Expert business management speaker and entrepreneur Kevin Byrne is known across the conference and after dinner speaker circuit for his frank yet engaging presentations and published articles. A hugely successful businessman in his own right Kevin Byrne works tirelessly to share with budding businesses and entrepreneurs the lessons almost two decades of business ownsership have taught him.
Chairman and Founder of Checkatrade.com, a trade and service providers monitoring service, Kevin Byrne launched the business in 1998; then the first of its kind Byrne’s business concept quickly flourished and has become one of the most trusted companies in the field, responsible for generating more than £2.7 billion a year for more than 19,000 companies. His work as a business speaker offers audiences an insight in to his own success, the importance of brand identity and how to nurture such vital elements of business.
A proud and dedicated man Kevin Byrne’s tale is a truly inspirational one, beginning on a computer and telephone in his bedroom Checkatrade now employs more than two hundred members of staff and boasts more than 1,000,000 visits to their website a month. One of the most impressive online British businesses of recent years both Kevin and Checkatrade have garnered a number of awards and have gained national recognition thanks to its creative business management and ingenious public promotion. Amongst his numerous awards Kevin boasts a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation and Business of the Year at both the 2014 Gatwick Diamond Business Awards and the 2013 Sussex Business Awards.
As a business management speaker Kevin Byrne orates on a variety of subjects, each presentation engineered to provide specific and detailed insight into a given area of business development. Byrne’s work as a keynote speaker explores diverse subjects such as creating value, expectations and magnets and growing your company. Also, unlike many other business speakers Kevin Byrne recognises the importance of the individual behind any business and he has also worked prolifically as a motivational speaker at business conferences and other after dinner speaker events, offering advice on how to improve one’s business image and how to promote and nurture positive mind sets. Putting these ideals in practice in his own business Kevin Byrne was particularly proud when Checkatrade.com made the Sunday Times’ prestigious Top 100 Small Businesses to Work for list. Checkatrade and Kevin’s awards do not stop there either, having also won:
- 2015 Sunday Times Top 100 small companies to work for
- 2014 The Greatest Contribution to Sussex Charity – Sussex Business Awards
- 2014 Honorary Local Hero at the Spirit FM Local Hero Awards
- 2014 The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation
- 2014 Business of the year – Gatwick Diamond Awards
- 2014 Sunday Times Top 100 small companies to work for
- 2013 Sussex Company of the Year – Sussex business awards
- 2012 Sussex Business Person of the year – Sussex business awards
- 2012 Finalist Sussex Boss of the year – Sussex business awards
- 2011 Sussex Entrepreneur of the year – Sussex business awards
- 2011 – 2015 National Payroll Giving Platinum Award
Outside of his work as a business management speaker Kevin Byrne is a devout Christian and frequently speaks at Churches and religious gatherings, his excellent public speaking skills translate easily from the world of business speakers to matters of global importance. He is known for his charitable contributions, running the Checkatrade Foundation, that saw Kevin run 12 marathons in 12 months for associated charities. Kevin was given an award in 2015 in recognition for Checkatrade’s large donations to local charities.
Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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