Dragons Den

Charming Is a Choice

Kelly Hoppen | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kelly Hoppen

I wonder if the word 'bossy' is a western term, I can't quite imagine having been in the Kiberan slums someone ever being referred to as bossy. A survivor yes, bossy, I doubt it. So, if you are fortunate enough to have strong-willed girls in your life make sure your words and actions promote their natural leadership skills, empower them not destroy them.

'Stop Payday Loans' Says Ex-Dragon Theo Paphitis

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Politics

Former Dragons' Den star Theo Paphitis has hit out at "morally bankrupt" payday lenders and called for them to be outlawed. Writing on Twitter, the...

Simon To Launch 'Dragons' Den' Style Show?

Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Entertainment

Simon Cowell has reportedly had enough of talent contests like ‘The X Factor’ and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and is planning to launch a new ‘...

Tripping Up Trunki - What Every Design-Focussed Business Should Know

Ilya Kazi | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK
Ilya Kazi

Having taken on the 'Dragon's Den', been sent away penniless, and gone on to develop a multi-million pound internationally-successful business, there are few that would begrudge the Trunki suitcase inventor Rob Law his success.

Asa Bennett

This Entrepreneur Turned Down ALL The Dragons And Is Doing Very Well

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK

Dragons' Den ended its latest series on Sunday with a pitch from entrepreneur James Roupell, who dramatically ended up turning down all five Dragons a...

Why the Personal Touch Counts for Everything in Business

James Caan | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
James Caan

Nowadays I invest primarily in people who want to do what I did - become their own boss. I'm a firm believer that if you are prepared to put the effort in, there is no reason why you can't successfully run your own business... Technology has since come on leaps and bounds, which means you can access data and generate leads like never before. And the advent of social media means that building a brand and marketing yourself has become that little bit easier.

Top 10 Tips for Success in Business - Without Being the Wolf of Wall Street

David Green | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK
David Green

I was recently asked by a reporter whether these programmes demonstrate how ruthless we need to be to get on in business. Certainly not. To achieve success we need to have a spiritual attitude and that doesn't mean being soft and fluffy.

New Year, New Challenge, New Business

Shingo Murakami | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
Shingo Murakami

For many, January marks the first month of a fresh start and it is the ideal time to decide what we want to get out of the year ahead by taking on new challenges. Whether it's making the decision to get and stay fit, or taking on a new hobby you've always planned on doing, there's always something new to try.

Kelly Hoppen Reveals Her Fellow Dragons' Diet Secrets

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment

Dragons' Den star Kelly Hoppen has revealed that she has been getting co-stars like Deborah Meaden and Peter Jones to try a healthy new diet, as inspi...

New Adventures, News Beginnings

Kelly Hoppen | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kelly Hoppen

Filming for the next series will start again soon and I can't wait to see the passionate individuals that come up the lift to face their fears and us Dragons to pursue their business dreams.

How Could This Young Entrepreneur Save Your Phone?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Dropped your phone in a puddle? Don't fear, 20-year old entrepreneur Oliver Murphy has invented the answer in the form of Reviveaphone. The young e...

Invest in More Than Novelty Socks This Christmas

Deborah Meaden | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Deborah Meaden

With almost three quarters of British adults unable to remember some or all of the gifts they were bought last Christmas, I am joining CARE International UK's campaign to stop people squandering their hard earned cash on last minute throw away buys. Rather than the usual deluge of socks, soap and chocolate we're urging people to consider a lasting and memorable gift idea by giving vouchers for the micro-lending charity site, www.lendwithcare.org. The site enables people in the UK to lend small sums of money (from £15) to poor entrepreneurs in developing countries, helping them start or expand their small business, feed their families and send their children to school.

One Last Dance for Strictly

Deborah Meaden | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Deborah Meaden

It Is hard when you find something you love so much and to know that from the moment you leave the Strictly bubble, it will never be like that again. But business has taught me nothing if not pragmatism and there is no point wallowing and wondering because some things in life you just can't change and you certainly can't go back.

Sirius Programme Supporting Young Entrepreneurs

Kelly Hoppen | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kelly Hoppen

Having taken part in Dragon's Den this series and working closely with UK Trade and Investment, I'm now even more aware of the importance of funding and supporting the great ideas of future business leaders. What's particularly close to my heart is nurturing and growing the ideas of young people domestically and into international markets.

Is Now The Best Time To Start Your Own Business?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK

Britons have been urged to seize on the improving state of the economy and start their own business, as new research to mark the start of Global Entre...

Great Business in Britain

Kelly Hoppen | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Kelly Hoppen

I am passionate about entrepreneurs and encouraging them to follow their dreams and start their own businesses. That's one of the main reasons I agreed to go on Dragons Den. I've been running my own business now for 37 years and gained a lot of experience which I want to share with others.

Asa Bennett

'We Must LOVE Business Rather Than Being Suspicious'

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK Politics

Adam Afriyie has urged coalition ministers to "wholeheartedly love" business rather than view it in a "suspicious fashion". Speaking to the Huffing...

Tech Start-ups Are the Last Businesses That Need Government Help

Christian Nellemann | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Christian Nellemann

Twenty five million pounds of government money has been poured into a venture capital fund for tech start-ups. With the Episode 1 fund they are, they say, "determined to give entrepreneurs the financial support they need to grow".

Asa Bennett

Meet Britain's Youngest Entrepreneur (He's 9)

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK

Henry Patterson has started several businesses, smashed profit forecasts and is already planning his first shop, and he's only 9 years old. Who is...

Asa Bennett

How's Deborah Finding The Ballroom?

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK

Deborah Meaden has taken to the dance floor with aplomb as one of this year's Strictly Come Dancing's contestants. The businesswoman, star of Drag...

Does Dragons' Den Put Young People Off Business?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK

The Apprentice and Dragons' Den TV shows may be putting young people off becoming entrepreneurs by showing a caricature of business life, one of Brita...

Here's 15 Ways To Succeed You'd Not Have Thought Of

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK

Brits do like to succeed at work, as the popularity of big business egos like Alan Sugar and the Dragons shows. But in a world full of meaningless ...

How Did Kelly Hoppen Become The Beckhams' Fave Designer?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Politics

Celebrity interior designer Kelly Hoppen joined Dragons' Den this year and has swiftly thrown her weight behind projects like "Skinny Tan" and the "Ru...

How Is Ed Planning To Woo Small Business?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband will offer an £800m tax break to smaller firms as part of a mission to make Labour "the party of small business". Miliband will reveal...

To the UK: I Challenge You to Join Me and Give More

Hilary Devey | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK
Hilary Devey

I experienced first-hand the impact of poverty during my own childhood when my father was made bankrupt and the bailiffs came calling, and I wouldn't wish that situation on any child. At the moment, we are in danger of creating a generation of children living in a vicious circle of hardship and disadvantage, growing up in communities reeling from the double hit of the recession and public sector cuts... I am pledging to give more at a time when need has never been higher, and I'm urging everyone else to do the same.