Shining Examples

Examining the DNA of successful business

The National Business Awards provide a great opportunity to celebrate the success of a wide range of British organisations. 

From small start-ups to international businesses, and incorporating individual entrepreneurs and charitable bodies, those organisations and individuals shortlisted for an award represent the very best of talent, ambition and achievement.

But what can we learn from them? Here, we examine the DNA of successful business leaders, sharing their insight and guidance of what makes them standout.

Julie Abel, MD, Eyespace

Eyespace have designed more than 420 styles of high quality eyewear, placing meticulous attention at the centre of everything they do.

In this video, Julie discusses where she finds inspiration and the benefits of being a good listener.

Robert Chapman, Managing Director, Farmlay Eggs

Aberdeenshire-based Farmlay Eggs produces 3m eggs each week, with a proven commitment to the highest-level of bird welfare.

Here, Robert discusses the need to have passion for your job and how even business challenges can open up opportunity with the right focus.

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CEO, ThirdWay Interiors

Established in 2009, ThirdWay Interiors works with tenants and landlords to design the very best commercial interiors, with a focus on delivering the best possible standard of work.

Here, Ben explains the need for human interaction to support technology and how collective strength can drive a business forward.

CHRIS SARGEANT Founder, Handmade Burger Cos

Set up in 2006 and passionate about great, fresh and natural produce, Handmade Burger Co has quickly built up a portfolio of 28 restaurants across the UK.

In this video, Chris talks about how placing the customer at the heart of every decision has helped organic growth, and how to balance a determined business focus with the need for quality time.


Selected NBA finalists from a range of business backgrounds share the spark that gets them up every morning – from the knowledge that new products will be developed, to the motivation received from engaging with people.

CEO, Day Webster Group

Laurie is CEO of Day Webster, an established healthcare recruitment business specialising in nursing, the allied health professionals (AHP) and the health science services (HSS) sectors, and also holds Non-Executive Directorships at a variety of other organisations.

In this video, Laurie stresses the importance of having the right culture within an organisation, and the need to encourage and empower employees.

EMMA HEATHCOTE-JAMES Founder, Little Soap Company

Emma founded the Little Soap Company in 2008, quickly establishing a presence in regional supermarkets. Her organically-produced soaps can now be found at major retailers across the country.

Here, Emma emphasises the need for a good team and the importance of following your own business style.

STEVE FRANKS Group Managing Director, Water Babies

Water Babies provides franchise owners across the globe with the support they need to successfully teach swimming to babies and toddlers.

In this video, Steve highlights the importance of having an imaginative mind and trusting your instincts.

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