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.
Entrepreneur Johnnie Boden's first menswear catalogue in 1991 had just eight items in it. These days the Boden clothing empire shifts 60 million catalogues a year and dresses people in 50 countries, notching up over £200 million in sales in the process. So how do you build a successful business in a competitive sector like retail?
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Entrepreneur Deborah Meaden has clocked up 33 investments in start-up businesses during her time in the BBC's Dragons' Den, investing over £2 million in the process. So what are the secrets to attracting investment and how do you take a good business idea and make it really work?
Venture capitalist, technology entrepreneur and founder of cloud computing giant Outsourcery, Piers Linney is also one of the high profile investors on the BBC's Dragons' Den.
Serial entrepreneur and business maverick, Simon Woodroffe OBE, founded the YO! Sushi chain without any financial backing in 1997, bringing the conveyor belt sushi bar concept to the UK – with phenomenal success. He continues to develop new business ideas under the 'YO!' brand including the Yotel and brand new venture, YO! Home.
One of the UK's most high profile businessmen, Lord Jones is a former Director General of the CBI and Minister of State for Trade and Investment. He's currently Chairman of Triumph Motorcycles Limited and Corporate Ambassador for Jaguar Cars and JCB.
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