THE University of Buckingham is delighted to announce the first lecture of the spring term series will take place on April 5 and will be given by alumnus, Bill Keeling.
Bill will kick start our series with a presentation about his career and admirable business success.
After studying at the university, Bill Keeling joined the Financial Times as a foreign correspondent in West Africa (resulting in his deportation in 1992 from Nigeria for articles on the US$3bn corruption scandal) and Indonesia.
In 1994, he joined Dresdner Kleinwort Benson to head its office in Indonesia before acquiring Prestat in 1998.
Prestat was established in 1902 and is described by The Economist as one of the world’s three top chocolate shops.
Prestat is by Royal Appointment to The Queen and was the favourite chocolate shop of Roald Dahl.
Its founding family created the chocolate truffle in 1896. Bill acquired Prestat 12 years ago with his brother Nick Crean and became managing director.
In this period the brothers have grown output over one hundredfold and Prestat is now available in over 250 stores in the UK and exports to more than a dozen countries.
As the managing director of Prestat Ltd, Bill has successfully revived the brand that is now over 100 years old.
In this lecture Bill will talk about his career and how he has come to achieve such huge success in business and hopefully bring lots of delicious chocolate for us to taste!
This lecture will be held in the Ian Fairbairn Lecture Hall, Chandos Road Building and will commence at 6.30pm.
The lecture is free and open to all with refreshments served following the talk.
Please contact the publicity department for more information on 01280 820213.