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A Bazaar Life: The Autobiography of David Alliance

Alliance, David

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ISBN 10: 1849541922 / ISBN 13: 9781849541923
Verlag: The Robson Press, 2015
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At the age of thirteen, David Alliance was taken out of school by his father and apprenticed into the Grand Bazaar in Tehran, where he learned the business skills that were to prove invaluable in one of the most successful business careers of modern times. In 1950, with just 14 in his pocket, he arrived in Manchester in search of textile bargains, going hungry and sometimes forced to sleep on the street. Six years later, however, when he was still only twenty-four, he bought a loss-making textile mill, turned it around in six months and went on to build the biggest textile company in the Western world. At one stage his businesses, including his mail-order company, N Brown Group, employed more than 80,000 people. He did it through a mixture of incredibly hard work, creativity and nerve, and some of his takeovers, often of companies many times larger than his own, were breathtaking in their ingenuity. No obstacle was unscalable - his guiding principle all his life was that everything is achievable 'if you put your heart and soul into it'. Humble, charming and delightfully honest, Alliance's extraordinary rags-to-riches tale is not only that of a remarkable journey, but goes far beyond the world of business. Among many stories which have until now remained secret, Alliance tells of how he used the skills he learned in the bazaar to negotiate with the dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam to allow the Ethiopian Jews to be airlifted to Israel, his friendship with the Shah of Iran and the first-hand insight into the infamous Guinness affair. In A Bazaar Life, written with Ivan Fallon, he sets out the lessons he has learned in a long career, and the principles that have guided him. Young - and older - entrepreneurs can learn a lot from his story. Foreword by Peter Mandelson

Inhaltsangabe: This is the story of a long and event-filled life, of sixty-seven years in business and the lessons learned along the way by a remarkable man. Born in the Jewish quarter of a small Iranian town in 1932, David Alliance left school at thirteen, ran his own business in the bazaar in Tehran, emigrated to Manchester at the age of nineteen and, through some of the most spectacular City takeovers of the post-War era, created the biggest textile company in Europe, with over 60,000 employees. But until now little is known of the inner (now Lord) David Alliance, the forces that have driven him, the circumstances which have shaped him and the events which have at times taken him far beyond the borders of the business world. In this book he reveals stories, anecdotes and incidents which he had never even confided to his closest friends or family before: of his early days in Manchester when he had to drink water from the tap to fill his empty stomach before he went to bed at night. Or walking from warehouse to mill until his feet bled because he did not have the bus fare. Of how he slept on the street when his landlady locked him out because he didn't have the rent money. Now eighty, he describes his basic philosophy of life, originally formed in the bazaar, as: 'put your heart and soul into whatever you do, try to improve on and learn from what you did yesterday, and always believe you can find a way of overcoming any obstacle in your way. Never give up - there's always a way'.

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Titel: A Bazaar Life: The Autobiography of David ...

Verlag: The Robson Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2015

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