By Claire West

James Caan, best known as the star of the BBC TV series ‘Dragons’ Den’, is to be awarded an Honorary Degree by York St John University at its graduation ceremony at York Minister on Thursday 18th November.

Mr Caan is to receive an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration in recognition of his success as an entrepreneur and business leader, and his generosity in using his experience to advise other businesses, as well as for his work within philanthropy.

Caan arrived with his family from Pakistan when he was two-years-old. Despite receiving no formal business education he successfully established a global recruitment business and Hamilton Bradshaw, his private equity investment vehicle. He has now been successfully building and selling businesses for over 25 years.

Caan, who completed a business degree at Harvard Management School later in life, is committed to education and the development of talent. He is the co-chair of the Ethnic Minority Business Task Force and a key mentor to the Prince’s Trust Enterprise Team.

Most recently he has become leading a campaign to support victims in Pakistan who have suffered from the devastating floods earlier this year. Through the James Caan Foundation he is committed to re-building a village and providing the local people with all the facilities they need to restart their lives.
Also to be honored are Valerie Taylor a physiotherapist who founded a rehabilitation centre for the poor in Bangladesh and Janakiraman Ramachandran in recognition of his contribution to education and social development in India.

The Honorary Degrees will be presented at the graduation ceremonies in York Minster on the 18th and 19th November by York St John’s Chancellor, Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, or by Vice Chancellor, Professor David Fleming.