Business Woman of the year: Gail Rebuck

It’s coming to something when you receive the top business award for women in the UK from Sir Trevor McDonald and all the press want to do is talk about your daughter.

That was the ‘plight’ yesterday of Random House’s chair and CEO Gail Rebuck CBE, who was yesterday named the 36th Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year. For the record her daughter is Georgia Gould, the 22-year-old Oxford graduate at the centre of a storm over a safe Labour seat for which she’s running in which a sealed ballot box had been tampered with.

‘I’m no bottler’ – says businessman who quit The Apprentice

Adam Freeman – the man who created a media storm after quitting The Apprentice hours before he was due to meet Sir Alan Sugar – has hit back at claims he is simply a cocky Essex boy who bottled it.

He’s been called a wannabe and a drop-out, but the 31-year-old businessman from Chigwell has told how he decided to pull out after producers tried to pressure him into presenting himself as another Sir Alan.

Broadcaster seeks a wider audience

Sportsmedia, started by flamboyent entrepreneur Jonny Gould, began by offering sponsored broadcasts to local radio stations; but diversification into new channels and topics has left its founder with growing pangs. “I have no idea how you write a business proposal,” Jonny Gould was told by his father. “But make sure there are no spelling mistakes and work out how much it’s going to cost you first!”

Toni demonstrates why he’s a guy whose business is a cut above

Italian Toni Mascolo opened his first hairdressing salon with brother Gaetano in 1963. Today, the Toni & Guy chain has more than 230 salons in the UK, a further 175 globally, and annual turnover in excess of £175m. The business runs 27 hairdressing academies globally, which train an average of 100,000 hairdressers every year. Mascolo received an Italian Knighthood in 2006 and in 2008, an OBE. The boys from Naples have done well.

Communication is the key to global success, says WPP chief

“To be successful you need to know how to handle the difficult stuff. It’s easy to make money when the tide is rising. In the 1990s you could be a success by simply walking into the office and standing up. It’s not like that now. Some people have the desire to start a business. Others are passionate about growing a business but it’s unusual to be both things. But that’s what I’ve done.”

Flying high again: Barbara Cassani

We profile the former budget airline boss says it’s people that make a business fly. Cassani came to prominence in the UK when she launched British Airways’ budget airline Go Fly in 1998.

She later became the first leader of London’s bid for the 2012 summer Olympics and today she is executive chairman of hotel chain Jurys Inn, a business looking to expand by 30pc in 2009 regardless of the downturn

Entering the DEN

We talk to Lesley-Ann Simmonds, Managing Director of Shoes Galore Limited in New Milton about her experience of taking part in the hit BBC2 programme Dragon’s Den. Her experience is set to be broadcast on Monday 4th August on BBC2 at 9pm.
Shoes Galore is a franchise giving women the opportunity to work around their family commitments selling shoes, bags, belts and accessories mainly by party plan, at corporate’s, charity events and shoe fashion shows.

The Experience in Lesley’s own words…

Profile: Brian Jokat

Canary Wharf is synonymous with men and women in suits, business and sky scrappers. And unless it is an evening in the pub after a hard day’s work, fun is not necessarily the word that springs into mind when one thinks about the business district which has over 80,000 workers and the tallest building in Britain – One Canada Square. But in the cold winter days, the site is totally transformed. Laugh, fun and, for some, a lot of skills are on show at the ice rink in the centre of it all. The businessman behind such enterprise is the Canadian Brian Jokat.