Gerry’s Big Decision

Wednesday, November 18 on M4

Sir Gerry Robinson, of the UK’s most respected entrepreneurs, is taking some very big risks: he’s preparing to invest hundreds of thousands of pounds of his own money in failing British companies. Each week two businesses whose fate hangs precariously in the balance must persuade Gerry that they’re potentially profitable before he makes his big decision: to invest in both, either or neither of the businesses. Gerry recognises the important of ‘family’ but, in this concluding episode, he discovers a hotel chain that’s been affected by a father and son’s business decisions. The day when the final guest checks out forever is a near possibility. Hundreds of miles away, another family, who own and run a chain of department stores, are also losing money and the signs could very soon be turned to ‘closed’ for good.

Wednesday, November 4 on M4

Another chance to see the series in which Sir Gerry Robinson, one of the UK’s most respected entrepreneurs, was prepared to risk millions of his own money to rescue credit crunch-hit companies that he believed didn’t deserve to fail. Each week, two British businesses whose futures hang in the balance must persuade Gerry that they’re potentially profitable, before he makes his big decision: which, if any, businesses to invest in. Gerry’s first quest takes him into the lives of two couples: both of whom have built award-winning breweries, but are now equally desperate for his cash. Gerry submerges himself in all aspects of the businesses, trying to uncover the strengths and weaknesses of each faltering firm. But if Gerry reads matters wrong, it won’t just be their product going down the drain, but his own money too.

Thursday, July 16 on 4

Gerry recognises the important of ‘family’ but continuing his journey across Britain, risking millions of his own money to save British businesses, he discovers a hotel chain that’s been affected by a father and son’s business decisions. The day when the final guest checks out forever is a near possibility. Hundreds of miles away, another family, who own and run a chain of department stores, are also losing money and the signs could very soon be turned to ‘closed’ for good. Each has their own ideas about how to save their legacies but have any of them got it right?
An interview with Sir Gerry Robinson is available on the press website under Programme Info/ Future Highlights/ July.

Thursday, July 9 on 4

In Lancashire, almost an entire village community is dependent on one company: Britain’s last surviving major chair manufacturer. But the MD and the owner are at loggerheads and 150 years of tradition could vanish within months. Meanwhile, in Devon, another firm is also on the brink of extinction. They’re recognised for “making Britain’s finest pies and pasties”, but it’s dawning on owner Simon that he has bitten off more than he can chew. Both owners and their respective employees must persuade Gerry that they can prosper with a major cash injection. Should he save either of them?
An interview with Sir Gerry Robinson is available on the press website under Programme Info/ Future Highlights/ July.

Thursday, July 2 on 4

Across Britain, the economic crisis is causing businesses to go bust. In this new series, Sir Gerry Robinson, one of the UK’s most respected entrepreneurs, is prepared to risk millions of pounds of his own money to rescue those that he believes deserve another chance. Each week, two British businesses whose futures hang in the balance must persuade Gerry that they’re potentially profitable, before he makes his big decision: which, if any, of the businesses to invest in. In the first episode Gerry’s quest takes him into the lives of two couples who have built award-winning breweries.
An interview with Sir Gerry Robinson is available on the press website under Programme Info/ Future Highlights/ July.

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