Michelle Mone

(11 Jun 2008)

Michelle Mone has become one of the UK’s leading female entrepreneurs.

Michelle Mone grew up in the East End of Glasgow. When her father was struck down with an illness that left him confined to a wheelchair, in order to support her parents, Michelle left school at age 15 with no qualifications to find full time employment.

At the age of 20, Michelle Mone married and gave birth to her first child. Following on from her success in modelling, Michelle decided she wanted to gain some business experience so took a job with Labatt Breweries as an office junior. By the age of 22 Michelle was running Labatt’s Scottish Sales & Marketing team. Two years later she was made redundant as Labatt’s UK operation was taken over by Whitbread.

In October 1996, whilst attending a dinner dance, Michelle was wearing a very uncomfortable bra. This was when she decided that she could invent a bra that was more comfortable, better looking, and would create more cleavage. MJM International Ltd was set up by Michelle and her husband in November 1996.

After three years of research and development, the Ultimo bra was launched at Selfridges in London in July 1999. Selfridges sold 6 weeks stock of Ultimo within 24 hours. In April 2000, at a ceremony in the Epcot Centre, Florida, Michelle won the coveted ‘World Young Business Achiever Award’ beating off top entrepreneurs from 14 countries. Michelle also won the Sunday Mail ‘Great Scot of the Year Business Award’ in November 2000.

In addition to its jointly owned brands, MJM International Ltd currently supply Debenhams, Selfridges, and Next along with a number of independent lingerie stores.

In 2001 HRH Prince Charles asked Michelle to join the Board of Directors for The Princes Scottish Youth Business Trust.

Management Today voted Michelle one of the top 30 woman entrepreneurs in the UK in May 2003.

In 2005 Michelle was approached by Dunnes Stores, the largest chain of department stores in Ireland, to design and launch an exclusive, jointly owned in-house brand. The Per Amore Lingere brand was created to deliver catwalk trends to the high street at affordable prices. The range was launched in 2005 by Samantha Mumba.

Michelle Mone is an inspirational speaker on the motivation, leadership and business skills required to be an outstanding entrepreneur.

Call us now to book Michelle Mone on 01 6190243 or email


Bookmark and Share


Search - Use spaces to seperate your keywords

© 2019 Speaker Solutions, 6-9 Trinity Street

Dublin 2  Ireland.

T: + 353 1 6190243 E: