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British multi-millionairess entrepreneur, after dinner speaker and retail speaker Deborah Meaden had begun her business empire in her teens, launching her own ceramic and glass export firm before establishing one of Stefanel’s very first fashion franchises.
Deborah moved into the leisure and retail industry after her franchisee experience, after running several successful businesses was then appointed as the Managing Director of Weststar Holidays, a holiday park owned by Deborah’s family. During a management buyout, Deborah acquired a large shareholding which allowed her to later sell the company for £33 million with a retaining large stake of 23%. Deborah transformed business during her time at the helm, making the vacation experience in to high quality service catering for over 150,000 people a year. Meaden’s innovation meant the business enjoyed further success and Deborah sold her remaining stake for an astonishing further £83 million. Deborah’s ability to turn a corporation around and create sustainable growth and success has led to Deborah gaining a reputation and is able to inspire any audience as one of the most reputable business speakers on the after dinner circuit.
After Weststar, Deborah then went on to become a corporate investor and became a household name as a judge on the hit BBC show Dragon’s Den. Since starting the show Deborah now has equity in sectors spanning from baby products and antique valuation to a recipe website. Deborah’s wide portfolio of businesses in a multitude of corporate sectors allows her to see consumer behaviour and spending habits, making her one of the most highly regarded retail speakers and experienced speakers in the sector.
As a retail speaker, Deborah aims to inspire and motivate audiences with her prime examples and tries to encourage her audience to follow in her footsteps whilst interacting constantly with audience members, making her an ideal conference host. Deborah first hand experiences create an invaluable experience for all who are listening.