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Dragon Caan enters Belfast IT den with six-figure investment

By Staff Reporter

Published 08/07/2016

From left, Richard Waterson of Hayward Hawk with investor James Caan, colleagues Anthony Stuart and Stephen McDowell
From left, Richard Waterson of Hayward Hawk with investor James Caan, colleagues Anthony Stuart and Stephen McDowell

Former Dragons' Den star James Caan has invested a six-figure sum in a Belfast tech recruitment company. Mr Caan, who featured in the BBC2 reality business show from 2007 to 2010, said he was pleased to support the "passionate" team at Hayward Hawk.

The firm was set up this year by Richard Waterson and Stephen McDowell - and now they are joined by Mr Caan as chairman. The business has four consultants but hopes to grow to more than 30 by 2018.

Entrepreneur James Caan - who was making his first investment in a business on the island of Ireland - said: "It's people who breathe life into business, not products or services. Hayward Hawk understand this, which is how they've managed to grow so rapidly and why I'm so pleased to support this passionate, talented team.

"I'm looking forward to working with Hayward Hawk, enhancing their brand as specialists in the market but more importantly, enhancing employment opportunities in Belfast."

Associate director Anthony Stuart said: "When I was initially approached by Richard and Stephen, with an opportunity to come on board to a forward thinking recruitment start-up, I was very excited.

"With James Caan, one of the top names in recruitment, lending his support and expert mentorship, it was something I just had to be a part of."

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