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Matthew Riley

Matthew Riley
Born (1974-02-15) 15 February 1974
Burnley, England
Nationality British
Occupation Businessman
Years active 1997 – present


Matthew Riley is a British entrepreneur and a supporter of UK enterprise.

He is best known as the founder and Chief Executive Officer of fast-growth Daisy Group plc, an AIM-listed IT and technology provider to businesses in the UK.

A fervent advocate of UK enterprise and delivering practical career advice for those in secondary education, Riley’s technology-focused involvement has now diversified to include a number of small growth businesses, each with training and career development at its core.

He remains an ardent backer of support for business start-ups through his work as a fellow with The Prince’s Trust.

Growth Business

Riley is best known for his success as an entrepreneur growing Daisy Group,[1] and was named Ernst and Young’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007. More famously is his success in the Bank of Scotland Corporate Entrepreneur Challenge where he was awarded £5m in interest free funding and mentoring from Sir Philip Green.[2]

More recently Riley has broadened his business activities to include software-based career guidance with UExplore, northern-based sustainable food wholesaler, Grassroots Wholesale Foods and gastro food group The Seafood Pub Company.

Awards

Riley has been recognized on a number of occasions for his entrepreneurial success in the telecoms sector.

2012: Lifetime Achievement Award, Comms National Awards

2010: Dealmaker of the Year, M&A Awards

2007: Ernst and Young’s Young Entrepreneur or the Year

2007: Winner, Bank of Scotland’s Inaugural Entrepreneur Challenge

2005: Sunday Times Tech Track, Fastest Growing Technology Company in the UK

Daisy Group

Riley established Daisy Communications, his fourth company, in 2001 as an alternative service provider to BT.

Based in his hometown of Nelson, Lancashire, Daisy was created to provide communications services to small and medium sized businesses.

Daisy was named the fastest growing technology company in the UK (Sunday Times Tech Track 2005).[3] and has been repeatedly placed in Deloitte's Fast50.

In July 2009 the business floated on AIM following the reverse takeover of Freedom4 Group plc. The newly combined company was named Daisy Group plc and through the reversal £83m was raised.[4]

Riley became CEO of the Daisy Group.

The Apprentice

In 2011 and 2012 Alan Sugar enlisted the help of Riley to assist him in deciding the winner in the BBC TV series The Apprentice.

In the 2011 series of The Apprentice,[5] Riley was one of four guest interviewers to be enlisted, tasked with interviewing the 2011 contestants and advising Lord Sugar on who to hire.

Sir Philip Green mentoring

After winning £5million interest free funding for his company through the Bank of Scotland Corporate Entrepreneur Challenge, Matthew was also awarded a high profile mentorship with Arcadia and BHS boss Sir Philip Green.

Since being awarded the accolade Sir Philip has provided business advice for both Riley and his business.[6]

References

  1. ^ Prosser, David (2010-12-09). "The Business On: Matthew Riley, CEO, Daisy Communications". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  2. ^ "That Sir Philip Green, I love his no-nonsense ways". The London Evening Standard. 2010-10-15. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  3. ^ "2005 Tech Track 100". Fast Track, in association with the Sunday Times. 2005-09-24. Retrieved 2005-09-24. 
  4. ^ Ashton, James (2009-06-28). "Phone firm heads for £200m float". London: The Sunday Times. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  5. ^ "Sugar: You're Fired..! Again". The Sun. 2011-07-05. Retrieved 2011-07-05. 
  6. ^ Stone, Andrew (2008-11-30). "Sir Philip Green’s mentoring has helped Daisy blossom". London: The Sunday Times. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
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