Jamie Hartzell, Divine Chocolate & Spare Fruit
Jamie is one of the UK’s leading social entrepreneurs. In 1998, he founded the Ethical Property Company PLC, which provides serviced office accommodation for social change organisations. He led the company for 13 years, taking it from one to 70 staff, owning and operating 20 centres in the UK, Belgium, and France, and bringing in over £15 million from 1,600 shareholders through public share offers. He also founded the charity the Ethical Property Foundation. In 2011 he founded the social crowdfunding platform Ethex, which has raised over £50 million for social enterprises from 10,000 investors.
Jamie is currently chair of the leading Fairtrade chocolate company Divine, which is 44% owned by Kuapa Kokoo, an African cocoa farmers co-operative; chair of Spare Fruit, a start-up making deliciously nutritious air-dried crisps from fruit that would otherwise go to waste; and was until recently chair of Zaytoun, a company importing olive oil and other products from Palestine, and of Hub Commercial Ventures, a restaurant encouraging student engagement in social action.
He is also a director of Tonic Housing, which aims to establish appropriate accommodation for elderly members of the LGBT community and an investor in a wide range of social businesses.