James Layfield is the serial entrepreneur behind Central Working. Central Working provides the ideal environment for growing businesses. Offering our members the support, infrastructure and tools needed to create the connections, momentum and recognition that will grow their businesses. Central Working is itself an innovative and rapidly growing business. CEO, James Layfield, was voted Entrepreneur of the year 2012 and Central Working was cited as one of the UK’s top 100 start-ups 2012. In 2013 Central Working was selected by Lord Young to as one of the Accelerate 250, the 250 high growth, high potential businesses in the UK
Prior to Central Working and at 29, James was the youngest ever Managing Director of a Virgin business, running Virgin Student, one of the earliest social networking sites in the UK. In 2005 James established The Lounge Group a marketing agency with offices in the UK, Spain and Turkey.
In 2006, James established Escape Airports Limited, which was a new concept in luxury airport lounges. The following year he was cited for his ‘sheer bravery and guts’ in the list of “Top 30 Under 35 UK Entrepreneurs” compiled by Growing Business Magazine.