There was an excellent article in the Weekend Mail a few weeks ago written by Harvey Goldsmith (entrepreneur and impresario). It catalogued his views on ten of the greatest British Entrepreneurs. I found it to be a smart account of those individuals, past and present business who have made a profound impact on the UK economy.
The Governments new high growth service targeting gazelle businesses over the coming years will hopefully be the stimulus for creating more of these globally focused organisations. Here is the list and my own view of the insight we can gain from these incredible people:
1.Simon Fuller – Entertainment Business (1960 -). A man of great vision who sees opportunities grabs them and just gets on with it. Avoids the celebrity limelight a real doer. Stop talking start doing.
2.Chales Dunstone – Mobile phones (1964 -) Carphone warehouse fame, a person with the courage and belief in his business model to take on giants such as BT and Vodaphone. Living proof that a small company can take on a big brand and win. Fortune favours the brave!
3. William Lever (1851 – 1925). The son of a Bolton grocer, with a social conscience. He built Port Sunlight for his employees and Unilever is now one of the biggest companies on the planet. Look after your staff and the rest takes care of itself.
4.John Sainsbury (1844-1928). The core idea that offering a little more quality than your rivals can go a long, long way.
5.Dame Anita Roddick (1942 -2007). Body Shop was set up at a time when more and more chemicals were finding their way into cosmetics and packaging was getting fancier. She swam against the stream and introduced her natural range of products – a global phenomenon building over 2,000 stores worldwide. Dont always follow the pack, have your own mind and think blue ocean
The next five to follow soon.