Jamie Murray Wells
Successful entrepreneur and founder and executive Chairman of Glasses Direct which he started from University, Jamie Murray Wells has taken the optical industry by storm. Now the largest online retailer of glasses, Jamie has revolutionised the glasses industry. Now holding a position at the Princes Trust, Jamie acts as a mentor to other young entrepreneurs. An excellent keynote speaker on enterprise, a true inspiration to all budding businesses.
Founder of Glasses Direct, Jamie Murray Wells took the decision to go into business as a student studying for his finals 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. With such an inspirational story, Jamie is a much sought after keynote speaker.
When he needed a pair of specs for himself, Jamie was absolutely startled at the price he was quoted by his optician. Doing some research himself he contacted manufacturers and technicians to discover that prescription glasses could be purchased by 10% of the highstreet price. In the face of legal action, formal complaints, hate-mail, and pressure from his competition, Jamie persevered and brought a once expensive industry to its knees, slashing the standardised price of glasses.
With a multi-million-pound turnover, the brand secured themselves as a global household name. Selling a pair of glasses every few minutes, they are an entrepreneurial dream.
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 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.
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. He is also a much sought-after inspirational keynote speaker.