Sarah Willingham


Businesswoman, investor and restaurant entrepreneur, Sarah Willingham became prominent when she became the manager of Planet Hollywood and Pizza Express. She is best known as the catalyst of the success of The Bombay Bicycle Club and for her appearance on BBC Two’s Dragon’s Den. On the show, she offered tailored business advice and possible investment to aspiring small corporations. Able to offer an abundance of excellent wisdom surrounding business, Sarah is the ideal attendee for start-up businesses, SMEs or even MNCs looking to gain insights into an entrepreneurs mindset.

After receiving two degrees from Oxford Brookes University and the École supérieure de commerce de La Rochelle business school, Sarah studied for a masters degree at Cranfield University School of Management. She put her qualifications into action as she began managing restaurants including Chessageed Delights, Planet Hollywood and Pizza Express before deciding to work for herself.

In 2004, she purchased The Bombay Bicycle Club from The Clapham House Group. With her admirable business qualities, she managed to transform six restaurants from a non-profitable chain to the most recognisable Indian restaurant in the UK. She is now the main board director at The Clapham House Group and manages The Real Greek and Tootsies along with The Bombay Bicycle Club. More of her career highlights include co-founding the vitamin and mineral supplement company, Neutrahealth plc and founding the website letssavemoney in 2012.

Named in The Sunday Times 500 Most Influential People in Britain and in the 35 Most Successful Women Under 35 in the UK, it’s evident that Sarah Willingham is a valued member within the business world. She displayed her incredible skillset even further when she became a Dragon on BBC Two’s Dragon’s Den. Joining Deborah Meaden, Peter Jones, Nick Jenkins and Touker Suleyman in the 13th and 14th series of the programme, Sarah made a number of investments during the show including in Love Me Beauty, Craft Gin Club and Sublime Science.

As an extremely highly regarded icon within business, Sarah Willingham is amongst some of the favourite speakers on our roster. Her ability to capture the attention of large corporate audiences with career anecdotes and insightful advice means she is an after-dinner speaker capable of leaving a lasting and effective impression on anyone in which she addresses.

To book Sarah Willingham as the finance speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.

When at corporate events, Sarah is known to cover the following topics:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Food & Wine
  • Marketing & Branding
  • Retail & Business Management
  • Sales & Customer Service