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Amelia Rope

Meet Amelia Rope, the Masterchef contestant who became a successful chocolatier

This article appears in partnership with British Library

Alfie Best, founder of Wyldecrest Parks

Rags to riches: How Romany Gypsy Alfie Best built a business worth £200m

Best on building a business in the recession and why he’s proud of his Gypsy roots

Crowdfunding campaign for the film SUPER TROOPERS 2 raised over $4m on Indiegogo

One to Watch: Indiegogo, where 300,000 people have raised money for crazy projects

Can the crowdfunding model work in London? We speak to Anastasia Emmanuel, director of UK Hardware, technology and design, Indiegogo

Chi health foods team

One to watch: The film director whose coconut-water start-up is growing at 250% a year

Discover how Jonathan Newman’s start-up Chi is cracking this uber-trendy market

Richard Prime

Bebo's co-founder invested £4m in this London fintech start-up. Find out why

We speak to Richard Prime, CEO and co-founder, Sonovate

Mitsubishi office

60 seconds with… Mitsubishi Corporation International

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Mishcon de Reya

60 seconds with the leading law firm, Mishcon de Reya  

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Anthony Eskinazi, JustPark founder

JustPark just crowdfunded £1m in FOUR DAYS. We ask its founder how he did it

Entrepreneur Anthony Eskinazi on creating the most successful campaign in Crowdcube’s history

BUX - on mobile

One to Watch: BUX, whose founder's last business is worth €570mVideo

CEO Nick Bortot tells us why we should be keeping an eye on this “casual trading” app

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

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