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Karren Brady ‘hired’ for Derry event

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She’s renowned for her tough but fair attitude in the boardroom, landing her a top position at Sir Alan Sugar’s right hand in hit show The Apprentice. And next month business woman Karren Brady will be revealing some of the secrets of her phenomenal success when she visits Derry to speak at the city’s first Enterprise Week.

She’s renowned for her tough but fair attitude in the boardroom, landing her a top position at Sir Alan Sugar’s right hand in hit show The Apprentice. And next month business woman Karren Brady will be revealing some of the secrets of her phenomenal success when she visits Derry to speak at the city’s first Enterprise Week.

Karren will take to the podium at the City Hotel as keynote speaker on the opening day of the week long programme of events being run by Derry City Council from March 4-8, targeting local companies keen to boost performance over the coming year.

And it is hoped that business people here will gain a few valuable insights from one of the UK’s most influential

women, who has scooped numerous awards for her impressive track record on the boards of several major organisations.

Karren certainly has the Midas touch when it comes to success, with an enviable net worth estimated at around £82million generated through her sale of Birmingham Football Club, which she took on as Managing Director at the age of 23. She balances her various business ventures with her ongoing work for a raft of charitable foundations. And as current Vice Chairman on the Board of West Ham Football Club, there may even be a few faces from the

Brandywell in the crowd when she delivers her opening speech.

Speaking ahead of the event, the city’s Mayor, Kevin Campbell, said it was a real boon to be able to invite such a high profile business figure to address local companies. “As well as the profile generated by her role on The Apprentice, Karren Brady is an exceptional business woman whose reputation was well established long before her TV roles.

“I am delighted to welcome her to the city during what is such an exciting year for Derry, and I have no doubt that she will be an inspiration to anyone either starting a new venture or hoping to regenerate their business. In turn we hope that Karren will take away the positive message that Derry is a city that is well and truly open for business throughout 2013.”

Enterprise Week will run from Monday March 4-March 8, with a full schedule of talks, workshops, and mentoring sessions aimed at local businesses seeking advice on how to boost business prospects.

It is the highlight of the Business Opportunities Programme currently being rolled out by Derry City Council, part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland.

To sign up for any of the week’s events, or to find out how the Business Opportunities Programme can work for you, go to www.derrycity.gov.uk/businessopportunities, e- mail businessopportunities@derrycity.gov.uk, or follow us on www.facebook.com/ DccBusinessOpportunities.

 
 
 

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