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Martyn Dawes    

Founder of UK-Based 'Coffee Nation,' Author and Entrepreneur Coach

Martyn Dawes moved to London to found his first business, Martyn Dawes Associates, where he helped small companies up and down the UK put in place the management systems they needed to grow. Within five years he had built a successful consultancy firm.

Coffee Nation was next: this started from a simple idea in 1996 to put takeaway coffee in corner shops in London just like he'd seen in New York. After many challenges, by 2000 it was clear that Coffee Nation would make it. The chain raised £4m and seven years later had 600 Coffee Nation kiosks across the UK. The brand was usually the no.1 highest selling product where it was sold. When Dawes sold in 2008, investors made 4 x their money.

Now, Dawes helps growth companies and ambitious entrepreneurs achieve their goals. He mentors ambitious entrepreneurs and boards – helping them hold up a mirror, challenge their thinking and position their companies for high growth. He is regularly asked to speak on the entrepreneurial journey, how to achieve high growth, overcoming adversity, building great boards and achieving successful exits.

Dawes is also the author of ‘Wake Up and Sell the Coffee’.

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