Thursday, 22 February 2018 14:33

Sara Damergi

Sara Damergi Property presenter host entrepreneur at Great British Speakers

Sara is currently presenting Channel 4’s Coast vs Country series 2.

Sara previously presented A Place in the Sun for Channel 4. She has also presented on MTV, Sky and Channel 5 and was the lead presenter on the international extreme sports show, ”The Crunch” which was filmed across remote China and was broadcast primetime on Granada, Astra and TV NZ across various territories.

She has written, presented and produced shows for the UK’s biggest online entertainment channel for the 18-34’s creating content on Music, Showbiz, Movies & Fashion and is a dab hand at red carpet interviews having also reported for Darryn Lyons MTV show ‘Mr Paparazzi’. Sara also presented a long-form interview with Leigh Francis as he launched a new comedy character called ‘Xtreme.’

Sara runs her own business, supporting talent breaking into TV, Film, Music and Theatre. She has a varied business background including occasional work with her father who is currently a property developer in the Middle East.

Sara firmly believes anyone can live a life free of the rat race and anyone can make money online!

Of Lebanese and English descent,  Sarah has a passion for the discovery and immersion in new cultures and traditions.She enjoys learning about alternative lifestyles and is also very passionate about causes in the Middle East. As a child of the war in Lebanon, Sara brings a personal and honest take on the human side of these conflicts, she also has access to some of Beirut’s most influential politicians.

Sara travelled the globe funded from her internet businesses and wrote about her experiences as a ‘digital nomad’ on travel websites and online magazines. Her travels have taken her to stay with tribes in rural Vietnam, an aristocratic artist in Sri Lanka, snowboarding in Japan and cruising in Kerala to name a few!

Sara also enjoys writing about current affairs and has recently started regularly writing for The Huffington Post.

Published in Speakers
Sunday, 11 February 2018 19:54

Caspar Craven

Caspar Craven entrepreneur adventurer speaker at Great British Speakers

Caspar believes in challenging conventional thinking on how leaders and teams become truly effective and create extraordinary results.

He’s been building winning teams since 1986 and making things happen both in business and on adventures.

He’s sailed twice around the world. The first time on what was called the Worlds Toughest Yacht Race and the second time with his wife and three children aged just 9, 7 and 2.

He’s built multiple successful ventures and sold one for a 7 figure sum whilst sailing the Pacific Ocean.

Bloomsbury will be launching his book, Where the Magic Happens in May 2018 telling the story of how and his family challenged all normal thinking to transform their lives and sail around the world as a family team.

Buy it on Amazon HERE

Caspar Craven motivational inspirational teamwork performance speaker at Great British Speakers

Keynote topics

Speaking Topic 1 - Charting Success - 8 Steps to Navigating a Winning Team

Businesses fail because the teams and people don't work together effectively to respond to the situations they are faced with.
Success in business in the current uncertain and changing environment demands that your team is working in harmony to harness all your collected talents and to succeed.
There is an African saying, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." This talk emphasises the power of "we" rather than "me" and how you can achieve more together.

Speaking Topic 2 - Responsible or Irresponsible - How to manage risk in life and business

We live in one of the most exciting and at the same time challenging times. The speed of change means we need to think about risk in a different way and how we adapt to change.
Caspar is no stranger to evaluating and managing risk having made the decision to sail around the world for two years with his wife and three young children aged 9, 7 and 2.
In this provocative and engaging talk, Caspar shares his approach to managing risk and gives you a framework that you can take away and use in your business and life.

Speaking Topic 3 - Executional Excellence. How to move from idea to outcome.

It’s like a broken record. Every company talks about vision, mission, values and talks in corporate BS about what needs to be done. All meetings. All talk. Small focus on what’s really important. Indecision. Inertia.
The reality is that success is all about getting into it and getting things done.
This topic brings a contrarian approach on how you can move from talking about things and creating the outcomes and results that you want in your business.

Speaking Topic 4 - How to Transform Culture in your Business

Values, culture and behaviours. Virtually guaranteed to raise eyebrows and cynicism inside most organisations. It’s common place that at best lip service is paid to this and at its worst downright cynicism.
To be successful in business today demands a fresh approach. Having the right culture, behaviours and mindset is absolutely at the heart of this and can be the cornerstone of your success.

Your Takeaways after spending time with Caspar

You and your team will leave with inspiration, energy and practical ideas that you can implement immediately to generate instant impact in your business;
New ways to uncover and harness hidden skills in your team and getting people to play to their strengths;
Specific steps you can take on how to make things happen and move from ideas and planning to creating a winning outcome;
Techniques on how to shape a team that can respond positively to adversity and deal with the uncertainty and challenges that business throws at you;
Fresh ways to drive innovation into your business.

What the clients say:

“I saw Caspar address an audience of over 800 people. He had them engaged, telling his story with purpose, vulnerability, humour and humility. Highly recommended for any business looking to grow its leadership teams.”

Mark Waite – CEO, Cohesive Communications

“He tells a great story of team building which is highly motivational.”

Kelley Bowles – Customer Success, Salesforce

“I have never heard so much positive feedback from our teachers regarding a presentation.”

Stefan Anderson - Principal at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts

His ability to catch and keep the audience’s attention throughout the speech was magnificent.
He went far beyond my expectations.

Vadims Koroļovs - Finance Director at Antalis

See Caspar's 2018 showreel... 

Published in Speakers
Friday, 09 February 2018 17:38

Laura Hamilton

Laura Hamilton property expert at Great British Speakers

Laura Hamilton is a best known as one of the faces of Channel 4's popular television show 'A Place in the Sun'. She loves to travel and has hands-on experience when it comes to property. She started renovating houses aged 19, and has developed 16 properties to date. In 2013, she presented 'Beat my Build' for Channel 4 which saw participants renovating their projects and competing against each other to win a cash prize. She has also presented 'Cowboy Builders and Bodge Jobs' for Channel 5.

One thing's for sure, Laura seldom relaxes. She thrives on being a busy working Mum to her children Rocco and Tahlia, and in April 2017, Laura and her husband Alex opened 'Lord Roberts on The Green', a Coffee Shop, Deli and Post Office which has become a popular spot in their local area. Setting up a food business and new brand from scratch was a certainly a big learning journey!  Now with 27 staff and Laura qualifying as the Post Mistress, she is proud of what she has created for her community.

Laura loves to keep fit and in 2016 she released her first fitness app 'Laura Hamilton's Total Body Workout' which is available on the iPhone & Android. She presented the action-adventure show 'Fort Boyard' for ITV for 5 series and is always keen to take on a physical challenge. In 2014 she took part in the first series of 'The Jump' (just four weeks after the birth of her first son), and in 2011 Laura was crowned runner-up of the popular ITV series 'Dancing on Ice' where she wowed audiences with her headbanger.

A keen writer, Laura regularly writes and provides video content for 'Hello!' magazine. She is also a travel writer for 'The Mail on Sunday' ,'A Place in the Sun' magazine and several other national publications. Having travelled with both of her children around the world since they were 4 weeks old, she is an expert when it comes to travelling with little ones!

Laura began her television career working behind the scenes as an assistant floor manager. After four years working on a variety of shows, she moved to the other side of the camera and started working as a children's TV presenter. Few people know Laura can both sing and dance. She has appeared on the stage several times as 'Cinderella' in the pantomime alongside Steve Guttenberg, Stephen Gately and Bradley Walsh. It was a real surprise for many of her guests at her wedding in 2012 when she sang with the band whilst her father (a former Womble!) played on the drums. 

Published in Speakers
Thursday, 25 January 2018 13:54

Christian Howes

Christian Howes marketing tech speaker at Great British Speakers

Christian Howes is currently the marketing practice lead for Accenture Interactive, providing expertise for some of the largest brands in the world. Christian has nearly 20 years of digital marketing experience and has helped some of the biggest brands in the world grow and use data in innovative ways.

He is also a professional conference speaker as well as appearing regularly on TV shows such as Good Morning Britain, This Morning, Big Brother, BT Sporthub and The Clare Balding Show where Christian creates and presents data based content.

Christian also is co-owner of a format and ideas company that specialises in creating data-based TV formats and is currently writing a show for the next Edinburgh fringe festival.

Published in Speakers
Sunday, 31 December 2017 20:46

Dr Lynda Shaw

Dr Lynda Shaw neuroscientist psychologist entrepreneur speaker at Great British Speakers

Lynda is a cognitive neuroscientist and business psychologist and works with senior leaders and their teams who want to better understand emotional responses of clients and colleagues and harness this power to improve business culture, unite managerial teams, ensure employee job satisfaction and turn fear and stress into profit and loyalty. Together this is achieved through consultation, workshops, coaching, group mentoring and keynote presentations.

She is an experienced entrepreneur having owned 3 businesses including a health club with 2000 members and 20 staff. She is also a business psychologist and holds a doctorate in neuroscience, specialising in unconscious processing of emotion and communication. She works with senior leaders and their teams who want to better understand emotional responses of clients and colleagues and harness this power to increase business growth and dramatically improve communication and long term business relationships. She is a professional speaker, consultant, mentor and author and spends her time helping ambitious business people use emotion in their sales, marketing and all forms of communication. A regular Forbes blogger, her work takes her from summits to cruise ships, from conferences to schools, from multinationals to SMEs. Highly popular with a practical and fun approach.

Dr Lynda Shaw is an enthusiastic and engaging speaker and has spoken at events and conferences across the UK.

A regular presenter, Dr Lynda Shaw is a cognitive neuroscientist, registered chartered psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, a Fellow of the Professional Speakers Association, a Forbes contributor as well as an entrepreneur and author of adult and children’s books.
  • Founded and operated three successful businesses with a number of staff to manage, Dr Shaw understands first-hand how expensive and challenging a workforce can be.
  • PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and Business Improvement Strategist.
  • Lectured in Psychology and Neuroscience at Brunel University
  • Conducted research on brain function and impairment, specialising in consciousness, emotion and the effects of ageing.
  • A hugely popular speaker with an innovative, practical and immediately applicable approach. Offers insight into a variety of relevant and often controversial issues.
  • Founder of Community Mix Up, a not-for profit making initiative to encourage people to socialise with the lonely and isolated
  • Charity work, including voluntary social work for the elderly, and has worked on committees for the NSPCC and RNLI and as an ambassador for The Children’s Society and Progeria.
  • Adventure traveler in all seven continents.


Lynda offers a bespoke service within her subject areas. However she has 4 core talks which can also be adapted if required.

The Triple Brain Effect - From Prospect to Customer to Unpaid Salesforce

The Pleasure Umbrella - Optimum Communication Using Emotion, and It's Fun

PCD - How to Improve Problem Solving, Creative Thinking, Decision Making

How to Be More Influential in Times Of Uncertainty

Hear Lynda talk Greed Generosity and Grey Matter at a TEDx Talk in Milton Keynes... 

What the clients say:

Dr Shaw’s insights into the behavioural and emotional factors we all experience are fascinating as well as a fresh and new. Her interactive training techniques have helped equip SOLLA advisers to explore the way they communicate and become more effective .....

Jane Finnerty Jt Chair SOLLA

Lynda Shaw is an incredible inspiring woman with a true passion for her subject which clearly shows in her presentation. She is lively, funny and gives some clear views on an otherwise complicated subject leaving you wanting to hear more. Knowing how your brain works and what you need to do in order to make the best of it is quite incredible. Our delegates loved Lynda’s presentation and scored her very high marks. Lynda also showed us some very interesting ‘content’ in our brains. I can truly recommend Lynda to any organisation.

Anne-Marie Lose, Membership & Events Director, Customer Service Training Network.

Lynda’s presentation to our group was both original and thoroughly relevant, encouraging and empowering our employees to better engage with themselves and our customers through simple but highly effective, common-sense techniques.

Chris Houfe, Sales Director, The Great British Card Company

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Sunday, 31 December 2017 17:16

Kunle Barker

Kunle Barker property expert speaker at Great British Speakers 2018

TV presenter on ITV ‘Love Your Home & Garden’, Property Expert, Problem Solver, and Social Entrepreneur. Kunle began his business career whilst studying for an MA at the University of Leeds.

Kunle has set up several successful companies including Illustrious Homes an award winning Construction and Design Management Company.

To date, the company has delivered over 8000 residential refurbishments, 120 Schools and 3 sports centre refits as well as countless private renovations. Kunle has also worked on many high-end projects such as the recently completed £100m West Hampstead Square development.

Kunle was also asked to deliver the high profile renovation on the military rehabilitation unit at Headley Court in Surrey which was opened by HRH Prince of Wales.

Kunle Barker Property expert speaker presenter from Great British Speakers 2017

Kunle was recently chosen to co-present the new ITV1 primetime show ‘Love Your Home and Garden’ working alongside Alan Titchmarsh, so tune into ITV1 Wednesdays at 8 pm from 30th August to see Kunle in action.

A committed social entrepreneur many of Kunle’s businesses offer opportunities for local residents to retrain and find new career paths. Kunle was personally commended by government leaders for his efforts to affect the lives of Londoners in a positive way.

Kunle is also a keen fundraiser for the homeless charity, CRASH, Kunle has raised over £15,000 for the charity running several marathons, triathlons, and even trekking to Everest Base Camp for good causes.

He is available for presenting, hosting and speaking assignments.

Published in Speakers
Tuesday, 03 October 2017 12:58

Lady Michelle Mone, OBE

Lady Michelle Mone OBE entrepreneur motivational speaker at Great British Speakers

Lady (Michelle) Mone, Baroness of Mayfair OBE, is one of the most sought-after inspirational speakers of our time. Recently voted the UK’s Number 1 Woman speaker, she is best renowned as one of Britain’s most influential ladies; both an entrepreneur and an advocate for equality for women in business.

Founder of Ultimo Brands International, the UK’s leading lingerie brand for the last two decades, she set out with a vision of helping women look and feel their very best. It was upon that simple concept Baroness Mone built her career and influence, being honoured with a Life Peerage to the House of Lords by the Prime Minister and an OBE from Her Majesty the Queen for her outstanding contributions to the business.

Baroness Mone grew up in the impoverished East End of Glasgow when, at the age of fifteen, her father fell ill and was subsequently declared paraplegic and wheelchair bound for life. This forced Michelle to leave school without any qualifications in search of full-time employment, sparking her instinct for entrepreneurship. At the age of just 22, she excelled herself to Head of Sales and Marketing in Scotland for the Glasgow-based Labatt’s Brewers, however, was made redundant after two short years.

In 1996, after only six weeks out of work, Michelle was at a dinner dance wearing a very uncomfortable cleavage enhancing bra. It was here the Baroness had an epiphany on what the lingerie industry was missing, and the world famous Ultimo bra was born.

After the launch of Ultimo, Michelle quickly established herself as one of Scotland’s finest exports, winning the World Young Business Achiever Award in 2000 at the Epcot Centre in Florida, as well as Business Woman of the Year at the Corporate Elite Awards in London. Her status as one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs was confirmed soon after when Prince Charles invited her to join the board of Directors for The Prince’s Trust.

In October 2005, Michelle attended a speaking event with former US president Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev, leading to her involvement in setting up the Women’s Enterprise Project in the Middle East in support of The Sultan of Oman. It was then she began to realise that her experiences and wisdom could transform lives and inspire others in the face of adversity.
Michelle Mone OBE entrepreneur inspirational speaker at Great British Speakers

Despite facing a challenging few years in her private life, suffering an acrimonious divorce and battle to retain her business, Michelle is now one of the United Kingdom’s most notable global speakers. The Baroness has inspired, coached and mentored audiences and individuals in over 50 countries over the last two decades. This culminated in her being given her Life Peerage in 2015, then being asked by the Prime Minister David Cameron and the former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, to conduct The Mone Review; an insight into helping start-up businesses in deprived areas.

Toward the end of 2016, the proud mother of Rebecca, Declan and Bethany proceeded to sell Ultimo to global lingerie giants MAS Holdings - one of the world’s largest manufacturers of intimates, with a $1.4 billion turnover and 63,000 employees. And after officially handing her UTAN business over to her eldest daughter Rebecca at the start of 2017, Michelle has decided to focus on her speaking, mentoring as well as her love of design.

Having already established herself as the leading jewellery designer on QVC, Michelle proceeded to launch a global interior design business through which she is already heavily involved in the development of two residential and commercial towers in Dubai. Alongside these ventures and her continued investment in technology businesses, Michelle is also looking to broaden her reach through an exciting new initiative which is currently in development with the view of supporting the empowerment of women.

Michelle continues her work with the House of Lords and as start-up business Tsar for the UK government.

Speaking Topics





Female Empowerment

Branding, Marketing & PR

Latest topics:

Architectural Interior Design

Crypto Currency

Property Development

Tech Investment

Clients: Include HSBC, Virgin, M+S, Bentley and British Airways.

What the clients say:

Michelle was very open and honest about the highs and lows in her life. It was refreshing – so down to earth

Marks and Spencer

I would like to pass on my thanks to Michelle for a truly memorable day on Friday. Michelle scored 10 out of 10 across the board for her keynote speech; she was captivating, moving, honest, heart-warming, inspiring, funny, and more! The audience absolutely adored her and she was an absolute pleasure to deal with on the day. Thanks again

Estate Agency of the Year Awards

Thank you! Every student was so very very impressed. I would say Michelle was the best speaker we have ever had. Everything that she mentioned was a personal story of her commitment, ambition and drive. Very inspirational to all the students.

Claire Laws BPP Law School

Michelle was truly inspirational, and the feedback from 100's of people that attended have been exceptional. 5 star in all areas. Genuine, funny and motivational... No doubt that Michelle is now a role model to a lot more people! We can not wait to get her back

UK Managing Director Action Coach

The talk given by Lady Michelle Mone at the National Achiever’s Conference in Dubai was exceptional. Being both entertaining and inspiring, Lady Mone is undoubtedly a brilliant spokesperson for female entrepreneurs globally. Her unwavering focus, vision and determination establishes her as a leading example for the empowerment of women

Her Highness Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, United Arab Emirates

Lady Mone was truly a delightful guest speaker at our recent business conference Routes to Growth; she used her own time to interact with our guests, effortlessly whipping the crowd into a frenzy. Her presentation was extremely personal, documenting how her life has intertwined with her business endeavours and captured the heart of her tremendous success story. She enthralled the crowd with her raw honesty and quick wit and provided some true inspiration that lifted the energy of the entire conference

Sarah Frostick, UK Marketing Cathay Pacific

Published in Speakers
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 10:35

Martin Raymond

Martyn Raymond future trend speaker at Great British Speakers

Martin Raymond is the co-founder and Futures Director of The Future Laboratory, a UK-based consumer insight, trend forecasting and brand strategy agency. Clients include American Express, Louis Vuitton, Laurent-Perrier, Absolut, BMW, Lamborghini, Selfridges, British Airways, Procter & Gamble, Marks & Spencer, Standard Life Bank, HSBC and Condé Nast.

He is also Editor-in-chief of Viewpoint magazine, bi-annual trends, intelligence, consumer research and forecasting journal, and co-founder and editor-in-chief of LS:N Global, the online lifestyle news and consumer insight portal.

Martin has written several books, including CrEATe (Gestalten) and The Tomorrow People: Future consumers and how to read them today (Financial Times/Prentice Hall). The Trend Forecaster’s Handbook (Laurence King), is the definitive work on trends and the trend forecasting arena.

Martin is a regular media commentator on trends, consumer research and new business for the BBC, the BBC World Service programme Culture Shock, Channel 4 and ITV.

Born in Ireland, he moved to the UK in 1984 to work as a journalist in the design, fashion, film and video sectors. He founded VideoGraphic and later became an associate editor at Screen International. Martin went on to edit and re-launch Fashion Weekly, the UK’s fashion business bible. A return to his native Dublin in the 90s to present RTÉ television’s fashion magazine programme Head To Toe was followed by a four-year tenure at the London College of Fashion, as the senior lecturer in fashion journalism. Martin has lectured at numerous colleges and universities throughout Great Britain and Ireland. He is also a contributing editor for Wired UK, and a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Science (RSA).

The Future Laboratory

The Company was established in November 2001 and is recognised for its innovative approach to forecasting, using ethnographic research tools and a creative, qualitative outlook to help programmers, brands retailers, designers and marketing departments gain better insights into market directions and future products. It also offers lifestyle analysis, brand development and consumer network building. The company aims to provide inspirational, thought-provoking presentations which will ignite, invigorate and provoke debate; these are supported by documentation and additional material which are designed to have more general usage. Martin works across consumer insight, trend forecasting and brand strategy for the company's extensive global roster of conferences, media events and in-house briefings. Clients include Louis Vuitton, Design Hotels, the Ministry for Tourism, Australia, and Women's Wear Daily's CEO Summits.


An award-winning, internationally renowned bi-annual trends, ideas, brands, and consumer forecasting journal, Viewpoint magazine is one of a number of publications, reports and Trend Briefing seminars edited or produced by the Future Laboratory team and its 2,500-strong network of global creatives, academics, designers, architects, marketers, and fashion, lifestyle and interiors analysts. 

TV Credits

The Confidence Lab BBC 2
Life of Versace C4
Richard & Judy C4
EastEnders Revealed BBC Three
Film 2002 - Bond’ BBC1
Clinton & Monica Documentary C4
Looking Good BBC 2
Vanessa BBC 1
Style Challenge BBC 1
Face Value BBC 1
GMTV - Lorraine Kelly ITV’
Cheap Chic UK Living
Living it Up UK Living
The Living Room UK Living
Julia Carling Show Granada Breeze
Afternoon Live Carlton TV
Desire Channel 4
Head to Toe RTE
European Business News
BBC News 24

Clients include:

BMW, Cadillac, Condé Nast Media, Microsoft, Unilever, British Gas, Marks & Spencer, HSBC, Zurich, American Express, Louis Vuitton, Design Hotels, Innocent, Boots, Chanel, The Body Shop, Estée Lauder, Selfridges, Woolworths South Africa, The Ministry for Tourism, Australia, 

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Saturday, 29 July 2017 10:44

Matthew Parker

Matthew Parker Profitable Print expert at Great British Speakers

Matthew is the founding director of Profitable Print Relationships...having trained in archaeology.  After this, moving to the print industry seemed a natural step!

He has had over twenty years’ experience in the print sector.

Amongst other roles, he's headed up print purchasing at Future Publishing, one of the UK’s leading consumer magazine publishers. At Future, he achieved significant reductions on a multi-million pound spend every year.

But he's not just worked at the big companies.

He has worked as a print specialist at many different companies of all sizes and from many market sectors, including in agency and marketing environments and tiny publishing companies.

This gives him a wide experience of the variety of company cultures. And he knows what they are looking for from their print suppliers.

There's also the experience of working on projects in sectors other than print. This means that he has great experience of how the best supplier relationships work in other industries.

How do you educate an audience of printers about what the buyer needs?

Many print conferences offer excellent speakers from the print industry. They also have inspirational speakers from outside the industry. But it can be hard to find buyers who tell it like it really is.

It can be harder still to find buyers who are experienced speakers.

Matthew is a regular keynote speaker at print events. His aim is to show print companies the buyer’s view. But he also gives printers practical actionable advice on how they can improve their engagement with buyers.

He creates lively sessions that are designed to appeal to different learning styles. It is not unusual to find Matthew with a travel pillow or a fluffy elk. But these props all have a serious purpose in helping the learning experience.

Why did he start Profitable Print Relationships?

Simply because he's seen so many printers struggling. Selling print becomes harder and harder every year. But it is much easier if you understand what goes on in the buyer’s mind. Matthew can give you that understanding.

He can tell you exactly how print companies could have made better relationships when they worked with him. And can show you how they could have received more work and achieved higher profits.

Matthew says:

"I passionately believe that the print industry is a great industry

I want to do what I can to help it stay great. I have had a huge sense of achievement from working in the industry over the years. And I’ve really enjoyed working with some good people.

I still love working with print people every day."

When not talking print he's a keen mountain trekker too, loves music and enjoys cooking. He's even written a novel!

Talk content includes:

Various subjects related to sales and marketing, including:

• How To Stop Print Buyers Choosing On Price

• Price anchoring

• How to make sales using social media

• How to increase sales – three simple tactics

Most talks can be adapted for sessions between 30 and 60 minutes. Some are also available as interactive learning sessions.

Hear highlights of Matthew's talk on 'Does you sales message pass the print buyers test?'


How To Stop Print Buyers Choosing On Price – note that this is Print Industry specific


Fuji-Xerox, Canon, Konica Minolta, HP, Elanders, Where The Trade Buys, BPIF, Dscoop, FESPA, The Print Show, IPEX, The Publishing Show.

What the Clients Say:

“Without a doubt your presentation was one of the best I have seen”

Initially I was concerned how you would get your western cultural message across here in Singapore. However, the feedback that I have received has been that you have managed to not only grab the attention of the audience but really stimulate some new thinking.
Through your speaking skills you have challenged many of our customers to look at their businesses and how they do business with not just buyers, but their customers in general.
Your presentation skills are outstanding, and you get your message(s) over in such an interesting and engaging manner.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Matthew as a keynote speaker. However, his skills and understanding of business are so broad that it would be a real waste just to think of Matthew as a keynote speaker.

Tony Gruenke - 
Business Development Manager, 
Fuji Xerox

For the first time, the audience got an in-depth view of how a professional print buyer reacts to how proposals are presented
Matthew’s presentation opened up the eyes and minds of many of the participants at our PrintSea 2013 conference.
Particularly useful was the part where Matthew described how he, as a print buyer, experienced the way printers presented them selves.
Matthew is a person with a lot of experience. He is able to engage the audience. He speaks with a clear and uncomplicated message.
I am happy to recommend Matthew because his experience is relevant for the graphic industry. I am happy to have people like him to educate and give in-depth information to a fast changing industry.

Bjørn Frantsen,
Customer & Channel Marketing Professional,
Canon Norge AS

See highlights from Matthew's talk 'Using pain to sell print' 

Published in Speakers
Saturday, 29 July 2017 09:55

Katie Bulmer Cooke

Katie Bulmer Cooke Fitness entrepreneur at Great British Speakers

Katie is a professional speaker and young entrepreneur with vast experience in delivering to the health and fitness industry and business arena. She has a unique ability to inspire SME’s, students and employees with her down-to-earth style and useable business takeaways.

If you want humour, truly useable content and a fresh and motivating experience, then you need to look no further.

Fitness entrepreneur Katie, began her journey in the world of business at the age of 16, setting up exercise classes in her hometown of Sunderland. Fast forward 14 years and Katie is now selling her fitness DVDs and online training programmes in the 11 countries across the world, as well as educating her fellow fitness professionals on how they can grow their businesses and developing new group fitness concepts for leisure trusts, councils and the private sector.

She is a highly sought after presenter and educator, sharing her work and ideas at the UK's biggest fitness conventions such as Fit Pro Live and The International Fitness Showcase and is best known for her down-to-earth, friendly approach to fitness.

As a young entrepreneur, Katie is an in-demand professional speaker, appearing at Elite Business London, BE Group, LFX, several Universities and awards evenings and 2015 and 2016 saw her host The National Fitness Awards, deliver the keynote speech at The National Fitness Conference and be a panelist at the UK Active National Summit in 2015.

In addition to consultancy and brand creation, Katie also presents a health and fitness show (Total Tone Up) and a chat show (Chatty Lasses), in which she has also taken the role of producer, on MADE TV. When she’s not working in TV Katie can be found hosting the Sunday morning breakfast show on Sun FM, She has a strong PR and social media following, appearing and being published in Workout Magazine, FitPro, Bella, Women's Weekly, FHM, Holland & Barrett Magazine and Health Club Management.

Katie is a social media expert and had used it as a platform to create international success for her own business and now helps other businesses to boost their social profile, create highly engaging content and build a social strategy, as well as managing accounts for businesses.

Katie speaks about entrepreneurship, Fitness, and Social Media talks usually last 30-45 minutes depending on needs of the client.


What Katie Did

This keynote tracks Katie’s entrepreneurial journey from aerobics instructor to an international businesswoman and many of the lessons learned along the way. An inspiring, down-to-earth and humorous talk, this keynote will give delegates a series of takeaways that they can implement into their business to improve sales, retention, PR, marketing and the ability to stand out from competitors.

The Princess & The PR

In this keynote, Katie shares her secrets to social media success and how she has used it to create an international, online business, selling to 11 countries across the world. With a memorable theme paired with honesty and humour, this talk will leave delegates with take-home strategies that can be easily implemented into their business for maximum impact in boosting online presence and sales.

Are You Fit For Business?

If you want to be educated on what will really make you and your work colleagues fitter, healthier and more productive at work with fewer sick days and increased energy then this is a keynote for your entire workforce. With 13 years experience as a fitness professional, with an array of national industry awards under her belt, Katie will leave delegates motivated to upgrade all aspects of their health, fitness and lifestyle, and the exact steps to follow to make it a reality.

Awards & Accolades

UK Personal Trainer of the Year 2012

Sunderland Young Business Person of the Year 2012 (after selling her small group personal training programme The Little Black Dress Club to 39 locations across the UK and Canada)

FitPro & Life Fitness Top 10 Global Personal Trainers To Watch 2012

UK Fitness Professional of the Year 2013

Top Sante Magazine's 100 Hottest Health Gurus

BBC 1's The Apprentice Candidate 2014

North East Top 100 Young Entrepreneurs 2015

1st Class Honors Degree in Sport & Exercise Development

Wearside Role Model of the Year 2015

UK Active Active Training Awards 2016 Activity Champion of the Year Finalist


Health & Fitness Expert for Argos,, Brand Ambassador for Reebok, POM Wonderful, PT500, Fit 4 Less (Energie Group),, David LLoyd, Health Haus, Future Fit Training, Physical Company, LFX, AMDIS, The PSA, The National Fitness Conference, Pro Mobile, University of Sunderland, International Fitness Showcase, Fit Pro, Fitness in the North, Several schools and colleges,


East Sussex Women in Business, The National Fitness Awards 2015 (co-hosted with Olympian Steve Parry) and 2016 (co-hosted with Ricky Hatton), 

After Dinner Speaking

Sunderland Business Awards & Yorkshire Post Business Awards

What the Clients say:

‘I have been running business networking events for fitness industry professionals for eight years during which time I have engaged approximately 40 speakers to present to our members.

In my mind there, until yesterday, three ‘stand out’ speakers who have graced our stage,Phillip Mills, CEO of Les Mills Global, David Stalker, CEO at UK Active and Joe Townsend, Iron Man and double-amputee.

Katie presented to our members on Thursday 27th November 2014 and immediately demonstrated the natural traits only shown by a few professionals speakers/presenters. A blend of story telling,Powerful business tips and honesty made Katie’s session a joy to experience. She also used slides the way they should be used and she injected her presentation with humour without trying too hard.
I would highly recommend Katie as a speaker and I predict big things for her on global stage if yesterday is anything to go by.
Thanks for yesterday Katie, you were sensational.’

Graeme Hinde, LFX

‘We were delighted to work with Katie on the 2015 National Fitness Conference and Awards.
She proved to be an engaging, enthusiastic co-presenter for our annual awards’ evening and delivered an informative and inspiring keynote speech at the conference, which was extremely well received by delegates.
Katie was a pleasure to work with and we wouldn’t hesitate in recommending her as a speaker or event host.
We look forward to working with her again in the future.’

Christina, Editor of Workout Magazine

‘Katie delivered the after-dinner speech at the Sunderland Echo business awards at the Stadium of Light. Not an easy gig when you’re in front of a city’s business community – of which you are part. Katie’s talk was warm, genuine, engaging, funny but most of all inspirational and poignant. She pitched her content perfectly and was more than happy to chat to people afterwards. A pleasure to work with.’

Joy Yates, Editorial Director, Johnston Press North East

‘Katie was the speaker at the Sunderland Echo Portfolio Business Awards for 2016 and went down a storm. Her warmth, positivity and endearing personality – coupled with professional and polished delivery kept the audience captivated.’

Gavin Foster, Managing Editor, Johnston Press North East

‘Katie is an absolute star. She is lively and entertaining on stage, and delivers a powerful message from her own experience of being a very successful businesswoman. She knows how to wow an audience, and does it every time. I have no hesitation in recommending her.’

Alan Stevens,

‘I was fortunate to see Katie speak on the main stage of the Professional Speaking Associations Annual conference “MEGA” and to take part in a panel discussion. Both provided extraordinary insights into the world of an Entrepreneur in a way that was very real. The learning for anyone running a business was brilliantly communicated with the right level of humour, context and insight. I know that with just one or two of the key points I took away my business will be much stronger. I loved Katie’s style and professional approach, it’s truly inspiring. Thank you, Katie.’

William Buist, Founder xTen Club

‘I just loved Katie’s honest, funny and absorbing presentation at the PSA annual conference. She is a natural speaker and a joy to have on stage. Well done Katie!’

Mark Lee, The Inner Circle for Accountants

· Brilliant and very useful

· FANTASTIC – really great, simple ideas that can be easily implemented. Great!

· Brilliant – good fun and relevant

· Really useful and engaging

· Great presentation with lots of good ideas

· Excellent speaker and good choice to finish the conference on

· Amazing – what a woman!

· Useful information – well delivered

· Great info, Great fun

· Great practical takeaways

· Amazing she’d done her research and really gave us lots of useful social media tips and it was great to have so many takeaway points

· Excellent finish

· Wonderful speaker, engaging and funny and with real insight and practical takeaways

· Fab speaker, very relevant, very funny, lots of ideas

Thank you so much, once again, for coming and presenting – a really great end to our conference’

Tory Gillingham, AMDIS

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