James Caan

How To Make Your Business Investory-Ready

James Caan CBE | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK
James Caan CBE

You've managed to scale your business from startup to a profitable venture with employees, cashflow, a thorough understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, a solid business structure, flexibility and an established brand. What now? The next step to crystallising your value is almost always finding and securing additional investment.

Why Do People Move Jobs?

James Caan CBE | Posted 13.05.2017 | UK
James Caan CBE

Given how competitive it is to recruit top talent in today's market, it's important as an employer to think about these things before you begin your search for employees. To hire the best, you need to offer the best and that starts with refining you're offering for them and not just looking at the hiring process as a one way street.

Results Day: Qualifications vs Life Experience

James Caan CBE | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK
James Caan CBE

Lots of people I meet automatically assume that employers would veto any candidate who has no degree or generally doesn't perform well academically. However, this isn't always the case. I, and most other employees, look for something more than just an impressive CV. We want a candidate to tell us when they have applied learnings to real life experiences.

Are Leaders Born or Trained?

James Caan CBE | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK
James Caan CBE

I am often asked whether leaders are born or trained and personally, I believe that a healthy dose of both is what truly defines our best leaders... My thirty years in business has taught me that as employers it's up to us to identify employees with potential and develop them to become the next Mark Zuckerberg or Larry Paige.

How to Sell a Business

James Caan CBE | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK
James Caan CBE

Be sure to think carefully about these three aspects when you're looking to sell and don't just take the first offer you get. You built this business from the ground up - exit with the confidence that it's in good hands and will continue to be something you're proud of...

EXCLUSIVE CLIP: Princess Kaguya Comes To Life In This Stunning Animation

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK Entertainment

From Studio Ghibli, the Academy Award-winning creators behind 'The Wind Rises' and 'Spirited Away', comes their latest film, 'The Tale of The Princess...

The Secret to My Success

James Caan CBE | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK
James Caan CBE

Soft skills are a game changer for career development and business growth and it's time for employers, government, educators, parents - everyone - to take action to recognise, promote and improve them. Part of the success in my journey wasn't about my qualifications or experience, but it was the value I gave to soft skills that helped me get to where I am today.

New Year, New Career?

James Caan CBE | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK
James Caan CBE

Don't be afraid to be open and ask your employees why they are still around and why they still work for you. The insight you gather from this exercise could be the difference between your staff thinking 'new year new career' or 'new year I'm happy here'.

Four Ways to Get Headhunted

James Caan CBE | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK
James Caan CBE

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.

Caroline Frost

'You Don't Get That Big 'Star' Thing With Him'

HuffingtonPost.com | Caroline Frost | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Entertainment

Screen veteran Robert Duvall believes there are far more good actors around now than when he started out in Hollywood. “There are so many greats...

Finding the Right Investor for YOU

James Caan CBE | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK
James Caan CBE

I'm often asked by people how they should make the perfect investment pitch. They want to know all manner of things from what material to bring along, what financial figures are most important, right down to how many Powerpoint slides they should use!

The Power of Technology: Unleash It, Don't Avoid It

James Caan CBE | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Tech
James Caan CBE

If you are not keeping up with trends and developments in the wider market, you are only creating problems for yourself... Customers are becoming more and more demanding in terms of what they expect, and as entrepreneurs, we need to act accordingly.

EXCLUSIVE: Clive Owen Leads All-Star Cast In Thriller 'Blood Ties'

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Entertainment

We have the very first showing of the brand new stylish cop thriller 'Blood Ties' starring Clive Owen alongside Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Billy Crudup,...

Getting the Word Out on Your Small Business

James Caan CBE | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK
James Caan CBE

Once you've made it through the development phase and hired your team - you certainly feel you're ready to get out there and sell your product or service. But how exactly do you get the word out? I've found that many entrepreneurs struggle with this. It's important to remember that marketing and PR is not an afterthought to your business plan. Marketing and good PR is essential for the success of any business. It may not matter how great the product or service you are offering is if nobody knows about it.

How Committed Are Your Staff?

James Caan CBE | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK
James Caan CBE

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 CBE | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK
James Caan CBE

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 CBE | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK
James Caan CBE

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 CBE | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK
James Caan CBE

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 CBE | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
James Caan CBE

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 CBE | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK
James Caan CBE

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 CBE | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
James Caan CBE

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...