Jason Butler: Jump

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Jason Butler
Company: Jump

Growing up above his parents’ fish & chip and pub businesses whetted Butler’s entrepreneurial appetite. Headhunted and made partner by accountants J Rothschild’s by the age of 21, Butler spotted a gap in the market for young house-hunters unable to afford deposits and had set up Homestarter Group PLC in Leeds by the time he was 22. Taken over by Jump Group Limited in January 2003, Butler remains MD and a 77.5% shareholder. With 30 branches in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire already, Butler intends to make Inner City 100 winner Jump a nationwide brand with the help of £8m in development capital funding. Turnover to April 2004 was £147.5m, up from a previous rolling turnover of £78m.

2016 update:

Growing to combined turnover of £200m, Jump was thought to be the UK’s largest financial services distribution business of its kind. Today he sits as a non-executive on the board of a number of companies, advising on commercial, financial and managerial matters and has been instrumental in the creation of growth of several start-ups.

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