Jenny Campbell is a British Entrepreneur and a former Dragon on the hit BBC show ‘Dragons’ Den‘.
An ex-career banker, Jenny is a business turnaround specialist and European cash machine entrepreneur.
At the age of 16, Jenny left school and began her working life counting cash in a bank branch.
Jenny climbed through the ranks and as a result, becoming one of the few senior female bankers in the UK.
Following thirty years in the banking trade, where her role included playing a vital part in the integration of NatWest into RBS, Jenny left the banking world in 2006 in pursuit of a new challenge
The challenge was to turn around a failing cash machine business owned by RBS.
Jenny launched a major operational restructure of Hanco ATM Systems. She turned it from a business that was making a huge loss in competitive markets to a thriving, profitable entity operating across Europe.
In the midst of the turnaround and at the height of the financial crash, Jenny was tasked with selling the business. However, she saw that the business had potential and wasn’t ready to give up on it or the people in it. Therefore, she decided to buy out the business from RBS and become the majority shareholder – later relaunching it as YourCash Europe Ltd.
The cash machine company quickly expanded to become a leading provider of ATMs to the retail market across Europe, handling millions of ATM transactions and processing billions in cash value.
Subsequently, ten years on from taking the business under her wing, Jenny sold YourCash in October 2016 for £50 million.
Jenny Campbell is the winner of a number of industry prizes including Business Woman of the Year.
Jenny uses her spare time wisely, helping young people realise their potential.
She is an ambassador of Tomorrow’s People – a charity that helps young people get into the world of work. Furthermore, she works closely with Young Enterprise to help children and teenagers harness their entrepreneurial spirit.
Jenny Campbell is probably best known for sharing her business experience with hopeful entrepreneurs in the BBC’s ‘Dragons’ Den‘.
Jenny brought feisty northern grit to the Den. Her favourite business motto is “live by corporate standards, but breathe like an entrepreneur”.
Speaking topics include:
- Buying a business and raising finance through a recession
- Turning around a failing business, applying skills built in a corporate world and adapting them for a highly entrepreneurial and competitive market
- Scaling the business into new territories (Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland) and overcoming cultural and language barriers
- Managing Board room battles
- Identifying and delivering an exit plan
- Insights into the world of Dragons Den – becoming a Producers delight, investing in and scaling diverse businesses.
An experienced motivational speaker, Jenny inspires delegates with her story and philosophy on drive, dedication and determination to achieve success.