Jamie Murray Wells
Successful entrepreneur, founder and executive Chairman of Glasses Direct, Jamie Murray Wells has revolutionised the glasses industry all while acting as a mentor to other young entrepreneurs and becoming an excellent keynote speaker and a true inspiration to all budding businesses. He is currently the Industry Head of Retail at Google UK.
Jamie Murray Wells is an entrepreneur, business speaker and founder of Glasses Direct, which he created and developed while he was still at University.
Without any formal business training, Jamie started Glasses Direct from the living room, and has gone on to revolutionise the optical industry. The first online retailer of spectacles in the UK has grown to become one of the largest direct retailer of custom made prescription glasses in the world. As a leading innovator in its field, Glasses Direct also launched new world first products including CustomEyes, the first commercialised virtual try-on software, and their four pair free Home Trial box. With such an inspirational story, Jamie is a much sought after keynote speaker.
In 2005, and aged just 21, Jamie won the UK Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, the Wales and West Country Credit Suisse Entrepreneur of the Year award, the NatWest Entrepreneur of the Year award, Entrepreneur of the Year StartUp Award and the Daily Mail Enterprising Young Brit Award. He has also won the Isambard Kingdom Brunel Young Companies Award, was crowned the Revolution “Hot Shot” in 2009 and is the youngest person to have received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
In February 2010, Jamie launched Hearing Direct which mirrors the Glasses Direct business model. Aimed at the 8 million people in the UK that suffer from hearing loss, customers complete a short online questionnaire before choosing a digital hearing aid for a fraction of the cost offered by high street retailers.
In 2013 Jamies sold the business and joined Google UK where he is currently Industry Head of Retail. He has served as an advisor to the former Shadow Chancellor George Osborne on his New Enterprise Council from 2007 to 2010, and in 2015 he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
Jamie is also an ambassador for National Enterprise Week, a member of the New Enterprise Council, the business representative for The Times’ mentoring scheme and promotes UK entrepreneurialism wherever possible. He also holds positions at the Prince’s Trust, mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs to achieve their goals.
An ambassador for UK enterprise, James Murray Wells provides advice and support to other young entrepreneurs directly, when approached with ideas and business plans, or indirectly in his role as a regular media commentator and speaker, on business, consumer affairs and entrepreneurialism on national TV, radio, and press.
Jamie speaks and advises widely on entrepreneurship, mentoring, funding and investing in emerging businesses, innovation, online sales and marketing, and customer service.