Michelle Mone, OBE, has been named the UK’s 10th most inspirational entrepreneur in a poll by Smarta, a business support network that aims to encourage entrepreneurship in the UK.
The founder of Ultimo beat successful business figures such as Simon Cowell (13th), Boux Avenue owner Theo Paphitis (31st) and Duncan Bannatyne (15th) in the poll voted for by small businesses owners.
Mone has expanded beyond her core business of intimate apparel into beauty lines including body sculpting products.
Taking a leaf out of the business manual of her hero Richard Branson, who topped the Smarta list, Mone says she will keep on creating new projects. “The Sky’s the limit. I am constantly brainstorming ideas to bring out new products, when I launch something out there I want it to be the best on the market. I am honored to be included in the poll alongside such incredible entrepreneurs- I used to have posters of Sir Richard Branson on my walls,” she said.