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St George’s Day’s Great British Take Off


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It is St George’s day, a time for the new, the exciting, the unbelievably great British take-off. Being a day for the English, we thought it would be celebratory to highlight the positive role models of business today – all the men and women that have built businesses and brands and given us just that little smidgen of hope that we too, can own mansions and ponies (or at least, have a successful career). They may not be the dragon-slaying patron Saint but business life is just as scary. See who’s made the list and why:
  1. Richard Branson

With an estimated net worth of $5.2 billion, it’s a thing of entrepreneur’s fairy-tale that this man from Blackheath, London, started his empire with a modest £300. Now a Sir and the Founder of Virgin Group, he is one of the most successful and influential businessman of our time. Richard, we salute you. Interesting Quote: ‘You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.’ Surprising Fact: He started his record business in a local church (and shortly after, interviewed Mick Jagger of all people).
  1. Alan Sugar

The straight-talking East Londoner is the 101st richest person in the UK with a bank account boasting £1.4 billion. Starting out as a jack-the-lad type in the markets of the capital, he sky-rocketed his career by founding Amstrad in 1968. Now, he inspires businessmen and women across the country with his ruthless TV Show, the Apprentice and has everyone muttering those infamous words ‘You’re fired.’ (I hope never to hear those words here at Ebsta.) Interesting Quote: ‘The entrepreneurial instinct is in you. You can’t learn it, you can’t buy it, you can’t put it in a bottle. It’s just there and it comes out.’ Surprising Fact: His nickname is ‘Mop-head’ (although we wouldn’t suggest openly calling him that).
  1. Philip Green

As the biggest retail mogul in England, it’s inevitable that Arcadia Owner Philip Green would make the list. With his hands on popular high-street shops Topshop, Burtons, Miss Selfridge and Dorothy Perkins, it’s quite believable that his worth is now £5 billion. Any discounts for us Philip? Interesting Quote: ‘They already know all about brands…but what 16 and 17 year olds won’t necessarily have is experience of the world of work. The more that businesses get involved with schools, the better, because businesses sometimes complain that students don’t have what they require to success in work.’ Surprising Fact: We thought it would be fun to include this fact right under Alan Sugar’s nose. It is said that the BBC originally wanted Green to be the ‘main man’ on the Apprentice. Awkward.
  1. Victoria Beckham

It might surprise some people that a former Spice Girl is on a list for inspiring British entrepreneurs but it is that very scepticism that has pushed us to add her here. After a hugely successful career in pop, Victoria went on to launch her own fashion label which has proven to be a hit across the world. From funky singer to corporate designer, there’s no limit to how far girl power can stretch. Interesting Quote: ‘I want to reach as many women throughout the world as I can’  Surprising Fact: She has previously been a British Ambassador for Dolce and Gabbana. These are just 4 of the great British talent that can ignite a little entrepreneurial spirit in all of us. From humble beginnings to Hollywood heights, there’s no dream that’s too far out of reach. At least, that’s what our Mums told us.  

Katrina Holmes

Hey, I'm the Content Manager at Ebsta responsible for creating and maintaining our web content, blogs and our hip 'n' happening social media presence.

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