Italian car manufacturer Maserati has partnered with the Sunday Times to create a list of the top 100 most influential business people, and pleasingly 7 of the people named come from the South West.
The four page pull out of the Maserati 100, which featured in the Sunday Times this weekend, is designed to recognise business women and men who have been particularly influential in their respective industries.
Those hailing from the South West have been recognised for very diverse pursuits, including creating business incubators, crowdfunding companies, fitness networks for mothers, film databases, tech that let’s you feel imaginary objects in mid-air and consumer telecoms soluitions. As we say, they are a talented bunch!
You can see the seven and why they made it onto the Maserati 100 list below:
Mel Bound of This Mum Runs
“In 2014, Bound, 44, made a plea on Facebook to other mothers for a running partner and was amazed when 75 turned up. Since then, thousands in Bristol and Bath have joined. Bound has worked with the National Trust, which hosts 10k runs on some of its properties.”
— This Mum Runs (@thismumruns) March 26, 2017
Tom Carter of Ultrahaptics
“The idea for Ultrahaptics came from Carter’s Phd at Bristol University: it is ultrasound technology that reacts to the movement of your hands. Potential uses range from the car industry to VR gaming. Carter, 28, is chief technology officer for Ultrahaptics, based in Bristol.”
Stephen Fitzpatrick from Ovo Energy
“Belfast-born Fitzpatrick founded Ovo Energy in 2009, to take on the Big Six providers, offering an annual average saving of about £150. It has 680,000 customers — 2.5% of the domestic energy market — and employs 1,200 staff in Bristol and London. Fitzpatrick, 39, recently had to end his sponsorship of the Manor Marussia Formula One team.”
Luke Lang from Crowdcube
“Lang, 38, is co-founder of the world’s first equity crowdfunding site, which began in 2011. The Exeter-based platform lets everyday investors put as little as £10 into start-ups and has helped to raise more than £200m for companies.”
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Col Needham of IMDB
“The Manchester-born computer engineer and film nut started the Internet Movie Database in 1990. It is the world’s largest repository of information on movies, TV shows and video games. Amazon bought IMDb in 1998 for an undisclosed sum. Needham, 50, continues to run it.”
Henry Nurser of Blu Wireless
“Nurser co-founded and is chief executive of Blu Wireless, a developer of the technology for the next generation of consumer telecoms devices, 5G. Formerly with STMicroelectronics, Nurser, 55, started Blu Wireless in 2011. The company, based in Bristol’s Engine Shed, has received a substantial investment from ARM Holdings.”
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Nick Sturge from Bristol’s business incubator Engine Shed
“Sturge set up the Engine Shed in 2013 at Bristol Temple Meads Old Station. The enterprise hub is backed by Bristol University and the city council and has three incubators under its wing. Sturge, 49, began with Inmos and then sold his videophone start-up Motion Media”.
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