The man behind UOE and the one most likely to be in front of a journalist’s microphone is Elliot Jacobs. He found his entrepreneural passion early in life when he got a Saturday job at a local stationery shop called Universal Office Equipment (later to be known as UOE). Later in his career, he re-joined UOE and has guided it to become one of the UK’s leading independent business supplies and services companies serving over 1.5 million customers. He sold the B2B division of UOE to Quills in 2019 in order to concentrate on the retail side of the business.
Under his leadership, UOE has gone from strength to strength. Then, in 2014, he negotiated a multiple franchise agreement with the Post Office and combined it with UOE’s retail operation to create a unique and highly successful business model – there are now 7 Post Office/Stores and 1 coworking business Hub. The company is currently on track to expand to 20 UK branches by 2022.
10 quick-fire facts:
I spend most Sundays being a linesman (a.k.a. assistant referee!) at my son’s football matches
- Favourite sports
Football (Tottenham Hotspur) and F1
Messi – a morkie who works part-time at UOE HQ
- Last holiday
- ‘If money was no object’ holiday
The Inca Trail in South America
- Ideal weekend
A bit of “me time”: a bit of shopping, lunch with family, dinner with friends
- Last film
Emoji Movie – no judgement please, I was with my youngest son(!)
- Reading habits
I’m currently reading Changing The World With Tesla, SpaceX, and SolarCity by Elon Musk. I like biographies, but I admit that Jeffrey Archer is a guilty pleasure.
- Favourite superhero
Superman – it’s the glasses (and the cape I guess!)
- Favourite TV programme
I do like a bit of Holby City and Casualty