Lady Michelle Mone of Mayfair OBE is the founder of Ultimo, the UK’s leading designer lingerie brand.
Michelle is recognised as one of Britain’s most influential ladies; both an entrepreneur and an advocate for equality for women in business.
Michelle Mone has built a hugely successful career on an incredibly simple concept: giving today’s women what they want.
Growing up in the east end of Glasgow, Michelle left school at 15 with no qualifications to find full-time employment, after her father was struck down by an illness leaving him confined to a wheelchair.
To support her family, Michelle took on a job at Labatts Brewers, quickly climbing the ranks from office junior to senior manager, running the Sales & Marketing team by the time she was just 20 yrs old.
Unfortunately, Michelle was made redundant after two short years.
Michelle Mone OBE – The Entrepreneur:
In 1996, after only six weeks out of work, Michelle’s idea for Ultimo was born.
Whilst attending a dinner dance with her husband Michael, Michelle was wearing a very uncomfortable cleavage-enhancing bra and as a result had a ‘light bulb’ moment; Michelle decided to invent a bra that was more comfortable and cleavage enhancing than any other bra on the market.
Over the years Michelle’s business has gone from strength-to-strength, developing beyond the original umbrella of Ultimo to encompass 15 patented inventions and brands including:
- Ultimo Bridal
- Ultimo Swimwear
- Ultimo Black Label
- Adore Moi for Debenhams
In 2012, Michelle expanded her portfolio into the world of beauty with a range of tanning products – UTan.
Baroness Mone has since sold Ultimo to global lingerie giants MAS Holdings – one of the world’s largest manufacturers of intimates.
Michelle has also established herself as the leading jewellery designer on QVC and has launched a global interior design business.
A truly inspiring story, Michelle has revealed her struggles and successes in her best-selling autobiography: “My Fight to the Top“.
Awards and Honours:
Since launching Ultimo, Michelle Mone has established herself as one of Scotland’s biggest exports.
In 2000 Michelle won the ‘World Young Business Achiever Award’ in Florida and then ‘Business Woman of the Year’ at the Corporate Elite Awards in London.
Lady Mone’s status as one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs was confirmed soon after when Prince Charles invited her to join the board of Directors for The Prince’s Trust.
In 2010, was Michelle was recognised by the Queen with an OBE honour for her contribution to the lingerie industry.
In 2015, Michelle was given a Life Peerage and then asked by the Prime Minister David Cameron and the former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith to conduct The Mone Review; an insight into helping start-up businesses in deprived areas.
Lady Michelle Mone is one of the UK’s leading Motivational Speakers.
Straight talking, Michelle delivers a genuine ‘down to earth’ personal account of how she built up her company.
She speaks passionately about her struggle to succeed against all odds, shares funny anecdotes and provides practical advice to budding entrepreneurs.
Michelle has achieved a remarkable level of success to date, juggling the demands of her business, together with motherhood.
Despite facing a challenging few years in her private life, suffering an acrimonious divorce and battle to retain her business, Lady Mone is now one of the United Kingdom’s most notable global speakers.