of Tech City, accelerating the progress of the UK’s digital entrepreneurs.

Michael Hayman MBE

Co-founder of StartUp Britain, co-founder of Seven Hills communications consultancy, author.

Sajid Javid MP

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Luke Johnson

Founder of the Centre for Entrepreneurs and chairman of Fast Track, a networking and research firm focused on top-performing private companies.

Martha Lane-Fox CBE

Founder of Go On UK and member of the House of Lords, promotes digital skills in the UK.

Andrew Mullinger

Co-founder of Funding Circle, providing over £400 million of loans to thousands of small businesses.

Sara Murray OBE

Serial entrepreneur, founder of Confused.com and Buddi.

John O’Connell

Founder of Scaleup Services, entrepreneur and serial investor.

Ken Olisa

Tech entrepreneur and founder of Restoration Partners, speaker and writer.

Daniel Priestley

Entrepreneur, speaker and author of The Entrepreneur Revolution and Oversubscribed.

Russ Shaw

Founder of Tech London Advocates, member of Tech City Advisory Group, part of London Technology Week steering group, member of UK Digital Skills Taskforce.

Anna Soubry MP

Minister of State for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise.

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