15 Of The Top Business Speakers and How They’ve Achieved Success
Without profits, there would be no business - but how do you secure a profitable annual turnover? The landscape of consumer behaviour, supply and demand and developing the best marketing strategies is a treacherous one, however, our motivational business speakers have the insight to best advise your business. Whether you require a sales training keynote speaker or a marketing speaker, the wide range of experts we have on offer means that there is someone for every industry.
1. Indra Nooyi
CEO of Pepsi
“When women are empowered in the design and innovation process, the likelihood of success in the marketplace improves by 144%!”
Ranked as one of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, Indra Nooyi understands the benefits of inclusivity in business. Since 1994, Indra has revolutionised the Pepsi company, focusing on health and diversity to keep the company up to date with modern business requirements. As a sales conference speaker, she can offer invaluable knowledge on the future of businesswomen, health demands and running an industry giant.
2. Richard Reed
Co-founder of The Innocent Smoothie Company
"Small denotes size, not significance."
From humble beginnings, Richard Reed co-founded The Innocent Smoothie Company, developing it into the business that it is today. With the intention of helping “people live well and die old”, the unique company ethos and quirky packaging positioned Innocent Smoothies as one of the most popular drinks brands on the market. In his speeches, Richard recounts how valuing his small idea made the business what it is today.
3. Levi Roots
Founder of Reggae Reggae Sauce
“I think more people should stand up and be mentors so that young people can say “he’s done it and I want to hear from him, I don’t want to hear from someone who I don’t understand or who is not from my neck of the woods.”
Levi Roots is a man of many talents. From music and media to cooking and business, his experiences are what makes him the speaker that he is today. By bottling his grandmother’s jerk BBQ sauce and labelling it Reggae Reggae Sauce, Levi turned his family recipe into a successful business that celebrates Jamaican culture. This sales speaker believes that nurturing the youth will inspire the businesspeople of tomorrow, a notion he discusses in his speeches.
4. Blake Mycoskie
Founder of Toms Shoes
“We literally had created karma, if you will, by, you know, really setting out to do something to help people versus just trying to make money.”
Renowned for his contribution to charity, Blake Mycoskie is a businessman like no other. Since 2006, his shoe company, Toms, has donated nearly 100 million pairs of shoes to children in need. Blake created a charity company that could sustain itself without donations, due to the shoes affordable production value. By booking Blake, you will learn from tried and tested expert of the benefits of fulfilling business ideas, rather than money-making business ideas.
5. Jenny Campbell
CEO of Your Cash
“I always say recruit for attitude and train for skill, the 16-year-old can do just as good or even potentially better than the 23-year-old who’s maybe never been in a work environment.”
One of the most famous entrepreneurs in the business, Jenny Campbell values offering young businesspeople a gateway into industries where they can thrive. She believes that companies should hire a balance of graduates and entrepreneurs, as each of them has different skills, knowledge and working styles to offer. She is also an advocate for women putting themselves forward in business, using their voices to market their worth rather than settling for second best.
6. James Averdieck
Founder of Gü
“The biggest challenge is keeping the product quality constant. What makes brands ultimately successful is consistency.”
Gü Chocolate Puds was one of the fastest-growing food companies in the UK, thanks to James Averdieck. He reinvented the quality standards for affordable desserts, providing the masses with a luxurious product at an affordable price. In his speeches, he highlights the importance of consistency in business no matter the size or speed of growth of the company.
7. Rachel Elnaugh
Founder of Red Letter Days
“When you start out in business you can easily control everything because you are close to every function. As a business grows you need to delegate authority and that is where the problems begin.”
Rachel Elnaugh experienced every business owners worst nightmare - she placed her trust in the wrong CEO, watched her company crash and was ridiculed by the media. After picking herself back up, she is using her experience to educate the business owners of tomorrow. Rachel as since published a book that has become a bible for businesses on the brink. This conference speaker is the perfect inspiration for turning a crisis around.
8. Claire Brumby
Founder of Scrubby’s Crisps
“Achieve results using the minimum cost of resource for the maximum return.”
With a clear view of the best business practices, Claire Brumby uses her public speaking to highlight how budgeting your outgoings early can give your business the best possible chance of success. As a proud mother, she advocates the importance of keeping family values at the heart of her business, an ethos that has nurtured a reputation of integrity and authenticity.
9. Michelle Mone OBE
Founder of Ultimo
"When I mentor, I tell people that don't have to look like a supermodel but you have got to feel your best, look your best, and be confident."
From modest beginnings, Michelle Mone has built an empire. The model turned businesswomen is renowned as one of the UK’s top female entrepreneurs, thanks to her fierce, no-nonsense approach to building an enterprise. Michelle believes that anyone is able to succeed if they have faith in their own capabilities, it all starts with feeling confident.
10. Roger Saul
Founder of Mulberry
Roger Saul rose to fame after he founded renowned luxury designer brand Mulberry. Widely regarded as a fashion mogul, Roger was the brains behind the high-quality brand now stocked in boutique shops and major outlets worldwide. Also at the helm of an organic spelt farm, Roger’s produce is supplied to shops such as Waitrose, Ocado and Whole Foods. With knowledge spanning a breadth of sectors, Roger is an eloquent business speaker possessing comprehensive expertise on consumer behaviour, retail and business management.
11. Lord Alan Sugar
Founder of Amstrad
”Love what you do and do what you love, otherwise you will become unhappy and self-defeating”
One of the most well-known names in the world of business, Lord Alan Sugar is the founder of Amstrad and a pivotal figure on The Apprentice. Starting his now famous computer company at the young age of 21, Lord Sugar has achieved immense success in business and is idolised by many budding entrepreneurs. As a business speaker, he inspires corporate audiences by showing that anything is possible with enough determination and self-belief.
12. Sir Richard Branson
Founder of Virgin Group
”You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over”
The founder of renowned Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson is one of the greatest business moguls of modern day. Beginning his now illustrious company as a record brand, Richard has since expanded his commercial reach to holidays, airways, hotels, trains and radio, controlling over 400 different companies. Diagnosed with dyslexia Richard had a hard time during his education, but nonetheless he has overcome challenges and built his business from the ground. An inspirational business speaker, Richard encompasses how hard work and determination pays off.
13. Deborah Meaden
Dragon on Dragon's Den
”I often see people who I think could be really successful in business but they just don’t realise they have skills and they don’t believe in themselves”
Widely known as a Dragon on the programme Dragon’s Den, Deborah Meaden began her illustrious career founding a glass and ceramics company in Italy. Since first venturing into the world of business, Deborah has since invested in numerous companies and helped budding entrepreneurs to make their businesses a success. Joining family business Westar Holidays, Deborah soon found herself at the helm of a multi-million-pound holiday business. An eloquent and confident business speaker, Deborah is sought after to cover the demands of retail and hospitality and her success in a largely patriarchal sector.
14. Jeremy Schwartz
CEO of The Body Shop and Marketing Director of L'Oreal
Jeremy Schwartz has been at the helm of various different high-profile businesses throughout his illustrious career. Holding roles such as Marketing Director for L’Oréal, joint CEO of Pandora, CEO of The Body Shop, Director of Brand Marketing at Sainsbury’s and Director of Innovation & Marketing at Coca-Cola, Jeremy has extensive knowledge across a broad array of business. Quickly learning to perform under-pressure and to tight deadlines, Jeremy is a perfect speaker to inform how to deliver exceptional quality, how to motivate a team and how to increase accountability, engaging the audience in every speech he delivers.
15. Martha Lane Fox
Co-founder of Lastminute.com
”Failure is not an option. Everyone has to succeed”
Co-founder of Lastminute.com, Martha Lane Fox is the brains behind one of the world’s leading travel and leisure businesses. Joining forces with Brent Hoberman, the pair innovated the technology that would help thousands of people to get deals on various holidays and leisure activities at the push of a button. Since leaving Lastminute.com in 2003, Martha has committed her time to various other businesses such including Luckyvoice, Marks & Spencer, Antigone and is currently a Director of Twitter. Experiencing a broad array of sectors, Martha is the ideal speaker to bring understanding to consumer behaviour and the everchanging world of commerce.