James Caan CBE

CEO Hamilton Bradshaw and former chairman of Start Up Loans

James Caan CBE is one of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs. He made his fortune in the recruitment industry, which included the global success of his companies Alexander Mann Group and Humana International. In 2004 he founded private equity firm Hamilton Bradshaw, which has grown to a portfolio of over 30 companies.

James is best known for joining the panel of the hit BBC show Dragons’ Den, where he invested over £1m across 14 companies. He now hosts The Business Class on CNBC, where he and various industry experts provide guidance to UK SMEs.

James has received various prestigious awards including 'BT Enterprise of the Year', PricewaterhouseCoopers 'Entrepreneur of the Year' and Chairman of the Year at the 2013 International Business Awards.

A passionate supporter of small businesses, James is Chairman of the Government’s Start Up Loans scheme, which provides funding and mentoring to young entrepreneurs.