Restaurateur, financier, business angel - the list keeps growing. Perhaps millionaire workaholic is a more accurate title for Amanda Staveley, 28, Cambridge Businesswoman of the Year and rumoured girlfriend of Prince Andrew.
Staveley started young. At 22 she purchased the popular Stocks restaurant in Bottisham, near Cambridge, close to the Cambridge Science Park. Companies based there were soon holding their board meetings at Stocks. Through talking to them, Staveley discovered a need for more facilities in the Park itself.
Her solution was to open the pounds 2.8 million Q.ton forum in 1999, in partnership with Trinity College. The complex houses a conference centre, restaurant, bar and gym, and hosts the occasional wedding do. Q.ton is expected to hit a turnover of pounds 1.5 million for the financial year 2001-02, and Staveley is negotiating with a prop- erty developer to roll the format out across Britain and then abroad.
Her achievements aren't limited to catering and conferences. She's a keen market player, and her canny investments were instrumental in raising the capital for Q.ton. And as an active business angel, she provides support for other young entrepreneurs.
Staveley seems to enjoy juggling several ventures. 'The stress levels can be intolerable,' she says. 'I keep saying 'no more', but I can't stop. If I'm shown a good idea, I can't help but look.'