My Week: Hamilton Bradshaw's James Caan

The Dragons' Den star tells MT how he juggles his investment opportunities with family life...

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

An episode of Dragons’ Den aired for the first time on Monday night, which meant that on Tuesday I was faced with considerable media activity regarding a deal I made on the show.  Most of the morning is dominated by meetings to discuss an HB Investment that I am considering. As soon as I’m out, I spend an hour on the phone to journalists who want to know more about Rapstrap and Andy Harsley, the inventor of a product that will replace cable ties.  My team have been supporting Andy since I did the deal in the Den and we're already producing significant orders. I let the press know that we're about to sign a contract for one billion rapstraps, which has a certain ring to it.

I travel to Hamilton Bradshaw’s offices in Mayfair, and go straight into a meeting with my designers to discuss Cavendish Square; I’ve bought a building into which HB will move and I'm in the process of refurbishing it. It's a huge job and the building will be ready in the New Year. Team HB can't wait to relocate into their new offices! Wednesday also brings a chance for me to catch up on the progress of my charity, The James Caan Foundation, which I set up in 2006 to contribute funds to education. All fees generated by media activities go straight to the foundation.

On Thursday afternoon I am filming with the BBC. This series, each Dragon has an hour-long programme looking at investments past as well as life outside of the Den. Last week we popped over to Italy and caught up with guys that are building my new boat - I am really looking forward to it being ready!

On Friday I'm in the mobile office so my driver collects me in the Maybach. The very nature of entrepreneurialism is productivity. I make sure I work in the most effective way possible so when I'm travelling to a board meeting I have my laptop in the car hooked up to my T-Mobile Mobile Broadband USB Stick. I’m never far from my BlackBerry but the laptop makes for much easier reading of documents.

Travelling back I take a conference call with my publishers to discuss The Real Deal, my autobiography coming out on September 18th of this year. I’m collected by helicopter and dropped off at the airport where my wife and our two girls are waiting for me to board a plane. We have a place in the South of France and have scheduled a welcome break. We all have busy lives, so organising this has been no mean feat - but there is little point in hard work if you can’t take time to enjoy the rewards.

James Caan is a serial entrepreneur and CEO of private equity firm Hamilton Bradshaw. He also appears on the panel of the BBC show Dragons' Den.

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