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Matthew Riley is a British entrepreneur and the founder and chief executive officer of Daisy Group plc, an AIM-listed company that provides telecommunications and Information Technology solutions to businesses in the UK.
In 2011 and 2012 Alan Sugar enlisted the help of Riley to assist him in deciding the winner in the BBC TV series The Apprentice. The 37-year-old was one of four people tasked with interviewing the final four candidates.
Riley is notable for his success as an entrepreneur, named Ernst and Young’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007 and more famously his success in the Bank of Scotland Corporate Entrepreneur Challenge where he was awarded £5m in interest free funding and mentoring from Sir Philip Green.
Riley has been recognized on a number of occasions for his entrepreneurial success in the telecoms sector.
2012: Lifetime Achievement Award, Comms National Awards
2010: Dealmaker of the Year, M&A Awards
2007: Ernst and Young’s Young Entrepreneur or the Year
2007: Winner, Bank of Scotland’s Inaugural Entrepreneur Challenge
2005: Sunday Times Tech Track, Fastest Growing Technology Company in the UK
Riley established Daisy Communications, his fourth company, in 2001 as an alternative service provider to BT.
Based in his hometown of Nelson, Lancashire, Daisy was created to provide communications services to small and medium sized businesses.
In July 2009 the business floated on AIM following the reverse takeover of Freedom4 Group plc. The newly combined company was named Daisy Group plc and through the reversal £83m was raised.
Riley became CEO of the Daisy Group.
In the 2011 series of The Apprentice, Riley was one of four guest interviewers to be enlisted, tasked with interviewing the 2011 contestants and advising Lord Sugar on who to fire.
Sir Philip Green mentoring
After winning £5million interest free funding for his company through the Bank of Scotland Corporate Entrepreneur Challenge, Matthew was also awarded a high profile mentorship with Arcadia and BHS boss Sir Philip Green.
Since being awarded the accolade Sir Philip has provided business advice for both Riley and his business.
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