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!
MD and founder of The Fear Group, Fear is a hugely successful self-made multimillionaire who runs over 70 companies. His investments cross many sectors, including property, green technology, IT, care homes, hotels and manufacturing. Currently Entrepreneur in Residence at the British Library. Very active in charity work, including being patron for the organisation Heropreneurs.
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
Chris Barling co-founded ecommerce software supplier, SellerDeck (formerly Actinic Software) in 1996. He has over 30 years’ experience at the corporate end of the IT industry. He is a prolific writer for a large range of small business media and has also published three books on ecommerce.
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.
A management consultant with over 15 years of industrial experience having held senior management positions at Rover Group, Whirlpool Corporation and The Laird Group plc. For the last 10 years, she’s worked with SME’s to improve their performance. Hilary is Managing Director of productivity specialists R2P Ltd.
Sara Robinson, 30, set up communications consultancy Cake Communications in July 2011. Despite having won numerous awards for PR campaigns she has devised and delivered, she is a relative newcomer to running her own business, which she juggles with raising a 4 year old son.
One of the UK’s most sought-after divorce lawyers, founder of Jones Myers in 1992, first qualified arbitrator in Leeds and former national chair of Resolution. Peter has experience at the highest level in all aspects of financial disputes and is an expert on issues relating to small family businesses
Richard Alvin is founder of private equity company Audere Capital which wholly owns and has investments across the media and fashion sectors. Group MD of Capital Business Media, Director of Cake Communications and is regarded as one of the leading experts of the UK SME sector. A keen angel investor and advisor to new start companies.
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. Now with Threedom Solutions she works with large plcs & smaller local concerns specialising in Human Resources and training solution development. As a working parent she is passionate about supporting parents in the workplace and is a Next Generation Coaching Trainer.
Hugh Hitchcock is a director at DJM Solicitors, a commercial law firm providing legal services to clients across the UK and Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Japan. His career spans 23 years spent in media and corporate law, and he specialises in dispute resolution. He previously spent six years at a leading media firm that acted for Elton John and The Beatles' record label Apple.
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.
Chris Searle is partner in the Transaction Services team of accountancy and business advisory firm BDO, specialising in advising companies seeking to list on the Main Market or AIM. Chris has worked on over 80 IPOs. He also leads the firm’s corporate finance technical and prospectus committees and is chairman of the technical committee of the ICAEW’s Corporate Finance Faculty.
Faisal Butt is Co-founder and Managing Director of Hamilton Bradshaw Real Estate, a venture capital firm chaired by James Caan that invests in entrepreneurs with property related businesses. He is a former winner of Shell Livewire’s "Young Entrepreneur of the Year" and holds an MBA with Distinction from Oxford University
Carl Benfield formed renewable energy company Prescient Power in 2009. Now a UK-wide, multi-million pound business working with household names to harness the benefits of renewable energy. With strong opinions about corporate social responsibility and the part it plays in success, Carl champions flexible working arrangements, employee shareholding, ethics and sustainability.
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.
Charles Purdy is the CEO at Smart Currency Business a leading foreign currency specialist who helps companies manage the risks of making international payments.
Chartered Financial Planner Lee Maddock trained as an accountant and having spent a majority of his career working at organisations like Scottish Equitable, is now Director at Millbank Financial Solutions which specialises in financial planning for SMEs, as well as personal finance issues including longevity, retirement planning and family protection investment.
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.
John Hoskin initially trained and worked as an accountant and consultant at Deloitte for five years. He then spent the next 13 years working as a Financial Director in businesses across the transport, outsourcing and healthcare sectors and running his own accountancy practice, before founding CleverAccounts. John and his co-founder Chris Mollan, wanted to provide a service that used modern technology to give small businesses and self-employed individuals access to all the accountancy functions they needed but without the crippling costs of a larger firm and with better levels of service and greater simplicity and clarity that they often receive.
Maureen Wright is a certified Internet Marketing Consultant and owner of Midlands Web Solutions, specialising in providing solutions for SMEs across the UK since 2004. Maureen is experienced in all aspects of internet marketing, from website design to search engine optimisation, paid search and social media.
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 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.
Chris R Stricklin is a leader, mentor and coach in integrating the fields of negotiations, leadership skills, public relations, public speaking and complex organisational change. His unique experience as a U.S.A.F. Thunderbird coupled with Pentagon-level management of critical Air Force resources valued at $840B, multiple N.A.T.O. assignments and command-experience in the United States Air Force allow his unique synthesis of speaking, leading, management, negotiations and continuous improvement. Chris is also a Certified Manager with degrees in Economics, Financial Planning, Strategic Studies and Operational Art and Science.
Before setting up and becoming MD of Catax Solutions, Mark Tighe was Managing Director of Carphone Warehouse Ltd and, prior to that, Head of UK Business Sales at O2 UK. He's now glad to be back in Cheshire and looking after a growing business.
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.
Graham Ewart is Managing Director of Direct Healthcare Services, the UK's fastest growing manufacturer of pressure area care solutions with a comprehensive portfolio of innovative, award-winning products. Graham has over 15 years’ experience leading and delivering commercial strategies for global healthcare businesses to achieve exceptional and sustainable growth.
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.