Sometimes you shouldn’t take a Dragon too seriously…

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 cream of the next generation – The Enterprising Young Brit Awards

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!

Multi-millionaire investor Richard Farleigh talks about success and failure

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.”