Dragons' Den star Touker Suleyman met with a group of entrepreneurial Old Cheltonians to discuss their business ideas and the challenges they face. He gave them all tailored advice and the OCs also found it beneficial to meet each other.
Alistair Frost (Newick House, 2007), who created a brand boosting service within the drinks industry, Frost House, commented, “Huge thanks for organizing this meeting with Touker. It was a really excellent day and it would be great to meet up with the other OC entrepreneurs again.” Alastair introduces drinks brands to bars, clubs and restaurant groups and specialises in events and social marketing.
Ed Shaw (Leconfield, 2000) and business partner Alex Doggett run Cotswolds Health and Fitness Club and have specialized in exercise-based rehabilitation for a wide range of conditions and injuries. They recently set up Coordinated Therapies, which is designed to provide movement based learning therapy specifically for neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis. Ed commented, “It was a huge privilege and testament to what an institution like College can provide for its alumni network."
OC and past member of College staff Lucy Bartlett (Chandos, 2004) has designed Bundle Beds with James Clark: “a cosy, compact portable bed that won’t compromise on comfort”, which can be used as a guest bed or camping bed. Lucy and James are currently fundraising for their product on Kickstarter and have already exceeded their £25,000 target with a current fund of £38,184.
James Wheeler (Boyne House, 2013) and business partner Felix Henderson have designed a revolutionary student-housing platform, Bubble. Tied in with social media, it allows students to search for accommodation based on where their friends are currently living or searching. It aims to bring landlords, agents and students together to streamline the current property search process and tenancy management. James said, "Thank you so much for organising today. We thoroughly enjoyed it and it was very useful to hear the ideas Touker had.”
Charlie Cadbury (Southwood, 1998) set up management consultancy Champers Advisory, which specializes in start-up, high growth and digital companies. It aims to “bring more enjoyment to the workplace” and delivers hands-on mentoring and commercial best practice to accelerate business growth.