The entrepreneur behind an ingenious invention to prevent bike theft has been crowned the winner of the UK-wide pitching competition, The Pitch 2009, at a celebrity-packed grand final in London.
Julie Meyer the founder of Ariadne Capital, First Tuesday and newest Dragon talks to Jon Card. As one of the foremost operators in the UK’s digital space she tells us about the web, who’s going to beat the recession and why being an entrepreneur is the best choice for the 21st century
Colin Maund, CEO of The Achilles Group was awarded with Ernst & Young’s UK Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2009 for IT Services, at a reception sponsored by the CBI, in London last week.
We are very proud to be able to announce that Duncan Bannatyne & Michelle Dewberry are joining the Business Matters team as monthly Columnists.
Graduate Rajeeb Dey was named as the winner of the O2 X Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the prestigious annual national small business competition, the O2 X Awards last night. The award recognises the new generation of young entrepreneurs who are making an impact in today’s challenging economic climate.
We chat to one of the UK’s most famous angel investors, and part of the famous Dragons’ Den quintet, Peter Jones about his business activities, his tips for success and what mistakes he has made along the way.
With the recession still looming in the background it is tougher than ever for graduates to secure employment with an estimated one third of recent graduates out of work. However, for this twenty two year old, Charlie Fermor student life is now a distant memory as he takes his company Apple Crisps to new heights just one year after graduating from Reading University.
When it comes to thinking about careers and jobs, the pressure for students and graduates these days is immense. It is hard to imagine how you can achieve success without further education, and even though there are so many role models on TV of famous celebrities that have made an achievement in life without education, it is difficult to know how they got there and whether they just got lucky!
We talk to Karren Brady, who is set to take over from Margaret Mountford as Lord Sugar’s eyes and ears on The Apprentice. Karren became managing director of Birmingham City football club at the age of 23; the only woman to hold this position in the premiership and the youngest director of a UK plc. Now 38, she is married to retired footballer Paul Peschisolido and lives in Birmingham with her two children – Sophia, 12, and Paolo, nine. Once the takeover is complete of Birmingham City FC it is widely predicted that she will blow full-time on her career as the first lady of football.
Hannah Prevett talks to Apprentice winner Michelle Dewberry about life post-Apprentice and founding lifestyle portal, Chiconomise