Deborah Meaden, one of the leading UK female entrepreneurs, offers her expert advice on various aspects of running a business. Deborah Meaden worked for her family's amusement arcade business in her early twenties before moving over to the holiday park side of the business, Weststar Holidays, where she was promoted to managing director and grew the company from one to five holiday parks catering for over 150,000 people per year. In 1999 Deborah undertook a management buyout, and sold the company for £33m in 2005. Deborah has appeared on BBC Two's Dragons' Den since 2006, where her notable investments have included YoudooDoll and Buggyboot.
In the second part of this video interview Deborah Meaden stipulates the qualities she believes to be the "right mix" for an entrepreneur and how she always knew she would be an entrepreneur. Hear about how prize bingo helped her learn the basic rules of business that she carries with her to this day and how she would define success. Deborah also offers a unique insight into the life of a Dragon and what it's like to work with, and compete against some of the most well known businessmen in the country. Meaden also stresses the importance of decision making and its effect on the company and employees at all levels.
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