The Business Inspector – What a Watch!

No-nonsense, self-made millionaire Hilary Devey is a woman on a mission.  A combination of down-to-earth grit coupled with a keen business mind, Hilary began her career in the distribution sector before leaving to set up her own company. Bankers refused to back her venture, and she was forced to sell her house to fund the project.  Now, as chief executive of the Pall-Ex group, the UK’s number one palletised freight distribution network, Hilary is an inspirational role model for both male and female entrepreneurs. Having started from nothing, she now leads a network of businesses that boasts a combined turnover approaching £100million, serving numerous bluechip customers. Hilary won the 2007 Ernst & Young UK Business Services Entrepreneur Award and was a finalist in the 2008 NatWest EveryWoman of the Year Awards.

Last night I watched channel Five’s Business Inspector programme on which Hilary faces one of her toughest challenges yet – using her expertise to help Britain’s floundering businesses.  Each week she will tackle two struggling outfits – one-man bands, kitchen-table entrepreneurs and small businesses run by talented individuals – and transform them by injecting business sense into their passionate projects.  

Hilary is hoping to impart the skills essential for success, and in the process help a nation of entrepreneurs get its businesses shipshape and profitable. Can she make a difference where it really counts? 

I thought it was a fabulous programme and I was truly inspired by Hilary and her phenomenal success.  Next on: Wednesday 24th March at 8pm Channel Five.