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James Caan CBE

One of the UK's Most Successful Entrepreneurs

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James Caan CBE

James Caan CBE is the founder and CEO of Hamilton Bradshaw, based in Mayfair, London. The company was founded in 2004 and specialises in buyouts, venture capital, turnarounds, and real estate investment in the UK.

James knew from a young age that he wanted to run his own business. His father was probably his biggest influence: he owned a successful leather goods manufacturing business and hoped James would one day takeover. James decided not to pursue a career in the family business and instead followed his own path to become an entrepreneur. At sixteen he left school with no qualifications. Despite this, in the mid 1980′s he began a successful career in recruitment. Just a few years later James founded Alexander Mann, a UK recruitment business which he successfully grew to a £130m turnover with 30 offices worldwide. During the same period, James was keen to explore the international market and launched Humana International, a franchising model, establishing 147 offices in 30 countries. He subsequently sold both businesses in 1999.

In 2007, James was invited to join the panel of the highly popular BBC TV show Dragons’ Den. During his time on the show, James invested in a diverse range of businesses and as a result increased his profile in the media. James has always believed that the UK is an excellent platform for British entrepreneurs, and that advances in technology provide today’s entrepreneurs with many more opportunities than when he started out. He is passionate about the SME sector and understands their challenges.

James has worked on a number of projects to support the British entrepreneur. He is currently working with Business Secretary Vince Cable as a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum to help and advise government on the new business policies.
James is an exceptional and charismatic speaker. He is in regular demand to speak for blue chip clients such as Lloyds TSB, Standard Life, Virgin, Hewlett Packard, and Coutts.

Audiences can benefit from James’ valuable insight and practical advice on issues such as motivating staff, growing businesses, surviving the recession. Most importantly, he is able to draw on his own life experiences to leave audiences completely energised and motivated.

James is a widely respected figure in the business world because he understands the challenges businesses and entrepreneurs in the UK face today, and his presence at events helps inspire and stimulate business people at all levels.

Please note, the fees generated from James’ public speaking are all donated to charity via The James Caan Foundation.


"The session with James was a great success on every level and added real excitement to the day. More than that James’ was confident and fluent."

Director, BBC People

"James was excellent, amusing and interesting in his views and I felt he dealt with the questions from the audience with charm and intelligent insight."

Vice President Marketing UK & Europe, Monster

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