James Caan

How Committed Are Your Staff?

James Caan | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK
James Caan

A good leader will know exactly how to get each member of staff motivated. Remember we all have different drivers so the one-size-fits-all approach isn't a good one to take. Take the time to understand what makes each person tick and what sort of managerial approach they respond best to.

Hiring Your First Employee

James Caan | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK
James Caan

There are many important decisions SME owners have to take in the early stages of their business, and one of the most important is making that first hire. Depending on the individual company, this could be done immediately, within a few months, or even a year after starting up. There is no singular approach, but it must be the right decision at the right time. The key question to ask yourself is whether you can justify making a new hire, in terms of cost and workload. I experienced this when I started my first recruitment business - it was four months before I had enough money in the bank to be able to take someone on.

Making Sure Your Business Evolves and Adapts

James Caan | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK
James Caan

The best businesses are the ones which really stay in tune with their customers' needs. These days there are so many tools to analyse results, and so many ways to interact with the people who buy your products or services, that there really is no excuse for failing to grasp what they are thinking. The needs and behaviour patterns of your customers can constantly change - and your business should adapt accordingly.

The Big Benefits of Working for a Small Business

James Caan | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK
James Caan

I am a firm believer that there is no more exciting place to work than a new and developing firm. If you are somebody who enjoys a challenge and are capable of adapting, moving to an SME can be a terrific opportunity at any stage of your career.

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.

Have You Got What It Takes to Be a Great Leader? Here Are My Five Key Tips

James Caan | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK
James Caan

Eisenhower captured it best when he said: "Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because they want to do it." Some people are lucky enough to be born with the kind of qualities that make a great leader but it is also possible to pick up these skills through practice, hard work and application. So, what, in my experience, makes a great leader?

Why Britain's Got Talent

James Caan | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
James Caan

Almost half a million businesses have been set up in the UK so far this year. That proves there is a huge amount of entrepreneurial spirit in this country. I was delighted to mark Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) with the announcement of the 10,000th loan awarded by the government-funded Start-Up Loans, of which I am chairman.We've lent £51million to entrepreneurs in under 18 months, ensuring people who are passionate about business can play their part in reviving the economy and creating jobs. But GEW has also reminded me why I want to challenge Britons to do even better.

Why It's Never Too Late to Start Your Own Business

Yasmina Siadatan | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK
Yasmina Siadatan

When I was growing up I thought the sky was the limit. I was lucky. My parents were both entrepreneurs. They instilled in me the knowledge that I could support myself and earn my own money. Now I'm lucky enough to be working with other people hoping to realise the same dream.

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...

Little Chef Bought By Kuwaiti Company

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 05.08.2013 | UK

Little Chef, the British restaurant chain known for its roadside outlets, has been bought by a Kuwaiti-owned group. The Kout Food Group (KFG) will ...

James Caan: How I Would Have Saved HMV

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK

James Caan came to attention as one of the millionaire entrepreneurs in the Dragons' Den from 2007. The British-Pakistani entrepreneur made his millio...

James Caan Is Right - But For Different Reasons

Harry Freedman | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Freedman

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, James Caan, the Government's new Social Mobility Tsar says that parents should not help their children to get a job. Instead they should encourage kids to make their own way. The reason he gives is that when parents hold back they help their children to develop. I agree, but for a different reason.

The Week In (Funny) Tweets

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.06.2013 | UK Comedy

We can probably all agree that it was a bad week for Tulisa, the Duke of Edinburgh and badgers. On the other hand, it was a good week for everyone ...

Social Mobility 'Tsar': The Clue's in the Name

Nick de Taranto | Posted 05.08.2013 | UK Politics
Nick de Taranto

We should have seen it coming. Even the most cursory student of Russian history will be able to tell you that though the Muscovite despots stood for many things, social mobility sure as hell wasn't one of them.

James Caan Tells Parents Not To Help Kids Find Work...

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK

Entrepreneur James Caan, who on Tuesday said that it was important for parents to "let the child stand on his own two feet" when finding work, employe...

James Caan And Jamie Laing On Helping Young People Kick-Start Their Business Dreams

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Entertainment

Many will know businessman James Caan from his role on 'Dragons' Den', but after quitting the show in 2010, he has been pouring his efforts into a new...

The Best Advice Ever from James Caan and Annabel Karmel

Josh Graff | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Tech
Josh Graff

As best advice, that feels like a great way to sum up the session: confronting the fear of failure head on, having the courage to go ahead but having the connections (and the right questions to ask them) to make things work.

Cameron Wants Students To Create The Next Google

PA | Posted 04.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education

David Cameron has told young entrepreneurs he wants to encourage new businesses in the hope Britain can create the next Amazon or Google. The Prime...

Cash Boost For Young Entrepreneurs

PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Thousands more young people could get Dragons Den-style government loans to help them turn business ideas into reality, David Cameron has announced. ...

Middle Men DVD Review

Adam Lowes | Posted 25.09.2011 | UK Entertainment
Adam Lowes

Similar to last year's The Social Network, Middle Men offers another online phenomenon (this time the rise of internet porn) as the basis for a tale of greed, deception and the vast financial rewards to be reaped from it all (all at the cost of everything else, of course).