By 1999 Shaf Rasul was already a self-made multi-millionaire with an extensive investment portfolio that would allow him to take it easy for the rest of his life. Maybe the time had come for the one of Scotland’s most successful entrepreneurs to slow down and set-up a comfortable lifestyle business that would allow him to pursue other interests like business mentoring and philanthropy. It was at that time Rasul – who starred as one of new Dragons in an online version of the BBC’s Dragons Den – established E-Net Computers.
CEO SRA Ventures and Dragons Den
Caffe Torelli, Marco’s coffee roasting company was established in 2001 and has been supplying the hospitality industry with only the finest coffee since its launch. From hotels to restaurants and coffee houses, Caffe Torelli has created a client base in the UK and Europe. During this period Marco Costa has been responsible for multiple successful retail operations from Costa Coffee, Marco Costa’s family business up until its sale to Whitbread in 1997, Marco’s partnership in Patisserie Valerie until its sale, Caffe Concerto, founded by Marco and his wife Cristina and Gran Caffe, Knightsbridge.
Managing Director Caffe Torelli
Described by many as a likeable PR professional and high value networker that is used to being accountable and delivering results. He has also been a Group Sales & Marketing Manager for an M&E contractor that had a turnover on £32m when David started working with them. After a 3-year period of change and strategy implementation they had a turnover in excess of £64m, a successful trade sale to a multi-billion Euro Dutch firm Imtech followed and at this point (2011) it was time to venture out into agency life again.
Managing Director THIRTY30
Pod Park Investments Ltd, 25 North Row, London, W1K 7DJ