A Dragon Slayer's Entrepreneurial Journey. Kirsty Henshaw delivered one of the best pitches ever seen on Dragons’ Den when she appeared on the Den with her passion, commitment and gritty determination to succeed. Kirsty became one of the youngest entrepreneurs to receive investment on the show when she secured a £65,000 investment from Dragons, Peter Jones and Duncan Bannatyne in return for a 30% stake in her healthy frozen dessert business - Worthenshaws.
Kirsty’s knowledge of the health food industry comes from her parents who run a health food shop. Growing up in such an environment helped her devise her own strategy and gave her the confidence, drive and passion for hard work that is so important for any entrepreneur. In addition, Kirsty did performing arts at school and amateur dramatics although she maintains these skills could not prepare her for the ‘surreal’ experience of appearing on Dragons' Den. An inspirational, confident and ‘can-do’ young woman, Kirsty talks about her entrepreneurial journey so far.
She emphasises the importance of building great relationships with the people around you and knowing your business model inside-out. Kirsty is currently focused on building the Worthenshaws Freedom brand and consolidating her position as one of the most inspirational young businesswomen in the country.
Gareth Davies co-founded FrogTrade Ltd in 1999 when he developed Frog from a spare bedroom in his house. He self-funded FrogTrade Ltd by re-mortgaging his house; the company has grown from 2 to 90 employees since then and is now worth more than £10 million.
Gareth Davies is a modern day 'no bull' business leader. Outspoken and opinionated, Gareth speaks about the remarkable Frog story from where he started, the success, mistakes and barriers that he came up against making Frog a market leading multi-million pound international business. This was a real coup for Bradford Business Conference to have Gareth share his business story.
This ran as a panel Question and Answer session, like BBC’s 'Question Time' enabling audience interaction to learn how to access this ground breaking multi-million pound fund.
The Growth Zone is a targeted investment area that will offer a number of incentives for business to relocate or expand. Most commercial organisations in the growth zone will be able to benefit from support for skills provision, a responsive planning service, improved broadband speeds and city centre wi-fi coverage and improved public realm investment.