Khalid Aziz: Entrepreneurs: born or made?
In February 2004, award-winning broadcaster Khalid Aziz delivered an informative and often amusing talk in which he identified some of the key factors that helped him during his career as an entrepreneur. This career began with a working capital of just £500, washing cars and selling velvet paintings for hippie artists. He described some of the common characteristics of the entrepreneurs he interviewed during his time as presenter of business television programmes and talked about his company, the Aziz Corporation, a leading executive communications consultancy.
Sir Terence Conran: A style of life " improving lives through design
In May, style guru Sir Terence Conran focussed on the phenomenon of style and its potential to make a difference. One of the world's best known designers, restaurateurs and retailers, Conran boasts more than 50 years' experience in the field, from his beginnings with the Habitat Empire to his position as Chairman of both Conran Holdings and Conran & Partners.
Liz Jackson: Aim high, achieve high
In November 2004, we were delighted to welcome the first female speaker in the Enterprise Lectures Series. Liz Jackson, winner of the T-Mobile Women Mean Business Awards 2003, is the Managing Director of Great Guns Marketing, a telemarketing business she founded in 1998 from the living room of her tiny flat with with the support of a £1000 grant from the Prince's Trust. A year later, barely 30 years old, Liz lost her sight and was registered totally blind. Today, Great Guns Marketing has annual revenues of £1.5 million and won the Customer Focus Award 2004 at the National Business Awards. HRH The Prince of Wales said of her: "Elizabeth has overcome the most extraordinary difficulties to make Great Guns Marketing the success that it is. She is an inspiration to young businesswomen everywhere." In 2006, she received an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Winchester in recognition of her inspiring business vision and her incredible story of success over adversity.
Nik Powell: From Virgin to A crying game and then back to school again...
The first Enterprise Lecture, in November 2003, was given by Nik Powell, Director of the National Film & Television School. In the early 1970s, Powell set up Virgin Records with Richard Branson. He sold his 40% share in the '80s to form Palace Pictures and Scala Productions with film producer Stephen Woolley. The pair made The company of wolves, Mona Lisa and the Academy Award-winning The crying game, among other acclaimed films. More recently, Powell was Executive Producer of Calendar girls.