Meet the people behind Britain’s small businesses

SMEs are behind 60% of UK GDP, but who’s behind small business? Get to know the people driving Britain’s economy and the passions, purpose and tools that drive them as we reveal what’s #behindyourbusiness.

Celebrating the people behind small business

Far from faceless corporations, small businesses are defined by the people who founded, nurtured and worked their way to success. So we got up close and personal and asked these entrepreneurs to tell their stories – revealing the personalities, experiences and motivations behind Britain’s small businesses.

Ade from Nubian Skin

This is Ade, founder of Nubian Skin – a small business that makes lingerie and hosiery for skin of all tones. Ade wants her fashion business to make a material difference: “It’s really important to me that people know they matter, their skin tone matters and that they are represented.”

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Ade from Nubian Skin

Steven from Future Kings

Meet Steven, the creative mind behind Future Kings – one of London’s fastest-growing creative agencies. He believes good design is good for business, so he puts his team to work for brands to help them grow. He says: “I want to make the world a better place through great design.”

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Steven from Future Kings

Laura from Popcorn Shed

Laura is the Kernel-in-Chief of Popcorn Shed – a fast-growing small business that makes great-tasting snacks. Laura loves running her own company, and following in the footsteps of her entrepreneurial father: “I always wanted to nurture something from the very beginning and watch it grow.”

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Laura from Popcorn Shed

Gabriel from The Italian Plumber

Introducing Gabriel, the skilled hand behind The Italian Plumber. When he leaves the homes of his customers, he knows he’s made a positive difference: “I’m adding value to people’s lives and their properties, and that makes me feel like I’m doing something really important for the community.”

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Gabriel from The Italian Plumber

Sidonie from Papersmiths

This is Sidonie, the graphic designer behind Papersmiths – a growing retail business. Her dream is to inspire creativity with beautiful literature, maps and creative tools: “I want to bring inspiration to people, and with Papersmiths we do that by bringing the tools that people need to create.”

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Sidonie from Papersmiths

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