One of UK’s highest profile female entrepreneurs and founder of Red Letter Days, Rachel Elnaugh shot to fame as one of the original Dragons in BBCTV's BAFTA nominated cult business show Dragons’ Den.
Having started her working life as an office junior, at the age of 24 she created the market leading experiences brand Red Letter Days on a shoestring budget from the front room of her home. Red Letter Days went on to generate over £100million in turnover in the 16 years that she ran it, and in doing so pioneered the UK's £250 million experiences sector. This earned her an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2002, as well as being short listed for the 2001 Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year award and the Growing Business Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2002.
In 2005 Rachel’s company hit crisis point following the ill-advised expansion of the business three years earlier, and the ensuing crash of Red Letter Days was well publicised in the media.
Now involved in a number of new business projects, Rachel has also bacome a prolific business speaker having entertained audiences throughout the world; including Harvard Business School, the London Innovation Forum and the Scottish Parliament’s Festival of Politics. She was a keynote speaker at the National Franchise Exhibition, and made an appearance at the Conservative Party Conference last year.
Rachel lives in Bakewell, Derbyshire with her four sons Mark, Paul, Eddie and Michael.