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What motivates you the most?
I am naturally self-motivated and
everything I do, I want to do really well.
I love to learn - it doesn't matter what it is
or who I'm learning from. It motivates me
doing something different. I loved being on
Dragons' Den because it was that constant challenge
of someone new walking through the door and you
don't know anything about them and their business,
and very quickly you have to unpick what they are
offering. So I'm motivated by learning, by working
with great people and doing new stuff.

proven through research that companies
with 30% of women on boards are seeing
a 15% increase in profitability. It works
yet not enough companies are doing it.

What are your tips on
starting your first job
when you want to make a
good impression and progress?
I hate the word networking - it
sounds so contrived - but you
do need to build relationships
with people to understand the different
dynamics of the business. Be interested
in all aspects - for example, what are
other people doing around you?
Get a more holistic understanding of
how the whole business works because
the more you learn, the quicker you will
progress. If you understand only one part
of the business, its difficult to move on.
So ask questions and learn as much as
you can. Be seen; make yourself visible.

You've been earning your
living for more than two
decades. What is the best
piece of advice you've been given?
The chief executive of Pizza
Express with whom I worked
closely when I was involved in
international development for the chain,
told me to surround myself with brilliant
people, and I've always followed this. It
has worked for me.
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You were in the 13th and
14th series of the BBC's
Dragons' Den programme
- how did you find it?
I loved it and did two series, and
made friends for life. But I'm not
doing another one because
it is very time-consuming, taking me away
from the children, and because we are on
our year-long trip. It was a huge privilege,
but good things have to come to an end.
I couldn't say who my favourite Dragon
is - I loved them all in an individual way;
but I have good personal relationships
with Deborah Meaden and Nick Jenkins
and I do see them outside the Den. I also
see Peter Jones and have spoken to him on
the phone. We had a very good year as we
all really liked one another, which doesn't
happen very often. It was a happy place.

Turning to the subject
of money, when did you
know you were financially
secure for the first time?
After I bought The Bombay
Bicycle Club. I'd spotted an
opportunity to create a chain
of Indian restaurants, so I raised finance
and turned this company into the largest,
most successful Indian restaurant chain
in the country.
Having my own business appealed to me
- I loved the diversity of my role. One
minute I was chief executive and the next

I was cleaning the toilet - a jack of all
trades. You really have to muck in and
understand everything, and I loved the
accountability of having your own
business, because every failure was my
failure and every success was my success.

What would you say has
been the biggest challenge
you have managed to
overcome in your career?
That would be when we
started Letssavemoney.com (a
money-saving website Sarah
co-founded with her husband Michael) as
it took a long time to find the business
model that worked - much longer than
I expected it to. It's not outstanding
but it's profitable, and it works well now.

Looking back over the
years, what do you regard
as your finest career
achievement to date?
One, going out on my own and,
secondly, selling the Bombay
Bicycle Club and then starting
investing. Both were totally the right
things to do at those times in my life.

Although you're very busy,
when you do have some
spare time, what is your
biggest indulgence?
Travel is certainly the biggest
one. Michael and I have always
spent time doing that, and to see
the world with my kids is by far the most
special and rewarding thing I've ever done.

You've talked about past
and current experiences,
but what about the future?
What are your plans for next year?
I think this is the first time I've
ever said this, but I love my life
right now and I want to carry
on doing what I do: running a business
portfolio alongside Michael, investing in
business ventures from start-ups to more
established and growing brands.
We will be carrying on with our world
trip, going to South East Asia including
Bali, Singapore, Malaysia and, hopefully,
the Philippines, with the children having
a mixture of home schooling and actual
schooling. That will take us to August,
when we come home to England again.
That's the plan for now!


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