Founder profiles

Founder profiles - overview

Founders are interesting people with a story to tell. Here they share their tips for success and help you avoid the mistakes that they made.


Profile: The Gothic Accountant

You don't come across many Goths who run their own accountancy practices. Meet Psyche Coderre, owner of London-based Death and Taxes.

Jamie Giarraputo

Profile: The Music Man

Musician, producer and business man Jamie Giarraputo lives by the Italian motto 'vivere senza rimpianti' - live without regrets. He explains here.

Guy Watson

Profile: The Organic Farmer

Mark Williams finds out how one man's belief in organic farming turned into a prosperous business delivering food to thousands of UK homes

Ling Valentine of LINGsCARS

Profile: The Publicity Queen

If she ever tires of running her vehicle rental business LINGsCARS, Ling Valentine could probably teach others how to promote their businesses.

Wendy Tan-White

Profile: The Website Pioneer

Many millions of websites have been created using Moonfruit's software since it launched. But sometimes you've got to fail to succeed.

Ruth Lopardo

Profile: The Balancing act

It is a problem many working mums face: how to balance a highly demanding job with the responsibility of looking after young children?

Derek Jones

Profile: The Ex-Offender

It was during yet another stint inside that repeat offender Derek Jones got his big idea: a special email service connecting prisoners with family.

Sue Tumelty of The HR Dept

Profile: The HR Innovator

It's rarely plain sailing for a new business owner, but some entrepreneurs face more complex challenges than others. Sue Tumelty tells her story.

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Profile: The Pro Sportsman

Falling out of love with life as a professional road racer led Yanto Barker to start his cycling apparel business Le Col. Here's what he did.

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Profile: The Wedding Photographer

It's not easy to be a wedding photographer, even if you're as talented as Guy Hearn. Many couples seek to save money on photographs on their big day.

Adam King

Profile: The Record Breaker

Not many people have been in the Guinness Book of World Records and established their own business. Adam King is still trying to be a world-beater.

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Profile: The Ideas Man

Henry Buckley is the entrepreneur behind the highly successful leaflet delivery firm, JogPost. Mark Williams finds out what inspires him.


Profile: The Ethical Businessman

Although Friska founders have big plans for their takeaway with a difference, as Mark Williams finds out, profit is not their only goal.

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