Years before I established my first ‘real’ business in 2013, I spent a lot of time, money and effort getting to live events throughout the UK.
I’ve seen and worked with a tonne of marketing and business growth speakers from all over the world.
Since 2014 I’ve been hiring UK based and international speakers for our own live event – CMA Live – and we also prepare speakers for stage performances through our World Class Communication event that we host with Marcus Sheridan.
Not only that, I have spoken on stages in the UK, Europe and USA and interviewed dozens of professional speakers.
So, with all of this experience, how can I help you to choose a great business and marketing speaker for your stage? Well, I’ve put together a list of my top business speaker recommendations from the UK for you.
If you are facilitating, organising or curating an event, and you are looking for a professional UK based marketing and business growth speaker, look no further than this list right here.
If you want to ask me a question about anyone included here, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who are the best business growth and marketing speakers in the UK?
Andrew & Pete
Andrew and Pete run an award winning content marketing company called ‘Andrew and Pete’ believe it or not, where they help small businesses create share-worthy content that builds brands people love.
- Website: www.andrewandpete.com
- LinkedIn: Andrew | Pete
- Twitter: @andrewandpete
- Book: The Hippo Campus (Amazon UK)
“Andrew and Pete hit the keynote sweet spot: Informative, funny, and best off all memorable” – Mark Schaefer
After quitting his job at age 23 so that he didn’t have to work for “nob heads” any longer, Mark decided to try his hand at digital product development and began working with some of the UK’s biggest organisations, including the NHS, JCB and the Ministry of Defence.
So, in 2008 he set up his first “real” business, and in less than 12 months later he royally screwed it up, having only £60 in the bank and having to let his whole team and his offices go.
Since then, the ‘Hot Dog Kid’ has learned his lesson and has gone on to found a globally successful design agency, two tech startups, the UK’s #1 business podcast and a personal brand that has created an audience of worldwide fans of his “no shit” attitude.
Following a blaze of glory burnout in 2012, he is a regular speaker across the world at tech, business and media events, particularly in the United States.
- Website: excellence-expected.com/
- Twitter: twitter.com/MrAsquith
- LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/markasquith/
“I LOVED your session today. It might have been the most impactful session for me this whole year and made me think in a completely different way. Thank you so much for sharing and teaching us how to do seriously excellent work!” – Bethany Bayless
Multi-award winning entrepreneur, Gavin Bell is often regarded as one of the worlds leading Facebook advertising experts.
At just 21 years of age, he launched his social media agency, Blue Cliff Media. Fast forward two years and they’re working with brands across the world, helping them to transform the way they communicate and market themselves online.
Gavin has a weekly vlog titled “The Journey” which follows his life through the world of entrepreneurship – sharing all the highs and lows that are involved. His vlog has been watched by hundreds of thousands of people across the world. You might see him walking around the event with his camera! He’s been featured on the likes of Virgin.com, Huffington Post and Social Media Examiner.
Nigel Botterill is known as the most sought after business growth expert in the UK.
A Yorkshireman with appalling taste in shirts, Nigel had a successful corporate career for many years until one day he took the big decision to step off the ladder to make it on his own.
Today Nigel is an award-winning, self-made millionaire with eight separate multi-million pound businesses build from scratch.
Since 2010, Nigel has helped thousands of business owners in founding Entrepreneurs Circle – The UK’s biggest organisation for helping business owners achieve more than they ever thought possible.
Nigel has a unique style. His teaching, training and mentoring continues to have a significant impact and thousands of business owners are now benefitting as a result.
He has built a reputation as one of the most engaging, energetic and impactful business speakers and he shares his passion for entrepreneurship with audiences around the world.
- Website: nigelbotterill.com
- Twitter: twitter.com/nigelbotterill
- LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/nigelbotterill/
- Book: Build Your Business in 90 Minutes A Day | Botty’s Rules (Amazon UK)
Jon is the co-author of Newsjacking: The Urgent Genius of Real-time Advertising. He’s also founder of content marketing consultancy TBC Global where he finds truly unique ways for brands to earn and keep their fans’ attention.
In 2010, he co-founded Urgent Genius, the world’s first blog dedicated to reactive creativity.
A seasoned keynote speaker, Jon’s spoken at South By Southwest (SXSW) 7 years in a row and now serves on the programming committee. A crazy sports fan, he brings is content strategy/ fun/ games to the SEAT (Sports and Entertainment Alliance in Technology) conference as well. Previously, Jon was social content director at Iris Worldwide.
- Website: tbcglobal.live
- Twitter: twitter.com/jonburkhart
- LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jonburkhart/
- Book: Newsjacking: The Urgent Genius of Real-time Advertising (Amazon UK)
Andrew Dobbie is a director of MadeBrave, an award-winning brand-led digital creative agency based in Glasgow.
Andrew started MadeBrave back in 2012 when he left his job in the middle of the recession as a Creative Director at another agency with just £1,000 of personal cash in the bank and a newborn baby at home.
More than 5 years on, Andrew leads a team of 25 people (and growing) and a client roster including the likes of Muller UK & Ireland, Sky, IBM and Beam Suntory, to name a few.
Roger helps people keep their marketing simple in a world where business bullshit and complexity threatens to stifle success.
An experienced marketing professional helping businesses with their marketing strategy, content, and social media, Roger clocked up many years in the ‘big corporate’ world as marketing director of several UK financial services brands before getting out of all that and starting his own consultancy.
He now uses his expertise to guide his clients in designing engaging campaigns and is known as a prolific content creator, podcaster, and a speaker. He’s the host of the popular Marketing and Finance Podcast.
As a qualified exercise class and yoga teacher Roger’s also been known to ask his clients to take off their ties, put on their trainers, taking their fitness, and well as their marketing, to the next level.
“Roger was one of our keynote speakers at the 2017 Talking Point of Business Conference. We have had amazing feedback from attendees who truly enjoyed Roger’s talk. On a personal level, I found Roger’s talk very informative, engaging and entertaining with loads of take aways which I can implement immediately in my own business. I can highly recommend Roger as a keynote speaker at any business event!” – Tiana Wilson Buys
Colin Gray is a podcaster, a writer and a PhD in education from Scotland. He specialises in engaging through content, with podcasting at it’s core.
His company, The Podcast Host helps businesses to grow an audience by combining podcasting, blogging and video to cultivate fanatical fans.
These days, Colin writes regularly on podcasting and content marketing, and he and his team produce more than 10 shows. PodCraft is the flagship, a season-based show which tackles Podcasting topics head-on over a series of shows, looking to create a definitive guide each time.
“We have worked closely with Colin at a number of our events over the past two years and we now know him very well. Colin is hugely involved in podcasting and continues to hone his craft. He’s a great public speaker and I know that he’s deliberately developing himself to become the best in his field. Colin ticks all the boxes and we have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Colin to speak and facilitate at industry, business and marketing conferences, seminars and events – I’m putting my money where my mouth is…we’ve invited him to speak at our flagship event in Scotland in 2016!” – Chris Marr
Amy Harrison is a copywriter, content trainer and owner of Write With Influence: an online resource that helps business owners write better marketing content faster and easier. She is also the host (and many of the characters) of AmyTV: an online comedy sketch show about writing compelling business copy.
She originally trained as a screenwriter before moving into business storytelling – pulling out the compelling details of companies to build a bridge between their services and customer needs.
She has talked on the subject of copywriting and the customer perspective at conversion and marketing conferences in the US, Canada and throughout Europe. She also works as a content consultant for companies within the financial, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries.
“Watching this was amazing. Amy is a super talented copywriter, and it shows. The notes showed she was really prepared. So good!”
Alasdair has spent over 25 years running design-led, customer centric, businesses in a variety of industries.
He’s used the principles of design thinking and service design to transform businesses in professional services, software, leisure, retail, education, construction and the creative industries to name a few.
Having originally trained as an accountant with Ernst & Young (now EY) Alasdair also has a deep understanding of accounting, finance, strategy and business management.
As well as running Ashton McGill, Alasdair is also Head of Enterprise & Entrepreneurial Strategy at the University of Dundee, a role he has held since Summer 2013. He is in demand as a speaker and regularly presents at events and conferences around Europe. He hosted TEDx at the University of Dundee in 2015 and is co-organiser of the 2016 TEDx Dundee event.
- Website: alasdairmcgill.com
- Twitter: twitter.com/ali_mcgill
- LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/alasdairmcgill/
“Ali was an excellent and quite motivational speaker and I enjoyed listening to him. He had a passion for the topic and a drive to get the message across”.
Pete is a chartered financial planner, a certified financial planner and managing director of Jacksons Wealth Management in Penzance, UK.
His passion is to spread the word that anyone can take control of their personal finances.
Through video, podcasting and social media, Pete reaches thousands of people every week with his simple financial planning message.
Mike Morrison is co-founder of The Membership Guys and Member Site Academy, where he helps guide the growth of high performing memberships, e-learning businesses, and online communities.
With over 15 years experience in digital marketing and online business, Mike has worked closely with multinational brands such as McDonalds, ITV and Ancestry.com; and has been the driving force behind a multitude of 6 and 7 figure membership businesses.
He’s the host of a popular podcast, author of two best-selling books and has been featured on the likes of Social Media Examiner, Huffington Post, Foundr and Net Magazine.
Mike can regularly be found on stages around the world at events including Social Media Marketing World, Tropical Think Tank and Podcast Movement.
- Website: themembershipguys.com
- Twitter: twitter.com/MikeMIMO
- LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/mikemorrison8/
- Book: Member Machine
“Mike dropped so many ‘value bombs’ on our Tropical Think Tank stage that I immediately invited him to speak at the Youpreneur Summit – our big annual event in London. He brings the perfection concoction of expertise, humour, teaching ability and approachability that every event organiser dreams of getting from their speakers!” – Chris Ducker
Jen Munro is the founder of ISSOS International, a company that designs, creates and operates international summer programs for 13-18 year olds from over 70 nationalities based at St Andrews, Cambridge and Yale Universities. ISSOS was launched in 2006 and catered to 51 students and now operates over three campuses catering to over 600 students every summer.
Jen has developed ISSOS to become the leading name in summer school education and is known as an educational entrepreneur. Jen was invited to give a TEDx talk in the US on the principles behind what makes ISSOS so different, this has lead to Jen giving a number of talks on Values Led business and Values Led education.
Jen is a fellow and advisory board member of Power of youth and sits on the board of two charities that support young people as well as supporting a number of organisations in the UK that support entrepreneurs and education.
Janet Murray is an award-winning British journalist, author and PR coach who helps businesses and brands tell their story in the media.
She’s written and edited for countless national publications (including the Guardian, Huffington Post, Daily Telegraph, Entrepreneur, Independent, Daily Mail and The Sun), many consumer titles and made dozens of appearances on radio and TV.
Janet is an experienced speaker and workshop host whose speaking credits include New Media Europe, Social Day, CMA Live and the Youpreneur Summit.
She is also host of the Soulful PR podcast – one of the UK’s top business shows and author of Your Press Release Is Breaking My Heart: A Totally Unconventional Guide To Telling Your Story In The Media
- Website: janetmurray.co.uk
- Twitter: @jan_murray
- LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/janet-murray74/
- Book: Your Press Release is Breaking My Heart (Amazon UK)
Gavin is a truly motivational speaker. His inspiration for what he does comes from where he started out his career—primary school teaching. He is a firm believer that we as adults can be every bit as inspired by young children as they can by us grown-ups. Gavin transports his audience back to when they were just 5 years of age, a time when we feared nothing and embraced everything. You will laugh, you will cry, you will feel and you will never eat broccoli in the same way again!
Over the past decade, delivering on themes such as Leadership, Engagement, High Performing Teams and Creativity, Gavin has inspired literally hundreds of thousands of people to rediscover and embrace “that wee piece of magic”. Gavin is now regarded as one of the most talented and sought after speakers in the world.
- Website: gavinoattes.com
- Twitter: twitter.com/gavinoattes
- LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/treeofknowledge/
- Book: Shine (Amazon UK)
“This guy is on a mission! Funny, enigmatic, intelligent and heartfelt.” – Nike
Karen Reyburn – The qualified accountant with a creative heart. Karen is a British-American citizen who fell in love with Scotland and stayed.
All her life, Karen had people tell her that she was too creative to be an accountant and too organised to be a creative. Turns out the combination of those two skills is exactly why her creative agency, The Profitable Firm, has been such a success with accountants. She is a defender of accountants – to themselves and to the world – that they too are creative.
An expert female voice in a male dominated industry, Karen speaks regularly for organisations such as Xero, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) and BKR International, to name but a few. Karen’s ambition and drive is sponsored by her strong faith, strong black coffee, and daily walks in the countryside.
- Website: theprofitablefirm.com
- Twitter: twitter.com/karenlreyburn
- LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/karen-reyburn
Stefan Thomas hated networking when he attended his first event. Everyone else in the room was more confident, had a better business and knew what they were doing. And he didn’t.
1000 networking events later, Stefan speaks to hundreds of people about business networking every month, and knows how most people can make a difference, quickly, to their networking results.
The author of Business Networking for Dummies and Instant Networking, and quoted in The Guardian, The Huffington Post and The Telegraph, Stefan is the UK authority on networking in the 21st century.
- Website: stefanthomas.biz/
- Twitter: twitter.com/NoRedBraces
- LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/noredbraces/
- Books: Business Networking For Dummies | Instant Networking (Amazon UK)
Richard Tubb works with the owners of small businesses to help them free up their time, focus on what’s important and make more money.
As the former owner of an IT Solution Provider business, Richard understand the challenges small business owners face every day and can help you overcome those hurdles while retaining your sanity!
The author of the book “The IT Business Owners Survival Guide” and writer of an award winning blog aimed at putting IT Consultants back in control.
I’d love to know about the UK based marketing and business growth speakers that have really inspired and motivated you to make a transformation in your business.
Jump into the comments section below or email me at email@example.com.
Note: I will be updating this list regularly as I meet and work with more speakers based in the UK. Updated 30th October 2017.