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Spears 2019

NEW COLLEGE OF THE HUMANITIES

NEW COLLEGE OF THE HUMANITIES

Founded in 2011 by British philosopher AC Grayling, the founding slogan of New College of the Humanities was ‘elite but not exclusive’. It offers a unique education that aims to provide an intensive learning experience, achieved through regular one-to-one tutorials,… Read More

REGENT’S UNIVERSITY LONDON

REGENT’S UNIVERSITY LONDON

Nestled in the leafy grounds of Regent’s Park, Regent’s University London is home to just 5,000 bright young things. The intimate size of the college, coupled with one-to-one tuition, differentiates it from mainstream university education. The college promotes independence and… Read More

BPP UNIVERSITY

BPP UNIVERSITY

Specialising in career-focused undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in accountancy, business, finance, nursing law and health, BPP has been awarding degrees since 2007. The university is part of BPP Professional Education, which provides training to employees at over 75 of the… Read More

UNIVERSITY OF BUCKINGHAM

UNIVERSITY OF BUCKINGHAM

Established in 1983, Buckingham is the oldest of the country’s private universities. Instrumental to its inception was Margaret Thatcher, who as education secretary oversaw the creation of the college in 1973. On retiring from politics in 1992, Lady Thatcher became… Read More

GREYCOAT LUMLEYS

GREYCOAT LUMLEYS

A UK-based company with an international reach, Greycoat Lumleys has been placing nannies, maternity nurses and nanny/ housekeepers with HNWs for more than 20 years. ‘Our clients may have the luxury of having private domestic staff, but [not] the luxury… Read More

IMPERIAL NANNIES

IMPERIAL NANNIES

Described by Paris Match as ‘Nannies de luxe pour grosses de riches’, Imperial Nannies offers a very personal service and is one of the most respected childcare agencies in Britain. ‘They take the time to really understand what you are… Read More

NIGHT NANNIES

NIGHT NANNIES

TV journalist Anastasia Baker founded Night Nannies in 1999 after the birth of her second child left her exhausted and at a loss as to how to find nannies willing to work nights at an affordable rate. The company has… Read More

NORLAND AGENCY

NORLAND AGENCY

Directly affiliated to the prestigious Norland College, which has trained world-class nannies since 1892, Norland Agency is the only one of its kind to place Norlanders exclusively. They are in high demand, with only one nanny to every five families… Read More

THE ROSEBERY

THE BUS BUSINESS

Where better to host a memorable social gathering than aboard a striking, evergreen-hued vintage Routemaster bus, revamped with a classical and evocative interior? ‘It’s one of the world’s most iconic and beautiful vehicles,’ the company says. The downstairs is home… Read More

10 CASTLE STREET

10 CASTLE STREET

A Grade II-listed country house set in formal gardens and surrounded by woodlands, 10 Castle Street is the only private members club in Dorset, offering a rural retreat west of London and the dormitories of the Home Counties. But there… Read More

12 HAY HILL

12 HAY HILL

The pick of the impressive clutch of new business orientated members clubs that have opened in the West End over the last two years, 12 Hay Hill boasts stunning balconies overlooking Berkeley Square, gym and hot desks, as well as… Read More

ANNABEL’S

ANNABEL’S

Having moved to a new home just a few doors down to a Georgian mansion at 46 Berkeley Square, the new and improved Annabel’s is up and running. Bigger, brasher and even more opulent, it’s flash to say the least,… Read More

THE ARTS CLUB

THE ARTS CLUB

The venerable Arts Club, founded by Charles Dickens in 1863, runs one of the most dynamic rosters of events for members in the capital. Despite the weight of its illustrious past, this is a club with a distinctly contemporary ethos…. Read More

DEVONSHIRE

DEVONSHIRE

Devonshire founder Brian Clivaz is the sanguine force behind establishments such as Home House, the Arts Club, 12 Hay Hill, and countless more. Describing what he believes makes his clubs special, he says: ‘They’re exclusive, but they don’t exclude. I… Read More

EIGHT

EIGHT

With buildings in Moorgate and Bank, Eight offers that rare thing in the City: privacy and seclusion in dining and drinking spaces. The restaurant, Quartier, is surrounded by a terrace, providing some very valuable breathing space inside the finance district’s… Read More

GEORGE

GEORGE

Mount Street’s George celebrates numerous different art styles from the traditional club art deco to post-pop. Suitably, the club’s gastronomic focus is equally varied and formidable, mixing continental favourites with seasonal British fare. The relaxed surroundings don’t seem to have… Read More

GRACE BELGRAVIA

GRACE BELGRAVIA

Founded in 2012, Grace Belgravia has established itself as London’s top wellness club for women. With a gym, spa and medical centre, as well as restaurants (in which men are welcome), the focus is firmly on health and wellbeing for… Read More

GROUCHO CLUB

GROUCHO CLUB

The pioneer of the new wave of members clubs that offered dynamism and swagger over and above decanters of sherry, Soho’s Groucho, now in its 34th year, hasn’t rested on its laurels. After a period of being, in his words,… Read More

HOSPITAL CLUB

HOSPITAL CLUB

Boasting a television studio, screening room, live performance space, restaurant, hotel and gallery over seven floors, the immense Hospital Club in the centre of Covent Garden has long been one of the more accessible members clubs for London’s burgeoning generation… Read More

THE IVY CLUB

THE IVY CLUB

A recent addition to the Caprice Holdings empire, The Club at the Ivy has developed that rarest of attributes for a London members club – namely a place where both pleasure and business feel jointly accommodated amid the chic surroundings…. Read More

LIBRARY

LIBRARY

A bibliophile’s leather-bound refuge, Library sits in the heart of theatre land on St Martin’s Lane, a stone’s throw from Covent Garden. With modern, well-lit rooms and a colourful, open plan mezzanine reading space, the atmosphere is unpretentious and considerably… Read More

MARK’S CLUB

MARK’S CLUB

Barely altered since its opening in 1973 by Mark Birley, the winds of change are whistling through this esteemed Mayfair club. Originally built as a private house, last year the club had a subtle facelift courtesy of Paris based designer… Read More

SOHO HOUSE

SOHO HOUSE

Arguably no one has done more to reinvent the private members club than Soho House. Since its inception just over 20 years ago, the alternative option to Clubland and Mayfair has almost become the mainstream for a younger generation of… Read More

SOUTH KENSINGTON CLUB

SOUTH KENSINGTON CLUB

With its focus on wellness, the South Kensington Club has proved that it is possible to combine excess with exercise in a London members club. ‘The model of the old members club is now too antiquated, they were often not… Read More

THE WALBROOK

THE WALBROOK

Something of a ground den among the glass pines of the City, the three story Queen Anne-style 1952 town house that is home to the Walbrook is an institution: classically understated in both form and content. A suitably well-stocked bar… Read More

PEREGRINE ARMSTRONG-JONES

BENTLEY’S ENTERTAINMENTS

‘Entertaining is the ultimate way to show your friends and family how much you value their friendship,’ says Bentley’s founder Peregrine Armstrong-Jones, who is lauded by colleagues as ‘one of the most innovative thinkers’ in the party planning world. He… Read More

METTE & MICHEL ASSOULINE

ASSOULINE DRESSAGE

Equestrian power couple Mette and Michel Assouline run a dressage emporium in Essex where they train horses and riders. Both classically-practised, they offer a full range of services for the dressage enthusiast, from the amateur to the professional, which extends… Read More

JAMIE ASTON

JAMIE ASTON FLOWERS

A master of modern floral design, Jamie Aston opened his original shop in 2005 and has curated an elite client list: he counts the Hotel Café Royal among his clients as well as top names in the film and music… Read More

CAROLINE BAKER

CAROLINE BAKER

Caroline Baker claims to be able to ‘make the impossible happen’: indeed, HNWs continue to flock to the firm for the discreet and expert family office support and property management services for which the firm has become known. ‘Focusing purely… Read More

NINA BARBOUR

BOLESWORTH ESTATE

International showjumper Nina Barbour also runs the Bolesworth estate: more than 6,000 acres of prime land that houses residential and commercial lettings and dairy farms, and home to Harthill Stud and the Bolesworth and Liverpool CSI4* shows. Harthill was established… Read More

HARRY BECHER

BHB PRIVATE

Harry Becher once told Spear’s that in his world ‘there’s no such thing as a normal request’ – and the chief fixer is prepared to go to any lengths to deliver for his clients, which include a range of brands,… Read More

SAM BOMPAS AND HARRY PARR

BOMPAS & PARR

For those curious about the past, present and future of ice-cream, Bompas & Parr’s recent exhibition at the British Museum of Food would have been a real treat. SCOOP: A Wonderful Ice Cream World was the firm’s highlight in 2018,… Read More

CHARLES BONAS

BONAS MACFARLANE

According to founder Charles Bonas, it’s Bonas MacFarlane’s unique approach, which he likens to that of private bankers and GPs, that makes the firm stand out. ‘Schools are wonderful, but the function of a school is to encourage children to… Read More

SUSAN BREEN

MISHCON DE REYA

Mishcon’s betting and gaming arm is led by partner Susan Breen, who’s been involved in many of the landmark transactions in the sector. An expert who has ‘a strong intellectual understanding of the sector’ according to a commentator, Breen and… Read More

ADAM CALLER

TUTORS INTERNATIONAL

Adam Caller’s firm, Tutors International, offers a personalised service to UHNWs around the world. They only offer long-term, full-time placements, and each tutor is headhunted from scratch to meet the specific needs of each new client. At a cost of… Read More

LUCY CAWKWELL

OSBORNE CAWKWELL EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANTS

Lucy Cawkwell took her first tutoring job during her gap year in 1992, and has taught over 70 students between five and 18 in subjects from maths and science to English, French and geography. With her experience of pupils of… Read More

ROBIN CLIFFORD

CHARLES LUCAS ASSOCIATES

Founded in 2005, London based Charles Lucas is a strategic advisory and solutions firm providing discreet and effective support to private and corporate clients.  “We understand that every client and set of circumstances is different and that each requires an… Read More

PHILIPPA COCHRANE

PHILLY STUDIO

A design consultancy specialising in original lifestyle gifts and accessories, Philly Studio works with the best designers, artisanal suppliers and small-scale manufacturers to create promotional products to truly distinguish a brand’s identity. Philippa Cochrane has worked in the retail accessory… Read More

IAN COLEY

IAN COLEY SPORTING

A six-time Olympic coach who has represented Britain over 200 times, Ian Coley is an icon of the shooting world. He runs one of the largest sporting establishments in the UK, encompassing a gun room, sporting agency and shooting school,… Read More

SHANE CONNOLLY

SHANE CONNOLLY & CO

Shane Connolly was catapulted into the spotlight after supplying and designing the flowers for the 2011 royal wedding, and continues to obsess over the fundamentals of conscientious floral design. ‘Seasonality is really important to me,’ he says. ‘When you cook… Read More

PHILIPPA CRADDOCK

PHILIPPA CRADDOCK FLOWERS

Philippa Craddock, the talented florist who has said that her craft is a form of ‘escapism’, took her time to carefully decorate George’s Chapel in Windsor for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The displays were ‘jaw-dropping’, The Telegraph reported…. Read More

PAOLA DIANA

SIGILLUS

Paola Diana is dynamic and tireless – useful characteristics for the founder of leading lifestyle concierge service Sigillus. It provides inner circle access to experts in every sector, from VIP red carpet events and corporate consultancy to premium real estate,… Read More

JULIA DOWLING

SNAPDRAGON

‘Events are like theatre productions, delivered without rehearsal’ says Julia Dowling, who says ‘extraordinary attention to detail, style, flawless logistics and commercial savvy are the qualities that distinguish the merely creative, from the truly excellent event planner.’ Dowling founded Snapdragon… Read More

NICK DOYLE

KROLL

Kroll’s Nick Doyle has conducted ‘a significant amount of work for financial institutions, and for law firms on behalf of their clients’ in recent times. That’s not surprising given the jaw-dropping nature of Doyle’s experience: he’s worked in 50 countries… Read More

ATHENA DUNCAN & MAIREAD CURTIN

REBEL REBEL

Athena Duncan and Mairead Curtin joined forces in 2000, and have since maintained a natural but distinctly brave approach to floristry, true to their venture’s name. The pair prefers to use seasonal British grown flowers where possible, and frequently use… Read More

KALLY ELLIS

MCQUEENS

Kally Ellis started her renowned business in 1991, following a career in corporate marketing at an international bank. ‘After a few years I decided it just wasn’t for me,’ she told us, renouncing the ‘smart suits and Hermès scarves’ synonymous… Read More

RICHARD EVANS

THE PROFS

A-Level results day is a day fraught with anxiety for most. However, for The Profs’ award-winning founder and director Richard Evans, it’s a day to celebrate. Building on last year’s success, The Profs retained their top-of-the-class A* rating with 100… Read More

BALTHAZAR FABRICIUS

FITZDARES

Growing up on the Goodwood Estate, where his father ran the racecourse for the Duke of Richmond, left Balthazar Fabricius with betting coursing through his veins. He founded Fitzdares in 2005, heralding a return to the seductive, glamorous bookmaking traditions… Read More

JULIAN FARROW

JULIAN FARROW LTD

Julian Farrow knows the UHNW world inside and out. Formerly global head of Sotheby’s Preferred, Farrow provides an unprecedented strategic business development service for global brands across the art, luxury, lifestyle and hospitality sectors. When he’s not hosting events for… Read More

TRAMP

TRAMP

Celebrating its half-centenary in 2019, Tramp was founded as a laid-back alternative to the smart supper clubs of the day. Taking its name from Charlie Chaplin’s on-screen incarnation, it became known as a place where celebrities could let their hair… Read More

JEMMA FREEMAN

HUNTERS & FRANKAU

The enigmatic Jemma Freeman was the first woman in her family to be involved in the cigar trade. She is now managing director of Hunters & Frankau, the UK’s main link to the Cuban cigar trade. In 2001, she took… Read More

SIMON GIDDINS

BLACKSTONE CONSULTANCY

A veteran adviser, accustomed to addressing the most complex client needs and security situations, managing director Simon Giddins heads up esteemed security experts Blackstone Consultancy. The firm is involved in ‘challenging and evolving’ risks domestically and internationally, highly private investigations,… Read More

OLIVER GILSENAN

LIONHEART EDUCATION

Oliver Gilsenan proudly relays the story of a student who failed their GCSEs, then spent four months studying at LSL, Lionheart’s bespoke school, leaving with seven A* and going on to study at Cambridge. ‘Giving children the confidence to succeed’… Read More

OLIVER GORTON

ALACO

When you’re dealing in investigations rather than security as Alaco does, company director Oliver Gorton tells Spear’s, it can lead to an interesting client base. ‘Our client base is pretty broad,’ he says, noting that those paying Alaco’s bills include… Read More

JOHN GRIFFIN

FINITO

John Griffin has served as chairman of Finito since its launch in 2016, and is a distinguished businessman and philanthropist. He founded Addison Lee in 1975 with just one car, and nearly 40 years later sold the company in 2013… Read More

NICK HART

THE WARDROBE BY SPENCER HART

‘When I was a kid, I was obsessed with menswear design. Now, I’m obsessed with finding a solution for the new world we live in,’ says designer and entrepreneur Nick Hart, who opened Savile Row tailor Spencer Hart in 2002…. Read More

EMMA-KATE HENRY

D’OVERBROECK’S

‘It is an incredibly powerful experience to walk into a school as robustly distinctive as d’Overbroeck’s but one where academic excellence is at the heart of the offering,’ says new Principal Emma-Kate Henry, stressing the continued focus on nurturing individual… Read More

MOSHE HOGEG

SIRIN LABS

‘[We are] bridging the gap between the blockchain economy and the mass market through multi-layered cybersecurity,’ says Sirin Labs, the company which has recently created the Finney, a blockchain smartphone with built in P2P sharing, a ‘crypto wallet’ and a… Read More

KATIE HUGHES & ALEX SEVER

HUMANITAS

The word Humanitas comes from the Latin translation of the Aristotelian term Paideia – meaning a broad cultural education. ‘It’s all about looking out for the students and bringing them up as respectable members of society’, says Alex Sever, co-founder… Read More

PHILIP KAYE

OMNIUM PRIVATE/S-RM

PwC recently surveyed 1,200+ CEOs across the globe. Philip Kaye of Omnium Private says the top four threats which were ‘keeping them awake at night’ were over-regulation, terrorism, global uncertainty and cyber threats. ‘Our business is perfectly positioned to support… Read More

NEIL KIRTON

KROLL

First Neil Kirton was an investment banker, and now he’s a managing director of Kroll’s investigations and disputes department. It’s not quite ‘hunter’ to ‘hunted’, but it’s close. Kirton admits that now he can see both sides of the fence… Read More

RUTH LAWTON-OWEN

THE ADMIRABLE CRICHTON

Eighty years after Peter Pan novelist JM Barrie wrote The Admirable Crichton – a play about a butler who uses his resourcefulness to supply his employers with their accustomed luxury after a shipwreck – The Admirable Crichton events company was… Read More

RHIDIAN LLEWELLYN

LLEWELLYN EDUCATION LTD

As independent schooling becomes increasingly competitive, Rhidian Llewellyn maintains that ‘the child’s happiness is paramount’. A previous headmaster at Papplewick and housemaster at the Dragon, he now introduces families to the best independent school for their child, guiding them through… Read More

PIERRE MARCOLINI

MAISON PIERRE MARCOLINI

‘There’s only one doorway that separates dreams from reality – courage,’ says Belgian chocolatier Pierre Marcolini, who recently presented new handcrafted collections of chocolates, macarons, fruit pastes and a range of ice creams at The Ned. ‘Each day is a… Read More

ELIZABETH MARSH

ELIZABETH MARSH FLORAL DESIGN

Elizabeth Marsh Floral Design’s philosophy is to ‘inspire people’ and ‘touch their souls’ with their creative designs. Marsh believes the presence of flowers can have a profound impact upon people, and she seeks to turn floral design ‘from an expense… Read More

DARREN MATTHEWS

K2 INTELLIGENCE

Darren Matthews joined the K2 Intelligence team from rival Nexus Risk Management in 2010 and hasn’t looked back. ‘The philosophy of the company in providing highquality work, combined with some of the most experienced and skilled practitioners in the industry,… Read More

NATHANIEL MCCULLAGH

SIMPLY LEARNING TUITION

Nathaniel McCullagh founded Simply Learning Tuition after recognising the high demand for private tuition in London and across the world. Since 2009 his firm has grown at a formidable rate to introduce private tutors primarily for after-school tuition, long-term home… Read More

STUART MCNEILL

KNIGHTSBRIDGE CIRCLE

What do you give those who have everything? Stuart McNeill has two answers. The first is ‘exactly what they want’: be that a helicopter to courtside seats at a Lakers game, a private serenading by Jennifer Lopez, or simply the… Read More

FRANK MOREY

VIRTUS RISK MANAGEMENT

‘The security industry has changed so dramatically in the last decade, it is almost unrecognisable,’ says Frank Morey, CEO and founder of Virtus Risk Management. Leaving his previous ‘well-established’ security firm to go it alone, he’s filling a gap within… Read More

DARIUS NAMDAR

MARK’S CLUB

The lead cigar sommelier of the Birley Clubs has been in the headlines recently, for winning the annual ‘world cup’ for Havana cigars in Cuba against its local champion. The feat has turned Darius Namdar, the director of Mark’s Club,… Read More

FIONA NOBLE

QUINTESSENTIALLY

Fiona Noble joined Quintessentially in the UK in 2013 to work alongside co-founders Ben Elliot, Aaron Simpson and Paul Drummond, to develop and grow the agency side of the business. She has 30 years of experience in building and transforming… Read More

MIKE O’NEILL

OPTIMAL RISK

Mike O’Neill doesn’t like to refer to Reading-based Optimal Risk as a security firm, but a ‘risk management’ company, that helps clients looking for ‘discreet advice’ and support mitigating the risks of their lifestyle. Within the usual security offering there… Read More

WILL ORR-EWING

KEYSTONE TUTORS

British education is a way of life for Will Orr-Ewing, who last year celebrated 11 years of advising families on their schooling and tutoring needs. He boarded from the age of eight until 18, when he gained entry to read… Read More

SALLY RENNY

DORA LOEWENSTEIN ASSOCIATES

When Sir Mick Jagger himself can’t recommend you more highly, it’s safe to say you’re okay for client testimony. That’s the case for DLA, who have thrown many parties for the Rolling Stones. With Sally Renny as managing director, the… Read More

EDDIE SAHAKIAN

DAVIDOFF LONDON

Eddie Sahakian believes cigar- smoking is a happy self-indulgence. ‘The first thing I ascertain is when, where and with whom the customer wishes to enjoy the cigar,’ he has told an industry commentator. ‘Because fundamentally what we are selling is… Read More

ANNASTASIA SEEBOHM

QUINTESSENTIALLY

‘It’s important to build a culture that cares deeply about people,’ says Annastasia Seebohm, Quintessentially’s global CEO. ‘Seek out the people who think: ‘What more could I have done, what might I not have thought of?’ I call this a… Read More

DIRK SEYFRIED

JJ FOX

‘I usually enjoy [cigars] with a rum when I’m allowed, even sometimes when I’m not,’ jokes Dirk Seyfried, manager of the world’s oldest cigar shop, James JJ Fox Cigar Merchant, at the No. 19 St James’s Street branch. The cigar… Read More

KATE SHAND

ENJOY EDUCATION

Enjoy Education, led by Kate Shand, has been shortlisted for the Education Investor awards for five years running, winning Best Private Tutoring Company Award in both 2013 and 2015. Shand believes ‘discretion and trust’ underpin the company’s ethos, and have… Read More

MICHAEL SHAW

FRANKLIN LONDON

Franklin London specialise in property management, maintenance, refurbishment and systems upgrades for the super prime market, recruiting and training specialist staff for UHNWI households. Clients are invariably (U)HNWIs with multiple homes, requiring seamless service and above-par standards. ‘Successful people always… Read More

IRINA SHUMOVITCH

SCHOOL PLACEMENT SERVICE

For Irina Shumovitch–a Russian-born educational consultant who runs a placement service in London for HNW and UHNW Russian parents – British education has an unmatched reputation. ‘Having experienced three educational systems – Russian, French and English – I believe that… Read More

STEVE SIMS

BLUEFISH

Steve Sims, head of Bluefish and ‘real-life Wizard of Oz’, promises and delivers ‘once-in-a-lifetime experiences which are beyond imagination’ to a range of clients from corporate executives and celebrities to professional athletes. From experiencing the Titanic in MIR 1 and… Read More

Siv Sivasamy

SIV SIVASAMY

ADAM PHONES

Adam Phones’ founder and CEO, Adam Toop, made a hiring swoop for Siv Sivasamy in 2016 to head up his firm’s family office division. The two have much in common: like Toop, Sivasamy dropped out of university to focus on… Read More

CAMILLA SMILEY

HOLLAND PARK TUITION AND EDUCATION CONSULTANTS

Camilla Smiley is Director of Consulting at Holland Park Education, a boutique private education consultancy founded in London in 2004 and with offices in Dubai and Shanghai. Her passion for education led her to teach History at Latymer Upper School…. Read More

ALISON SMITH

KNIGHTSBRIDGE PROPERTY & LIFESTYLE

‘We provide seamless, 360-degree solutions to daily property and lifestyle needs,’ says Knightsbridge Property & Lifestyle Management’s lifestyle director Alison Smith, summing up the firm’s specialism running high-value London residential real estate. Smith has been working with HNW families since… Read More

VICTORIA SMITH

GRIFFIN + BELL

Griffin + Bell is named after griffins, the guardians of precious things – and bells, the symbol of clarity. Oxford graduate Victoria Smith and her husband Matthew founded the company in 2011 with a simple philosophy: ‘Honesty, clarity, inspiration’. They… Read More

LADY COSIMA SOMERSET

CONCIERGE LONDON

Anything is possible at Concierge London, as its clients – who include Lord and Lady Windsor, Tamara Mellon and the Goldsmiths – will readily testify. Called ‘ruthlessly efficient’ with ‘perfect manners’ by one happy customer, Lady Cosima Somerset’s girls are… Read More

ELLY STANCLIFFE

THE HANDBOOK

Founded by Elly Stancliffe when she was just 23, The Handbook’s mission is clear: ‘to offer the best of London.’ ‘There is no better place,’ she declares of her collection of guides to everything, from the best rooftop terraces to… Read More

MOYSES STEVENS

MOYSES FLOWERS

Founded in 1876, Moyses Stevens is an iconic London brand with shops across the capital. The Royal Warrant holders have outlets in Sloane Square, Regent Street, Great Portland Street and Temple Fortune, as well as inside Harrods and St Pancras… Read More

NIGEL STOUT

MPW

Founded in 1973, MPW is a group of specialist independent schools in England, with schools in London, Birmingham and Cambridge, chaired by Oxford-educated Dr Nigel Stout. They offer GCSE and A-Level courses using group sizes of no more than ten… Read More

NEILL STRAIN

NEILL STRAIN FLORAL COUTURE

‘From the bunch of tulips hastily snatched from the neighbour’s garden for my mum after school, to the grandiose rose- and lily-laden projects I embarked upon for my first love, I’ve always been infatuated,’ said Neill Strain. After studying floristry… Read More

FRED SUGARMAN-WARNER

CARFAX TUTORS

‘Responsible tuition is our buzzword,’ says Fred Sugarman-Warner, a Winchester scholar and Oxford graduate. He means delivering a thorough and creative education over a sustained period, as opposed to churning out frazzled brains through last-minute cramming. Sugarman-Warner tutored in Moscow,… Read More

CLAIRE SWEETINGHAM

GRAY & FARRAR

‘We don’t do digital anything,’ says Claire Sweetingham. ‘Our matchmaking simply relies on human expertise, experience and knowing the right people.’ Gray & Farrar was established by Virginia Sweetingham in 2005 as an independent family business and the family remains… Read More

ANTHONY TESAR

LE BECK INTERNATIONAL

The former bomb disposal officer and Iraq UN weapons inspector, now CEO and founder of Le Beck, believes the key to security is an education on the realities of threats and risks, and the illusion of control: ‘[Clients’] vulnerability isn’t… Read More

FIONA THOMAS

THE STORK

‘Increasingly, people are realising that holding out for ‘Mr or Miss Perfect’ may mean missing the boat altogether when it comes to having children,’ says Fiona Thomas, Cotswolds property developer turned introducer of successful and affluent singles. The idea of… Read More

PAUL THOMAS

PAUL THOMAS FLOWERS

When Paul Thomas was 12, he watched an episode of Upstairs, Downstairs which influenced the course of his life. Watching the decoration of a long table for a visit from Prince Edward VII, Thomas decided that he wanted to use… Read More

NIKKI TIBBLES

WILD AT HEART

Every well-versed shopper will recognise Nikki Tibbles’ flowers in pots outside the Liberty department store. Abandoning a career in advertising in the early 1990s, Tibbles’ entrepreneurial success began inside the Turquoise Island shop in Notting Hill. She now also has… Read More

ADAM TOOP

ADAM PHONES

Adam Toop’s success began when he failed his Cambridge interview. A year later, after deferring a place at Exeter and deciding to work for a company installing first-generation car phones, he returned to university. But the experience was uninspiring when… Read More

INGA VERBEECK

IVY RELATIONS

‘Warm and reassuringly attractive’, according to a source, Inga Verbeeck is the founder of Ivy Relations, a matchmaking company whose typical clients are worth £20 million, with offices in Antwerp, New York and Geneva. ‘We are a service provider that… Read More

GALVIN WESTON

CHARBONNEL ET WALKER

‘Social media is crucial in getting your pink truffles to conquer the world,’ says Galvin Weston, who chairs Charbonnel et Walker’s and happens to be the Queen’s favourite chocolatier. The Royal Warrant-holding brand builds on the firm’s long legacy of… Read More

PHILIP WOLSTENHOLME

BETTWS HALL

Philip Wolstenholme joined Bettws Hall at the start of 2013 from the Royal Agricultural College. Born and bred in the Hampshire countryside with a special interest in pheasant and partridge shooting and deer stalking, he organises shooting days on all… Read More