It’s Saturday night on trendy Brick Lane. Hipsters stumble drunkenly into the Rag Factory for an evening of dancing and frivolity. But they’re not just going for the eight-man breakdancing troupe, or the live bands, they’ve come to hear the new rockstars on the scene: entrepreneurs.
Harpin may have passed on his Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year trophy at the Awards on Tuesday night but the Homeserve founder will sure be a hard act to follow. He had the crowd in the palm of his hand with tales of the E&Y Monte Carlo heats and his plans to get young people into business.
To kick-start the forthcoming Small Business Week, BT Business is offering you and a colleague the chance to meet Dragons’ Den’s Peter Jones! Jones will be at the BT Tower on the morning of 19 October, where he will be on hand to offer expert business advice.
Entrepreneur Rik Hellewell, founder of British oven-valeting firm Ovenu, is appealing to the government to provide a lifeline for tradesmen whose businesses are being brought to their knees by negligent customers.
She built Red Letter Days into a £17m-turnover business and became a panellist on Dragons’ Den. Life couldn’t get better. And then, bang! Her company spiralled into administration, she left the show and she was vilified by the press. Speaking at our Inspirational Women’s Network, Rachel Elnaugh explained how she bounced back.