Lars Andersen was admitted as a Founder Freeman of the Guild of Entrepreneurs and elected to Court in 2014. He was elected Junior Warden in July 2017, to serve from 23rd November 2017.
Lars has been a Liverman of the Worshipful Company of World Traders since 2014, serving on Education, Membership and Events Committees.
My Nametags was founded by Lars in 2004, and makes iron-on and sticker name tags for childrens’ clothes and equipment. The company now sells labels in more than 60 countries around the world, and has won multiple awards in the UK and Europe for its product and customer service.
Arty Lobster is Lars’ second company, and it makes 3D printed pet sculptures. Customers give 10 photos of their dog, cat, horse or other pet, and Arty Lobster’s artists will create a model that is then 3D printed in full colour sandstone.
With a Masters in Business and a background in corporate finance, Lars has also lectured on corporate finance and entrepreneurship at ESCP Europe, as well as mentored entrepreneurial students. He is passionate about business and Britain’s role in the EU, and has been asked to speak to BBC, Sky News and others, as well as to MPs, MEPs and senior members of the European Commission. Lars is on the e-commerce panel for the Federation of Small Business.
Lars has chaired one of London’s largest autism charities, and helped found the Berkshire Credit Union.
Lars speaks 7 languages fluently and as a Norwegian, is proud to be able to trace his ancestry back to one of the signatories of the Norwegian Constitution as well as to Harald Hardrada, Ragnar Lothbrok and other entrepreneurial Vikings.
He enjoys time away from his businesses with his family. His wife, Jenifer, worked for a magic circle law firm before joining the family businesses. Lars has two teenage girls, one of whom has represented GB against France in rowing (and beat the French!) and the other was a National Champion in acrobatic gymnastics. All his family is musical, to compensate for his complete lack of any musical ability. Lars also enjoys reading (particularly science fiction & history), eating at good restaurants, fly fishing and skiing. He owns a forest in Norway that yields sustainable wood and the odd elk steak.