Victoria Beckham named UK’s most successful entrepreneur

Shortly after opening her first stand-alone store, in London, Victoria Beckham has been crowned most successful entrepreneur in the UK by British business magazine, Management Today. The magazine uses data from government agency Companies House and ranks winners based on turnover growth, job creation and overall wealth in the past five years. During that time Beckham’s business has increased turnover from £1 million to £30 million and from three staff to 100.

“It is her finely tuned business acumen that wins her the top spot,” said Philip Beresford, who compiled the Management Today list and also compiles the UK’s Sunday Times Rich List. “Victoria Beckham, who is worth £210 milion, has become a “supremely talented entrepreneur in the fashion business.”

The Spice Girl turned designer beat a pharmaceutical business, clothing chain and building firm to the top spot. Her closest rival Amit and Meeta Patel’s pharmaceutical company Auden Mckenzie, turned over £52 million and employs 79 staff. In third was Mahmud Kamani, creator of online fashion retailer Boohoo.com.

Victoria Beckham graffitis a wall as she heads to South Africa as UN goodwill ambassador

The mother-of-four shared several photos of herself in South Africa as she embarked on her first mission since being made a UN goodwill ambassador for an AIDS charity.

In the first snap she can be seen spraying graffiti on a wall as she adds to some of the artwork that has already been done.

She captioned the picture: “Education + art = Aids free future @UNAIDS x vb.”

In another photo, she can be seen kneeling down as she hugs a young boy, alongside which she wrote: ‘Inspiring day in Soweto visiting @hivsa with @ejaf x vb ‘.

Victoria, 40, also made the time to have a chat with a group of young women and can be seen sitting on the grass with them as they tell her their stories.

Her visit to South Africa follows her appearance at a press conference at the United Nations building in New York last month, where she said she was “honoured” to have beeen made an ambassador for their UNAIDS campaign.

She told the audience: “I am mother and I am a woman. I will do whatever I can to raise awareness. I feel very passionate about this.

“I recently visited South Africa and was so touched by the women I met and felt inspired. I came home and I knew I had to do something.”
She continued: “It’s taken me to get to 40 to realise I have a responsibility as a woman and as a mother. For some reason people will listen to me. This is the beginning of an incredible journey for me.

“I have people mentoring me. I am going back to South Africa in a few weeks and then further afield next year.

“I would do anything for my children and I think every woman has the right to health and every woman has the right to give their children a healthy future.”

Victoria Beckham has saved her wedding dress for daughter Harper

We’ve all heard of that Victoria Beckham woman, haven’t we? She’s the one that acted a bit (but sounded like she was anything but) posh when she was in the Spice Girls and went from pointing her finger and kicking her leg out to the side whilst wearing a little black dress on stage to becoming a bit of a major player in the fashion industry.

So, Easy V (doesn’t come for free, she’s a real lady is in a pretty good position to offer daughter Harper some style advice.

And what better day to give her said words of wisdom than on her wedding day? Well, little Harper is in luck because Vicky B has saved her dress from the day she got married to the mega hotness that is David Beckham as well as the frock she wore on their first date.

The one who was formerly a bit spicy told Stylist:

“I kept my wedding dress. I couldn’t give away the dress I first wore when I went out with David. It was a little high street suede mini-dress so I’ve kept that for her.”

Isn’t this just wondrous? Perhaps three-year-old Harper has already tried it on. Maybe the Vickster kept the thrones she and David sat on at the big love bash too.

Victoria also spoke of her superhuman powers proving she can do anything she can turn her hands to.

The star, who recently opened her first London clothing store, spoke of ability to juggle her family and professional life, saying: “It’s pretty full on when I get home, getting the kids’ tea, bathing them, doing homework.

“It’s a lot to do but I surround myself with the right people and just get on with it. I feel very lucky.”

Victoria Beckham speaks at the UN as she is named goodwill ambassador

Victoria Beckham today told how she wanted to make a difference to the women of the world as she was made a UN goodwill ambassador for an AIDS charity.

The former Spice Girl told a press conference at the United Nations building in New York that she was ‘honoured’ to be made an ambassador for their UNAIDS campaign. Beckham – who missed the opening of her London store to be there – said she felt her public profile meant she had a duty to do more about woman’s health.

And she was inspired following a recent trip to South Africa, where she met with children stricken by the deadly disease.

The fashion designer visited Cape Town in February as part of the Born Free initiative, which tackles the issue of HIV being transmitted from mothers to their children

In August, Beckham hosted an online sale of 600 items from her wardrobe to raise money and awareness for mothers living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.

At the press conference in New York, she said: “I am mother and I am a woman.

I will do whatever I can to raise awareness. I feel very passionate about this. I recently visited South Africa and was so touched by the women I met and felt inspired. I came home and I knew I had to do something.

It’s taken me to get to 40 to realise I have a responsibility as a woman and as a mother. For some reason people will listen to me. This is the beginning of an incredible journey for me. I have people mentoring me. I am going back to South Africa in a few weeks and then further afield next year.”

“I would do anything for my children and I think every woman has the right to health and every woman has the right to give their children a healthy future. [Sir] Elton [John] is a very dear friend of mine and David’s and we’ve been patrons of the Elton John Aids Foundation for 20 years so I have been working a lot with lots of Aids charities.

It’s why I realise I have to step forward and do whatever I can do. I want to get to know the women and understand them. It was life changing when I want to South Africa.”

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Public Appearances – 2014 – United Nation’s Goodwill Ambassador in New York – press conference- September 25

Suzy Menkes: V For Victory

Suzy Menkes goes on a tour of Victoria Beckham’s new London store.

“I don’t want people to be scared to come inside,” said Victoria Beckham, as the hefty concrete door, with its elongated panels, slid open to reveal her first store.

Where did that word “Posh” come from to describe the one-time Spice Girl? For the London shop that opens this week in Mayfair’s Dover Street is not “posh” – as in fake fancy – but rather a class act.

As Victoria walked up the monolithic, polished concrete staircase, designed by Farshid Moussavi Architecture, it is clear that in fashion terms she has arrived. The designer has nurtured every piece of walnut wood, green glass and even the diagonal-grid ceiling that gives the interior a monumental look in terms of space but warmth from its materials.

“It is very important that men can come and watch – like David, who sometimes goes shopping with me,” says Victoria, explaining that modular pieces of furniture can be placed and re-grouped in the large upstairs clothing space. This is where David Beckham could pop in for a shopper’s rest and refuel.

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