In 2016 we chose our first 100 Faces of a Vibrant Economy to showcase progressive leaders across private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

As we grow a community of leaders making a wider impact on shaping the future, we asked our people to nominate those leaders who, they believe, are excelling at one (or more) of the below:

  • Growth – Fostering a culture of growth, expansion and job creation, leading their organisation into new markets and creating jobs
  • Innovation – Solving problems, creating new solutions and models - leaders whose products or services are disrupting the sector and challenging the status quo
  • Purpose – Investing in their workforce, connecting financial profit to social purpose and contributing to the wider community

The Faces programme recognises these leaders who are shaping a more purposeful, innovative and socially responsible business environment and it celebrates their inspiring leadership, innovation and help in their communities to develop a more vibrant economy in the UK.

Our ‘Faces’ from 2016 found that being a Face of a Vibrant Economy provided a great platform to showcase their work.  Meet some of our 2016 Faces:

Laura Teninson MBE – Jojo Maman Bébé 

Laura started JoJo Maman Bébé with the proceeds of the sale of her first business; she has since grown the predominantly independent business into the UK’s leading boutique mother and baby brand.

Tessa Cook – Olio

Over a third of food produced globally is thrown away each year, Tessa created OLIO to face down what she describes as one of the largest problems in our lifetime, “a free app that connects neighbours with each other, and with local independent shops and cafes, so that surplus food can be shared not thrown away.”

Clive Lucking – Fourfront Group

Founded in 2000, Fourfront Group is a UK commercial interior specialist on a mission to create exceptional working environments built on innovation, inspiring design, excellence in delivery and great relationships.

James Timpson OBE – Timpson Group

Since becoming chief executive of the UK’s leading family retail group in 2002, James has pioneered an ‘upside-down approach’ to management. Under his guidance, the business has expanded to 1,400 stores across the country, with a turnover of more than £200 million.

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