Business Game Changer Magazine is proud to present our annual showcase of The UK’s Top Ten Business Game Changers. The UK’s Top Ten Business Game Changers recognises the outstanding contribution made by individual UK business leaders. This contribution is either to their businesses, their local communities or by inspiring and mentoring other game changing entrepreneurs.
Sara Keel of Babycup
From Corporate Manager to Innovator and Exporter
From Flying Circus to Baby Products Disruptor!
Please let me introduce myself – I am Sara Keel, I am a mum and I am the Founder of Babycup, the parent-designed baby cup brand supporting oral health, which has already sold over half a million cups to parents and to health services at home and abroad.
My early worklife comprised of a number of jobs (including a few years as a wingwalker – standing on top of 1940’s bi-planes as they looped through the skies). Read More.
Chris Vincent of V4 Wood Flooring
Former racing driver turned entrepreneur, Chris Vincent, has overcome many challenges in his life to emerge as managing director of a successful £15m + flooring company.
Chris, who is dyslexic, left secondary school with no qualifications and an ambition to become a F1 racing driver. Although he successfully competed in F Vauxhall and F Renault competitions, including racing for ex Formula One driver Martin Donnelly’s race team, he took the difficult decision to walk away from the profession after deciding that he couldn’t make a career out of the sport. Read More.
Jonny Combe of PayByPhone
Thirty-four-year-old Jonny Combe is the UK CEO of global mobile parking payment provider PayByPhone. In November 2018, he was brought in from BMW Group where he spent 13 years, to lead PayByPhone through a phase of rapid expansion. Under his leadership, the company is growing quickly, with environmental sustainability a key focus.
At BMW Group, Combe spent over a decade in various management roles, most recently as General Manager for Environment, Real Estate, Mobility and Innovation in EMEA. Combe spearheaded the Digital and Innovation Programmes in the UK and pioneered the birth of the award-winning BMW Innovation Lab and The Intrapreneur Lab. Read More.
Vik Tara of Technology Blueprint
Vik Tara has over three decades of experience in the PropTech world. A Property professional with a string of Residential Lettings and Property Management businesses and a growing Property and development portfolio, Vik also created, owns and runs technology companies involved in the digital transformation of the property industry.
Vik holds multiple C-level positions including MD/CTO of Technology Blueprint, the developer and marketer of PropCo, a market-leading property management solution which is extensively used by companies like Countrywide. Vik is also the Managing Director and founder of Tech Blue Software, a fast growth Indian software company offering consultancy and support to companies based in UK, USA, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Read More.
Theadora Alexander of Young Foodies
Theadora Alexander is co-founder of Young Foodies, the largest community of the UK’s fastest growing and most exciting FMCG brands, providing members with expert knowledge, grassroots experience and first class industry resource to help make the everyday easier for ambitious challengers. Young Foodies was launched just 2 years ago and already has over 700 brand members on board, and the business continues to expand rapidly to accommodate their needs. Read More.
Valerie Moran of PrePaid Financial Services
Valerie Moran is the wealthiest black female in the UK – The Sunday Times Rich List 2019. Valerie, who has been described by a reader of The Financial Times as the “UK’s Oprah,” is the only black female ever to enter the list in the 31-edition history of the publication. From CNN to BBC, Sky News and OK Magazine, her Diversity and Inclusion story has captured the imagination. Read More.
Nicola Foulston of Rosenblatt Group
Rosenblatt Group plc is a professional services group, which includes one of the UK’s leading dispute resolution practices. Established in 1989, Rosenblatt provides a range of services to its diversified client base.
The UK legal market is worth £32bn and forecast to reach £40bn by 2021. The sector is facing disruption caused by greater competition, new technology, and changes to working practices. Read More.
Gavin Brazg of TheAdvisory
Gavin Brazg is founder & CEO of TheAdvisory (independent consumer advice group for house sellers).
Outside of TheAdvisory he is a serial house seller, responsible for a multi-million pound Part Exchange fund that buys and sells approximately 150 residential properties per annum.
Originally trained as an Architect at The Oxford School of Architecture & The Architectural Association, Gavin also holds a master’s degree from London South Bank University in Property Development, Planning Law & Finance. Read More.
Del Huse of Sourcing Investments
Del is Chief Operating Officer at Sourcing Investments Ltd, having joined the team and becoming co-owner in early 2018. Del brought a wealth of business experience to the team – a qualified Chartered Accountant, Del spent the majority of his career in corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, and private equity. Del trained at Arthur Andersen before moving to co-found the M&A team at Kroll (now Alix Partners), later working in private equity funds at Endless LLP and Oakley Capital Private Equity. Most recently Del has run his own investment and advisory business, Roycian Limited. Having spent his career advising and investing into SME businesses in the UK and Europe, and with extensive Board-level experience, Del propels the ongoing success of Sourcing Investments. Read More.
Merilee Karr of UnderTheDoormat
Merilee is an expert and industry leader in Short-term accommodation. She founded UnderTheDoormat in July 2014 after a decade-long career at energy giant Shell where she led the Global Maintenance Operations of its 12,000 petrol stations across 42 countries.
She has taken her passion and global experience in property management to an emerging industry with the vision to set new standards both in her company and for the industry as a whole. Read More.
Kizzi Nkwocha is the editor of Business Game Changer Magazine and publisher of The UK Newspaper, Money and Finance Magazine, the net’s fastest growing wealth creation publication. Kizzi Nkwocha is chair of The Ethical Publishers Association and co-chair of The Logistics Association. Kizzi made his mark in the UK as a publicist, journalist and social media pioneer. As a widely respected and successful media consultant he has represented a diverse range of clients including the King of Uganda, and Amnesty International. Nkwocha has also become a well-known personality on both radio and television. He has been the focus of a Channel 4 documentary on publicity and has hosted his own talk show, London Line, on Sky TV. He has also produced and presented both radio and TV shows in Cyprus and Spain.