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James Caan

Serial Entrepreneur and Dragons' Den Panellist

James Caan is one of the UK's most successful and dynamic entrepreneurs and built up a multi-million pound fortune from Recruitment. He is the CEO and Founder of Hamilton Bradshaw, a private equity firm which specialises in turnarounds and development opportunities in the UK and Europe. He is also Chairman of the Board of StartUp Loans, a scheme to give the next generation of entrepreneurs the finance and support to potentially start over 30,000 new businesses.

"One of the 100 most influential Asian people in Britain" Asian Power 100

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In detail

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. James founded the Alexander Mann Group in 1985, an executive head hunting firm with a turnover of £300m and operations in 50 countries which he sold in 2002. James also co-founded Humana International growing the business to over 147 offices across 30 countries from 1993-1999. James and his companies have received a number of awards, from BT's Enterprise of the Year to PricewaterhouseCoopers' Entrepreneur of the Year.

What he offers you

James is a highly respected figure in the business world and in particular he understands the challenges facing SME's and entrepreneurs in the UK today. James has a unique approach to spotting investment opportunities and building businesses by investing in people, he knows what it takes to succeed at the very highest level. He provides talks that are not only inspiring and energetic but most importantly, he draws on his own experiences to leave his audiences completely motivated.

How he presents

James is an exceptional and charismatic public speaker. His pragmatic, yet warm and impartial approach appeals to a wide range of people and is regularly in demand for his business insight and advice.


James Caan presents in English.

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  • Entrepreneurial Spirit
  • The Rules of Success
  • Achieving your Goals
  • Passion for Success
  • Change and Turnaround
  • Risk


  • 2012
    Start your Business in 7 Days
  • 2011
    Get the Job you Really Want
  • 2008
    The Real Deal


  • 2009
    Honorary doctorate in Business Administration from University of East London
  • 2005
    'One of the Most Influential Asian People in the UK' - Asian Power 100
  • 2003
    Pricewaterhouse Coopers 'Entrepreneur of the Year'


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