Mayor of London’s


Supported by
Mayor of London

Simon Calver

Head of Investment, BGF Ventures

Simon Calver grew up in the family business in Gloucester but followed a career in large blue chip companies such as Unilever, Pepsi and Dell. He returned to his roots leading early stage businesses as COO/President of Riverdeep plc and CEO of LOVEFiLM, the online DVD and Digital Entertainment Company, which he led for seven years up to the ultimate sale to Amazon Inc in 2011. In 2010 he was a winner the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for London and the South East.


He left to become Chief Executive Officer of Mothercare plc leading their transformation and digital turnaround plan before becoming Chairman of the online printing and design company, and Chairman of the UK’s largest online pharmacy. Simon is also an angel investor across technology/e-commerce businesses in the UK including and and is a speaker on business change, the digital revolution and leadership. He recently completed a book on his experiences at LOVEFiLM to help entrepreneurs.


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