Evolve has collaborated with a collection of forward-thinking brands, influencers and entrepreneurs.
Launching March 2019
As thought leaders they will share with you their insights and experiences at our programme of events, as well as inspirational online content that’s exclusive to you, the entrepreneur.
Tamara Lohan MBE, Co-founder of Mr & Mrs Smith
Digital entrepreneur and co-founder of the boutique hotel booking website, Mr & Mrs Smith, Tamara’s entrepreneurialism has seen her awarded an MBE for services to the British travel industry. As CTO of Mr & Mrs Smith, Tamara’s passion for digital marketing and online strategy has seen her evolve the company’s digital infrastructure to impressive heights. Today, Mr & Mrs Smith operate from offices in London, New York, LA and Singapore, and has more than 1.5 million members worldwide.
Barbara Cox, Founder of Nutrichef
Barbara Cox is a highly regarded nutritionist, health article author and businesswoman.
Barbara founded Nutrichef, a company that produces high quality healthy meals and delivers them to customers’ homes. Through her consultations with Nutrichef customers across the UK, Barbara advises people with a range of concerns, including people wishing to lose weight, athletes training for sports events or people who simply want to know what it means to eat healthily.
In 2008 Barbara was awarded the National Title of Entrepreneur of the Year by the British Chambers of Commerce; She is now the author of her first cookbook Rainbow Recipes and she is a specialist nutrition consultant, European Wellness Council representative and business consultant.
Becki Houlston, Life Coach & Emotional Health Expert
Becki Houlston is a life coach and emotional health expert who uses cutting-edge techniques to work with people to overcome their emotional negative programming, build resilience and achieve their goals in life. Her niche client base is made up of business leaders and entrepreneurs and this gives Becki huge insight into the traits and emotional strategies required to be successful and live a happy, healthy life.
Ian McCaig, Founder & CMO
Ian is Co-Founder and CMO of Fiit, a venture backed FitTech start-up on a mission to make fitness addictive and effortless for the majority of people disillusioned with the gym and other offerings in the market today. He co-founded Qubit, a leading European SaaS business, in 2010 and was one of the first through the doors of the UK Google office where he spent five years leading strategic innovation across sales operations, product and marketing for Europe. A successful entrepreneur, Ian is now an angel investor and advisor for a number of start-ups.
Rupert Holloway, Conker Spirit
Rupert Holloway is a fresh face to the drinks industry, leaping from his career as a chartered surveyor at 29 to launch Conker Spirit, Dorset’s first gin distillery in April 2015.
Nearly 4 years in, Conker has become a highly-regarded mainstay of the gin renaissance, winning multiple awards and listings including Harvey Nichols and Fortnum & Masons, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose.
Rupert wants to inspire others to take the same leap to pursue their passion or that nagging idea. He is a regular speaker at Virgin Start Up and Guardian Masterclass events where he talks about developing the mindset needed for finding your creativity and pursuing your passion.
Mark Cribb, Founder & MD of Urban Guild
Mark Cribb is the founder and MD of Urban Guild – a group of restaurants, bars and hotels that pepper the South Coast, offering guests home-grown food, craft beer, curious cocktails and seriously seductive coffees and cakes. Founded in 2005, it was Mark’s travels that inspired him to ‘continue the adventure’ back home, creating a breed of hospitality that oozed the love, laughter and kindness he’d experienced whilst backpacking. A successful entrepreneur, Mark continues to champion ‘Big grins, flip flops, happy staff and happy customers’, and has even launched the ‘Hug Club’ – a loyalty scheme that epitomises Mark’s founding principles.
Ross Thornley, Leaps Innovation
Founder of 6 companies, including rt, a world renowned brand communications agency, employing almost 100 people throughout its 17 year history. Retaining clients from the United Nations, Sony and Thomson Reuters for more than a decade. A business Ross successfully exited in 2017.
Creator, founder and CEO of Leaps® Innovation. A proven approach to innovation and idea generation. With rapid prototyping and validation screening, Leaps supports global brands to solve real business challenges within days through unique collaboration programs.
Excited by ambition, partnerships and new models of thinking. Always looking to connect ambitious people and brands with communities, through creativity, intelligence and innovation.
Fiit - Interactive Fitness Classes in your living room
Fiit is a technology start-up on a mission to make fitness addictive. They’re passionate about helping millions of people across the world reap the rewards of regular exercise, and they know that the current offerings aren’t working for the vast majority. With their interactive, online platform, they’re bringing the best of boutique studio fitness into everyone’s living rooms. Through leveraging data science and smart technology and giving people exclusive access to the trainers they love, Fiit are breaking down the barriers to fitness and creating a truly motivating, connected fitness experience.
Your audience awaits
We’re always looking to collaborate with new and exciting entrepreneurs, brands and business leaders. If you’ve experienced the ups, downs and roundabouts of running a successful business, we want to hear about your experience and the lessons learnt along the way. From contributing content to becoming a brand partner, this is your opportunity to connect with, and inspire, fellow entrepreneurs.