Ben Hatton // Partner at Praetura

Ben is an accomplished, award-winning entrepreneur operating in the UK’s digital and technology sectors.

He founded Digital Agency Rippleffect in 1999 and in 2008 he oversaw its acquisition by Trinity Mirror plc, the UK’s largest regional publisher, for £5.8m on the proviso that he would remain at the helm to guide the firm to further success. Further to this, he also took on the role of MD of Digital Marketing Services for Trinity Mirror leading an acquisition strategy of buying businesses complementary to Rippleffect.

In 2016, Ben joined Praetura Capital to drive its investments across digital, e-commerce and tech businesses and sits on a number of boards in a strategic capacity. Further to this, Ben independently sits on a number of other boards providing strategic advice and support to growing businesses in the technology, employee benefits and learning & development sectors.
Over the years, Ben has been recognised highly as both an entrepreneur and a digital leader. He was once named as EN Magazine’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year and New Media Entrepreneur of the Year. He has been listed among the 33 most influential people working in technology, media and telecoms by the North West Business Insider, and ranked in the top 10 in the Drum Power 100. He was also the first ever Downtown ‘Livercool’ Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003!!

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