While the entrepreneurs are preparing the elevator pitches for their business ideas to hopefully get essential funding and mentoring next week an increasingly acrimonious bust-up between two of the Dragons’ promises to spice up the show.
The International Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting celebrated its centenary with the appointment of entrepreneur and Secret Millionaire star Kavita Oberoi as Chair of the Global Girls’ Fund Board.
On April 1st, like many other people, Business Matters columnist, serial entrepreneur and TV dragon Duncan Bannatyne made an April Fools joke. Using his Twitter account he suggested that he was feeling too old to be the face of his gym & leisure business and that he was renaming the group of 60 gyms to “Armstrong Health Clubs” after the name of his managing director Nigel Armstrong. However some people took this joke a little too seriously….
The Enterprising Young Brit Awards for 2010 were announced today at a glittering lunch, attended by Lord Mandelson, at the Institute of Directors in London.
The winners alll received £1,000 for their business, coverage in national media and an invitation to join the Enterprise UK Ambassador programme. As an Enterprise UK Ambassador they will get a chance to network with some of the UK’s top entrepreneurs and help us inspire the next generation of Peter Jones and Michelle Mone!
We talk to Matt Gordon, the managing director of Limited Space about what motivates and inspires him in business and the advice he would give to someone just starting out.
Many think that reality TV shows like The Apprentice & Dragons’ Den are only about giving contestants their five minutes of fame, think again – The Apprentice’s Claire Young says the show has given her “invaluable lessons” on promoting her business.
We get to know Roy Peires, the Chairman and founder of Club La Costa Resorts & Hotels, and find out what motivates and inspires him and what advice he’d like to pass on.
In the late 1980’s, Clive Woodcock was about the only journalist reporting on small business issues through his column in Friday’s Guardian. His solitary status reflected the lack of media interest in the subject; the term entrepreneur hadn’t been widely adopted, nor had our work culture embraced the positive options of self-employment.
Entrepreneur Ben Creighton from Newcastle has successfully fought off tough competition from some of the UK’s top business brains to be crowned winner of the Global Startup Challenge.
Well-known for his two seasons on Dragons’ Den, Richard Farleigh was known as ‘Mr Nice’ but he says he would rather have been known as ‘Mr Fair’ due to his tough but fair approach. When he reviews business proposals that are looking for backing, he assesses these on the quality of the people rather than the product. He comments, “It’s about 90% quality of the people and 10% quality of the product. Most of my effort goes into somehow assessing the person, which can be trickier.”