Head of FieldHouse BaseCamp
Ian joined FieldHouse Associates in December 2019. An experienced business journalist, he has worked in the entrepreneurial space for the past 20 years. He is responsible for FieldHouse’s new dedicated product for startup businesses, BaseCamp, launching in 2020.
As Editorial Director of Crimson Startups Ltd, Ian helped to turn Startups.co.uk into the UK’s market leading advice platform for people starting, running, growing, and exiting businesses. Alongside content, the brand gained a reputation for identifying some of the UK’s most successful businesses while they were still in their infancy. Ian was responsible for the Startups Awards – the only national awards scheme for startups, started in 2004 – as well as the Startups 100 index and Young Guns, an alumni network of the UK’s top entrepreneurs aged 35 and under. A placing in the Startups 100, which launched in 2008, has become one of the most sought-after accolades among the UK’s finest early-stage companies.
Outside of Startups.co.uk, Ian’s journalism career saw him edit print magazines such as Growing Business and eGaming Review, write for e.BUSINESS magazine, and has had articles published in The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph, while also editing entrepreneur-focused titles for the likes of Sony, Barclays, and the government’s business department.
Ian experienced life in a well-funded startup himself between 2008-10 where, as part of the launch team, he was in charge of Entrepreneur TV for the video-based funding platform cmypitch. He also recently co-founded Venturers Club, an alumni network for the value creators who “contribute most to a sense of our nation’s venturing spirit”. Working in partnership with Bonhill Plc and private members’ club for entrepreneurs Home Grown, the network is sponsored by Lloyds Bank, haysmacintyre, Harmonic Finance, Marriott Harrison, and Champions (UK) Plc.
Immediately prior to joining FieldHouse Associates, Ian worked for innovation agency Co:cubed as Partnerships Director, where clients included sports gaming business IMG Arena and leading public transport company Go-Ahead Group.