Jonathan Jenkins <br/>The SIB Group Jonathan Jenkins
The SIB Group

“I am third generation stock broker and spent my formative career creating a market place for helping entrepreneurs seek early stage risk capital”

Where did your personal inspiration, entrepreneurial/leadership purpose come from – what shaped your views?

I have been very heavily influenced by my father and then inspired by the energy, drive and commitment of the founder CEOs.  I stepped across into the social enterprise sector almost by accident, following some initial volunteering work in a youth enterprise charity.  I suddenly realised that social entrepreneurs were mixing business solutions with social issues and I was hooked – inspired by the social entrepreneurs and confident that I could play a central role in what was clearly a developing market.

What’s the purpose of your company, The Social Investment Business Group?

“To get more capital into the social sector so charities and social enterprises thrive and expand”

What have been your critical lessons learnt along your entrepreneurial journey?

  • It’s lonely at times.
  • You doubt yourself a lot.
  • You tend to dwell on the lows more than you enjoy the highs.
  • You are nothing without a team.
  • You need to lead as you are, play to your strengths and personality

“Don’t try to be something you’re not.”

What are the characteristics that in your experience entrepreneurs require now and in the future?

  • Resilience
  • Flexibility
  • Humility
  • Social values

What would be your 5 top tips for purposeful entrepreneurs?

  • Regret what you do, not what you didn’t do
  • Surround yourself with talent and don’t be afraid to be challenged by it
  • Listen to the market – it is nearly always right
  • Know yourself

“Get a coach!”


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Jonathan Jenkins

Chief Executive Officer
The Social Investment Business Group,1st Floor, Derbyshire House, St Chad's Street, London, WC1H 8AG
Call             0191 261 5200      

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