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Many of the young entrepreneurs we work with don’t have a degree but they understand fully just how difficult it is to find a job if you haven’t. Apparently business speaker James Caan of Dragon’s Den fame, was advertising for an investment manager when a 26 year old candidate turned up at his office. As he didn’t have an appointment Caan refused to see him. However the candidate waited in reception all day and when Caan walked out he introduced himself saying he had all the right experience but his CV would have been overlooked as he didn’t have a degree. Caan decided to see him for an interview and offered him the job.
For those waiting for their exam results – good luck!

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Room54 reports growing interest in Lord Blair of Boughton (formerly Sir Ian Blair) who is one of the UK’s most informed experts on strategic
policing and security, business leadership and change management.

His extensive experience spans nearly 35 years and has included many senior leadership positions at the ‘coalface of policing’ including
Chief Constable of the Surrey Police (1998-00), Deputy Commissioner (2000-05) and the 24th Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police at
Scotland Yard (2005-08).

As a public speaker he has plenty of experience including the most prestigious engagements, the Dimbleby Lecture, where his passion shone
through and impressed leaders and decision-makers in policing, business, politics and academia.

Lord Blair was instrumental in the transformation of the Met’s organisational structure and the 53,000-strong police workforce. He
pioneered the introduction of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), the largest ever expansion of community policing in London,
and led initiatives that significantly increased minority recruitment.

He represented the Met as its spokesperson in politics and the media throughout his tenure, including during the London bombings of 2005.
It is no surprise that he continues to be at the forefront of UK policing as a crossbencher in the House of Lords as well as in public
speaking.

Lord Blair retired in 2008 and published his autobiography, Policing Controversy, in 2009. His unique experience ‘at the coal face’,
balancing operational requirements with political and media pressures in his role as Commissioner, has seen him become an engaging and
informed speaker and writer.

Audiences also know him as a frequent media commentator, most recently presenting a documentary on the ‘Future of Policing’ for BBC Newsnight,
contributing to BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme during the General Election and writing regularly for a wide range of magazines and
newspapers, including Prospect and The New Statesman.

Oxford-educated, Lord Blair holds honorary positions at several Oxford colleges and in 2010 he became the co-director of a training programme
for senior police executives in India, led by the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Criminology.

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Enthusiast is 21 year old entrepreneur Fraser Doherty who runs a multi-million jam business called SuperJam is one of the new breed of business owners who gives back to the community and inspires people to run SuperJam tea dances to raise money for the elderly.

‘My story shows that something that can start as a hobby in a kitchen, bedroom or garage, with a bit of love and hard work, can grow into something amazing. Something that changes a life. Something that creates employment and gives back to the community.

‘Starting a business can change a life, reinvigorate a community and create employment. I m passionate about setting off sparks in minds of young people to encourage them to achieve all they can; whether that be starting companies, charities or inventing products of the future’ he says.

Jane Hamilton

jane@room54.co.uk
http://www.room54.co.uk

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The emotional upheavals everyone feels at times of change were magnified when broadcaster and television journalist John McCarthy was snatched from normality at gunpoint. Incarcerated for 1,943 days in dreadful prison conditions in the Far Middle East John McCarthy offers unique insights into the coping mechanisms needed to meet his shocking change of circumstance. As a professional speaker John McCarthy consistently receives “rave revues” from satisfied audiences who find his talks surprisingly funny as well as tremendously insightful. They are loaded with practical hints and techniques born out of experience rather than psychological textbook theorem.

Jane Hamilton
jane@room54.co.uk
http://www.room54.co.uk

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Having worked with many business speakers we ensure that their content is current and so ‘new’ for this season for instance is young entrepreneur Fraser Doherty who runs a multi-million jam business which he started as a teenager making jam from his grandmother’s recipes. As a social enterprise Fraser puts on tea dances in aid of the elderly. He is typical of the new breed of top talent who wants to make money but also cares about their community.

Another in this inspirational mould is television favourite Tim Campbell, a champion of youth who encourages budding entrepreneurs from disadvantaged backgrounds to start business ventures. He used his notoriety as the first winner of the BBC Apprentice programme, to springboard his social enterprise called The Bright Ideas Trust.

Jane Hamilton
jane@room54.co.uk
http://www.room54.co.uk

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Former Red Arrows Pilot, Justin Hughes, is highly sought-after by conference organisers for the insights he offers on high performance teams and leadership.
His messages are delivered with great style and humour and his presentation includes some dramatic and awe-inspiring footage of the Red Arrows.
During his time in the RAF, Justin flew the Tornado F3 (a front-line air defence fighter aircraft) and became a ‘force commander’ with the responsibility of leading others in operations worldwide. With such an outstanding record, he was subsequently selected for the prestigious Red Arrows team, the world’s best aerobatic team.

Justin’s presentations give a rare and fascinating inside view of how the Red Arrows prepare for their precision displays. He emphasizes how teams are built and developed, and the techniques they use to continually improve. His connections between the Red Arrows and corporate teams will certainly engage your audience!

Jane Hamilton
jane@room54.co.uk
http://www.room54.co.uk

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Thinking out of the box was more than just business jargon for James Caan in his early days in recruitment. Escaping the confines of a room in Pall Mall the size of a shoebox was the first goal of the 23-year-old who yearned to prove to his father that he could make his own way in life without joining the family business manufacturing leather garments.

“In a funny sort of a way everybody has a different reason why they are focused and for me, I was so desperate to get out of that broom cupboard I set myself a goal that the minute I made my first sale I had to move out of that office because I wanted so desperately to have an office with a window. Looking back from that tiny, tiny broom cupboard in Pall Mall to waking up and running truly global businesses was a tremendous sense of achievement,” he said.

Today, Caan, who is a regular in the Sunday Times Rich List, backs his own hunches and money on BBC’s Dragons Den by listening to the dreams and aspirations of wannabe entrepreneurs who hope to make the big time like him

Jane Hamilton
jane@room54.co.uk
http://www.room54.co.uk

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