Luke Johnson grew Pizza Express from 12 restaurants to over 250. He then started Signature, which owned The Ivy and Le Caprice, as well as the Belgo chain.
An Oxford medical graduate, Luke started his professional life as a media analyst. He is Chairman and part-owner of Bread Holdings, Britain’s leading artisan bakery and owner of retail bakery concept Gail’s, and owner of Feng Sushi, a London based sushi delivery restaurant chain.
Luke is Chairman and part-owner of 3Sixty Restaurants, which controls the Rocket and Ego restaurant chains. He is also the former chair of Channel 4 and the current chair of the Royal Society of Arts.
Paul Lindley spent 9 years at Nickelodeon developing his career and giving him a passion for children’s issues and a deep understanding of how children think.
He left Nickelodeon to set up Ella’s Kitchen and in just 5 years the company has grown extremely quickly, catching the zeitgeist of our times and really connecting with parents and most importantly kids. This year families will spend over £50M on Ella’s Kitchen foods.
The brand launched in Scandinavia and the US in 2009 and now every second of every day someone around the world is eating an Ella’s product.
Emma Jones, Founder, Enterprise Nation
Following a career with Arthur Andersen, Emma launched her first business at age 27 and successfully sold the company 2 years later. Enterprise Nation was launched in 2006 as a website to help anyone start and grow a business from home. The company has since expanded to offer online services, publications, events and finance to small businesses across the UK.
Emma is also a co-founder of national campaign, StartUp Britain. A small business expert, Emma is the author of numerous books on subjects from starting up from home to developing a business globally.
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