About Josh Taylor Age: 27 ~ From: Surrey/Cornwall, UK
Josh Taylor is a groundbreaking social entrepreneur with remarkable achievements under his belt. With endorsements from the likes of Sir Richard Branson, every venture Josh has taken on has led to him collaborating with influential business leaders and creating incredible opportunities. Starting out leading a very ordinary life in a rural Surrey village Josh now delights in sharing his compelling experiences with audiences around the world.
His recent venture based in Cornwall has seen Josh and his business partner turn down £2 million in corporate investment and instead raise money from the local community in Cornwall to save their village shop. In just a year the shop has tripled its turnover and become a nationally recognised award winning independent retailer. This led to Josh coaching clients on social impact in business including everyone from start-ups to high-profile individuals and FTSE 100 companies.
Acknowledged by The Huffington Post as one of ‘15 Young People Changing the World’, the stage for Josh’s entrepreneurial spirit was set back in 2011. With empty pockets, he decided the only way forward was to capture the curvature of the Earth on film from a DIY weather balloon at 118,000 feet in near Space. The resulting video went viral online and became headline news in the media.
Josh went on to conceptualise the notion of Space Art: a project to send a blank canvas and tubes of special paint to near Space, allowing Mother Nature to draw up some magic. The resulting painting was featured on Channel 4’s Four Rooms and Josh was given the opportunity to put on an exhibition of the art work and his other projects at a top London art gallery name it .
Enticed by a twitter conversation about Josh’s projects, Sir Richard Branson of the Virgin Group personally issued him the challenge to see how far under the ocean he could explore: ever ambitious, he also became the first person in history to send an amateur submersible to the bottom of the Milwaukee Deep in the Puerto Rican Trench (the deepest trench in the Atlantic Ocean!).
In between speaking engagements and running his businesses, Josh is a regular contributor and blogger on The Huffington Post and guest blogger for notable sites such as Virgin.com.
Fighting against the odds has carved a fascinating path for Josh so far. The many up and downs and unique experiences has given him stories, ideas and methods that he speaks about with passion and connection. He assures people that ambitions can be achieved by all walks of life. Besides, ambition was all he ever had when he began his journey into the world of entrepreneurialism.
- Tripled the turnover for Tywardreath Shop
- Won runner up award for Tywardreath Shop in the Observer Food Monthly Awards
- 2016 Cornwall 30 Under 30 winner
- Bought Tywardreath Village Shop
- Contributor to the Virgin website
- Forming Hunter Grange Investments and raising £2 million to buy property that benefits the community.
- Huffington Post Top Young People Changing The World.
- Huffington Post blogger.
- Working with FTSE 100 clients in business coaching and creative thinking.
- Starting a new venture of retreats for entrepreneurs.
- Buying a house in Cornwall, UK.
- Helping other people start and build their own business.
- Winning a £5 million contract from the Government.
- Becoming a business partner with my mentor Trudy Thompson.
- Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Company challenging me to the submersible project.
- Selling my art work on Channel 4's Four Rooms and displaying it in a private exhibition at the Strand Gallery, London.
- Top media publicity across the world.
- Becoming a brand ambassador for several companies.
- Speaking to an audience of over 500 people about my projects.
- Left my job!
- Drove across America in 2016
- Sent a submersible to the bottom of the deepest trench in the Atlantic Ocean and filmed the journey.
- World record for longest continuous 5 a side football match (48 hours).
- Created and filmed a piece of art in Space and exhibiting it in a London art gallery.
- Sent a balloon to Space and filmed the journey to 118,000 feet.
- London to Brighton bike ride.
- 1st Dan Black Belt in martial arts