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Duncan Bannatyne

Scottish Entrepreneur, Philanthropist & Author

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Duncan Bannatyne Biography

Duncan Walker Bannatyne, OBE is a Scottish entrepreneur, philanthropist and author. His business interests include hotels, health clubs, spas, media, TV, and property. He is most famous for his appearance as a business angel on the BBC programme "Dragons' Den." He was appointed an OBE for his contribution to charity.

Bannatyne has written 7 books. "Anyone Can Do It" sold more than 200,000 copies; "Wake Up and Change Your Life" quickly entered the Sunday Telegraph top selling books list, as did "How to be Smart with Your Money." His fourth book, "How to be Smart with Your Time," provides practical advice on making the best use of your most valuable asset, and his most recent book, "43 Mistakes Businesses Make," explains how to avoid those costly mistakes that can waste time, cause embarrassment, or even endanger the future of a business.

Born in 1949 in the town of Clydebank, Bannatyne was raised in relatively modest circumstances. In 1964, at the age of 15, he volunteered for 12 years with the Royal Navy. He served in the Navy for several years before receiving a dishonorable discharge for threatening to throw an officer off a boat landing jetty in Scotland. In his biography, he reveals it was in part a reaction to this officer's abuse of his authority, in part a dare by his shipmates and in part a way of getting out of the Navy, with which he had become disillusioned. Afterwards, Bannatyne had to serve nine months in the tough Colchester military detention center before being discharged at age 20.

Bannatyne moved to Jersey, where he met his first wife, and then to Stockton-on-Tees in the North East. It was there that his business career began, with an ice cream van bought for £450; he soon expanded by buying more vans and eventually sold the business for £28,000, founding a care home business instead. Quality Care Homes was sold for £26 million in 1996 and another business, children's nursery chain Just Learning, for £22 million.

Bannatyne has since branched into Health Clubs, with the popular Bannatyne's Health Clubs chain, and also bars, hotels, and property. They acquired 26 Health Clubs from Hilton Hotels back in August 2006, which made them the largest independent chain of Health Clubs in the United Kingdom. In October 2008, in defiance of the credit crunch, he opened the £12,000,000 Bannatyne Spa Hotel in Hastings and also revamped the spa chain.

In 2020, Bannatyne took part in a BBC series called "The Real Marigold Hotel." He joined other celebrities such as Britt Ekland, Dame Zandra Rhodes, Paul Elliott, Henry Blofeld, John Altman, Susie Blake, and Barbara Dickson.

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Riding the Storm: My Journey to the Brink and Back

Riding the Storm: My Journey to the Brink and Back

37 Questions Everyone in Business Needs to Answer

37 Questions Everyone in Business Needs to Answer

43 Mistakes Every Business Makes...and How to Avoid Them

43 Mistakes Every Business Makes...and How to Avoid Them

How to Be Smart with Your Time: Expert Advice from the Star of Dragons' Den

How to Be Smart with Your Time: Expert Advice from the Star of Dragons' Den

How To Be Smart With Your Money

How To Be Smart With Your Money

Wake Up and Change Your Life

Wake Up and Change Your Life

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Duncan Bannatyne Biography

Duncan Walker Bannatyne, OBE is a Scottish entrepreneur, philanthropist and author. His business interests include hotels, health clubs, spas, media, TV, and property. He is most famous for his appearance as a business angel on the BBC programme "Dragons' Den." He was appointed an OBE for his contribution to charity.

Bannatyne has written 7 books. "Anyone Can Do It" sold more than 200,000 copies; "Wake Up and Change Your Life" quickly entered the Sunday Telegraph top selling books list, as did "How to be Smart with Your Money." His fourth book, "How to be Smart with Your Time," provides practical advice on making the best use of your most valuable asset, and his most recent book, "43 Mistakes Businesses Make," explains how to avoid those costly mistakes that can waste time, cause embarrassment, or even endanger the future of a business.

Born in 1949 in the town of Clydebank, Bannatyne was raised in relatively modest circumstances. In 1964, at the age of 15, he volunteered for 12 years with the Royal Navy. He served in the Navy for several years before receiving a dishonorable discharge for threatening to throw an officer off a boat landing jetty in Scotland. In his biography, he reveals it was in part a reaction to this officer's abuse of his authority, in part a dare by his shipmates and in part a way of getting out of the Navy, with which he had become disillusioned. Afterwards, Bannatyne had to serve nine months in the tough Colchester military detention center before being discharged at age 20.

Bannatyne moved to Jersey, where he met his first wife, and then to Stockton-on-Tees in the North East. It was there that his business career began, with an ice cream van bought for £450; he soon expanded by buying more vans and eventually sold the business for £28,000, founding a care home business instead. Quality Care Homes was sold for £26 million in 1996 and another business, children's nursery chain Just Learning, for £22 million.

Bannatyne has since branched into Health Clubs, with the popular Bannatyne's Health Clubs chain, and also bars, hotels, and property. They acquired 26 Health Clubs from Hilton Hotels back in August 2006, which made them the largest independent chain of Health Clubs in the United Kingdom. In October 2008, in defiance of the credit crunch, he opened the £12,000,000 Bannatyne Spa Hotel in Hastings and also revamped the spa chain.

In 2020, Bannatyne took part in a BBC series called "The Real Marigold Hotel." He joined other celebrities such as Britt Ekland, Dame Zandra Rhodes, Paul Elliott, Henry Blofeld, John Altman, Susie Blake, and Barbara Dickson.

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    Dragons Den star Duncan Bannatyne opened the masterclass series at the Centre for Leadership Performance on December 9, 2010, speaking to Cumbria's...

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  • How to book Duncan Bannatyne?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Duncan Bannatyne for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Duncan Bannatyne, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Duncan Bannatyne or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Duncan Bannatyne?

    Speaking fees for Duncan Bannatyne, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Duncan Bannatyne charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Duncan Bannatyne, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Duncan Bannatyne?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Duncan Bannatyne for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Duncan Bannatyne for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Duncan Bannatyne or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Duncan Bannatyne or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Duncan Bannatyne is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Duncan Bannatyne for your event is available upon request. Duncan Bannatyne generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Kuda Biza, Kevin E. West, Richard Desmond, Jim McKelvey and Dan Pallotta. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Duncan Bannatyne for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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  • Interview with Duncan Bannatyne
    Dragons Den star Duncan Bannatyne opened the masterclass series at the Centre for Leadership Performance on December 9, 2010, speaking to Cumbria's top business leaders and giving them an inspiring...

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