Five Minutes with the Founder | Philip Shaw, Co-Founder & Director, Savernake Knives
Today we meet Philip Shaw, co-founder & Director of Savernake Knives: after a career that took him all over the globe, Philip came back to England in 2016 to join Laurie in setting up Savernake Knives.
His career started in London launching and managing two successful pubs but it was his family roots in Kenya that led him to embark on an adventurous journey running safaris, learning to track wild animals with the Maasai and marketing several businesses in both Kenya and Uganda. In 2011 he joined the consultancy firm Adam Smith International to head up their operations in South Sudan before moving to Pakistan where he was responsible for setting up and managing operations in Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar. He now lives in Wiltshire with his wife Georgie and daughter Margot.
WHAT DOES BRITISH LUXURY MEAN TO YOU?
Something that takes a nod at our British heritage of attention to detail and design, with a pioneering and possibly eccentric twist.
WHAT’S YOUR VISION FOR SAVERNAKE KNIVES?
For Savernake to play a significant role in driving the innovation of British manufacturing and to create the world’s finest chefs’ knives
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?
I am terrible at looking back, carpe diem!
HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?
Achieving what we set out to do.
WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST EXTRAVAGANCE?
A good lunch.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR?
Taking an idea, creating it and then seeing it grow.
Worrying about that idea.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST REGRET?
IS THERE ANOTHER BUSINESS OR A FOUNDER THAT PARTICULARLY INSPIRES YOU?
WHAT IS YOUR GUIDING PRINCIPLE?
Selection and maintenance of the aim.
WHICH LIVING PERSON DO YOU MOST ADMIRE?
WHICH WORD OR PHRASE DO YOU OVERUSE?
Arrh! When something in the workshop goes wrong (clearly very rarely!)
WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT?
Making knives, marketing knives… more knives.
WHAT DO YOU MOST VALUE IN YOUR FRIENDS?
Loyalty and putting up with me.
WHAT PIECE OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING UP THEIR OWN BUSINESS NOW?
Don’t be frightened of making mistakes.
GREATEST LUXURY UNDER £10?
Great Bedwyn Post Office sandwich.