Rockstar Series: Rob Shaw in conversation with Francesca James

Tuesday 31st January 6:30pm

The Rockstar Series is our flagship event welcoming entrepreneurs such as  Levi Roots,  Kelly Hoppen and Richard Farleigh to name but a few.

We kick off 2023’s Rockstar Series with Rob Shaw, co-founder of Jack Wills.

Jack Wills was established in 1999 by Peter Williams and Robert Shaw. The two university friends wanted to create a brand that embodied what being in a traditional British university felt like hence their famous slogan “University Outfitters”. With £40,000, they opened their first store in Fore Street, Salcombe Devon. From sleeping in the store to be ram raided, the founders have faced their fair share of challenges. However, the popularity of the brand was well received and Jack Wills has since opened stores in the United Kingdom and internationally. At its peak, there were – as of September 2016 – approximately 70 stores in the UK. In 2011, the company was valued at £140 million, where Shaw held a 21% stake of the company.

Rob Shaw will be in conversation with Home Grown ambassador, Francesca James, founder of Ideas Fest, co-founder of Great British Entrepreneur Awards and Great British Workplace Wellbeing Awards.

One not to be missed.

Complimentary spaces for members and £15 per ticket for non-members.

Register for your space below or non-members please email


6.30-7.00pm Arrival

7.00m Conversation will start promptly followed by Q&A

7.45pm Networking and close

Please respect our time and attend at the start time we have allocated