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Commercial background

Since 1998, Charles and his business partner Manoj Badale have co-founded more than 20 businesses, largely technology-related, which are managed through their investment company Blenheim Chalcot.

Charles and Manoj's first venture was netdecisions group, a major internet services provider, which has evolved into a broad-based 2000 person IT and Business Process Outsourcing business, now trading as Agilisys. While starting netdecisions, they co-founded a number of internet startups - the First Resort (sold to TUI), mad about wine (sold to Fosters), woowho (sold to match.com) and produxion.com (sold to EMAP). They also co-founded the technology companies Fluency (sold to venture capitalists), Eviivo (sold to Investcorp), and Steeltrace (sold to Compuware).

In financial services, they co-founded TDX Group (sold to Equifax), Clear Start (sold to Fairpoint plc), CorporatePay (sold to WEX), and Grove Capital (partial sale to Encore Capital), Oakbrook Finance (consumer finance) and BMS Finance (small business lending group). They recently acquired Liberis, a SME business finance provider.

In media, they co-founded the Rights Company (sold to Warner Music) and Contentive Media, a content marketing and digital agency. Charles sits on the board of the Rajasthan Royals Indian Premier League cricket franchise.

In 2013 Charles and Manoj launched Floream, an integrated, large scale provider of online distance learning platforms including its own online business college, Home Learning College, and white label partnerships with companies such as Google, Reed and The International Olympic Committee. They have also expanded their activities in education with the launch of Arch, a digital apprenticeships business.

Social and philanthropic background

Charles was a founding trustee of Operation Smile UK, and is currently the chairman of Technology Trust (a social enterprise providing technology donations and fund-raising tools to more than 17,000 charities). He also serves on the Advisory Board of Founders Forum For Good.

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Testimonials

Juan Guerra

Juan Guerra

Studentfunder

Founder

Charles had the perfect advice!

We've been shooting for the stars now and getting closer and closer. Our aims and achievements would otherwise be a mere fraction of that. This has been a simple, but transformational experience.

Tom Whicher

Tom Whicher

DrDoctor

Co-Founder

Great advice

Charles gave us some fantastic advice and it was great to quiz someone who has his range of experience in a number of different sectors and settings

Iman Fadaei

Iman Fadaei

CrowdSkills

Co-Founder

Amazing

It was very useful to hear Charles input on our business idea, and we were amazed how well he understood our market. Furthermore, he was able to expand on our business idea in several areas, and we are looking forward to pursuing the discussed collaborations.

Sadaqat Ali

Sadaqat Ali

Lingoing

Co-Founder

A brilliant session!

What a brilliant session with Charles, he has given me alot of advice on how to push the business forward. I would recommend others to meet him as he has alot of experience in Tech businesses.

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