Ruth Badger grew up in Wolverhampton. At 16 she left full time education, with just three G.C.S.E.‘s, to join a Youth Training Scheme in the Civil Service. Her first big break came when she got a job working as a Processor for a local Financial Services Company. Starting with no experience, Ruth quickly excelled. Promoted four times in just 18 months, Ruth was awarded four company awards based on her performance. This included the fantastic accolade of National Employee of the Year for GE Capital, receiving an all expenses cruise aroundEurope. Not content with her success, Ruth left GE Capital for another Financial Services Company called Compass Finance Limited who were based in theNorth West. At 24 years of age, not only did Ruth achieve an Executive level position, she also doubled her earning potential. Quickly promoted, Ruth then transformed the company’s performance and turnover. Finally as Sales Director, she became accountable for all revenue generation and played a fundamental part in increasing the turnover from 3.1 million to 13.1 million in 2 years. Ruth played a major role in the flotation of the business on the Stock Market in 2004 and held an Executive board position for three years.
Then, the opportunity arose to apply for The Apprentice… Ruth proved week after week that she was the top performer in the show and excelled at all tasks. Outselling all other Executives in each task, Ruth consistently demonstrated her business acumen and ability. Ruth left the series after working for Sir Alan Sugar for 6 months in an Executive role. After leaving The Apprentice, Ruth has gone on to achieve massive success. She has fronted her own trouble shooting show Badger or Bust and was a mentor in Sky one’s The Big Idea as well as appearing in numerous other TV shows. Ruth also has two regular business columns with national press and is a regular business expert on well respected business shows. Ruth launched Ruth Badger Consultancy Ltd in June 2006 after leaving The Apprentice. With countless major International Companies as clients, Ruth Badger Consultancy provides Company MOT’s, Sales Consultancy, Start Up Advice and Business Rescue. Ruth’s second business, The Ruth Badger Academy was launched in 2009 due to the high demand for Sales Training previously delivered through the consultancy. The academy provides no nonsense effective Sales, Business and Careers training that is proven even in the current climate.
Ruth has a fantastic reputation as a Speaker and has delivered hundreds of motivational and keynote speeches to a varied audience. Finally Ruth is represented by the international media giants The William Morris Agency for all TV and Media work. In summary, for a girl who left school at the young age of 16 with 3 GCSE’s and has achieved all of the above by the age of 30, Ruth Badger is proof you really can do anything you set your mind to!
March 1978 Born inWolverhampton. 1994 Left school with three G.C.S.E’s and went on to two full time jobs including a YTS scheme at a local Job Centre and DSS Benefits Advisor. All done while doing three part time jobs as a Football Steward for Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club and a Barmaid. 2000 Joined Purple Loans (owned by GE Capital) as a Loans Processor where she was promoted four times, tripled her salary and won Employee of the Year for GE Capital in 2002. Ruth was rewarded with a luxury cruise and left the company as a Team Manager. 2002 Joined a small north based Financial Services Company Compass Finance Limited as a Sales Representative again doubling her salary and was quickly promoted to Operations Manager. 2004 Ruth played a fundamental role in the flotation of Compass Finance PLC and increased the turnover from £3m a year to £13.1m in two years. 2005 Ruth became Head of Sales and Operations with a £125,000 Salary, fully expensed Apartment and Share Holding in the business. 2006 Ruth quit her job to appear in the second series of the BBC’s “The Apprentice”, where she proved her business acumen each week often out performing every other contestant. She survived the whole 12 week period before Sir Alan Sugar picked the eventual winner Michelle Dewberry. Ruth worked as Head of Schools for a six month period for Sir Alan Sugar at Viglen Limited. 2006 Ruth launched her own business Ruth Badger Consultancy Limited specialising in unique Sales Training, Start Up planning and Company MOT’s. 2006 Ruth appears on Sky’s “The Big Idea” program where budding entrepreneurs pitch their inventions to win £100,000. Ruth mentored the final winner to not only win the show but launch the product. 2006 Ruth is signed up by “First” magazine to write a weekly business column. 2007 Ruth’s very own business series “Badger or Bust” airs on Sky One. Ruth worked with six ofBritain’s worse companies turning them into performers. 2007 Ruth is signed up by Jobsite as an expert interviewer. 2007 Thames Money Limited is launched with the previous founder of Compass Finance Group PLC to provided Financial Services companies with business improvement consultancy. 2008 North West Money is launched with the founder of Compass Finance PLC which provided financial solutions to home owners in theUK. June 2008 Ruth Badger Consultancy celebrates its second year in business. Sept 2008 Ruth is signed up by “New Business Magazine” to write a quarterly business column. Dec 2008 Ruth Badger Academy Limited is formed with Julie Hughes. January 2009 The Ruth Badger Academy is launched providing proven sales, business and careers training. June 2009 Ruth Badger Consultancy celebrates its third year in business.