From the top · 13 October 2015

James Caan exclusives: Entrepreneur and investor to write seven-part series for Business Advice

It's James Caan's mission to help "as many entrepreneurs as I can start up and give themselves the best chance to grow and prosper”
It’s James Caan’s mission to help “as many entrepreneurs as I can start up and give themselves the best chance to grow and prosper”

James Caan is writing an exclusive series of articles for Business Advice, sharing his extensive experience in how to set up a business – from idea to conceptualisation, to growth and scale.

The successful entrepreneur, and former chairman of the government’s Start Up Loans scheme, will be penning seven articles – published each Wednesday and starting from tomorrow, 14 October.

“In the next coming weeks I’ll be giving you a step-by-step guide to starting your business. How to start your business in seven days: answering the questions you’ve undoubtedly asked yourself each step of the way,” Caan said.

Caan has extensive business experience, particularly across the recruitment industry, where he founded Alexander Mann Group and Humana International and is currently the CEO of private equity firm Hamilton Bradshaw.

With this exclusive series for Business Advice, Caan hopes to provide budding micro business owners with the nous and confidence to establish a strong foundation for their business – whatever it is.

He said: “Starting a business is hard work. I’d say it’s the hardest job you’ll ever do. The hardest thing about starting up is you have no clue how to do it – you’ve never started a business before so you’re completely oblivious to the steps you need to take to make it a success.”

It has been a long-running personal endeavour of Caan’s to “help as many entrepreneurs as I can start up and give themselves the best chance to grow and prosper”, which he continued to do as an investor on Dragons’ Den, where he featured as an investor up until 2012.

Despite the increased attention directed towards the UK’s entrepreneurs, micro firms have still been somewhat overlooked, which Business Advice has aimed to help combat.

Caan added: “It’s great to see Business Advice understands the importance of our startup community and why we need to give them as much help and guidance as possible if we want to create a sustainable economy.”

Caan is also particularly renowned for his social media prowess – his 2011 mobile app went to number one in the iTunes chart and was the fastest downloaded business app of that year. His following on LinkedIn is particularly impressive – in June 2014, he surpassed Barack Obama and David Cameron when it came to followers, making him the seventh most followed on the site.

He’ll be sharing the tricks of the trade in the upcoming series, so make sure you check in tomorrow for the first of the features.

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Rebecca is a reporter for Business Advice. Prior to this, she worked with a range of tech, advertising, media and digital clients at Propeller PR and did freelance work for The Telegraph.

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