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Simon Calver

Simon Calver - BGF

Simon Calver grew up in the family business in Gloucester but followed a career in large blue chip companies such as Unilever, Pepsi and Dell.  He returned to his roots leading early stage businesses as COO/President of Riverdeep Plc and CEO of LOVEFiLM, the online DVD and Digital Entertainment Company, which he led for seven years up to the ultimate sale to Amazon Inc in 2011. In 2010 he was a finalist of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year representing London and the South East.

He left to become Chief Executive Officer of Mothercare Plc, leading their transformation and digital turnaround plan. He currently Chairs Moo.com and aSuitThatFits.com, the world’s first online tailor.

He also advises/invests across technology/e-commerce businesses in the UK and is a speaker on business change, the digital revolution and leadership. In July, Simon became a founding Partner of BGF Ventures to launch a new £200m early stage venture company, investing in tech entrepreneurs across the whole UK.