Sir Richard Branson, Julie Deane OBE and Sir Charles Dunstone among UK’s top 100 business leaders

‘Maserati 100’ index names the “most successful” British entrepreneurs supporting next generation of businesses and start-ups

Cambridge Satchel Company founder Julie Deane OBE, Virgin mogul Sir Richard Branson and Carphone Warehouse founder Sir Charles Dunstone have been identified in a new index of Britain’s 100 most successful business leaders, announced by Maserati and the Centre for Entrepreneurs (CFE).

Said to reflect a “diverse and vibrant array” of established entrepreneurs, the inaugural Maserati 100 list looks to highlight business owners who inspire and support the next generation of businesses and start-ups.

Selected by a panel of experts from the CFE, Deane was celebrated for her support of apprenticeships and encouraging young people into craftsmanship, Dunstone for his role as chairman of the Prince’s Trust Enterprise Fellowship and  Branson for his wide means of support for businesses including his Virgin StartUp arm.

Young Gun Alicia Navarro of Skimlinks and angel investor Brent Hoberman also featured in the list alongside Dale Murray CBE, Debbie Woskow of Startups 100-listed LoveHomeSwap and 2011 Young Gun Duane Jackson; founder of KashFlow.

Although the list reflects a cross-sector of enterprise including fashion, travel, events and sport, over 50% of those included in the index have a  background in the technology sector which goes to support recent findings which show that technology is the ‘star performer’ in the UK economy.

CFE founder and serial entrepreneur, Luke Johnson, said of the Maserati 100 list:

“Entrepreneurs have long been celebrated for their role as job creators – indeed UK entrepreneurs have created more jobs in the past five years than the rest of the EU combined – but their deep commitment to helping others often goes unnoticed. The Maserati 100 exemplifies the economic and social value of entrepreneurs; growing the economy, creating jobs and helping the next generation do the same.”

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