“The economic future of this country depends on the next generation of young entrepreneurs and business leaders.”


Lord Ashcroft has been a successful entrepreneur for nearly 40 years.

His business career began when he was in his late twenties. In 1977 he became Chairman of The Hawley Group and within less than a decade transformed it from near collapse into the UK’s leading business services company employing over 100,000 people. Following a US merger in 1988, Hawley was re-branded ADT. In 1997, he negotiated the sale of ADT to Tyco International for more than $6.7 billion (£3.7 billion).

He was a Director of Caribbean Investment Holdings Limited, a financial services company operating in Belize, until May 2011.

Other business interests include investments in Caribbean Investment Holdings Limited (financial services in Belize), Waterloo Investment Holdings Limited (holding company for Caribbean and Central American interests), Jaywing plc (digital marketing and eCommerce services), Dods (Group)plc (political information, public affairs and policy communication specialist), Political Holdings Limited (provide information on political process, conferences and publishing) and Gusbourne plc (wine producer).