James Caan is one of the UK’s most successful and recognisable entrepreneurs, best known as an investor on BBC’s Dragon’s Den.
James knew from a young age that he wanted to run his own business and at sixteen he left school with no qualifications. Despite this in the mid 1980′s, he began a successful career in recruitment. Just a few years later James founded Alexander Mann, a UK recruitment business which he successfully grew to £130m turnover with 30 offices worldwide.
During the same period, James was keen to explore the international market and launched Humana International, a franchising model, establishing 147 offices in 30 countries. He subsequently sold both businesses in 1999. In 2007, James was invited to join the panel of the highly popular BBC TV show Dragons’ Den. During his time on the show, James invested in a diverse range of businesses and increased his profile in the media as a result.
James has always believed that the UK is an excellent platform for British entrepreneurs and that advances in technology provide today’s entrepreneurs with many more opportunities than when he started out. He is currently working with Business Secretary Vince Cable as a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum to help and advise the government on the new business policies.
James is an exceptional and charismatic speaker. Audiences can benefit from James’ valuable insight and practical advice on issues such as motivating staff, growing businesses, surviving the recession. James is a widely respected figure in the business world because he understands the challenges businesses and entrepreneurs in the UK face today, and his presence at events helps inspire and stimulate business people at all levels.