Sir Richard Needham is famous in both the business and political
world for his work as transformational Chairman of Avon Rubber plc
and a long history with Dyson, as well as being Minister for Trade
and Michael Heseltine's deputy. At Dyson he was the Deputy Chairman
for four years and was largely responsible for the company's
overseas operations in Europe, Japan, China, Malaysia, Russia and
Korea. He is now the Director for International and Commercial
Affairs at the worlds leading vacuum cleaner business. Due to his
wealth of experience and knowledge, Needham now gives lectures on a
range of topics including risk taking, innovation and public and
private sectors in the UK and abroad.
The successful entrepreneur talks about the early days of Dyson
and how it grew to becoming a multi-national brand that is
recognised in households all over the world. He offers his thoughts
on what qualities led to Dyson being such a success and the
challenges of large scale growth and international expansion.
Needham also refers to the US market and the factors that had to be
taken into account when entering such a strong market.
Having worked long side Sir James Dyson, the brains behind the
innovative hoovers, and through his own experience he is also able
to offer expert advice on how to set up a business and be a good
entrepreneur. He recommends finding a mentor who can help you
through the challenges of starting a business and talks about the
governments' role in helping start ups and business such as Smarta.
This video interview provides a unique insight into one of the
leading business men in the UK and internationally, as well as the
most successful British Minister for Trade since the War.
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