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Gift Wrapped & Gorgeous: Dragon Peter Jones backs mum-trepreneurs new project

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Peter's pick

Dragon's Den star Peter Jones backs Leicester mum-trepreneur's new project

A Leicester businesswoman got the ultimate stamp of approval on her new project this week, when notoriously hard-to-please Dragon's Den star Peter Jones gave his backing to the project.

Mum-of-two Amanda Charteris, founder and Company Director of soon-to-be-launched site Giftwrappedandgorgeous.com, won a mentoring session with the BBC star through a competition with BT.

She took along business partner Alison Griffiths and were delighted when Peter showed his support for the business.

"I was quite overcome when I met Peter!" admits Amanda. "But he was so nice and his advice was invaluable.

"He's pledged to back British businesses in the recession and that works so well with our ethos - Giftwrappedandgorgeous.com is a luxury goods site that allows small firms and mum-trepreneurs to sell their goods nationwide via the Internet."

Peter is working with BT Business as part of Small Business Week to offer support to up-and-coming entrepreneurs like Amanda.


Amanda Chartis is available for interview on 01530 563 139 www.giftwrappedandgorgeous.com will be launching shortly. For more information, see http://www.giftwrappedandgorgeous.co.uk/about.htm

Peter Jones biog - A proven businessman and star of the BBC1ís Dragons' Den, Peter Jones' entrepreneurial journey started early when, at the age of 16, he founded a tennis academy. He then set up a computer business and had various other business interests. At the age of 28, Peter joined corporate giant Siemens Nixdorf and ran its computer business in the UK. In 1998 he founded Phones International Group, a telecommunications firm that now generates revenues in excess of £200m. His business interests range from telecoms, leisure and publishing to TV and media. Peter has won many national awards, including Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001. Now in his early forties, Peter is considered to be one of the UK's leading entrepreneurs.

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