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Wednesday 9 December 2015

Solent welcomes Dragon

Last week, entrepreneurial expert and former dragon, Theo Paphitis visited Solent to answer students’ burning business questions. From entrepreneurship to growing your own company and seeking employment, Theo gave students an insight into how to get ahead in business, often using his remarkable career journey to illustrate his points.

Theo Paphitis is one of the UK’s most prominent businessmen. His empire spans a number of industries including; retail, finance, property and consumer goods.

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Prior to the event, students had the opportunity to put-forth all their queries to Course Leader Events, Sheridan Easton, who asked them in a live Q&A session on stage.

When asked what his top tip was for our business-minded students, Theo said: “It’s so obvious, so important and so boring – do your homework! Know more about what you’re doing than the next boy or girl. If you know more about your subject matter and about your business, the more likely it is that you’ll get the higher advantage and become a winner.

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This was definitely a recurring theme throughout Theo’s talk, alongside all his key business principles that embraced communication, confidence, preparation and knowledge.  Theo went on to speak about his time on hit BBC series Dragon’s Den where he shared stories about his favourite investments right down to the worst. Theo also shared his best investment advice, gleaned from what he had learnt during his time on Dragon’s Den:

“To be successful, you need to back good people. If you are backing them, you’re going to get your reward as well so, for me, it was all about the person.”

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The event also showcased the business acumen of our events students who are part of student-led events company, Solent Works, as they organised the whole evening including; liaising with Theo, event promotion and welcoming VIP’s.

Niall Kelly, third-year Event Management student who helped plan the event said: “I love that Solent as a university is a lot more practical. We don’t just sit in lectures, we get out there and do it. It’s not just a degree it’s an experience as well.”

Images courtesy of Sam Field from Solent Creatives