Cheltenham College was extremely lucky to be visited by Dragons’ Den star Touker Suleyman, who gave a lecture to Upper College students on business management.
Touker has 40 years’ retail and manufacturing experience and is best known as the founder of the British menswear brand, Hawes & Curtis, and is also credited with reinventing the 1990s womenswear label, Ghost.
Touker spoke to the Upper College about his career in retail, which he began aged 18, and about managing businesses. Touker entered into a joint venture in a leather factory and soon after established a clothing manufacturer supplying to some of the most well-known shops on the British high street. Despite a setback in the 1980s that forced his business into liquidation and meant he had to start again from nothing, Touker has gone on to build a thriving business and is now a serial entrepreneur – backing several retail and start-up businesses.