Gerald Ratner

Gerald Ratner

(4 customer reviews)


Gerald Ratner took over as CEO of the family jewellery chain in the mid 80s; becoming one of Britain’s best known businessmen. He transformed it from 130 stores with sales of £13m; to a public company with 2,500 stores and sales of over £1.2bn. By 1990, Ratner’s was the world’s largest jewellery retailer with profits in excess of £120m.

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Gerald Ratner: Businessman

Gerald is a businessman whose fall from grace was one of the most spectacular ever seen in our times. That ‘gaffe’ that has been voted the worst mistake of all time forced him to leave the business. Ten years later he started again and he now speaks in a humorous and erudite way; on his mistakes and what we all can learn from them. He is ideal for either an after dinner or conference speech.

Diamond Retailer

In 2003 he launched a new venture, The specialist diamond retailer sells jewellery, watches and hallmarked gold and silver through a secure site. It has formed alliances with a number of partners including SB&T, an Indian based producer, Goldsmiths and Royal Brierly – the only UK manufacturer of traditional hand blown crystal. The online business is already the largest of its kind in Britain.

Gerald Ratner: Speaker

After clawing his way back to the top, Gerald talks as a keynote with typical candour; about the roller-coaster journey and the valuable lessons learned.

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4 reviews for Gerald Ratner

  1. Toyota

    Gerald was excellent. We have no hesitation in recommending him.

  2. KPMG

    A fascinating display of resilience, self-deprecating humour and lessons in ‘what not to do’. Gerald surpassed all our expectations.

  3. Sheila Cooper, MD, AIS Stores 2018

    You were pronounced the best speaker of the day and I thank you for helping to make our conference so enjoyable

  4. GPS PE Pipe Systems 2018

    Great speech by Gerald Ratner at Pipeline Guild Annual Dinner – honest and humour rolled into one!

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