Dragon slayer'on board

A BUSINESSWOMAN who tamed the ‘dragons’ is one of the guest speakers at the Kirklees Business Conference next week.
Organised by Mirfieldbased businessman Danny Matharu, the second annual conference is set to be another big success.
Sharon Wright, who appeared on the BBC programme Dragons’ Den, will tell how she won a cash injection into her business – but still got burned.
In the fiveyear history of the show, it is hard to remember a more perfect pitch than that of Sharon.
She demonstrated her invention MagnaMole which allows cables to be safely threaded between cavity walls.
In dealing with a major telecoms company she estimated that by supplying their engineers with the product she will save them £6.5 million per year in downtime alone.
The UK media labelled her ‘The Dragon Slayer’ and things only seemed to be going one way when the single mother left the den with more money than she asked for.
Unfortunately for Sharon this is where the fairytale ended.
The £80,000 ‘investment’ she was offered by private equity dragon James Caan turned out to be a loan and the deal collapsed.
Speaking at Kirklees Business Conference at the Galpharm Stadium in Huddersfield on Thursday (September 30), Sharon will lay bare what actually happened after “Dragons’ Den.”
Sharon, who has since written a book on her experiences, said: “What should have been the deal of my dreams was the catalyst that took me to the brink, ultimately leading to a near mental and physical breakdown. This needs to be exposed.”
In a candid presentation, Sharon will answer any questions delegates have and update them on her plans to grow MagnaMole into a world leading business.
Speaking alongside Sharon is Brad Burton, business celebrity and MD of the revolutionary breakfast network 4Networking, and inspirational Sunday Times bestselling author Richard McCann.
These are supplemented by seminars from the University of Huddersfield and Business Link on the key topics of Innovation and Business Growth.
Event director Danny Matharu said: “Kirklees Business Conference is all about encouraging businesses in our district to trade with each other.
“Times are tight for most at present and if more of us can work together this will hopefully retain the working capital in Kirklees and assist in attracting more investment into the area.”
Sponsored by Business Link Yorkshire, Birstallbased Fantastic Media, the University of Huddersfield and Kirklees Council the conference is a full day event and is free to delegates.
The day begins with a 4Networking breakfast meeting and there is an exhibition hall housing 50plus exhibitors.
There is also a Business Clinic where delegates can cure their business ills and a Chill Out Room where massages and healthy food are available in abundance!
The day rounds off with drinks in the bar.
Tickets are still available from www.kirkleesbusinessconference.co.uk.
Last year almost 600 businesses from across Yorkshire attended.
All delegate tickets are free but numbers are limited and offered on a firstcomefirstserved basis.

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