Last Wednesday (July 6th) Grant Thornton unveiled their inaugural list of 100 people who they think shape the UK’s economy, and our CEO was on the list.
On July 6, Grant Thornton UK LLP unveiled their inaugural list of people who shape the UK’s economy - their "Faces of a Vibrant Economy" - who they argue share values including the shared potential of their businesses; of working with each other and doing great things.
Each chosen person had the pleasure of having their picture taken by a Magnum photographer, and that shown in an exhibition held at the Lethaby Gallery at Central St. Martins in London.
Excitingly, our CEO (and LS Productions founder) Marie Owen was on that list. She, with our Senior Producer Michelle Methven and 200 other brilliant business minds, attended the opening of the exhibition last Wednesday night.
Other Scottish entrepreneurs included on the list were Social Bite’s Josh Littlejohn, We Are The Future’s Bruce Walker, West Brewery’s Petra Wetzel, Celtic Renewables’ Mark Simmers and Mallzee’s Cally Russell.
Having built the business from the ground up 10 years ago, we're incredibly proud of Marie's recognition from Grant Thornton. Her openness and keenness to share, to grow and work with other businesses, and learn from them, has made LS a forward thinking and fair business, happy to invest money and time in people, fostering talent and creating partnerships (more on which you can see here).
As Marie told Grant Thornton, “I describe myself as a conductor of a world-class orchestra,” she says. “It’s my job to set the tone and culture of the business… I aim to be ambitious, realistic and honest and keep my focus on the bigger picture.”
“Our shoots create employment as well as highlighting the beauty and diversity of the UK. We encourage people to get involved in the creative industries from a young age, giving them confidence that the creative industry is a career option. Entrepreneurialism should be encouraged and supported. It takes businesses like ours to take a chance, to succeed as a new business.”
Grant Thornton’s Managing Partner in Scotland and Northern Ireland, Andrew Howie, commented:
“Earlier this year we set out a clear purpose to shape a vibrant economy, and we know that no one organisation or individual can do this alone. Following the result of the EU referendum it is even more important than ever that we all work together to help the UK to build upon its strengths and ensure that our economy continues to grow.
“Today we’re celebrating the achievements of these six Scottish Faces driving a vibrant economy and sharing their stories to inspire others. Some are inspiring leaders, empowering their employees to reach their full potential. Others are using innovation to help their local communities, and some have created businesses with a clear, social purpose."