I think brands are what I find most interesting, and brand consistency.It's the really good companies that do what they said they were going to do and I find that really inspiring - the businesses that do not faff around with what they say.The business has to give the customer what they want, not what it feels they ought to want.
The holy grail with any business, which people talk about endlessly, is 'monetising'.
Maybe only one in a thousand businesses will make it big but even if you are Tinder or Twitter, how do you go about collecting revenue?
Don't get distracted by looking for outside investment.
You will always find someone who wants to talk about funding you but you could meet people for the rest of your life who will not actually give you money and waste a lot of your time.
I think if I can't talk him around, I can't talk anyone around.
When you have an idea you need to go to someone you trust and if you can counter their arguments and if you can argue it out, it's probably a good idea.I would like much more flexibility to employ hungry, younger people.The jobs I had when I was 13 or 14 have got me where I am today, and legislation is now protecting them so much that they can't work at all.Sarah Beeny travelled the world and worked in a kaleidoscope of jobs before becoming a TV presenter.She worked for Save the Children, cleaned windows, sold vacuum cleaners door-to-door and even ran her own sandwich-making business.With her husband, Graham, and her brother, she set up her first property renovation company in 1996.