Andy Preston is the UK’s leading authority in sales training and business sales techniques. Not only has Andy worked with some top brands in the UK helping them to negotiate better deals and even close on a higher price, his impressive client portfolio encompasses brands such as HSBC, Nissan, Siemens, McAfee and FedEx – to name just a few!
Stephen Fear DBA is an English businessman and British Library's Entrepreneur in Residence and Ambassador. Today Fear has an established property empire and interests in a number of industries, including green technology, hotels, residential care and manufacturing.
Duncan Bannatyne needs very little introduction as the founder and chairman of The Bannatyne Group and part of the famous five from the BBC TV programme Dragons' Den
Charlie Mullins is the archetypal entrepreneur having started Pimlico Plumbers from scratch and building it into a multi-million pound enterprise. Always opinionated and often controversial, Charlie’s common sense attitude has earned him a reputation as one of the UK's most outspoken entrepreneurs.
Richard Alvin is founder of private equity company Audere Capital which has a number of investments across the media and fashion sectors. Entrepreneur of the year in 2014 Richard is also Group MD of Capital Business Media and director of award winning PR company Brighter Comms, he is regarded as one of the UK's leading experts in the SME sector and an active angel investor and advisor to new start companies in addition to being an advisor to Save Our Business the U.S. based business advice television show.
Caprice is one of the world's most photographed and recognised women. Having graced the covers of over 350 magazines, Caprice now runs and fully finances, designs and models her own hugely successful By Caprice products.
Cat Macdonald has worked across a broad range of sectors including manufacturing, engineering and media at senior management level in Human Resources. Now with Threedom Solutions she works with large plcs & smaller local concerns specialising in HR service provision, Team Coaching and Training solutions. As a working parent she is passionate about supporting parents in the workplace and also developing employee's Resilience in the workplace.
Daniel Priestley is co-founder of Entrevo, a growth accelerator program in the UK, USA, Australia and Singapore. Author of two best-selling books - "Key Person of Influence" and "Entrepreneur Revolution”. He’s interviewed over 2000 entrepreneurs from startups to multi-billion dollar success stories. Previously he built several multi-million dollar businesses in event marketing and management.
Jeff Salmon, is a consummate deal maker, negotiator and entrepreneur. Whilst coming to prominence as a gallery owner and dealer on Channel 4's 4 Rooms he also has a diverse mixture of companies which include the UK's best known air conditioning company, an Insurance Loss Adjusting/Assessing company, a Complementary Health Practice and a company selling wheelchair ramps.
Clare Bampton has nearly 20 years' experience in PR and marketing and founded Derbyshire-based Bampton Communications Limited seven years ago following a career including Lloyds TSB, The Boots Company, TNT and British Waterways. Bampton provides practical, value-for-money PR and marketing services to a wide range of SMEs and marketing professionals across the UK.
Julian Hall is Director and Founder of Calm People, experts in emotional resilience, stress, conflict and anger management. 20 years experience working in challenging corporate environments and dealing with change programmes, Julian uses his knowledge to support organisations and employees to take advantage of increasingly changing and moving business environments.
Dr Lynda Shaw, a cognitive neuroscientist and chartered psychologist specialising in the psychology of ageing and business improvement. A hugely popular speaker with an innovative, practical and immediately applicable approach, Dr Shaw offers insights into a variety of relevant and often controversial issues.
Ben Dowd is one of O2’s longest standing directors. Ben has been instrumental in moving the business from solely mobile into the ICT space. His responsibility covers all of the business area and includes SOHO, Small businesses, and Corporate, as well as multinational customers.
Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA, has worked with leaders and executives for over 16 years in the business and education sectors. His focus is on creating ideas that matter and implementing solutions that are valuable to organisations and the individuals in those organisations. Author of Your Best Just Got Better: Work Smarter, Think Bigger, Make More.
James Caan CBE is one of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs. He made his fortune through the global success of his Recruitment companies, Alexander Mann and Humana International, before founding private equity firm Hamilton Bradshaw in 2004. He is best known for joining the panel of the hit BBC show Dragons’ Den, and more recently, The Business Class on CNBC. A passionate supporter of small businesses, James chairs the Government’s Start Up Loans scheme, which provides funding and mentoring to budding entrepreneurs.
As director of Seneca Investments (part of Seneca Partners Limited), Melanie sources and executes deals involving SMEs – managing an investment portfolio and investor relations together with driving the strategy for the businesses. Melanie joined Kroll – global leader in risk mitigation – in 2004 to focus on corporate assignments within the national and international markets.
John Ritchie is the founding CEO of Ellipse, a specialist online insurer covering the death and disability benefits offered by companies to their employees. He set up the business for Munich Re Group to challenge the long-established players in that sector and firmly believes that the digital age enables small, nimble companies, like Ellipse, to compete successfully with the big boys.
Serial entrepreneur, Bill Morrow, has been creating, building and selling businesses for the last 25 years. He is CEO & Co-Founder of Angels Den, the world’s first integrated angel funding and crowdfunding platform.
Stephen is responsible for British Gas Business (BGB), the division serving almost half a million businesses across 900,000 locations with energy supplies and energy services. Previously, Stephen was Group Managing Director for Consumer & Small Business at eircom, the leading telecommunications company in Ireland, and served on the management board of Virgin Media, leading the business division.
Rural specialist Jemma Clifford was a director of three companies before the age of 27. A rural surveyor by training, Jemma changed career path when she retrained and became Director of, and invested in, Nottingham-based Monkrat Marketing, before setting up two of her own rural-specific ventures, Be Rural and Clifford Price. Based in Leicestershire but operating throughout the UK, Jemma’s businesses enable rural firms to make the most of their markets, customers and environment.
With around 20 years’ experience in graphic design, Laura Faulkner established Matchstick Design in 2006. Working from a dynamic studio in Derbyshire, Matchstick provides brand management, advertising and graphic design to a wide range of clients including a global IT Solution company, a diverse range of SMEs, well-known motorsport clients and a wealth of organisations in the education sector.
Director of Gravity Digital, qualified professional marketer, Sharon Stevens-Cash has over 20 years’ experience working across a range of sectors and with a variety of companies, both large and small. Setting up her own company a decade ago, along with sister and social media specialist Debbie Porter, their firm recently merged with a website design agency, creating a digital marketing powerhouse, located in the Midlands, with clients based in every county in England. Gravity offers services across the digital marketing spectrum from social media management and website design to marketing strategy and search engine optimisation.
Ioan MacRae is head of European Midmarket at Avaya. In this role, MacRae is responsible for driving Avaya’s midmarket presence and increasing market share across the EU region. MacRae has a wealth of sales and management experience with midmarket technology companies both in the UK and overseas. Most recently he was General Manager, UK, Ireland and Greece for Westcon Group.
Digital marketing specialist and influential Entrepreneur, Mark Wright, is the founder and creator of one of the UK’s fastest growing digital marketing agencies, Climb Online. Developed in partnership with Lord Sugar – following Mark’s win of The Apprentice 2014. In boasting a unique approach to online marketing for business development, Mark and his team have been entrusted with driving the digital strategy for some of the UK’s most widely known and recognised brands including Groupon, Be Wiser Insurance and Company Check.