11th April: Steve Bennett
Steve Bennett is a businessman and entrepreneur who founded The Genuine Gemstone Company in 2008. In his time, Steve has started 27 businesses, first starting out in the IT industry at the height of the dotcom boom. However, when an opportunity presented itself for him to return to his passion for gemstones and minerals Steve turned it into a returnable venture. Seven years later The Genuine Gemstone Company employs approximately 500 people and has been listed as one of the UK’s fastest growing privately owned companies - topping the poll – and has an annual turnover of £100 million. The retailer is the umbrella company for jewellery brands Gemporia, NOWSEEN and Jewellery Maker. From travelling the globe searching for the next big gemstone discovery to presenting on the brands’ TV auction channels, Steve makes sure he is heavily involved in the day-to-day running and overall direction of the business. Steve is also a keen fundraiser for the company’s affiliated charity, The Colourful Life Foundation. Most recently he returned from a trek to the North Pole in a bid to raise funds to develop communities in need around the world.