Jan Fletcher OBE is one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs. She has successfully built up and run businesses in extraordinarily diverse sectors and is currently focused on international property investment and development, natural health products, nutraceuticals and restaurants.
Her portfolio of interests has included haulage, commercial vehicle sales, car dealerships – building the group to 15 before selling over a period of time, accident repair centres, publishing, radio stations and pharmaceuticals.
Awards and recognitions
- Appointed by business secretary, Vince Cable to advise on the reality and cost of bank finance for UK businesses 2011/12.
- Government advisor and member of The Secretary of States’ Entrepreneur Forum (BIS) 2010/12.
- Founding Chairman of Marketing Leeds, in 2004-2008. During her four years at the helm, she completed tasks such as signing up 60 corporates to become Champions, the distinctive brand ‘Leeds, Live it, Love it’ being adopted across the city, and showcasing Leeds in Spain, Germany and Italy.
- Non-Executive Director of Skipton Building Society for 10 years – 1995 to 2005.
- Named one of Britain’s Top 20 Entrepreneurs in 1999.
- appointed an OBE for Services to Industry in 1997.
- Voted Yorkshire Woman of the Year in 1995.
- Veuve Clicquot British Business Woman of the Year Award in 1994.
- Awarded an honorary degree by the University of Bradford in 2009.
Fletcher is an active supporter of numerous charities from Wheatfield's Hospice to the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen and is Patron of Make a Dream charity for children with terminal illnesses.
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