Profile: The Publicity Queen

If she ever tires of running her hugely successful Gateshead-based vehicle rental business LINGsCARS, Ling Valentine could probably earn a fortune by teaching others how to promote their businesses. You might remember her from an episode of Dragons’ Den in 2007, where famously she rejected investment from two Dragons. You might have seen her in publications ranging from adult comic Viz to…

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Why it’s OK to fail sometimes in business

Chances are, you’ve probably never heard of Traf-O-Data. It was a venture started in the early 1970s by a couple of teenagers from Seattle, Washington. Using the Intel 8008 processor, Traf-O-Data analysed traffic data punched into paper rolls, so traffic flow could be improved. The budding tech entrepreneurs tried to market Traf-O-Data to local government.…

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Profile: James Caan

Entrepreneur, investor, author and TV personality James Caan seems even more enthusiastic than usual, perhaps partly because work has finished on a new seven-part TV series he is fronting called The Business Class, which will soon be hitting our screens in the UK on CNBC. Caan is joined by experts from various sectors who help…

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Profile: The Organic Pioneer

Few business people would describe themselves as a “left-leaning anarchist”, but being different partly explains why Guy Watson, founder of award-winning Riverford Organic, has achieved so much. Mark Williams finds out how his belief in organic farming turned into a prosperous business that delivers food boxes to tens of thousands of UK homes each week Born…

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How Laura Tenison scaled JoJo Maman Bébé

JoJo Maman Bébé is the UK’s leading boutique mother and baby brand. With more than 75 UK stores, 750 staff and trade customers in 50-plus countries, it’s perhaps difficult to believe that its founder and managing director, Laura Tenison MBE (pictured), started her business in 1993 as a classic ‘kitchen table’ enterprise. So, how has…

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