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Experts in their fields, we asked the Faces of a Vibrant Economy to share their thoughts on the future direction of the country, what motivates them and what keeps them up at night. Below, we delve deeper into what makes the Faces tick and get their views on how to develop a vibrant economy in the UK.

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The trendsetting Faces of a Vibrant Economy

The trendsetting Faces of a Vibrant Economy

Agile organisations and leaders are starting their own business trends across the UK such as navigating change and fostering entrepreneurial …

Five minutes with Roz Bird

Five minutes with Roz Bird

The best business advice I’ve received…

The best business advice I’ve received…

A cyber-security business on the frontline of keeping consumers safe; an angel investor-turned-social entrepreneur and a green-minded duo making energy …

Five minutes with Andrew Lane

Five minutes with Andrew Lane

Wellbeing in the workplace: going beyond temporary resolutions

Wellbeing in the workplace: going beyond temporary resolutions

January brings a renewed focus on fitness for many in the UK. Trainers are being dusted off in an attempt …

Not just for Christmas: Embracing community, trust and belonging

Not just for Christmas: Embracing community, trust and belonging

With Christmas around the corner, organisations are full of festive spirit – with many looking to give back to the …

Five minutes with Nimisha Raja

Five minutes with Nimisha Raja

Nim’s Fruit Crisps has transformed one of the nation’s favourite snacks into one of its healthiest. Founded in 2012 by …

Five minutes with Juliet Davenport

Five minutes with Juliet Davenport

We caught up with Juliet Davenport, founder and CEO of Good Energy – a leading renewable energy supplier. Juliet and …

Five minutes with Karime Hassan

Five minutes with Karime Hassan

As Chief Executive & Growth Director of Exeter City Council, Karime Hassan wants to safeguard the city’s future for the …

The Budget may be a useful roadmap but it alone will not pave the path to prosperity

The Budget may be a useful roadmap but it alone will not pave the path to prosperity

After a brisk photo call with the iconic red suitcase, the Chancellor presented the government’s roadmap for sustainable economic growth. …

Purpose and Profit: Why businesses should look beyond the bottom line

Purpose and Profit: Why businesses should look beyond the bottom line

Multi-million pound turnovers, back-to-back winners of ‘best company to work for’ and fast-growth firms exporting all over the world, when …

Top Tips: building diverse teams

Top Tips: building diverse teams

The UK falls short when it comes to representing the diversity of the country in its workplaces. According to Diversity …

Five minutes with Dame Helena Morrissey

Five minutes with Dame Helena Morrissey

We caught up with Dame Helena Morrissey – the campaigner and investor out to redress the gender imbalance in UK …

Watch: John Vincent

Watch: John Vincent

Imagine fast food in heaven – that’s what LEON wants to create. CEO John Vincent set up LEON in 2004 …

Five minutes with Tom Blomfield

Five minutes with Tom Blomfield

Serial entrepreneur Tom Blomfield is re-inventing banking from the ground up. His fintech startup, Monzo, claims to be the bank …

Watch: Patrick Grant

Watch: Patrick Grant

Patrick Grant wears many hats: tailor, business owner and TV talent show judge. Last year, when Patrick received an email from …

Five minutes with Sarah Dunning

Five minutes with Sarah Dunning

  After taking the reins of the family business in 2005, Sarah has built on Westmorland’s reputation as a motorway services …

Five minutes with Philip Mordecai

Five minutes with Philip Mordecai

Lights, camera, Curzon. Philip Mordecai is on a mission to make Curzon the go-to cinema business for film lovers in …

Watch: Richard Clothier

Watch: Richard Clothier

Richard Clothier’s family started the Wyke Farms cheese business in 1861, and over the last 150 years, the family has …

Watch: Barbara Frost

Watch: Barbara Frost

WaterAid CEO Barbara Frost’s mission is to transform the lives of the most marginalised people by improving access to safe …

Five minutes with Morna Simpson

Five minutes with Morna Simpson

Girl Geek Scotland is the skills network with a mission to rectify the gender disparity in the technology community. Programme …

Five minutes with Gina Rowlands

Five minutes with Gina Rowlands

Bevan Healthcare is a specialist healthcare practice in West Yorkshire that ensures society’s most vulnerable do not fall through the …

Five minutes with Chris Wright

Five minutes with Chris Wright

Catch22 chief executive Chris Wright talks public policy reform and shaking up the sector in order to attract the best …

Five minutes with  Catharina Paukner

Five minutes with Catharina Paukner

Cambridge Nanosystems makes world-class graphene – the so-called wonder material discovered in 2004. The company produces the substance – a …

Five minutes with Brigette Bard

Five minutes with Brigette Bard

Brigette Bard is the entrepreneur behind the world’s first CE-marked, at-home HIV test. As the founder and CEO of BioSure, …

Five minutes with Ruth Amos

Five minutes with Ruth Amos

Ruth Amos’s business began life as a GCSE project. What started as a coursework project around resistant materials has become …

Watch: Talisha Johnson

Watch: Talisha Johnson

Talisha Johnson is a founder, author and editor – and she’s only in her early twenties. Founded in 2013, Skool Girl …

Watch: Paul Boissier

Watch: Paul Boissier

Paul Boissier is CEO of the Royal National Lifeboat institution (RNLI) – a charity that saves lives at sea, providing …

Watch: Laura Tenison

Watch: Laura Tenison

Beginning with a small loan from a family member, Laura Tenison has grown Jojo Maman Bébé into the UK’s leading …

Watch: Professor Janet Hemingway CBE

Watch: Professor Janet Hemingway CBE

Professor Janet Hemingway CBE has dedicated her life to fighting tropical disease, and as Director of the Liverpool School of …

Watch: Dave Cates

Watch: Dave Cates

Dave Cates has developed an app that lets you know what your local food bank needs most. Foodbank notifies users to …

Watch: Mark Simmers

Watch: Mark Simmers

Celtic Renewables, headed by CEO Mark Simmers, takes whisky by-products and other organic residues and converts them into environmentally friendly …

Five minutes with Leon Ward

Five minutes with Leon Ward

Author, trustee and advisor, Leon Ward is a young veteran of the third sector. Leon is an international campaigner whose work …

Five minutes with Mandy Johnson

Five minutes with Mandy Johnson

Mandy Johnson wants to bridge the all too frequent gap that exists between charities and business. As Director of Partnerships at Change.org, …

Five minutes with Natasha Clayton

Five minutes with Natasha Clayton

Natasha Clayton has helped rewrite the rules of the charity sector. Farm Africa is a charity working in eastern Africa, primarily with smallholder …

Five minutes with Peter Roberts

Five minutes with Peter Roberts

Peter founded Pure Gym in 2009, with a mission to get more people into the gym. “We believe we have made a …

Five minutes with Risha & Sumita Jindal

Five minutes with Risha & Sumita Jindal

As students, beans on toast was never going to be enough for sisters Sumita and Risha Jindal, nor were the …

Five minutes with Sally Dicketts CBE

Five minutes with Sally Dicketts CBE

Sally Dicketts knows the power of education, having spent her entire career working in the sector. In 2003 she became Principal …

Five minutes with Jane Ashcroft CBE

Five minutes with Jane Ashcroft CBE

Jane Ashcroft is a woman committed to “changing the way we think about later life”. As the CEO of Anchor, she strives to …

Five minutes with Debbie Wosskow OBE

Five minutes with Debbie Wosskow OBE

Debbie Wosskow is a doyenne of the sharing economy. Her peer-to-peer travel platform, Love Home Swap, is the world’s biggest home …

Five minutes with Adam Hale

Five minutes with Adam Hale

With 30 years’ experience in the IT industry, Adam Hale’s dedication to tech has culminated in “building a great cloud …

Five minutes with Laurence Kemball-Cook

Five minutes with Laurence Kemball-Cook

Laurence Kemball-Cook wants to turn the everyday stroll into the future of renewable energy. He founded Pavegen in his bedroom in 2009 with …

Five minutes with Priya Lakhani OBE

Five minutes with Priya Lakhani OBE

A former barrister is bringing AI and big data to education. Priya Lakhani's Century is revolutionising the education sector by using artificial …

Five minutes with Tessa Cook

Five minutes with Tessa Cook

To face down what she describes as one of the largest problems in our lifetime, Tessa Cook created OLIO, “a free …

Five minutes with Chris Moore

Five minutes with Chris Moore

When you think of ‘The Clink’, what springs to mind? Probably not a group of restaurants and a charitable organisation. …

Five minutes with Rowan Gormley

Five minutes with Rowan Gormley

For Rowan Gormley, business is done best when it is done sustainably. In 2008 he founded Naked Wines, the crowdfunding wine business, …

Five minutes with Professor Janet Hemingway CBE

Five minutes with Professor Janet Hemingway CBE

Janet Hemingway has dedicated her life to fighting tropical disease. As director of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, she has rebuilt …

Five minutes with Laura Tenison MBE

Five minutes with Laura Tenison MBE

Laura Tenison started JoJo Maman Bébé with the proceeds of the sale of her first business; she has since grown the predominantly …

Five minutes with Gillian Stewart

Five minutes with Gillian Stewart

As commercial director of Ecolution Group, Gillian Stewart is playing a leading role in changing how the construction industry operates. The impact …

Five minutes with Cally Russell

Five minutes with Cally Russell

Open the app and choose what’s hot with a flick of your finger. This isn’t modern dating – it’s modern shopping. …

Five minutes with Guy Mucklow

Five minutes with Guy Mucklow

PCA Predict is a checkout optimisation and data-cleansing specialist, which attributes its success in the customer journey business to its innovative …

Five minutes with Karen Knight

Five minutes with Karen Knight

Karen Knight is Managing Director of NorseCare, an award-winning care home provider, managing residential homes and ‘housing with care’ schemes across …

Five minutes with Clive Lucking

Five minutes with Clive Lucking

Clive Lucking is CEO and co-founder of Fourfront Group, a UK commercial interior specialist on a mission to create working environments …

Five minutes with Petra Wetzel

Five minutes with Petra Wetzel

Inspiration can come from the most unexpected places. For German-born Petra Wetzel, the idea for WEST arrived when her father visited her as …

Five minutes with Dr Eric Mayes

Five minutes with Dr Eric Mayes

Endomag, led by CEO Eric Mayes, is seeking to reduce the barriers that prevent cancer sufferers from receiving the best standard …

Five minutes with Michelle Wright

Five minutes with Michelle Wright

A former professional violinist, Michelle Wright is now dedicated to disrupting philanthropy and finding new ways to scale up charities …

Five minutes with Hillary Graves

Five minutes with Hillary Graves

Discouraged by the lack of healthy children’s food on the market, Hillary wanted to cook up something different. We heard from …

Five minutes with Professor Bob Cryan CBE

Five minutes with Professor Bob Cryan CBE

Bob Cryan is not only a man of letters but a man of action. We caught up with Bob and heard …

Five minutes with ShaoLan Hsueh

Five minutes with ShaoLan Hsueh

Chinese has long been considered the most difficult major language but it took ShaoLan Hsueh teaching her British-born children the …

Five minutes with Tom Blofeld

Five minutes with Tom Blofeld

Think it, build it and write it – that’s Tom Blofeld’s approach to business. Opened in 2007, Tom invented the fictional …

Five minutes with Bruce Walker

Five minutes with Bruce Walker

Bruce Walker started WeAreTheFuture in a high school classroom in 2011, aged 17. Today it is one of the fastest growing global …