Friday, 22 February 2008

The Future 500

Those nice people at Courvoisier like to support entrepreneurial spirit. So much so, that they launched a business network and online club, Courvoisier Future 500, for the UK’s top 500 rising stars, cherry picked from media, fashion, finance and anything in between. Somehow – they let me in, #49 in the Business category.

Last night they threw a party for us all. With so many egos in one room – and with a bar serving Courvoisier cocktails - it was a very noisy affair. As one of the party organisers commented, whatever else it might be, Future 500 is a ‘weird social experiment’. But I met some interesting people.

One of those was Sarah Brown who heads up Pai Skincare, a range of organic skincare products that she set up after taking the leap from a successful job in PR. With a PR-savvy approach, Sarah has achieved a lot in her first 12 months getting both Soil Association and SEE (a kite mark recognising companies' Social, Ethical & Environmental credentials) accreditation. She’s now growing the venture from a one-person business to a multi-person business, another leap which can be as challenging as taking the initial leap to go it alone. I am sure she’ll enjoy continued success; she has a great product and is a great example of what can be achieved by quitting your job to go it alone.

Check out her story here.

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