I was settling down with my iPad and a small tot of Ardbeg’s Uigeadail yesterday to read the Independent online, and what did I see? That our CEO and Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire Polly Gowers had been named David Prosser’s “small businesswoman of the week.”
This title, if not the last, may seem somewhat diminutive (the odd choice of wording has the unfortunate effect of making me think more of Jimmy Krankie than Karen Brady). But it’s fantastic news. Here are a few choice quotes from Polly in the article:
I founded the business in 2005 in my garden shed around the idea that the internet was an incredibly powerful sales channel…
So far, we’ve signed up 20,000 customers and generated charitable donations of £2.6m, but we’re growing at 50 per cent a month.
We’re driven by unlocking the millions of pounds hidden in online retail for charitable concerns. Our aim is to turn Give as you Live into a sales medium people will want to use irrespective of its support for good causes.