Careers with Hayley Taylor 2011 - (Page 68)

w Shades of Green ambition with regards to retail cannot be overlooked. With a fortune of £4.2 billion and a conglomerate of renowned High Street retailers, Green is an outstanding example of British entrepreneurship. In 2006, he received an accolade that confirmed his industrial dedication, being knighted for services to the retail industry. Born in 1952 in Croydon, South London, Sir Philip Green has built up a retail empire from scratch, so we take a look at how this South London schoolboy has become an internationally recognised entrepreneur. inspired by the abilities of his parents – who ran petrol stations and launderettes – and left the boarding school that he attended in Oxfordshire aged 15, beginning work at 16. This involved all aspects of shoe retailing, from importing to selling, and Green realised that to progress in business, you must “teach yourself about how things are done. See how other people Necessity and ambition then continued to drive opportunity and at 23, he established his first fashion business, which involved the procurement of jeans from Hong Kong. Although he admits that to some extent he was involved with the ‘sweat-shops’ of the region during his start-up period, Green deemed it essential in obtaining his products and simultaneously a benefit 68 careers september 2011 words: Jessie bland | photographs: pa photos A s the owner of the Arcadia Group (home of Topshop, Dorothy Perkins and Miss Selfridge) Sir Philip Green’s sheer dedication and Philip Green initiated his business success at a very young age. Following the death of his father, when Green was only twelve years old, he was left in line to inherit the family business. He found himself are doing them.” Green found that his pragmatic approach to life was unsuited to the education environment, instead preferring the adult world of business in which he could use his practical skills.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Careers with Hayley Taylor 2011

Editor’s letter
Hayley's foreword
Home work
Meet The Fairy Jobmother
I need an agent
How to write the perfect CV
Be the best
From business virgin to Virgin boss
Staying positive during your job search
Kick start your career
The benefits of business education
How to make work work for you
Legal rights
Balancing benefits and businesses for working mums
Earn more work less
Shades of Green
Getting into retail without selling yourself short
What to wear
Work on a plate
Franchises: it’s all in the name
The Ultimo success
Working that net
Building a career in property
Donate your career to charity
Supporting the support
Cross purposes
Tender, loving social care
10 social care facts
Foster care: a blossoming profession
Best of British
Jobs of the future
10 Top Tips to get that dream job
Your questions answered

Careers with Hayley Taylor 2011