The ‘living legend’
Tony has presented keynotes at hundreds of prestigious venues including Kensington Roof Gardens, Magic Circle, CBI, BAFTA, House of Lords, House of Commons, Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Royal Conservatoire Scotland, Landmark Theatre, Live Theatre and on HMS Belfast.
He is equally happy presenting his show at universities, exhibitions, business fairs, community halls and in hotels.
About the Micro Business Champion
Tony, while running his businesses, has held many NED and Vice President positions for national organisations which support enterprise and entrepreneurs. In 1996 he founded the SFEDI Group – the Sector Skills Body (includes the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs) for Enterprise, which he co-owns. He is Patron of the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank, Director of Yorkshire in Business and is a judge for the Great British Entrepreneurs Awards.
Tony is the co-founder, with Tina Boden, of the #MicroBizMatters movement and annual #MicroBizMatters Day. Millions have participated online and offline on this day of recognition, action and learning.
Tony was honoured in 2001 with an OBE for services to small firms and is a recipient of lifetime achievement awards for Enterprise from both the IAB (2012) and Start Your Business Magazine (2013). He is regularly in the top 100 of UK influencers on Entrepreneurship. He has written five business books, three fictional satires including ‘Freedom from Bosses Forever’ and one novel – ‘Loose Cannon’.
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My Professional Business Speaking Experience…
Back in the day…
My first major speaking engagement, as a newly appointed Chief Executive of the UK subsidiary of a major American multi-national, was at the NEC Arena in Birmingham. I presented in two shows to 10,000 independent business owners per show. I was so nervous I nearly fell into the fountain on the stage.
Decades later, I still get nervous but my passion for enterprise, speaking experience and professional skills allow me to deliver many keynote presentations and shows every year.
Speaking at the MADE Festival
As I am known as the Micro Business Champion most of my Conference and Seminar presentations relate in some way to my passion for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. I have been privileged to speak at many of the most prestigious national and international enterprise conferences, exhibitions and awards ceremonies.
Since April 2017 I have focused on touring the UK with my ‘Micro is Magic Show’. The show explains another, better way than the American Way to start and grow a UK based business. The one hour show fits into existing conference programmes and can also be a stand-alone event which is often extended by a question and answer panel. All types and all sizes of business organisation find the show interesting, innovative, practical and valuable. Self-employed people, small and micro business owners, and all those wishing to support them, find it covers the essential enterprise truths.
Proven in Practice
Some of my clients have included (apologies for the alphabet soup): Shell Livewire, Steelcase, Prince, Ford, Duo Fast, Sonatest, Avanta, CBI, DSA, CMI, ISBE, IEPC, ILM, British Chambers of Commerce, SFEDI, IAB, CITB, Meat Training Council, FSB, National LSC, NFEA, Business Link CEO Conference, QCA, SQA, Start Up Exhibitions/Seminars, Prince’s Trust, PRIME, Business Clubs, Investors in People UK, Business League, Aldermore Bank, Sage UK, Small is Beautiful Conference, The Business Show, MADE Festival, Yorkshire Coast Enterprise, Hull Youth Enterprise and many government departments, national and regional government bodies.The Micro is Magic Show has been presented in theatres, universities and conference venues for local organisers in London, Glasgow, Manchester, Sheffield, Newcastle, Hull, Northampton, Chesterfield, Devon, Teesside and Yorkshire.
If you require a professional business speaker, conference chair or facilitator that is passionate, informative and entertaining about enterprise then I hope that you will consider me. The Micro is Magic Show is proven and is ready made to fit into a one-hour slot in your programme.
The exclusive speaking agency which represents me is The Brand Activators. Please contact Hilary Dunne, Director at email@example.com and phone 07506 019114