At Heathrow Express we like to celebrate doing things that bit smarter. If there was one business leader you wanted to sit down with and get some advice from who would you choose?
How about an interview with Sir Richard Branson? Or Sir James Dyson? What about some of the entrepreneurs who have appeared on BBC's Dragons' Den like Peter Jones or Deborah Meaden? We've put together this series of interviews with a host of brilliant business innovators to give you the ultimate in business inspiration and entrepreneur ideas.
We also learnt some interesting facts along the way – Richard Branson asks his mum for advice, Peter Jones used to sleep on the floor of a warehouse, Theo Paphitis' dyslexia is part of the reason he's so successful and Sir Martin Sorrell used to read the FT on his way to school.
The Dragon’s Den stalwart rose from tea boy’s assistant to owner of high street names like Ryman and Robert Dyas. And with a resumé running the gamut from chairman of gritty Millwall FC, to lingerie retailing, Theo Paphitis knows how to pull himself up by his boot (or bra) straps. So how did he learn the ropes?
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Hilary Devey revolutionised the freight industry by developing a new model for transfering smaller consignments - creating a business worth £100M from scratch. She’s one of the UK’s most successful businesswomen – so what has she learnt along the way?
Sam Torrance's remarkable golfing career spans 44 tournament wins. He had eight consecutive outings for the European Ryder Cup team, sinking the winning put at the Belfry in 1985 to deny the Americans for the first time in 28 years, and captaining the winning European Ryder Cup team in 2002 to a 3 point victory. So, what does it take to succeed at this level?
She took on her first design project at the age of just 16 - creating a new kitchen for a family friend. Since then Kelly Hoppen has designed homes, hotels and yachts for the likes of the Beckhams, written highly successful books about interior design and starred in the BBC's Dragons' Den. So, how did she do it?
From its humble beginnings as a manufacturer of shopping baskets, Sir Martin Sorrell turned WPP into the world's largest advertising agency group, with audacious acquisitions of big name agencies like Ogilvy & Mather, Young & Rubicam and JWT. With 3,000 offices in 110 countries and close to 147,000 employees, how does he manage such a vast business empire?
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