Dave West (entrepreneur)
Dave West is a well known British entrepreneur with a number of successful business ventures.
Originally from Romford, Essex, Lord David West started his career at a very young age by following the family tradition and working as a market trader boy. When David was 18, he joined Merchant Navy, the decision that had helped him to shape his character and to become a defiant businessman.
Lord West built a family tobacco business in Belgium with his wife and children. In 1980 he founded a wholesale business on a double decker bus in Calais selling cheap alcohol and cigarettes on the back of a lorry. His business moved to permanent premises and was named EastEnders, which is now a part of the largest British owned cash and carry group in Europe. It also has its own house wine labels, “The Dogs Bollocks” and “Menage a Trois”, which had proven to be successful with naughty couples. Despite great pressures and animosity from French Government, David persevered and managed to sustain his massive presence in Calais. He was featured in over 140 British and French TV programs and a lot of articles were written on him in newspapers and magazines.
Upon his return to London in 2002 Lord West opened St James's based nightclub HeyJo and a restaurant Abracadabra. West became the subject of a BBC documentary in 2005 about this project, called "Trouble at the Top".
HeyJo nightclub had been changed and turned into a high-profile night club called Hide, which is famous for its bespoke sound system and DJs.
Lord West also owns Pigalle nightclub, a landmark of Piccadilly for many years.
Spotting the need for affordable, but also central accommodation, David opened Hostel4Star near Piccadilly Circus, a place that provides affordable central London accommodation for anybody visiting the capital.
Lifestyle and private life
West describes himself as a libertarian and nonconformist. He is an active protester of the smoking ban: in August 2007 he hired Cherie Blair  in his bid to challenge the ban (introduced by her husband and prime minister at the time, Tony Blair). He declared the ban was an infringement of his customers’ rights to smoke in his club and restaurant.
The following year he paid more than £100,000 to attend David and Victoria Beckham's charity World Cup party, and said that he was subject to such an unwelcoming pre-party briefing that he chose to boycott the event. After winning the bidding for the two tickets in an on-line auction, he was instructed to sign a confidentiality agreement, as well as being banned from handing out his business cards to guests or taking his mobile phone and camera to the party. According to The Independent newspaper, he said: "The confidentiality agreement would mean that, had I signed it, I couldn't talk about the party even to my friends." Lord West insists that such conditions are unheard of and should have been printed on the website prior to the sale of the tickets.
- "Cherie to challenge smoking ban". BBC. 2007-06-22. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
- Akbar, Arifa (May 23, 2006). "Why Dave West spent £100,000 to go to the Beckhams' - then decided it wasn't worth it". London: The Independent. Retrieved April 2, 2010.
- "Historical Title Remains in England Thanks to Multimillionaire Dave West". Dave West Entertainment (press release). September 26, 2006. Retrieved April 2, 2010.[dead link]
- Dave West in 'Trouble At The Top' BBC 2 documentary
- Defiant bar owner finds 'loophole' to flout smoking ban