Recent addition to the Den and Queen of the distribution sector, Hilary shines a torch on strong will and spirit in the face of adversity. She gained a crash course in product and cash flow working from the age of 7 at her parent’s pub, moved school 13 times and traded her house and car for a flat on top of a fish and chip shop to secure funding - all at a time when banks laughed at women who aspired to set up companies. There is nothing this lady hasn’t done to succeed and her interview is a pledge to us all to continue pushing for achievement. Read Devey’s interview on pages 38-41 to hear her story.
Today, small businesses now have more options. Entrepreneurs no longer have to plead with their bank manager or scour for an angel investor, with CrowdCube's Luke Lang exploring this in his article 'The Digital Dragon's Den' (49). Luke tells us that by utilising the internet, investors can now find you, with SME's now able to secure investment through his Crowd funding website. Our technology theme leaves no page left untouched, with even the Young Master's 'SpotlightOn' feature (52-53) covering entrepreneurs with technology companies, as well as our book reviews (58) being exclusively aimed at businesses who are utilising the web to increase their reach.
All in all, the March issue has become a microcosm of how we predict the future of an 'Entrepreneur Country' - slowly but surely traditional models (or pages!) are being cast aside, ready for a new dimension that sees digital as the only way we can sustain a better future.