Eric McCleneghan: the fastest car on the road

Most business leaders need a break from the stresses of running a company. And then there are those who chill out by doing something even more stressful, like Eric McCleneghan, CEO of discount retailer Premier Direct.

Growth Planning

Meet the eco-entrepreneurs

‘A lot of environmental initiatives are seen as costing money – for example, going carbon neutral – but this one offers the double whammy of cost savings and doing something to help the environment.’


Malcolm Millar is full steam ahead at Raymarine

Having recently been crowned Chief Executive of the Year at 2006 Quoted Company Awards, Malcolm Millar continues to drive Raymarine, the provider of hi-tech products for the leisure boat industry, forward at a rate of knots.


Jeremy Middleton: Media Square mogul

Jeremy Middleton is passionate about using acquisitions as a rapid growth strategy and there's no denying he knows how to put failing businesses back on their feet.


Martin Webb: Worldly-wise Webb

Martin Webb has dabbled in DJ’ing, bankrupted a design company, and successfully launched and sold bar chains and radio stations. His current ventures include an exclusive French adventure centre, a printing website and a not-for-profit pub. And he still finds time to star on Channel 4.


Betting on the big deal

In 1997, City Cruises was an established business with turnover approaching £4 million but founder Gary Beckwith wanted more. A year later, he risked everything by betting he could secure a lucrative contract.


Jonathan Clark: What I wish I’d known

Jonathan Clark founded direct marketing agency Clark McKay & Walpole in 1995 with Janet McKay. By September this year he had created a business boasting revenues of £9.1 million and operating profits of £900,000.


Owning it all: Duncan Bannatyne interview

Duncan Bannatyne spent time in the navy - and in jail - before embarking on a career that has made him £115 million.


Exchequer: Forfeiting business expertise

Eduardo Loigorri and Rob Steele founded business and accounting software company Exchequer in 1984, when they were both 18. Without any external funding, the business has grown to sales of £10 million.

Financial Management

Planestation: turnaround from hell

Losses of £73 million, an ousted management team and huge overheads are just three of the factors that have plagued airports and property group Planestation - yet one entrepreneur is aiming to make the business profitable.


Mark Horrocks: Back in business

Serial investor Mark Horrocks has been busy of late with the painful liquidation of his investment trust, Intrinsic Value. But the experience has left him undaunted and he's got plenty of new projects in the pipeline.