The most amazing business men and women who are renowned for their entrepreneurial flair and incredible battles to succeed where many have failed. Entrepreneurs from the worlds of manufacture transport and logistics, education, industry, retail, food and drink, hair and beauty, travel and networks.
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Sir Tim Berners-Lee
Sir Tim Berners-Lee is a pioneer and advocate of the Internet age, and is best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web.
Duncan Bannatyne OBE
Tremendous entrepreneurial instincts, brilliant commercial nous and phenomenal business success confirms that Duncan is proof that rags to riches does exist and he is a completely self-made man in the truest sense of the word.
Award winning Entrepreneur and Business Speaker Hilary Devey the inspirational Founder, Chief Executive and Chairman of The Pall-Ex Group is a hugely inspirational figure who has overcome huge hurdles in both her personal and business life.
One of the most heart-warming business success stories at present is the phenomenal rise of the Rastafarian musician Levi Roots. His Reggae Reggae Sauce a delightful mix of barbecue and jerk sauce that won a big contract on Dragon’s Den has gone on from being sold at Notting Hill Carnival to nationwide with Sainsburys, Subway and Wetherspoon’s. Levi has since followed this up with a series on BBC2 Caribbean Food Made Easy and a cookbook Reggae, Reggae Cookbook.
Founder, Wikipedia; U.S. Internet Entrepreneur and Wiki Pioneer; One of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People; Wikipedia: Ranked Among the Top Ten Most-Visited Web Sites Worldwide
From bedsit to big time; from standing start to leading light; from ‘can do’ to ‘already done’, business speaker, former comedienne and founder of i-to-i travel, Deirdre Bounds never fails to enthuse and inspire with the infectious secret of her business and personal success.
A former Para who served in the Falklands and now Honorary Colonel of the 71 Engineer Regiment, Tony is a highly successful entrepreneur, philanthropist, an impressive keynote speaker and author. An award winning businessman, he is Founder and Chairman of Scotland’s fastest growing residential care home provider Balhousie Care Group and passionately supports issues such as long term care of the elderly and mental health issues of war veterans.
Peter Jones CBE
Best known for his appearances on Dragons Den Peter Jones has tremendous entrepreneurial instincts and is a phenomenal business success.
Having been crowned Queen of Shops by the British media and widely recognized as the UK’s foremost authority on retail and brand communication, Mary Portas has a multitude of expertise; business woman, advertising executive, retail expert, Government adviser, broadcaster and consumer champion.
Business Speaker and Former Managing Director of Birmingham City FC and now Deputy Managing Director of West Ham Karren Brady is also Lord Sugars right hand woman in the Apprentice. She is a world class Business and inspirational speaker, covering subjects such as Motivation, Goal Achieving, Leading a Team, Delivering Change, Marketing, Business, Entrepreneurship, Management Skills, Women in Business, Team Building as well as after dinner speaking.
Jo Malone MBE
Designing fragrance is who I am. It makes my heart beat International speaker and renowned entrepreneur Jo Malone MBE created one of the worlds’ most sought after luxury fragrance brands eponymous with her name. In 1999, she sold the business to Estée Lauder Companies and remained Creative Director until her exit in 2006 and November 2011 marked fresh business beginnings as Jo re-entered the beauty industry with her new fragrance brand JO LOVES. ***JO LOVES is not a subsidiary company or an associated business of Jo Malone Ltd***
Yorkshire-based entrepreneur Carl Hopkins is a marketing ‘expert and since selling his multi-million pound marketing agency in 2007 he has turned his hand to promoting entrepreneurship and become an ambassador for enterprise. Always opinionated and outspoken, he is a dynamic speaker.
Co-founder of the organic chocolate company Green & Black’s, journalist and business speaker Jo Fairley is also the co-author of the bestselling Beauty Bible series of books.
Founder of King of Shaves, leading entrepreneur Will Kings personal motto is ‘Enthuse, Exceed, Enjoy!’
Helen Colley has been in business for over 20 years, setting up her own corporate catering company in 1984. In 2002 she launched Farmhouse Fare Ltd, which makes premium puddings and chilled desserts for supermarkets and specialist shops.
Former Dragon’s Den star and leading entrepreneur, James Caan is an expert in business leadership and innovation. Aided by his experience in recruitment he has successfully restructured and transformed businesses for over the past 20 years.
Lisa is an enthusiastic and positive personality and a mother to four teenagers. She is on a mission to get people talking and believes that great communication strengthens relationships and enables society to raise confident, positive and sociable children
26 year old Ben is a double amputee former Commando who managed to recover from stepping on a Taliban landmine in 2008 to running the London Marathon in 12 months. He ran it again in April 2010. He inspires everyone he meets and is a hugely motivating speaker too.
The first ever winner of Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year from outside North America, Fraser Doherty has been selling his Superjam at farmers markets and delicatessens since he was a youngster. Now 20 he has won contracts with almost all of the major UK supermarkets and is selling over 750,000 jars a year. He also runs a hugely successful project that provides tea parties for lonely elderly people all over the UK.
The Dens first female Dragon and mother of five Rachel is often referred to as a business alchemist. Instantly recognisable and a fine and entertaining speaker Rachel is also an experienced business awards and event host.
Leading business woman and highly respected agent Sylvia Tidy-Harris is known for speaking her mind and she does frequently on various TV and radio programmes as well sharing her inspiring story.
Positivity Coach and Self Help Expert, Business Mentor, Author and Motivational Speaker,Sue Stone has successfully achieved an incredible life transformation. From just £10 left in her purse to becoming one of CH4’s Secret Millionaires, Sue has a unique, remarkable and uplifting impact on the people she comes into contact with.
Entrepreneur Speaker and Founder of the international food brand Gü Chocolate Puds, James set about his mission with an incredible determination and this has resulted in global success.
Nicholas is a successful stage and screen actor. He is perhaps best known as Dr Anthony Trueman on BBC’s ‘Eastenders’. Having completed an MBA, Nicholas has now the added career the title: Management consultant to his repertoire; using drama and creativity to help unlock communication potential. His dual ‘roles’ give him a unique perspective on art, culture, Talentship and modern business.
Successful entrepreneur Judy Piatkus founded lifestyle publishing company Piatkus Books in 1979 when women entrepreneurs were rare. She grew the business into a global brand before selling it successfully in 2007.
A passionate speaker, Sahar inspires her audiences leaving them mesmerised with a ‘vitamin shot’ and ‘kick-start’. She motivates people to stop ‘thinking about’ that great idea they have and just ‘get on with it’. She knows because she stopped ‘thinking about it’ and achieved her goals learning a lot along the way.
Winner of the European Black Business Woman Award in Education and Care in 2001 inspirational Head Teacher Marion Faith-Brown fought against the odds to develop a tiny kindergarten into a hugely successful boarding school.
Jean Smith is a social anthropologist currently researching a book on flirting in five different cultures. She interviewed singletons in London, Dublin, Stockholm, Paris, Chicago and New York studying how different cultures use attraction.
Frances Edmonds has been rated Britain’s most entertaining female speaker by The Times. A best-selling author, her non-fiction covers sport, politics, motivation, self-help and personal success. She produces humorous and motivational presentations, and she is a gifted and multi-lingual communicator.
One of Britains best known businessmen, Gerald is famous for being the head of the major 1980s jewellery businesss Ratners. Its sudden and dramatic decline following his own tongue-in-cheek criticism is now legendary.
Rachel Bridge is the former Enterprise Editor for the Sunday Times where she writes extensively about entrepreneurs and offers advice on the issues facing them as they start up and grow their businesses.
Business speaker and event host, Katie Hopkins is a branding and employability expert as well as a highly entertaining after dinner speaker.
Property expert, journalist, media pundit and author of six books Kate runs an independent property company:
A motivational and inspirational Executive Corporate Coach, Training Specialist, and Keynote Speaker, Amanda delivers programmes on management / leadership issues including mind management, behaviour analysis, communication, and many more.
Despite falling pregnant at 17 and with just 4 GCSEs to her name, the birth of Jessica’s beautiful daughter Monet inspired her to change her life and ultimately her destiny. Hugely successful in the field of international PR Jessica is also the successful entrepreneur behind Colourblind Cards.
MD & Co-Founder of Halos n Horns and winner of Channel 4’s ‘Make Me A Million’ Leila Wilcox is a Businesswoman, Entrepreneur, Renowned Motivational Speaker, Mother and Campaigner to rid toiletries of harmful chemicals.
Rosemary Conley CBE
Leading Diet and Fitness Expert, Businesswoman, Columnist & Radio and Television Presenter, Rosemary is a fantastic speaker who motivates audiences everywhere.
Sales and People Management Expert, TV presenter, Columnist, Author and star of the 2005 series The Apprentice Saira Khan has taken the UK by storm since the end of the smash hit BBC 2 TV series produced by Talkback Thames.
Jacqueline Williams is a keen advocate of women’s rights and the empowerment of women, particularly those in and from, developing countries. She is active in the international development arena seeking to help build the leadership capacity of those in positions of influence, especially women as a means of improving the lives of many and developing their communities and nations as a result.
Chief Executive of Ariadne Capital, Julie Meyer has 18 years of investment and advisory experience, helping start-up businesses and industry standards to emerge and establish themselves. She is a hugely successful entrepreneur and a prolific speaker whose speeches truly inspire and inform.
Packaging designer and environmental expert Laurel Miller works in many product sectors including cosmetics, toiletries, perfumes, automotive, toys, consumer goods and food products.
Jacqueline, Chief Executive of Ann Summers and Knickerbox, is one of Britains most successful businesswomen. She has turned the companies, run by women, for women into profitable high street brands and earned herself a reputation as one of the UKs most successful and powerful executives.
A member of the boards of several companies and author of The Naked Truth Margaret is an outstanding speaker and a staunch supporter of women in business. She is an expert advisor to businesses on how to build sustainable cultures.
Speaker and event host Melissa is one of TVs most sought after travel and lifestyle presenters. Host of such shows as Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is and To Buy or Not To Buy she relishes the opportunity to advise people on how to transform their lives and has an intrinsic love of helping people achieve their goals.
Michelle Mone OBE
Michelle, inventor of the lingerie brand Ultimo, is one of the most famous female entrepreneurs in the UK. She has won numerous awards and commendations for her outstanding achievements.
Successful author Preethi tells an amazing inspirational story about realising her dream against all odds. Rejected by a number of publishers Preethi resorted to setting up her own publishing company and posed as her own publicist in order to sell her book. Winning a three book deal with Harper Collins Preethi won the Asian Woman of Achievement award and incidentally her fictional publicist Pru was shortlisted as Publicist of the Year at the PPC awards that same year.
Zandra Rhodes CBE
Outstanding, Glamorous, Extrovert Designer and Entrepreneur, Zandra is one of the UKs best known fashion icons.
Author, adventurer - explorer and documentary filmmaker, Benedict Allen is well known for the expeditions he has depicted in his nine books - including two best sellers - and five major BBC TV series.
Dr David Bull
Award winning presenter, Dr David Bull is a familiar face to all, through his television roles and as an entrepreneur. He is an excellent awards host, presenter, conference facilitator and motivational speaker.
Karen Darby is a highly successful serial entrepreneur with a classic rags to riches story. Her speeches are inspirational, high-energy, imaginative, refreshingly honest and highly entertaining.
Serial Entrepreneur, outstanding speaker and Award winning Celebrity Hair Stylist, Angela James is Tony and Guy’s most successful franchisee and her Rags to Riches story is hugely inspirational.
Kevin Steele is a social and environmental campaigner whose track record includes the biggest ever lobby of parliament, a £2 trillion investment group for action on climate change, the largest coalition on family issues in the UK and Global Entrepreneurship Week, which involves 25,000 events in 77 countries. He has generated 4,000 pieces of media coverage for his campaigns and is a member of the Council on Social Action chaired by the Prime Minister. He speaks on bringing about change - through coalition-building, innovation and mobilising people to act.
At 22 Martyn realised that working for someone else was not for him, and so began his path to entrepreneurship. After initially setting up a consulting firm advising small businesses, he became restless. With a clean slate, he travelled to Manhattan and found his inspiration, an idea that has grown into the hugely successful ‘Coffee Nation’. Now a non-executive of the firm, his unwavering persistence is truly remarkable and his new challenge is to be a successful serial entrepreneur.
Phenomenally talented Advertising Entrepreneur, Presenter, Writer, Motivational Speaker and Event Host John McWilliams is known on TV as the Work Guru.
One of the first dot com millionaires, successful entrepreneur and a pioneering Ecopreneur Ben Way is one of the UK’s best known young entrepreneurs. His story is a mesmerising tale of how someone so young managed to become a success and how he overcame the pitfalls and hurdles he met along the way.
Named one of the Top 100 most influential Muslims in the UK, Shahid’s story is a true rag-to-riches tale. Leaving school with no qualifications he has run a string of multi-million pound businesses, was named the Asian Entrepreneur of 2006 and was star of Channel 4’s Millionaire’s Mission. Shahid is a straight talking businessman who is heavily involved with charities both at home and abroad.
PY is Executive Director of Capital & Regional, the £1bn leisure property company. Previously he has been the high profile head of The Dome and was Vice President of EuroDisney. He is a true expert on business turnaround.
One of the UKs most renowned restaurateurs and caterers, a well known TV cook, broadcaster and cookery writer. Prue is an expert on gastronomy who speaks authoritatively as well as being a skilled event host.
A former British Designer of the Year, Jeff Banks is recognised by many as the forefront of British fashion deriving from the enormous success of his own brand labelled ‘Clobber’ introduced in 1964. A leading entrepreneur with the ability to inspire has proven him to be an ideal after dinner speaker and host/facilitator.
The man behind the stimulating cigarette brand ‘death cigarettes’, BJ Cunningham is an innovative marketing and communications specialist and has built up an entertaining reputation as a thought provoking after dinner speaker.
An inspiring speaker and astute business woman Claire is one of the few women leading the way in the world of Celebrity PR. Highly respected for her strong, hard working and no nonsense personality many people instantly recognise her as Peter Andre’s manager.
Widely regarded by many as the most successful Managing Director of the software firm Oracle for recording a $650 million deal, the President of the Institute of Customer Service, Ian Smith is a highly experienced and inspirational speaker on a variety of subjects including business leadership.
Expert on innovation and future trends, David Bodanis has worked for a number of market leading businesses including Shell, Microsoft and BMW as a technology specialist. His entrepreneurial expertise has helped him quickly develop a reputation as a highly inspirational after dinner speaker.
One of Dragon James Caan’s Millionaire Mentor/Trainers at his new Entrepreneurs Business Academy Emma is the author of BOOM, Seven disciplines to control growth and add impact. She earned her entrepreneurial stripes and self-made millionaire status from Diva Cosmetics. Emma contributes regularly to the UK media and her unique and highly driven style makes her one of the UKs most entertaining business speakers.
Best-selling author and international speaker, Margaret Parkin motivates and mobilises, challenges and inspires individuals, teams and organisations through her unique use of stories and metaphors.
Millionaire Thinking® coach, Veronica Lim lectures on how to Be more, Make more and Work less
Tims first hand experience of building a business gives him added authority as an inspirational Speaker and Conference Chairman and Facilitator. He lifts audiences to see a more energetic, fulfilling, and profitable future. Mixing humour with message, he also gives practical tools to achieve it.
Alvin D. Hall is a financial adviser, author and presenter of the BBC television programme Your Money or Your Life.
Speaker and event host Sue is a former BBC Breakfast reporter, writer, broadcaster and media consultant with a wide range of professional experience in both small start-ups and a massive international corporation. She is also an expert in social media.
Ayo Johnson is an award winning specialist in African Affairs. He is a dedicated campaigner for jusice and human rights around the world, an international broadcaster, keynote speaker and writer.
Arthur Potts Dawson
Arthur Potts Dawson is a talented chef, restauranteur, cookery writer and social entrepreneur.
Bestselling author of the Wedding Bible Sarah Haywood is best known as the TV ‘Wedding Doctor’. A former broadcast journalist, she is the driving force behind the inspirational brand the ‘Wedding Bible Company’. In demand as a wedding pundit, Sarah also has an inspirational, entertaining story to tell about both her work and the way she got there.
Dale Williams runs an innovative consultancy practice specialising in lean sales and process management in all types of organizations. His speeches include growing the business without growing the sales resource.
Alain de Botton
Alain de Botton is a Swiss writer, television presenter and entrepreneur whose books and articles have made literature, philosophy and art more accessible to a wider audience
Entrepreneur, Speaker and member of the Employers Group of The European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels, a European Consultative Institution for civil society Madi Sharma is an expert on import/export.
Paula is Britain’s best known florist. Her client list reads like a ‘Who’s Who’, including Royalty, Presidents, Heads of State, actors, pop stars and TV celebrities, and her company is one of the biggest of its kind in the UK.
jellyellie is an inquisitive, creative 21-year-old entrepreneur and inspirational Speaker who loves people, the internet and making a difference.
Winner of the first Big Brother in 2000, Craig Phillips is an entrepreneur, property developer & TV presenter with a vast knowledge in construction.