Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Alex Is Back to Help Some More Struggling Businesses

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Alex Is Back to Help Some More Struggling Businesses

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ALEX Polizzi may have been born into money, but she certainly hasn't spent her life lounging around spending it.

Instead, the straight-talking 41-year-old, who is the granddaughter of hotelier Lord Forte and daughter of hotel designer Olga Polizzi, has worked for her family company around the world and, with her husband Marcus Miller, set up a wholesale bakery which supplies highend retailers like Fortnum & Mason.

She's also forged a successful broadcast career, taking over from Ruth Watson as the Hotel Inspector on Five, and now presenting The Fixer (BBC2, 8pm Tuesday).

Sitting amid the finery of Brown's Hotel (owned by her uncle Rocco Forte), to promote the second series of The Fixer, it's clear she has been working on some family business of her own. Beneath her sparkling jewels is a neat little baby bump, where the baking entrepreneur is cooking up a little sibling for her daughter, Olga.

"It's very exciting," says an unusually giddy Polizzi, who is due to give birth in early March.

"And it's been an excellent distraction while filming. I think it is quite easy to completely forget oneself and get dragged into the lives of the people we're meeting and their problems, but instead I've been able to extract myself and step away."

It's easy to understand how she might find herself becoming over- involved with the people she encounters for The Fixer, which sees her tour the country meeting family businesses struggling to stay afloat. A run-down beauty salon in Essex might not have that much in common with her family's multi-billion pound business empire, but the rules are the same - and Polizzi's business acumen is put to good use among the failing companies.

Sitting back in her chair, she proudly reels off what's happened to the businesses she helped in the first series.

She says: "The bridal shop has been voted best in their region, which is very exciting. …

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