James Caan

Entrepreneur, philanthropist and former investor on Dragons' Den

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James Caan is one of the UK's most successful and dynamic entrepreneurs. He made his fortune in the recruitment industry, which included the global success of his companies, Alexander Mann Group and Humana International, and he has been building and selling businesses ever since.

In 2004 he founded private equity firm Hamilton Bradshaw based in London's Mayfair. The company specialises in buyouts, venture capital, real estate and now manages a portfolio of over 30 companies.

James Caan became a household name when he joined the panel of the hit TV show Dragons' Den, on BBC2, where he invested in 14 companies and committed over £1m of investment, over 4 series.

In 2011 James launched a property venture, HB Real Estate, to target investments in prime London residential and commercial real estate assets. The new division has raised a £100m fund and has recently made its first acquisition, a residential asset in prime Knightsbridge with an estimated GDV in excess of £30m.

James Caan has received various prestigious awards including 'BT Enterprise of the Year', PricewaterhouseCoopers 'Entrepreneur of the Year' and Entrepreneur of the Year in the Asian Jewel Awards. He supports a variety of government initiatives including The Entrepreneur's Forum; James was selected to join a panel of high profile business people who meet regularly to debate their views on enterprise policy.

In May 2012 James was appointed Chairman of StartUp Loans, a government initiative to support young people with funding to start up new businesses in the UK. Over £82 million of loans will be offered to 18-24 year olds over the next 3 years.

James Caan has written three bestselling books, THE REAL DEAL, his autobiography, GET THE JOB YOU REALLY WANT, based on his 30 years of experience in the recruitment industry (GET THE JOB reached No. 1 in 3 categories on Amazon and was the best-selling practical business book of 2011). In his latest book, START YOUR BUSINESS IN 7 DAYS, James uses his experience to help the new generation of entrepreneurs to work out if their business ideas are workable and bankable. START YOUR BUSINESS reached No. 2 in the Amazon business chart within two weeks of launching.

James is extremely passionate about supporting small businesses and recently launched a free app, James Caan Business Secrets to help other entrepreneurs on their journey to success. The app was the fastest downloaded business app of 2011 and is regularly ranked in the Top 100 apps ever in Apps Magazine.

James is heavily involved with charity and set up The James Caan Foundation in 2011 to help underprivileged children get access to education.


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James Caan was extremely inspiring yet very humble. People found him very open and engaging and were impressed that he shared so many experiences with them. They were in total awe of James and their attention was focused throughout the talk. I did not know what to expect, but am now looking for the next chance to work with James.

Dan Priestly, CEO Triumphant Events.

I wanted to say thank you for your talk. It hit just the right note for the day.

Julia Southern, Chief Financial Officer - Virgin Airways.

James Caan was a star and the feedback was excellent. Thank you for making the event so successful.

Hamish Stevenson, Fasttrack 100.

James Caan's speech was relaxed, informed, punchy, pertinent, every person I spoke to was impressed. Professional, relevant and delivered with panache. He is not cocky, arrogant or up himself - he seems to still be grounded, yet purposeful and approachable. I'd highly recommend James Caan.

Mike Faulkner, Chartered Management Institute.

Thank you very much, on behalf of the Janssen Management Committee, and indeed the whole company, for delivering such an inspiring speech at our annual conference. You were extremely generous in sharing your experiences and wisdom of what makes a business successful and growing; and I know that many delegates loved the question and answer interaction as well. As I said at the time your talk, presentation style, content and approachability were "spot on", and many colleges working lives have been touched and made all the better as a result.

Mark Lloyd Davies, On behalf of the Janssen Management Committee.

The session with James Caan was a great success on every level and added real excitement to the day. More than that James' was confident and fluent explanation of what peak performance means to him and the clear call to action for the HR community in the audience.

Lucy Adams, Director, BBC People.

James Caan did such an amazing job, everyone absolutely loved him.

Sharan Pasricha, London Business School.

Anyone setting up a new and entrepreneurial business will understand the benefits of James Caan's significant experience in building profitable businesses. James's involvement has also led to Insynergy receiving a huge amount of media interest.


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