With economic growth in the U.K. remaining sluggish, unemployment remaining high and many large corporations sitting on cash, the U.K. government is turning to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for a boost. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has hailed the next decade as "the age of the entrepreneur."
So who have been some of the most successful U.K. entrepreneurs? We've chosen ten British businessmen and women, who have reinvented or disrupted an industry with their business idea or brand.
The entrepreneurs come from a variety of sectors and their net worth figures are for 2012 from publicly available sources and the Sunday Times Rich List. Figures in British pounds have been converted to dollars at the current exchange rate.
Click ahead for these entrepreneur's stories and steps to success.
By Jessica Wilkins and Bianca Schlotterbeck
Posted 22 Nov. 2012