How I Made it: 40 Successful Entrepreneurs Reveal All

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Kogan Page Publishers, 2005 - Business people - 184 pages
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"I am delighted that a new generation of entrepreneurs is emerging whose ideas and innovation will provide the momentum to drive business in this country forward. Rachel Bridge's inspiring book has perfectly summed up the passion, the commitment and the sheer excitement of being an entrepreneur and will help encourage many others to do the same."

- Sir Richard Branson

Every year thousands of hopeful entrepreneurs decide to take the plunge. Many fail but equally many go on to achieve great success and huge profits.

So what is it that marks the line between success and failure? Why is it that some race ahead to glory whilst others fall at the first hurdle?

In this fascinating new book, 40 successful entrepreneurs explain how they managed to defy the odds and turn their dreams into reality. They tell how they decided what to do, how they got started, how they found the money they needed and how they went about it. But they also reveal how they had doubts, made stupid mistakes and encountered overwhelming frustrations along the way.

Gutsy, inspiring and life affirming...

if you have ever dreamt of starting up a business of your own, this book is for you.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Lizzie Vann founder of Organix brands
15
Darren Richards founder of DatingDirect com
21
Maria Kempinska founder of Jongleurs
25
Mark Mills founder of Cardpoint
31
Penny Streeter founder of Ambition 24 Hours
35
Derek Beevor founder of Road Tech Computer Systems
39
Rosemary Conley inventor of the Hip and Thigh Diet
43
Mark Ellingham founder of Rough Guides
97
Sarah Doukas founder of Storm
103
Tim Roupell founder of Daily Bread
107
Mark Wilkinson founder of Mark Wilkinson Furniture
111
Prue Leith founder of Leiths
115
Christopher Wray founder of Christopher Wray Lighting
119
Heather Gilchrist founder of Happitots
123
Richard Beggs founder of Moving Venue Group
127

Raymond Gubbay founder of Raymond Gubbay Ltd
47
Trisha Mason founder of VEF
51
John Mudd founder of the Real Crisps Company
55
Mark Roy founder of the Read Group
59
Mandy Haberman inventor of the Anywayup Cup
63
Ted Smart founder of The Book People
67
Mike Clare founder of Dreams
71
Stephanie Manuel founder of Stagecoach Theatre Arts
75
Harry Cragoe founder of PJ Smoothies
81
Rory Byrne founder of Powder Byrne
85
Jane Packer founder of Jane Packer Flowers
89
Chris Gorman founder of DX Communications
93
Duncan Bannatyne founder of Bannatyne Leisure
133
Angela Wright founder of Crealy Adventure Park
137
Daniel Mitchell founder of The Source
141
Emma Bridgewater founder of Bridgewater Pottery
145
Gerry Pack founder of Holiday Extras
149
Zahid Kasim founder of Cafe Lazeez
153
Sharon Hilditch founder of Crystal Clear
157
Rik Hellewell founder of Ovenu
161
Jill Barker founder of Green Baby
165
Philip Hughes founder of The Ice Box
181
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About the author (2005)

Rachel Bridge is the Enterprise Editor of The Sunday Times . She writes the 'How I Made It' column each week for the paper as well as regular features about entrepreneurs and small and growing businesses. An experienced journalist, she formerly worked for The Times and the Evening Standard. She is also a regular conference speaker on the subject of entrepreneurs. Rachel graduated from Cambridge University with an honours degree in Economics.

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