Alan is a serial entrepreneur and Co-Founder/CEO of Grenade, one of the most successful UK FMCG brands of the last 25 years. Starting with a £500 loan from the UKTI Passport to Export program in 2010, Alan sold shares in Grenade in 2014 for £35M and again in 2017 for £72M, while still retaining a substantial share in the business to this day. Grenade has been featured in the Virgin Fast Track 100 for five consecutive years in a row, with no signs of slowing down, and it’s signature product, Carb Killa, is currently the second-best-selling chocolate bar in the UK grocery channel, disrupting the entire confectionery category for the first time in over 50 years.
Alan has won UK Entrepreneur of the Year an unprecedented three times and is a mentor for Virgin Start Up, as well as an angel investor, private pilot and philanthropist. Alan has invaluable experience in going head to head with industry giants and passionately tells the highs and lows of building a disruptive global brand and overcoming adversity against all odds, from making front-page headlines after surviving a plane crash to creating one of the UK’s best known and fastest-growing consumer brands.
Alan is an inspirational entrepreneur who excels at public speaking, covering branding, disruptive marketing and scaling a business from near bankruptcy to where it is today. He is extremely humorous and approachable and is always happy to interact with guests before and after the event.
To book Alan Barratt as the retail speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency via emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.
When at corporate events, Alan is known to cover the following topics:
- Business Management
- Retail Expert & Consultant
- Global Business
- Business Success
- Business Leadership
- Marginal Gains
“We found Alan to be very engaging and inspirational to the audience of predominantly entrepreneurs who were impressed by the passion, energy and commitment that naturally oozes out.”– Gurinder, Business Growth Fund & Entrepreneur of the Year Judge
“After being crowned the 2018 Great British Entrepreneur of the Year at the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards, we have worked with Alan on a couple of events. Alan is a supremely engaging and confident speaker who manages to tell his incredibly successful entrepreneurial story with passion and humour, whilst always providing very real and honest advice. The Great British Entrepreneur Awards is all about the entrepreneur’s story, and Alan’s is one of the most inspiring we’ve come across.”– Jonathan, GBEA Awards
“Alan is HOT… Honest, Open and Trustworthy. It has been a pleasure working with Alan, he is a natural in front of the camera and at our events, he is completely engaging. He has a unique way of making his story relatable and always leaves you wanting more.” – Steve, Cooper Parry
“Many congratulations on Grenade. Obviously, one that got away!”– Sir Richard Branson, Business Legend
“Al is a great after-dinner speaker mixing humour and entrepreneur credibility – and with infectious enthusiasm. He tells the Grenade success story with modesty and great insights with an authentic voice. He is also very good with answering questions, and connecting with the audience.”– Hamish, Fast Track
“Al brings humour and lived experience to any stage. His engaging and authentic delivery at the Fast Track Awards netted the best results we’ve had from a charity event, oversubscribing a fundraising trip.” – Katie Hunt-Morr, Director of Community, Virgin Unite