Duncan Bannatyne Masterclass

Duncan Bannatyne Talk HighlightsDuncan Bannatyne TalkDuncan BannatyneGerry WoodcockGraham CampbellJohn GraingerNigel Couzens

On December 9, 2010, the Centre for Leadership Performance welcomed guru and TV 'Dragon' Duncan Bannatyne for the first of its leadership masterclasses.


Duncan Bannatyne OBE is one of the UK's most successful 'serial' entrepreneurs who has created a portfolio of respected leisure businesses as well as carving out a high profile media career.

In addition to a chain of 61 health clubs, Duncan also owns a number of hotels, a bar and, most recently, launched a company building high quality residential property.

Outside of his business interests, Duncan is best-known as a panellist on BBC Television's Dragons' Den. His strong opinions and sharp comments to the programme's would-be entrepreneurs have made him one of the most popular on the panel.

A fervent fundraiser, Duncan supports a number of key charities including UNICEF and Scottish International Relief, and in the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours was awarded an OBE for his services to charity.

Success for Duncan has been hard earned and the former navy stoker, who grew up on a tough tenement estate near Glasgow, has proven that anyone with the right idea, commitment and dedication can become a millionaire.

After a naval career, which included a spell in military prison, Duncan drifted from job to job ending up in the Channel Islands. It was here that he made the decision to turn his life around.

His first entrepreneurial venture was Duncan's Super Ices in the North East of England, which expanded from a single ice cream van to a small fleet. Since then, Duncan's business interests have progressed to include nursing homes, children's nurseries and radio stations.

Most notably, Bannatyne Fitness which was set up in 1997 has grown to become the largest independent health club operator in the UK.

Duncan has published his 'rags-to-riches' story in a page-turning autobiography Anyone Can Do it.

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