Richard Askam was recently voted top speaker at D-Scoop Phoenix, 2017. Richard is an entrepreneur and founder of Communications Agency, WNC.
In his twenties, Richard realised that his family’s small chain of off-licences was doomed by the supermarket phenomenon rapidly changing the business landscape. Using his entrepreneurial spirit and understanding of future trends, Richard created a new business from the ashes of the old. Starting from scratch in a rented garage, he built one of the country’s most profitable independent wine merchants.
Using success as a springboard for further innovation, and by responding to what the market needed, he created another start-up company - which is now the UK’s largest personalised gift business. In less than a decade it has delivered significant profit for global brands such as Barclays, Interflora, Coca-Cola, Unilever and United Biscuits.