We were recently asked to comment whether TV shows like Dragons’ Den and The Apprentice are good for British business. When these programmes were first aired they were highly entertaining and a real boost to the idea that entrepreneurship is for everybody. However I have always felt that they portray a very warped sense of what it means to be in business, and in particular what is involved in getting a new venture off the ground for the following reasons:
Whilst these programmes have undoubtably boosted peoples interest in entrepreneurship, they are now really rather outdated, and they remind me of nightclub scenes in soap operas in the 80’s and 90’s which were always so staged and unrealistic.
I really think that there now needs to be a far more realistic and a more ambitious shows on TV that show what a fantastic place the UK really is for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurs.