Rachel Elnaugh is the entrepreneur who created the market-leading experiences brand Red Letter Days at the age of 24.
Rachel grew the company from nothing, on a shoestring budget, into a multi-million-pound turnover household name.
This won her an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2002 and she was shortlisted for the 2001 Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year Award along with Barbara Cassani, Jo Malone, Sly Bailey and Chey Garland.
Red Letter Days’ fall into administration in 2005, after the over-expansion of the business in 2002, gained much media exposure.
Rachel later wrote about her experiences of adversity in business in her 2007 book Business Nightmares.
The timing of the book launch could not have been more fortuitous as it was published at the beginning of the current recession – and has since become the handbook for business survival for many struggling entrepreneurs.
Rachel Elnaugh’s appearance as a ‘Dragon’ on the first two series of BBC’s Dragons’ Den in 2005 secured her celebrity entrepreneur status, which has resulted in over 300 engagements as a speaker and celebrity guest in the Enterprise Sector over the past five years.
Rachel Elnaugh has also given evidence to Parliament on the development of an Enterprise Culture in the UK and has both participated in and spoken at the All-Party Parliamentary Committee for Small Business.
Her network in the Enterprise Sector is second to none. She has acted as a judge for the EMDA Enterprising Britain Awards, the Accountancy Age Awards, the Grazia Businesswoman of the Year Award and the National Business Awards.
Rachel Elnaugh has also become a respected Business Mentor and won the IAB Champion for Entrepreneurship in the UK Award for 2008 and was runner up for the SFEDI Supporter of Enterprise Award for 2009.
Rachel Elnaugh – Keynote Speaker:
Rachel Elnaugh is an accomplished business speaker, having been on the professional speaking circuit for over five years, successfully delivering over three hundred speeches and presentations to thousands of business owners and entrepreneurs.
As well as her acclaimed Entrepreneurial Rollercoaster keynote, Rachel speaks on a variety of business-related topics and always tailors her presentation to the client and the brief for the event. Past subjects have included:
- Magnetic Marketing: How to Build a Highly PR-able Brand
- Entrepreneurship: Enabling Enterprise and Innovation
- Are You An Entrepreneur?
- Business Nightmares: Overcoming Adversity in Business
- The Future is Feminine
- Surviving the Recession
- Finding your Flow
- Feng Shui for Business