Duncan Bannatyne OBE


Duncan Bannatyne OBE is one of the nation’s most well known businessmen, thanks to his ever-present role on the hit BBC show Dragon’s Den. Duncan’s business interest span health clubs, property, transport, TV, media and hotels, proving his business acumen and ensuring he can relate to a wide range of audiences as a retail speaker during either after dinner speeches or keynote speeches.

Aged 30, Duncan had never had a bank account and admits he was penniless, his remarkable transformation to one of the most influential business voices in the UK truly show’s Duncan natural talent for turning investment into business empires.

Growing up in a council house with six brothers and sisters, Duncan joined the Royal Navy for twelve years as an engineering mechanic near Ipswich. Duncan moved from job to job before moving to Stockton-on-Tees and purchasing an Ice Cream van for £450.

Duncan turned this venture into a fleet operation and sold the business for £28,000 in order to fund a nursing home business named Quality Care Homes, which was sold for £26 million in 1997.

After a number of successful business ventures including a nursery chain, Duncan moved into the health club industry, creating the largest independent chain of health clubs in the country. As a retail speaker, Duncan stresses the importance of knowing your numbers and the need to oversee all aspects of your business in order to never let any costly mistakes occur.

Alongside his business empire, Duncan is heavily involved in charity work, participating in a wide range of fundraising activities as well as acting as patron to a number of institutions. His tireless charitable contributions saw him being decorated with an OBE, proving testament to his commitment to make people’s quality of life notably better.

A renowned after dinner speaker, Duncan’s tale of rags-to-riches and maintain the success of a business empire make Duncan one of the most sought after business speakers for events and private functions. Duncan is equally adept as a keynote speaker for conferences and business events, establishing an underlying theme and ensuring guests enjoy a compelling start to the function.

To book retail expert, Duncan Bannatyne OBE as the after dinner speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When Duncan’s at corporate events, he is known to cover the following topics:

  • Business Speaker
  • Retail Speaker
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Change Your Life
  • Rags-to-Riches
  • Corporate Turnaround
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Social Responsibility
  • Television & Media

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