Grow/case studies

How the leader stays in touch

Lawrence Tomlinson, entrepreneur in residence at BIS and the IoD's 2012 Director of the Year, on how to lead from the front while maintaining "a family feel" with the 2,000 employees of his LNT Group. Read more »

Listen to the sound of growth

Robert Hurst co-founded Audio Network back in 1999, with the concept of creating a new music library from scratch that would make it easy to license high quality music for films and TV. Today the company has a catalogue of more 69,300 original music tracks. It is a global publisher with offices… Read more »

The “how to write a business plan” guide
Bev Hurley: encouraging women to plan and grow their businesses

During this Global Entrepreneurship Week, plenty of people - from schoolchildren to  50+-year-olds - will, we hope, be inspired to start a business.  One big question many of them will ask: how do I write my first business plan? There’s a wealth of online material… Read more »

Forging a culture, learning to lead

Christiane Wuillamie founded CWB Systems, an IT services company, and grew it 100% year-on-year into a multi-million pound enterprise before selling it in 2001. Here she shares her lessons in what it takes to build and lead a quality management team, and  how to develop a… Read more »

Socks appeal

Now here’s a fascinating story: a company that in less than 30 years has been a manufacturer, a wholesaler and is now a thriving international online retailer - and through those transitions it has been run by different members of the same family. Universal Textiles… Read more »