Lynne Franks, B.Hive

Lynne Franks first rose to fame with her eponymous PR agency back in the eighties. She represented some of the hottest designers and pop stars of the era, including Katharine Hamnett and Annie Lennox - and became something of a celebrity herself.

Franks was not only the Queen of PR, she was the doyenne of high fashion, co-founding London Fashion Week, which has become a stalwart in the fashion calendar.

Now, in 2010, Franks is back with a brand new business: networking space B.Hive. This retreat in Covent Garden is a haven for women entrepreneurs - and they are flocking to the trendy hotspot in droves.

In this interview, Franks explains the concept behind B.Hive, and talks about her passion for empowering and connecting women entrepreneurs.

She is a self-confessed BlackBerry addict, and has her own take on the social media revolution: "When they're nailing me in my coffin, I'll be on my phone going, 'Is it getting hot in here?'," she jokes.

To find out all about this exciting new business, why Franks loves being an entrepreneur, and her newfound fondness for Absolutely Fabulous, hit the play button.

Lynne Franks is speaking at the smarta way to do business LIVE at the British Library on February 28. Book your ticket to see Lynne here.

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