Jenny Campbell (entrepreneur)

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Jenny Campbell
Born Jennifer Bernice Sproson
(1961-10-05) 5 October 1961 (age 56)
Hyde, Cheshire, England
Nationality British
Alma mater Manchester High School for Girls
Occupation Businesswoman, television personality, entrepreneur
Years active 1978–present
Known for Dragons' Den (2017–)
Title Founder and Chief Executive Officer, YourCash Europe Ltd
Term 2006-2016
Website www.jennybcampbell.com

Jennifer Bernice "Jenny" Campbell (née Sproson; born 5 October 1961) is a British entrepreneur. She bought YourCash Europe Ltd from RBS in 2010 and has received numerous business and industry awards for entrepreneurship. In 2017 it was announced that she would become a "Dragon" on season 15 of the UK's Dragons' Den.[1]

Campbell bought YourCash,[2] an independent automated teller machine (ATM) provider with operations in the UK, Netherlands,[3] Belgium [4] and Ireland. Before doing this she had previously worked 32 years with the Royal Bank of Scotland Group in various roles, including sales, operational, change, risk and management.[5] In 2016, Campbell sold the business.

Career[edit]

Born into a family of bankers, builders and printers, Campbell left school at 16, joining NatWest as a cash-counter and cashpoint filler.[6]

She attended night school to study for banking qualifications and on passing her exams, moved to a job in Natwest's head office in London. Following the RBS takeover of NatWest in 2000, Campbell was given a senior role in the operational integration of the two banks.[7]

Banking and YourCash[edit]

In 2006 Campbell was appointed Head of Operations at Hanco ATM Systems, a subsidiary of RBS which would eventually become YourCash.

Hanco had significantly expanded in a short period of time and was making an annual loss of £7 million.[8] Similar to the role she played in the integration of NatWest and RBS, Campbell was therefore tasked with transforming the business on an operational and cultural level, and in turning it into a profitable business.

When the 2007 economic recession caused RBS to initiate the process of selling Hanco,[9] Campbell saw the opportunity to buy the company. The sale was put on hold until 2009, but in mid-2010 Campbell led the first management buyout of Hanco, shortly after renaming the business YourCash [10][11]

In 2013, Campbell led a successful secondary buy out and the management team acquired 100% of the business through a refinancing agreement.[12] Campbell became YourCash’s primary stakeholder.[13]

Under Campbell’s guidance, YourCash continued to grow its ATM fleets in the UK and the Netherlands as well as expanding into Belgium and Ireland. [14]

In October 2016 the business was acquired by Euronet Worldwide Inc., a global leader in processing secure electronic financial and payment transactions.

Charity and speaking work[edit]

Campbell is involved in charities and projects that support entrepreneurs and disadvantaged young people. This includes working with two charities, Young Enterprise [15] and The Prince's Trust.

In 2015, Campbell was invited to join the Guild of Entrepreneurs, which aims to foster the development of founders and new business owners while also bringing the opportunities of entrepreneurship to young people.

In 2016, Campbell also appeared at two Management Today Inspiring Women In Business events as a keynote speaker.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Campbell was born in Hyde, Cheshire and attended Manchester High School for Girls until she was 16. At this point, she left school and entered a job at Natwest.

Campbell is married and lives in rural Suffolk with her husband and Flatcoated retrievers. She has two grown up sons, one of whom is the founder of London restaurant, Kricket.[17] Campbell’s hobbies include championship dog breeding, showing and judging.[18] This began in her teens, establishing the Ronevorg kennel name when she was 16. She took a hiatus while bringing up her children and pursuing her banking career, but returned to showing in 2004.

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Campbell is an award-winning entrepreneur and woman in business, being nominated for and winning several industry awards as well as personal achievement awards. Her first award came at the age of 23 when, having completed her banking qualifications, she was awarded a Chartered Institute of Bankers prize.

In 2011 and in 2013, Campbell was recognised as the Ernst & Young Regional Finalist Entrepreneur of the Year award and then winning the silver award for Turnaround Entrepreneur in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2013.[19]

Vitalise Business Woman of the Year[edit]

In 2014, Campbell was named the winner of the Businesswoman of the Year award from Vitalise, with key credit going to her for her introduction of the free-to-use ATM proposition and European expansion of the YourCash business.[20] The award recognizes the skills and talents of women in industry with the aim of inspiring others to reach their potential. Previous recipients of the award have included Karren Brady and Hilary Devey.

Campbell was interviewed by Chris Mann for BBC Cambridgeshire following the award ceremony.[21]

The awards chair Judy Groves said: “Jenny is a fantastic business role model and we are certain that women across the UK will be inspired by her journey, having worked her way up from a bank cashier to an entrepreneur of a successful European business.”[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish and ex-banker Jenny Campbell join Dragons' Den – BBC Newsbeat". BBC Newsbeat. 19 April 2017. Archived from the original on 19 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "How Jenny Campbell went from banking to start-ups". Telegraph Media Group Limited. The Telegraph. 3 December 2012. Archived from the original on 3 May 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "YourCash 800th ATM installed in Netherlands". www.YourCash.com. Retrieved 23 May 2016. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "YourCash introduces new ATM services in Belgian supermarkets". Networld Media Group, LLC. ATM Marketplace. 20 September 2011. Archived from the original on 16 June 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "YourCash CEO wins Businesswoman of the Year". Davco Media. MK Commerce. 12 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Jenny B Campbell". jennybcampbell.com. Jenny B Campbell 2015. Archived from the original on 15 July 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "Jenny Campbell: A phoenix rises from RBS's ashes". MoneyWeek. Money Week. 5 February 2016. 
  8. ^ Nair, Praseeda (21 June 2016). "Be the best you can be: YourCash Europe". Vitesse Media. Growth Business. Archived from the original on 16 August 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  9. ^ St Cartmail, Chris (20 April 2010). "RBS to dispose of its cash machine business". Business Data International Ltd. Business Sale Report. Archived from the original on 15 August 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "RBS withdraws from cash machines". Times Newspapers Ltd. The Sunday Times. 17 April 2010. Archived from the original on 5 June 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  11. ^ "Jenny B Campbell". jennybcampbell.com. Jenny B Campbell 2015. Archived from the original on 15 July 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  12. ^ "Management team buy out YourCash". Finextra Research. Finextra. 14 February 2013. Archived from the original on 4 August 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  13. ^ "Jenny Campbell: A phoenix rises from RBS's ashes". MoneyWeek. Money Week. 5 February 2016. 
  14. ^ "VocaLink to manage the YourCash European ATM network". YourCash Ltd. YourCash Blog. 26 January 2016. Archived from the original on 15 August 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  15. ^ Smith, Sophie. "South Central Regional Final". www.young-enterprise.org.uk. Archived from the original on 7 August 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  16. ^ Smith, Rebecca (29 Jan 2016). "Meet the entrepreneur who thinks cash is still king". Haymarket Media Group. Management Today. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  17. ^ Vines, Richard (8 January 2016). "Kricket Brixton Hits Indian Food Out of the Shipping Container". Bloomberg L.P. Bloomberg. Archived from the original on 26 July 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  18. ^ Campbell, Jenny. "Ronevorg". champdogs.co.uk. County Computer Consultants Ltd. Archived from the original on 15 August 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  19. ^ "2013 Winners". Great British Entrepreneur Awards. Great British Entrepreneur Awards. Archived from the original on 30 June 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  20. ^ "Winner of Businesswoman of the Year 2014 announced". East Midlands Business News. East Midlands Business News. 10 October 2014. Archived from the original on 15 August 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  21. ^ Mann, Chris. "Jenny Campbell being interviewed on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire for Businesswoman of the Year 2014". YouTube.com. BBC Cambridgeshire. Archived from the original on 15 February 2018. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  22. ^ "Meet the Business Woman of the Year 2014". Johnston Publishing Ltd. Milton Keynes Citizen. 13 October 2014. Archived from the original on 3 October 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 

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