Dragons Den

Senior Entrepreneurs Are the Ones to Watch

Doug Richard | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Tech
Doug Richard

What is it about the senior entrepreneur that is so oxymoronic? Surely an older person is the most likely candidate to invent bifocals. I doubt that many 20-somethings (today as much as in the 18th century) have ever stopped to consider the greatness of a lens with two distinct optical powers.

Four Ways to Get Headhunted

James Caan | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK
James Caan

One of the most flattering things in the professional world is getting headhunted on behalf of a renowned company. If someone rings you out of the blue and takes an interest in you, it is a sure sign that you are doing all the right things in your current job. When I started my first headhunting firm many years ago, almost every time I approached a candidate on behalf of a prestigious company their self-esteem would instantly be boosted. It would be a very risky approach to sit back and purely wait to be headhunted but when great opportunities do present themselves over the course over a career it is always important to grasp them.

My Best Business Decision: Saying No to Jeremy Kyle

Abigail Eaton-Masters | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Abigail Eaton-Masters

The brief was that they wanted a therapist to mediate with families who had appeared on The Jeremy Kyle Show. My eyes lit up like a Christmas tree and I faintly heard the audience applause as it echoed out into the distance.

Asa Bennett

After Taming The Dragons, What Now For These Young Tea Entrepreneurs?

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education

After having to decide between three Dragons fighting to invest in their luxury tea blend line "PHOM", things have taken off for 23-year old entrepren...

And The New Newsnight Presenter Is...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK

Jeremy Paxman's replacement as Newsnight presenter has been announced. Paxman, who sat in the chair for 25 years, stood down last month, leaving on...

'Dragons Den Bosses Won't Hire Another Woman'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Entertainment

Michelle Mone has hit out at the bosses of ‘Dragons’ Den’, claiming they won’t invite her on the show because they already have two women on t...

Asa Bennett

Ukip Talk 'Ridiculous Nonsense' About Migrants, Says Cobra Beer Boss

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Politics

Ukip and party leader Nigel Farage peddle "ridiculous nonsense" about the impact immigrants have on Britain, Cobra Beer boss Lord Bilimoria has said. ...

Asa Bennett

Migrants Rob Native Brits' Jobs? 'Nonsense', Says Dragon Theo

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Politics

Former Dragons' Den star Theo Paphitis has issued a robust defence of immigrants' contribution to the UK, rubbishing claims that they take native Brit...

Duncan Bannatyne Fined For Using Mobile In Car

PA | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Entertainment

Dragons' Den star Duncan Bannatyne has been fined by police for using his mobile phone while at the wheel. The entrepreneur, named as the joint-534...

The Dragons Come Out to Play

Kelly Hoppen | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kelly Hoppen

It's been an incredibly fun year being involved with Dragons Den, I've made some wonderful new friends, my fellow Dragons, and had the opportunity to invest in some really remarkable and talented young entrepreneurs. I'm thrilled at how well my first three investments are doing.

Charming Is a Choice

Kelly Hoppen | Posted 08.06.2014 | 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 05.05.2014 | 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...