The Entrepreneur Series with Giles English, Co-Founder of Bremont Watch Company
Over the next few months, we will invite the hottest entrepreneurs who are shaking up the start-up world to share their success stories.
This month, we are joined by Giles English, Co-founder of Bremont Watch Company, a British watch-making business that is listed as one of the world's top 10 chronometer producers with global retail coverage. Join us to hear Giles' interesting story over drinks and nibbles, of how he entered the industry, utilising a unique product marketing approach to build a strong business in a crowded market.
About the speaker
Giles English grew up in and around aviation and inherited both this passion, and the love of engineering, from his father. Unsurprisingly he then went on to read General Engineering and Naval architecture at Southampton University. As a post-grad he joined Williams de Broe Corporate Finance to advise them on IPO’s for engineering businesses.
In 1995 Giles’ life changed drastically after he witnessed his father and brother have a terrible plane crash, his father died but Nick English survived against all odds. Upon Nick’s recovery, Giles made the decision to leave corporate finance and, with his brother, he went to rescue North Weald Flying Services, a family business restoring historical aircraft based in Essex.
It was here that Nick and Giles realised they worked well as a team and started to formulate a plan to launch Bremont Watch Company, a British watch making business very much based around their love of engineering and developed from a family love of horology. Knowing this was going to be a long and costly process they raised some funds by starting a business pioneering audio and video on the internet; Virtue Broadcasting listed on the Stock Exchange in 2000 and at the time Giles was the youngest Director on the UK Stock Exchange.
Bremont was founded in 2002 with Giles and Nick as founding shareholders but it was not until 2007 that the watches were on the market having spent 5 years in development; the brothers had had to mortgage their houses and commit everything to a business that everyone thought was impossible. Passion, dedication and a will to succeed has grown Bremont to be a global brand.
In 2013 Giles was also in a serious aeroplane crash when his 1930’s Gipsy Moth had engine failure mid-flight. On forced landing Giles broke his back in multiple places but has luckily gone on to make a full recovery and his enthusiasm for life is stronger than ever.
Drinks and nibbles will be provided.
|Member||$ 170.00 HKD|
|Non-Member||$ 280.00 HKD|
|Student||$ 170.00 HKD|
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The Entrepreneur Series with Giles English, Co-Founder of Bremont Watch Company.
Giles English, Co-Founder of Bremont
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