A4e has been "cleared of any wrong doing". But she has had a horrible time personally. I'm sure that's true. But what about the £8.6 million that caused the furore? What comes out clearly from the interview is that Harrison sees herself as an entrepreneur who has invested "tens of millions of pounds" of her own money in the business and is taking all the risk. "This was not a dividend of one year, it was a result of 25 years of work," she says. Er, not quite. It was a dividend of one year. The business generated £11m of profit in one year, and as the Mail points out it was "effectively taxpayers' money". And the taxpayers can question how all that business was obtained and whether we got value for money. The slogan is there; Harrison says, "My mission in life is to improve people's lives." She has never seemed to recognise the disconnect between that ambition and the reality of the experience for so many of her clients and employees.
What now? "I could have sold the company many times over. I could be sitting with my feet up on some fancy yacht, but why would I? That would be like selling my life." She says she "now intends to concentrate on a range of new projects – including promoting women in business."
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