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Meeting Mary Portas and the Importance of Experience in Retail

I recently had the opportunity to meet the fabulous Mary Portas at an Entrepreneur’s Circle event run by Nigel Boterill. Of course, I knew Mary from TV but I must admit, I didn’t exactly know much about her story and how she found herself being crowned Mary Queen of Shops.

One day after the Young and Mighty book launch I wasn’t exactly in the mood to get out of bed at six in the morning but I knew this was something worth getting up for!

A bubbly, energetic Mary Portas took to the stage (with on point hair may I add!) In five years of retail I don’t think I’ve ever met someone with such passion and dedication towards it. In a world of easy access to our favourite brands online, it’s very easy for all of us, me included, to be led into an obsession of online shopping. Mary talks a lot about the successes and mistakes that all retailers are making today.

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Vietnam Tour

Follow Henry as he starts his far east tour, speaking to students and entrepreneurs throughout Vietnam.

Learning from Instagram

Meeting Mike Krieger

Last year, I met up with Mike Krieger, the co-founder of Instagram.

Because of the nature of his product, I had this impression in my mind that he would be loud and the centre of attention. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Mike is a thinker. Very quiet, calm and unassuming. A really lovely guy.Read more…

Save, Spend and Invest

Mary Buffett

I was lucky enough to spend three days with Mary Buffett and I must admit I found it life changing.

I have to be honest, I didn’t really know how her ex father in law, Warren Buffet, became one of the world’s richest men. I didn’t know anything about investing and certainly didn’t think I would be able to do it.

I met Mary because we were both speakers on the Wealth Summit tour in Vietnam. We shared a poster in fact!

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When I met Moonpig

Nick Jenkins, founder of Moonpig.com

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of spending a day with Nick Jenkins, the founder of the fantastic personalised greeting card company Moonpig.com.

I love to hear stories of how ideas were created – it is never as straightforward as it seems.

I had two questions that I was desperate to ask: Why call the company Moonpig and how did they come up with one of the most contagious jingles ever?

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