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On forging a successful business in uncertain times: Aykroyd & Co

When Knight Frank recruited VanHan founders Thomas van Straubenzee and Rory Penn to its Global Wealth Advisory team last year, Hannah Aykroyd decided to team up with fellow alumnus Sophie Bonsor and launch Aykroyd & Co, an acquisition firm focused on the PCL market. In the fifth part of our mini-series looking at new firms making their mark under challenging conditions, Aykroyd explains which industry figure she most admires, and her best business decision so far…

On forging a successful business in uncertain times: Penfolds Estate Agents

Seasoned property pros Helen Edwardson & Becky Penfold – formerly of Hamptons and Curchods – launched a boutique estate agency venture from their West Sussex kitchen table last year. In the fourth instalment of our mini-series on new firms braving – and conquering – tough market conditions, the mother and daughter team behind Penfolds Estate Agents discuss inspiration and good advice…

On forging a successful business in uncertain times: Avanton

In the third instalment of our mini-series on ambitious new firms breaking out under challenging market conditions, Omer Weinberger of recently-launched developer Avanton explains the benefits of a lean company structure, and the lessons entrepreneurs can learn from the likes of Jeff Bezos and Henry Ford…

On forging a successful business in uncertain times: Albion Nord

In the second instalment of our mini-series on the new generation of firms starting their journeys in a challenging market, we speak to Albion Nord, the London-based interior design studio founded in 2017 by the talented quartet of Ben Johnson, Anthony Kooperman, Camilla Clarke & Ottalie Stride, to find out whether conditions were a factor in their decision to launch – and what drives them to succeed…