The man behind UOE and the one most likely to be in front of a journalist’s microphone is Elliot Jacobs. He found his entrepreneurial 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 2 coworking business Hub. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the company has plans to continue its expansion in 2022 with a desire to grow to around 20 locations by 2022/23.
In June 2021, Elliot was elected (by fellow postmasters across the UK) as the first Non-Executive Director at Post Office in its 360-year history.
Find out more about Elliot at www.elliotjacobs.co.uk
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
- 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