Michelle is one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs with a 17 year career and a business portfolio that boasts a multi-million pound turnover and includes many of the UK’s leading products and brands. She is co-owner of Ultimo Brands International and founder of Ultimo, one of the UK’s designer leading lingerie brands.
She has also just been appointed to lead a major government review on supporting business start-ups in disadvantaged communities, making her appearance at the University even more relevant.
At the time of her appointment, Michelle said: “It is an honour to be appointed to lead this review because I know how tough it can be setting up your own business. I am passionate about doing everything I can, to help create a climate in which people of all ages and backgrounds can succeed in setting up successful businesses.”
Michelle will be the first of three speakers for this year’s Entrepreneurs@Manchester series, all of who will share with students how they have built their businesses. Entrepreneurs@Manchester is an annual speaker series for students from across the University, run by the Manchester Enterprise Centre.
The series is interactive and the speakers will give students the inside story of how they started, how they grew their businesses and, most importantly, the lessons they learned on the way. This year, the Entrepreneurs@Manchester series is supported by a2e Venture Catalysts.
Rachel Bridge, business writer, public speaker and author of five books about entrepreneurs, will be the facilitator for each event. Rachel is the former Enterprise Editor of The Sunday Times and now writes an opinion column on small business issues for The Sunday Telegraph as well as running events and workshops for entrepreneurs and small businesses. In 2010 she took a one-woman show about entrepreneurs called How to make a Million before Lunch to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.