Former presenter of BBC World News Today: Business Edition, Tanya is an experienced business journalist, anchorwomen and reporter. She has previously worked as an investment banker and for broadcasters including NBC Europe, News Direct Radio 97.3, Sky News and CNN International. Tanya joined the BBC in June 1998 working on programmes including Business Breakfast, Breakfast News, Working Lunch and most recently, World Business Report.
co-founder and chief executive officer, Perkbox
Saurav is the co-founder and CEO of Perkbox, a customer and employee engagement platform helping brands connect with the audiences that are most important to them. Prior to Perkbox, Saurav spent over ten years in global business development roles with Deloitte Consulting, Yahoo! and a number of VC-backed startups. Perkbox was a finalist for the Growing Business of the Year: Smaller Company (Turnover £10m - £25m) award in 2016.
founder, Bulldog Skincare
Simon co-founded Bulldog Skincare For Men with friend Rhodri Ferrier in 2006. The idea for Bulldog was born whilst Simon was shopping for skincare products with his girlfriend in New York. Simon and Rhodri launched Bulldog in the UK in 2007 with Sainsbury’s. It is now one of the best-selling men’s skincare brands in the UK and is available in over 15 countries worldwide. Bulldog was a finalist for both Brand Builder of the Year and Export Champion of the Year in 2014.
founder and Trunki Daddy, Trunki
Rob is the founder and CEO of Trunki, the brand behind the much-loved children’s ride-on suitcase. All the companies creations are designed in England, with the suitcase being manufactured at a factory in Plymouth. Since Trunki launched in May 2006, the company has sold over 3.5 million suitcases in over 100 countries with consumers spending over $200m on the brand. Trunki was a finalist for the Made in Britain award in 2012.
co-founder and director, Go Ape
Rebecca co-founded Go Ape with her husband Tristram. Her role includes leading the marketing, PR, corporate events and customer care teams as well as being a board director. Go Ape now has 32 locations in the UK and 15 in the US with over a million people a year taking part in a Go Ape adventure. Last year Rebecca moved to a co-chairman role. Go Ape won Rural Business of the Year in 2016.
chairman of Sun Mark
Dr. Rami Ranger set up his first business in 1987 with a mere £2 of capital from a rented room in Hayes and through sheer dedication and commitment, now runs one of Britain’s fastest growing companies with an annual turnover of over £200m. Sun Mark sustains thousands of British jobs through exporting British Supermarket products to over 130 countries. Sun Mark was named Export Champion of the Year at the 2013 Growing Business Awards.
founder, Pip & Nut
Pip is the founder of nut butter and almond milk brand, Pip & Nut. Pip came up with the concept for the brand in 2013, while eating lots of peanut butter to support her marathon training. Following a successful crowd-funding campaign, Pip & Nut first launched on to the shelves of Selfridges in January 2015. It is now stocked in more than 5,000 stores in the UK and Ireland. Pip & Nut won Consumer Business of the Year in 2017.
MD, Trak Global Telematics
Bob is the managing director of Trak Global Telematics, which is part of the Trak Global Group and has twice walked away with an Amazon Growing Business Award. Trak Global is a technology and innovation business that creates result-driven telematics solutions for the insurance, rental, fleet and wider auto sector. Bob was previously Telematics director at RSA Insurance Group.