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 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 is best known for joining the panel of the hit BBC2 TV show, Dragons’ Den 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 made its first acquisition, a residential asset in prime Knightsbridge with an estimated GDV in excess of £30m.
James 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. James is heavily involved with charity and set up The James Caan Foundation predominantly to help underprivileged children get access to education.
James has written three best selling books, The Real Deal, an autobiography and Get the Job You Really Want, based on his 30 years of experience in the recruitment industry. The book 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 aims to use his experience to advise the new generation of entrepreneurs by helping them work out if their business idea really is workable and bankable. Start Your Business reached No. 2 in the Amazon business chart, within two weeks of launching.
Audiences can benefit from James’ valuable insight and practical advice on issues such as motivating staff, growing businesses and surviving the tough economic climate. Most importantly, he is able to draw on his own life experiences to leave audiences completely energised and motivated. James Caan is a widely respected figure in the business world because he understands the challenges businesses and entrepreneurs all over the world face today, and his presence at events helps inspire and stimulate business people at all levels.
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