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James Caan and Billingham entrepreneur Hannah Proctor who has been helped by Transmit Start-Ups to set up her vintage fashion website
James Caan and Billingham entrepreneur Hannah Proctor who has been helped by Transmit Start-Ups to set up her vintage fashion website
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A YOUNG fashion entrepreneur picked up some great business advice from former Dragons’ Den star James Caan during an inspirational meeting.

Hannah Proctor, from Billingham, was one of just a handful of people across the country picked to meet the millionaire businessman at a breakfast meeting in London to get some first-hand advice.

Also at the meeting was the Government’s business secretary Vince Cable.

Hannah, 22, launched her vintage fashion internet business Aphrodite and Ares in the summer with funding and mentoring from Gateshead-based Transmit Start-Ups.

She told the Dragons’ Den star, who is chairman of The Start Up Loans Company, how her website is going from strength to strength.

Hannah said: “It was a really inspirational morning. James Caan explained why start up businesses like mine were so important and we talked about my plans for the future.

“He was extremely supportive and even suggested that if I sent him some images of my clothes he would re-tweet them for me, which would be a huge boost.”

Damian Baetens, director of Transmit Start-Ups, who mentors Hannah as well as giving her financial support, said: “Despite her young age Hannah has a really sound business head and ambitious plans to exploit her unique offer.

“James Caan is one of the country’s most inspirational entrepreneurs and it is a chance in a lifetime to discuss your own business plans with him.”

Aphrodite and Ares sold out of stock in its first week of operating and aims to bring the same professional shopping experience to vintage items that you would expect with brand new clothes.

Transmit Start-Ups is offers loans to budding entrepreneurs of all ages to get their business off the ground until the end of November and 18–30 year-olds afterwards.

For more information visit their website www.transmitstartups.co.uk