Dragons’ Den Investor Jenny Campbell’s Journey from Quitting Studies to Becoming a Millionaire

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Dragons’ Den investor Jenny Campbell is an entrepreneur, Television Personality, businesswoman, ex-banker, motivational speaker and business expert. Jenny is popularly known as the Founder of YourCash Europe, a business offering cash machines to the retail market in Europe. The net worth of the entrepreneur is estimated to be £24M. 

Dragons’ Den Investor Jenny Campbell Honour and Awards

Jenny has received several awards and honours for her entrepreneurial skills and business expertise. In 2014, Vitalise honoured the entrepreneur with the Business Woman of the Year award. Campbell also received Ernst & Young Regional Entrepreneur of the Year awards for 2013 and 2014. Additionally, in 2014, she was appointed as a Freeman to the Guild of Entrepreneurs in the City of London.

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Jenny was born into a business-orientated family of builders, printers and bankers. She always dreamed of becoming a millionaire and building her empire. At 16, Campbell left her formal education and started working at a cash counter at a bank branch. Subsequently, she started attending night school to continue her work and studies together. Moreover, at 23, Jenny completed her banking qualifications and received a Chartered Institute of Bankers Award.

The entrepreneur continued to grow her career in the banking sector rapidly. After completing her studies, Campbell joined Natwest’s head office in London. In 2000, the Royal Bank of Scotland took over NatWest, appointing Jenny on an executive level to integrate the two banks. 

After working for over 30 years in the banking sector, Campbell bid goodbye to the banking world to join RBS’s failing cash machine business. In 2006, she joined Hanco ATM Systems as the Director of Operations. However, the entrepreneur faced several challenges in turning the loss-making company into a corporate entity. Jenny did not give up. She conducted several operations to successfully make the business profitable and expanded Hanco in Europe within just a few years.

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The Journey of Jenny Campbell from Introducing YourCash to Becoming a Dragon

In 2010, Jenny bought Hanco ATM Systems and renamed the business as YourCash. The company quickly became a leading ATM provider across Europe, managing millions of ATM transactions and handling billions of cash. In 2013, Jenny conducted another buy-out of YourCash to take full control of the business. Under the leadership of Campbell, the business continued to grow exponentially. After managing the business for 10 years, Jenny sold YourCash in 2016.

Jenny appeared as an investor in the fifteenth and sixteenth series of Dragons’ Den. The entrepreneur invested in 12 ventures across the 2 seasons. She firmly believes that every business person should follow corporate standards, but breathe like an entrepreneur. Campbell’s famous investments include Didsbury Gin, DrivenMedia, ParkingPerx, Look After My Bills, LAMB and CARUN. 

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Jenny Campbell: A Philanthropist Supporting Humans as well as Animals

Jenny also works closely with charities to encourage and support young people in utilising their entrepreneurial skills. In 2019, the Prince’s Trust appointed Campbell as the Vice-Chairperson of the Prince’s Trust Enterprise Fellowship programme. This programme focuses on building a community of Britain’s leading entrepreneurs who support and inspire budding entrepreneurs. Jenny was also a Director of the Women of The Year (WOTY) committee from 2018 to 2022. WOTY focuses on highlighting and celebrating the achievements of women in the UK.

In 2020, the UK Kennel Club appointed Jenny as a Board Director of the organisation. It is the largest and oldest Kennel organisation in Britain, focusing on dog health, protection and training. She is also involved with the Young Enterprise and Tomorrow’s People. Both of these charities aim to support and mentor young and skilled people.

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Campbell is a motivational speaker who speaks at conferences and private events. Her experience in corporate banking and entrepreneurship helps the businesswoman in helping entrepreneurs and students. She believes that enthusiasm, determination and dedication have made her successful. 

Since Jenny is a finance expert, she conducts several mentorship programmes for budding entrepreneurs. She also teaches young people how to buy a business and raise funds through a recession. Campbell focuses on boosting failing businesses and applying entrepreneurial and corporate skills in the competitive market. She also conducts several sessions in which she talks about scaling businesses and overcoming barriers faced by entrepreneurs.

Business is in Jenny’s blood. She believes that a person should try to give their best in their career. Moreover, the entrepreneur follows that “there is no such thing as glass ceilings, only sticky floors”. Jenny Campbell is an inspiration for all entrepreneurs. She has proved that a person doesn’t need educational qualifications to achieve success in life.