Philip Green has certainly done his fair share of deals since leaving his Berkshire school at the tender age of sixteen. Starting out as a jeans and shoes retailer in the mid-80ís, he went on to run the listed retail chain Amber Day in 1988 and from 1993 acquired several retail chains privately.
Perhaps the most successful businessman of his generation, Philip currently owns British Home Stores (bought in 2000 for £200m cash) and the arcadia Group (bought in October 2002 for £800m), which includes high street brands Top Shop, Top Man, Burton, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Evans.
The two groups together consist of 2,300 retail outlets in the UK and over 300 franchises overseas with sales in excess of £3bn employing 42,000 people.
The event was chaired by Tom Hunter chairman of the Entrepreneurial Exchange and the open discussion with Philip Green was facilitated by Jeff Randall, Business Editor of the BBC.