Stuart Rock has been a multiple award-winning business editor and writer for the past 25 years. He is increasingly involved in the UK business angel scene as editorial consultant and event moderator for the UK Business Angels Association and as an angel investor.
He has entrepreneurial and boardroom experience having co-founded Caspian Media, where he was the editorial director. He was the founding editor of Real Business, the UK’s first title for entrepreneurs and growth companies, and co-created Real Deals, Europe’s leading private equity title. He led the creation of the CBI magazine Business Voice and the transformation of Professional Engineer, the title of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
He has also been behind the creation of many national and international business awards and conferences, many of which he has also hosted and compered. These include the Growing Business Awards, the First Women Awards and the Private Equity Awards.
Stuart has developed customer magazines, specialist publications and multimedia content programmes for many blue-chip corporations, including IBM, Vodafone, Lloyds Banking Group, Thales, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Microsoft.
He has edited three books with John Timpson, chairman of Timpson Ltd: Dear James, Cobbled Together, How to Ride a Giraffe
Prior to co-founding Caspian, he was editor of Director magazine for seven years. A graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford, his passion for clear and informative business writing is matched only by his love of real ale, church architecture and Liverpool Football Club.
Most owner-directors of companies will recall 2008 without much pleasure. I'm one of them. It was the year when the credit crunch bared its teeth, Lehman Brothers collapsed, and the global economy spiralled downwards. And as for 2009...Well, that was a write-off year for many small businesses.
Fast broadband means that the location of a business can now be more of a lifestyle choice. Geography simply no longer is a constraint. Today, according to the FSB, half of all Scottish businesses are home-based, for example, sustaining nearly one in five private sector jobs in Scotland.
There's a fresh generation in Britain - of all ages - who currently more likely to be determined and optimistic. Because those are the qualities you need to start and run a business. It's not about being original and inventive, it's about getting out there and doing it. And more of us are.
14/01/2015 15:59 GMT
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