Global Entrepreneurship Week: GSD and Reggie

The Mayoral 100 Club, founded by Mayor Joe Anderson, is an exclusive business initiative that opens doors within the city and contributes to the growth of the local economy. Throughout their membership, large companies and SMEs showcase their business to international markets, connect with key decision makers, and gain national media coverage and commercial opportunities while also achieving CSR objectives through cultural and social engagement.

4,935 new companies started up in Liverpool in 2016, a 9% surge on the previous year, which equates to 14 new businesses every day. Furthermore, there was an increase of 5.45% in new business ventures across the Liverpool City Region in the same period. If you would like to discover more about joining the Mayoral 100 Club, read about how it can benefit you and your business.

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Global Entrepreneurship Week, we are championing our entrepreneurial 100 Club Members and local companies by learning more about their motivations, what inspires them, and the challenges they have faced along the way.

Graham Shapiro is an award-winning designer and digital entrepreneur, and inventor of the multi-award winning interloopmailer®, a powerful interactive mailer that kicks ordinary direct marketing leaflets into touch. He is a fellow member of the Chartered Society of Designers, Chartered Institute of Marketing, and is also an Ambassador of Innovation for the University of Cambridge. He set up Graham Shapiro Design (GSD®) 22 years ago, creating branding, design and websites for some of the world’s most respected companies. GSD® is one of the UK’s leading providers of creative visual communication solutions and services. The company believes its success over the past 20 years has been built on hard work, passion and through the strong client relationships they have built.

In Graham’s opinion, the best thing about being an entrepreneur is “the exciting, positive mind-set around new ideas and concepts which are life enhancing.” The worst thing is “being scared of failure, and the demand that comes with being an entrepreneur”.

Currently, Graham is setting up his Reggie® business in Liverpool, which will create some of the world’s first digital registration apps for many industries. He says “I’m proud of my Liverpool background. I want to continue the good work that is being done around putting Liverpool on the map as a city of excellence for innovation and new digital technology.”

Looking to the future, Graham sees Reggie® as a global company with its head offices based in Liverpool, providing digital registration products that help industries and sectors worldwide.