Levi Roots, the man from Jamaica who grew up writing songs in a Brixton squat before being imprisoned twice is now the owner and face of a brand worth an estimated £30m at retail prices and has more than doubled in the last 12 months.
We talk to Jo-are Bjerke, managing director of seating specialists HÅG, about what motivates and inspires him in business and the advice he would give to someone just starting out.
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
We chat to Scott Hider, the successful head of Nationwide Media Group, who spends the weekend as an MC & DJ at local clubs. A difficult balancing act? Well one that Scott balances well as his exhibitions are breaking all records.
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
Duncan Bannatyne talks to us about how it’s easy to become rich – and why women don’t want to be at the top in business
We talk to Michelle Mone, the Ultimo Lingerie founder about her philosophy for staying ahead when times are hard
Canary Wharf is synonymous with men and women in suits, business and sky scrappers. And unless it is an evening in the pub after a hard day’s work, fun is not necessarily the word that springs into mind when one thinks about the business district which has over 80,000 workers and the tallest building in Britain – One Canada Square. But in the cold winter days, the site is totally transformed. Laugh, fun and, for some, a lot of skills are on show at the ice rink in the centre of it all. The businessman behind such enterprise is the Canadian Brian Jokat.
James Caan is not a man to let the grass grow under his feet. By the age of 40 he was a self-made millionaire, having created and sold two executive headhunting firms.
But rather than sailing off into the sunset with G&T in hand, Caan has since graduated from the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School, become a mentor for MBA students at London Business School, and set up a private equity firm, which currently has four companies in its investment portfolio. Oh, and become the latest dragon on Dragon’s Den, where on top of filming obligations, he has already taken three entrepreneurial charges under his wing.