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There is a modern work revolution going on, quietly, behind ancient oak doors which are steeped in an industrious history.  It is defining the ‘new normal’ in terms of how we work, where we do it and what matters most in life. The revolution will not be televised, nor will it be promoted on social media. It is in fact only to be found in our private workspace where ambitious business people consider, work, collaborate and grow their businesses. Our members share a passion for doing great things and an openness for doing so in new, interesting ways.  Our strictly limited membership benefits from space to think, people to bounce ideas off, a place to plan their success.

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Welcome to our Little Black Book, an inspirational series of business stories and insights from our brilliant members.

Wayne Loon on making a positive business imprint

From modest beginnings repairing machines from his bedroom at 18, Wayne Loon has grown Abbey Office Solutions to become a respected and successful UK-wide office equipment operation.

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Steve Crawford on streamlining skills to superyachts

The founder of luxury yacht crew placement agency Yotspot began his career by working as crew on a superyacht in the Mediterranean.

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Lee Smith on impactful investments

Living by the mantra to either find a way or make one, Lee Smith has created a bespoke investment consultancy with a conscience.

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Colin Aubrey on lending acumen to be banked on

In a career that has cultivated three decades of experience in the industry; the business finance merits of Colin Aubrey include working capital, term finance and equity funding.

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Ashley Lewer on building a new path for construction firms

Pioneering a new approach in helping the construction industry to use sub-contractors, Ashley Lewer has created Hard Hats to provide an alternative option for what can be a taxing area.

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Andrew MacAskill on growing a new career ecosystem

With his innovative coaching model Executive Career Jump, Andrew MacAskill is carving a new career pathway for job-seeking professionals.

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Giles Semper on the new wave of revitalisation

Combining a 17-year career in regeneration with a passion for European cities, the Executive Director of GO! Southampton (the Business Improvement District for the city centre) is devoted to creating a new narrative for the city.

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Jason Oliver on creating a constructive family business

Classic, steadfast business techniques, underpinned by strong family values, have seen Global Ceramic Tiling grow to be one of the South's largest tiling contractors.

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Mark Badley on enhancing individualism through technology

Ronin: the captivating name of Mark Badley’s cutting-edge company derives from a wandering samurai who had no lord or master.

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Ryan Hill on emerging new ventures in tech

At just 33 Ryan Hill has a portfolio of experience exponential to someone of his age. Starting his career in professional football, he is now the youngest partner of a top technology executive search firm: 360 Leaders.

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Realising the potential of talent

Founder of in-house recruitment company Collabz, Louis Cross discusses a fresh approach to talent, driven by a motivation to champion the underdog and realise the potential of proficient people and SMEs.

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Rob King on finding your niche

He shares his passion and experiences in the property market with others through his dedicated mentoring work, enthusiastically championing how property investment can help achieve a work-life balance.

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Nikki Rees on running a healthy business

In the months that sees the launch of Southampton Sailing Week at the Old Bond store, Nikki shares how her company values are reflected in her own.

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Josh Williams on associate ambitions

Josh reflects upon redefining success in the modern age and developing a business model that will become part of the new cultural infrastructure.

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Maddy Alexander-Grout on striking a business balance

In advance of the launch of the app for her multi-award winning My VIP Card, the business of the year winner tell us how she balances motherhood whilst simultaneously growing a UK wide business.

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Ian Riggs on securing a financial future

The founder of the Eight Wealth Management shares the success of his financial services company through the Eight Foundation, a charitable trust raising funds to help local, small businesses and inidividuals.

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