‘I’m very competitive by nature . . . I can allow things to annoy me that shouldn’t’

Ramona Nicholas made her name as a self-confident judge on Dragons’ Den, but various challenges and setbacks have shaped her to become the businesswoman she is today

26th March, 2017
Ramona Nicholas: ‘I’ve always been old-school’

When we meet at Dublin’s Merrion Hotel, Ramona Nicholas is early. She has arrived direct from an earlier morning meeting in Cavan, and is rocking – and rocking is the word – a silk blouse, leather Helmut Lang trousers, spike heels and a particularly bouncy blow-dry. She is the very picture of Irish Businesswoman 2.0: stylish, direct and unquestionably comfortable in her own skin.

The texture of Nicholas’s confidence has, however, shifted. “I’ve learned...

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