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How I Made It: James Freedman, founder of Zone

JAMES FREEDMAN is reliving the glory days. When he set up the Manchester United magazine in the 1990s he knew all the stars. He even had an early interview with David Beckham. “We had exclusive access to all the players,” he recalls. “We got behind the scenes and did amazing photo shoots. It was a… Continue reading How I Made It: James Freedman, founder of Zone

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How I Made It: Elaine Fairfax, founder of Animal Friends

ELAINE FAIRFAX’S father was a pianist with a love of animals. “He always gave half his meal away to our cats,” she recalled about her father Frank Booth, a leading arranger for music publishers in London’s Tin Pan Alley and for several bands. Fairfax, 60, inherited her father’s passion for pets, which led her and… Continue reading How I Made It: Elaine Fairfax, founder of Animal Friends

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How I Made It: Wayne Edy, founder of Inov-8

KNEE-DEEP in snow in the mountains of Alaska, Wayne Edy could not believe his luck. A woman wearing shoes designed by him had just won the World Mountain Running Championships. “The champion hadn’t brought footwear to cope with the snow,” said Edy. “She had borrowed my shoes from a junior runner in the morning and… Continue reading How I Made It: Wayne Edy, founder of Inov-8

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How We Made It: Alan and Juliet Barratt, founders of Grenade

ALAN and Juliet Barratt’s first attempt at a fat-burning formula was so effective that an army friend described the results as explosive. “Like a grenade,” said Alan. “That was the reaction — and the name — we were looking for.” The couple had grown tired of selling other people’s products, so they decided to make… Continue reading How We Made It: Alan and Juliet Barratt, founders of Grenade

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How I Made It: Richard Hilton, founder of Gymbox

RICHARD HILTON was a skinny 19-year – old when he arrived in New York. He had left suburban London eager to pursue a career in advertising — but first he wanted to build some muscle. “I joined a gym with wooden floors and white walls,” he said. “It was so sterile I quit after three… Continue reading How I Made It: Richard Hilton, founder of Gymbox

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How I Made It: Karen Betts, founder of Nouveau Beauty Group

IN HER work as a wig cutter, Karen Betts met a lot of cancer patients who had lost their hair because of chemotherapy. She decided to go a step further for a friend with breast cancer. “She had lost her eyebrows too, so I borrowed a machine from the tattoo artist above my salon and… Continue reading How I Made It: Karen Betts, founder of Nouveau Beauty Group

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How I Made It: Joanne Smith, the Consulting Consortium

JOANNE SMITH was studying for an MBA and working full-time — and now she was falling asleep. During a tutorial she had been asked to close her eyes and meditate on her goals in life. “When I woke up people were turning to each other to discuss their plans,” said Smith, then a consultant at… Continue reading How I Made It: Joanne Smith, the Consulting Consortium