British Library makes Startups Awards winner Julie Deane OBE its Entrepreneur in Residence

Cambridge Satchel Company founder will be providing advice to help aspiring business owners, following in the footsteps of Dame Anita Roddick

The British Library Business & IP Centre has announced the appointment of its new Entrepreneur in Residence; The Cambridge Satchel Company founder and CEO Julie Deane OBE.

A former Startups Awards winner and Startups Awards judge, Deane’s role will see her share advice and business experiences with budding entrepreneurs and she will also be advising the Centre on how it can develop and raise its national profile.

Deane, who spoke with last year about how “self-employment changed her life”, famously started her satchel business from her kitchen table back in 2008 with £600 in savings. Today, the Company generates multi-million revenues and has amassed a celebrity following with fans including Taylor Swift and Alexa Chung.

On her new role, Deane commented:

“I could not feel more honoured to have been offered the role of Entrepreneur in Residence, following in the footsteps of such greats as the late Dame Anita Roddick, who was the first person to take on this role.

“I am excited that I can play a part in supporting the transformation of libraries into places where small businesses can grow and so help the next generation of entrepreneurs.”

Isabel Oswell, head of business audiences at the British Library, added:

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“[Deane’s] experience of starting a global business from scratch, including the highs and lows along the way, means she will be able to provide invaluable inspiration and support to people from all walks of life who want to turn their dreams into a reality.”


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