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A MAN who began a business on his kitchen table is to address an open evening at the University of Portsmouth.

Will King found himself out of work in Britain’s last recession, in the 1990s, and began tinkering with ideas at his kitchen table to try to solve the problem of razor burn.

Two decades later he is CEO of global brand King of Shaves.

Mr King will be speaking at the University of Portsmouth Business School on Tuesday, June 19 at an open evening aimed at anyone interested in learning more about innovation and entrepreneurship from a man who went from filling plastic bottles in his kitchen to selling his products through Harrods and Boots.

Nearly 20 years later, King of Shaves now distributes a range of more than 30 products in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Africa and Brazil, and in the UK is second in terms of sales only to Gillette.

The free open evening is from 5pm to 8pm in Richmond Building in Portland Street. The talk will begin at 6pm.

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