LeeMcQueenRaw Talent Academy founder, Lee McQueen. Picture: Sonja Horsman.
He may be best known as the salesman who managed to win the prestigious BBC business talent competition The Apprentice despite performing a ‘reverse pterodactyl’ manoeuvre but Lee McQueen is now on a mission to pull sales out of the Stone Age.
For today, the 2008 winner of Lord Sugar’s must-see programme for budding entrepreneurs, now runs the Raw Talent Academy aimed at spotting and nurturing young talented professionals and launching them into a successful career in sales.
And, unsurprisingly for a boy from the council estates of north London, McQueen says talent potential lies beyond the cloistered realms of university graduates.
Speaking exclusively to SI, McQueen said: “Raw Talent Academy is a sales recruitment agency but it goes a bit further than most because, not only do we find people and assess them towards new careers in sales, we also train and develop them as well.
“Our unique selling point is simply that it is not just about graduate recruits for us. We widen the talent pool to actually say, ‘just because you are a graduate doesn’t mean you’re going to be any better at sales’."
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