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Life in oversea. Chanatip Supadul. Berlin Michael Brettin. After a range of jobs including selling photocopiers and timeshare apartments, he started his accounting work. Since then Dolan has become enthused by motor racing and created his own team, Jota Sports, in Jota won its class in the 24 hour Le Mans race three years later, coming fifth overall. His Jota Group now has three divisions, focusing on motorsport, engineering for racing cars and an airline based at London Southend. An avid fan of the late music legend, Dolan even named one of his sons Bowie.
Woodford Green-based Mulalley Group faced a challenging with property market uncertainty particularly in London , planning delays and the uncertainty over future building regulations resulting from the Grenfell tragedy. Established in by the O'Malley family, Mulalley works largely with public sector clients across London and south east England. David Wernick started work in the family business at the tender age of 11 when he had a summer job to sort and count bolts that had become all mixed up. The business in question is the Wickford-based Werrnick Group, which began in when David's grandfather — having knocked up a few sheds, crates and chicken houses for his business's use — erected a sign outside his poultry farm.
Today the group is one of the largest builders and hirers of wooden and modular buildings. The Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons has come to Britain and it already has 17 branches here. Surinder Kandola is the driving force behind the UK expansion. An experienced restaurateur, Kandola already owns Za Za Bazaar in Bristol which reckons to be the biggest restaurant in the UK, seating 1, people.
Inspired by the night markets of Asia, the place offers a heady mix of foods from China, India, Italy, Vietnam and other countries. But he is a long way from Chigwell today. Based in San Francisco, Flint is one of the growing number of Brits enjoying the big time in California's high-tech boom. The son of a chemistry professor and ancient history teacher, Flint went to Oxford to read physics, inevitably making it to the City for a summer job with JP Morgan. He was tasked with finding out about the internet. He says he soon realised two 'life-changing lessons'.
After five years at Lastminute. Trying to find a house in his second year, he saw that the internet had not touched the property market. Still based in San Francisco, he now runs NFX, a venture capital operation, which plans to disrupt the opaque and secretive world of that industry. His mother was a cleaner and dad a London bus driver. He trained as an accountant and became the youngest ever chartered accountant to become a member of the institute.
Hearn later worked for a large firm where one of his biggest clients was Deryck Healy International, a textile design company.
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Overnight he had doubled his salary. It was such a good investment that he put his own money into it. He left Healy in and formed his own company — Matchroom. He had a Romford snooker hall, a fruit machine and pool table business in the East End, some offices and the best snooker player the world had yet produced, Steve Davis, who simply walked in off the street. Since then Hearn has dominated snooker, overseeing its extraordinary leap as it became established as Britain's favourite television sport.
He managed the best players, organised many of the top tournaments and sold them to television. He is chairman of World Snooker and took a controlling interest in the sport's commercial business. With his son Eddie, who is Matchroom's managing director, Hearn promotes a roster of big name fighters including Anthony Joshau. Hearn predicts that the world heavyweight champion could become a billionaire if he remains unbeaten over the next 10 years.
Lord Harris took over the family carpet business at the age of 15 after his father's death. But he is better known for Carpetright, which he founded soon after. When he stood down as chairman of the Rainham-based business in after 57 years in the trade, Carpetright had more than shops and annual sales of nearly half a billion pounds. The Harris family is not listed as a major shareholder any more.
Harris and his son Martin have now taken on Carpetright with a new venture called Tapi French for carpets. Flying Trade Group operates a series of food, hotel and property businesses.
Billericay-based Hallmark Healthcare is run by ex-accountant Avnish Goyal. He decided not to enter the profession, but went into property instead, working with his parent's property portfolio. But his parents-in-law, both doctors, had built a care home and he saw that this could be a profitable business. Today it operates 19 care homes and has been rebalancing its portfolio to concentrate on South Wales and the south and eastern part of England. The company specialises in precision engineering components for the aviation industry.
During the war it made fighter fuselage sections and then later worked with Marconi on the TV aerial at Crystal Palace. Today Bill's grandson Ray Stephens chairs the parent group.
Since the s Tollgate Partnership, run and owned by the Watts family, has delivered a shopping centre, business park, Sainsbury's superstore, new roads and improved access for pedestrians and cyclists in the area. Today the business is run by the second generation of the family, Jayne Gee and Daniel Watts. Other smaller property companies etc.
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But the company is small beer beside the family's main interest, Brentwood-based Countryside Properties. Chartered surveyor and estate agent Alan Cherry founded the company in It was listed on the stock market in Cherry remained as chairman until his death in His sons Graham and Richard, joined the board in and respectively. Countryside was taken private in and later was largely taken over by a private equity group in , although the Cherry family are still involved in the business. Kevin Taylor, a quantity surveyor by training, started the business from his home around the year The box for the company fax machines served as his first desk, with his dining room table acting as the boardroom table.
Taylor remains chairman to this day. Dennis Myers does not seem to want to retire. The Romford-based company may be small, but Myers is the man to make Assured Advances grow. Myers, Swift's MD at the time, had started the business in using the experience he had built up from a finance brokerage operation. With his family trusts, he owned all the shares. Robbie Cowling left school with no qualifications but trained as a motor mechanic at a Vauxhall garage and was later a self-employed mechanic for a couple of years.
In he became an IT programmer and worked for nine years in various jobs before launching the world's first 'Jobs by email service' for jobseekers in May From that has grown JobServe, now a leading recruitment consultancy on the internet. The Us are now playing in League Two but are looking good in the early part of the campaign, standing eighth after 12 games. Jobserve had a difficult time when the recession struck in , with several years of losses.
Aside from Jobserve, it also runs several job-related websites all over the world. Ian Liddell worked for a leading shipping line and after gaining experience of the container trade, he hatched the idea for setting up his own freight service operation the day before his 21st birthday in Today Uniserve is the largest freight service provider in the UK with over staff.
The Tilbury-based operation is entirely owned by Liddell. RCH Care Homes specialise in dementia-friendly care. The Ilford-based operation was founded in by Rabinder Rai and it operates 10 care homes across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Kent. It has been particularly successful in the London market, delivering a key regeneration project on a Lambeth estate. Higgins' three sons are directors, led by the eldest, Richard, who is chairman and here representing the family as a whole.
That was back in and the firm soon became well known for its squash and tennis shoes, later branching out into trainers as Britain's running boom took off in the s. The company is run and largely owned by Gene Willson, a qualified pilot. Titan charters planes to a range of clients.
It also owns Satellite Travel Group. About half the company's revenue comes from transporting mail and freight, but Titan also operates a variety of charters. Recent passengers have included Premiership and national football teams, rock groups and even royalty. Willson owns all but one special share. It was founded in by Mark Anderson who chairs and owns the thriving construction operation. The 80metre long mural has been created on hoardings around the former White Hart pub site which is owned by Anderson and is next to the group's head office on Colchester Road, Springfield.
A nice touch indeed. The business was started by Christopher's father Allan, who worked at the airport and noticed pilots were taking time off due to back and leg problems caused by uncomfortable sitting positions on long flights.