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Fast growing businesses & SME

Maryse Liburdi

She's boss of a $44m tech firm and advises the White House - meet Maryse LiburdiVideo

“The tech economy is poorly served by investment in the UK - and in the EU,” says the Pokeware CEO

Charlie Marshall

Meet the "loafer" who's built a £20m bed business in five years

Loaf founder Charlie Marshall on growing his company on average 80% each year

Brett Akker

Q&A: Brett Akker sold Streetcar for $50m. Can he do it again with LoveSpace?

The entrepreneur hopes to disrupt the £355m storage market

DHL CEO Phil Couchman

DHL Express CEO Phil Couchman on leading an £800m-turnover company

Q&A on growth strategies, exporting and managing 4,500 people

Titus Sharpe, CEO, MVF Global

How did MVF become the UK’s fastest-growing tech company?

CEO and co-founder Titus Sharpe on the firm’s galactic growth

Jordan Kretchmer, founder and CEO of Livefyre

Heard of Livefyre? This tech biz raised $15m, bought Storify and just opened in London

Founder Jordan Kretchmer on why he’s come here and his plans

Snog co-founder Robert Baines

Fancy a Snog? The man behind the frozen yoghurt that Unilever has invested in

Co-founder Robert Baines is anything but frosty about his business ambitions

Jude Thorne CEO of Ice

Q&A: Ex Air Miles boss behind revolutionary environmentally-driven loyalty scheme Ice

Jude Thorne founded Ice two years ago and already counts John Lewis, M&S and Stagecoach as partners

Felix Miller and Martin Stiksel

Q&A: Last.fm's founders sold for $280m. Now they're launching Lumi

Lumi launched at 2pm on Thursday. Will it ever be as big as Last.fm?

EventBrite

Hot ticket! Julia Hartz's Eventbrite has sold $1.5bn worth of tickets globally

Eventbrite has sold tickets to 150,000 UK events and expects to grow by 100% this year

Leaderboard Golf CEO Paul Gibbons

Meet Paul Gibbons: the ex-Auto Trader founder and golf course mogul

The £58m entrepreneur tells us how he moved from cars to a £9m golf venture

Astus CEO Frances Dickens

Q&A: Frances Dickens, CEO and co-founder of the £106m Astus Group

The media barter chief explains what her sector is about and how she conquered it

Piers Daniell, founder of Fluidata

Meet the 31-year-old behind one of the UK's fastest-growing tech companies

Piers Daniell, director of Fluidata, is shortlisted for our Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Daniel and Amanda Gestetner of Yoomoo

Q&A: The married pair behind £12m frozen yoghurt brand Yoomoo

Yoomoo founders Daniel and Amanda on creating the UK’s top frozen yoghurt brand in two years

First Point Group - website homepage

From zero to $60m in nine years: First Point Group is one to watch

Co-founder David Taylor on how he’s grown and grown in an unusual niche

Plumbee CEO Raf Keustermans

Q&A: Plumbee Games, the £10m casino gaming start-up

CEO Raf Keustermans reveals how he’s taking on the big studios - and winning

James Lohan, founder of Mr & Mrs Smith

Q&A: The dirty weekender king - Mr & Mrs Smith's James Lohan

The co-founder of the boutique hotel booking site on mobile strategy, overseas expansion, and his recent retail bond

Hayley Gait-Golding of BEAR

How an ex-fitness instructor raced ahead with a £7m healthy snack idea

Hayley Gait-Golding on how Bear took a bite out of the food market

Stephanie Betts

The bedsheets of oligarchs, billionaires and six-star hotels

Stephanie Betts on how her Josephine Home bed range became so lusted-after by the rich and famous

Adrian Brady, Eulogy! boss

Meet the brains behind the Olympics' golden postboxes campaign

Eulogy! boss Adrian Brady on his agency’s growth and getting rappers to promote plasters

Nick Tolley, chief executive, Harris+Hoole

Storm in a coffee cup? Harris + Hoole’s founder on its controversial Tesco backing

Nick Tolley on the media furore over his “indie” coffee chain

Pleurt Shabani and Konik's Tail

How one vodka hotshot defied the Dragons to become a Selfridges star

Can Konik’s Tail’s Pleurat Shabani be a hiccup for Grey Goose?

Roger Newman, Senior VP at Mahindra Satyam

"Trade with India and tap into a wealth of business opportunity," says IT chief

Roger Newman, senior vice president at billion-dollar Indian IT firm Mahindra Satyam, on why UK firms must get into India

Wembley Stadium done by le Maitre

Meet the fireworks firm loved by the Queen, the BBC and Branson Video

Le Maitre’s events director Karen Haddon on the business of fireworks and SFX 

Just Falafel London Store

Bringing Middle East delights to London fast food with Just Falafel

Just Falafel CEO Fadi Malas made it in the Far East and now the Falafel fief has come to London

David Bromidge Martin Miller's Gin

From a napkin idea to an international gin empire, with Martin Miller's Gin

How a trio of gin obsessives set up their own distillery

Spice Girls

Meet the woman behind the Spice Girls' album launches and Jay-Z's parties

How Gillian Hoffman’s nailed the celebrity events business

David Cameron

How Adzuna is helping David Cameron run the country

The London tech company worth watching

Richard Thompson of Merlin Elite

Will Freddie Flintoff get his face smashed in the boxing ring?

Talent manager Richard Thompson talks turnarounds, celeb reinventions and how Freddie is preparing for his big fight

Biteback Media Shane Greer

“MPs read us most of all now, we've had incredible growth” Shane GreerVideo

The 29-year-old Biteback Media boss tells Asa Bennett how he’s taking the political world by storm

Matt Davies

"How I went from £1m to £46m in 9 years" - ferry boss Matt Davies

Direct Ferries boss Matt Davies tells Asa Bennett the benefits of mastering your niche

Secretsales Nish and Sach Kukadia

Meet the pair behind UK fashion's worst kept secret

Asa Bennett talks to the founders of Secret Sales, the UK’s biggest private shopping club

Rupert Hunt Spareroom.co.uk

How I made a £2m business out of my garden shed

SpareRoom founder Rupert Hunt on how his website is almost four times busier than his nearest competitor

Frankenstein

It’s alive Dr Frankenstein! New EDF deal runs the grid through start-ups

Cheap, flexible and simple - EDF Energy’s ‘New Start’ contract for small businesses

Prince Harry 100

From Prince Harry to Moshi Monsters - meet the men behind the celebrity mask explosionVideo

How the “three maskateers” made a £1.5m business out of celebrity cut-outs

James Uffindell

"Recruitment will be majorly disrupted, I'm talking creative destruction" James Uffindell

Asa Bennett talks to the man revolutionising how students get into uni, and then find jobs

Spotify versus Deezer

Spotify untouchable? Deezer raises £81m to test that theorem

We ask Deezer’s UK boss how he plans to blow the new cash pile

Chocolatier Paul A Young

“I survived Marco Pierre White, now I want to be a leader” – Paul A Young

London’s lord of chocolate tells us how he made his fortune

Hailo executive team

Oi cabbie! Say 'Hailo' to the man who changed the way Londoners hail cabsVideo

What is it about the app that has got Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom and other tech bigwigs hailing it? We meet Hailo co-founder Jay Bregman

Paul Aitken

Borro founder Paul Aitken on the US, Wonga and those IPO rumours

Online asset lender Borro projects £10m turnover for 2012. Its average loan size to business owners has reached £20k and it’s opened in the US. Just don’t call it a pawnbroker

Duncan Cheatle, founder of The Supper Club & Prelude Group

Q&A: Duncan Cheatle, founder of The Supper Club & Prelude Group

The journey to turnover in the high millions is one Duncan Cheatle has witnessed over and over. He shares his insights into the patterns of entrepreneurialism that create real success

Joe Braidwood, CMO, SwiftKey

How SwiftKey took on Google and won over Stephen Fry Video

It just won a Webby - otherwise known as the Oscars of the internet - and boasts six million downloads to date. Stephen Fry hails it a “great British success story”. But what is SwiftKey and who’s behind it?

Simon Doyle, commercial director of CyT UK, sellers of Casillero del Diablo

Simon Doyle: the man who brought Casillero del Diablo to the UK

Back in 2001, Vina Concha Y Toro was selling 250,000 cases of wine in the UK. Now it sells 5.5 million. How did Simon Doyle do it?

Adam Baker, founder, Blottr

Will this man change the face of journalism forever?

The way news breaks has changed and you’re the person behind it. Blottr’s Adam Baker is pioneering citizen journalism. Is this how the future of media will look?

Sarah Wood, founder of Unruly Media

Q&A: Sarah Wood, founder of Unruly Media, which just raised $25mVideo

Every business wants a million Facebook likes and Twitter retweets. It’s Unruly Media’s job to make it happen for videos.

Mark Moloney of Professional Beauty

Q&A: Mark Moloney, who has mastered the £9.3bn trade show industry with his expo Professional Beauty

The professional beauty and spa industry is growing despite the ecomonic gloom. We talk to the person running the industry’s biggest UK trade show

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