Kevin Byrne


Best known as one of the greatest pioneers of business in the UK, Kevin Bryne is a hugely successful entrepreneur and business management speaker. Kevin’s inspirational journey started with him sleeping in his car to then founding the world’s first online review website and building a business with £2.37 billion GDP. With experience speaking around the world and at the likes of TEDx, Kevin is one of the best business speakers on the circuit.

Chairman and Founder of Checkatrade, which kevin launched in 1998. Checkatrade is a trade and service providers monitoring service and the first of it’s kind which allowed Kevin’s concept to become one of the most trusted in the field. Generating more than £2.7 billion a year for more than 19,000 companies, Kevin offers audiences insights into his own success.

Starting with just one computer and phone in his bedroom, to employing over two hundred people and gaining more the 1,000,000 website visits per month, kevin is a true inspiration. Outside of his business he regularly speaks at Churches and religious gatherings along with being an avid charity supporter. Running twelve marathons in twelve months Kevin was awarded in 2015 in recognition for Checkatrade’s large donations to local charities.

Kevin’s contribution to business has been widely noticed by Sussex Business Awards which has led to him achieving four awards: 2011 Sussex Entrepreneur of the Year, 2012 Sussex Business Person of the Year, 2013 Sussex Company of the Year and 2014 The Greatest Contribution to Sussex Charity award. Named twice by The Sunday Times for Top 100 Small Companies For Work in both 2014 and 2015. In 2014 he also won a further two awards, Business of the Year by Gatwick Diamond Awards and The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in innovation. 2014 also saw him named Honorary Local Hero at the Spirit FM Local Hero Awards.

Kevin is a renowned business management speaker with excellent public speaking skills which translate easily from the world of business speakers to matters of global importance. With Kevin’s vast personal experience and deep knowledge as a keynote speaker he is able to talk on a variety of subjects and relate it to suit the audience he’s in front of. From creating the right mindsets to the five pillars of a great business culture, growing a company and beginning with the end in mind, Kevin offers tailored and unique insights.

To book Kevin Byrne for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below:

When at corporate events, Kevin is known to cover the following topics:

  • From a phone in a hallway to a national brand
  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Creating Value
  • Expectations and magnets
  • The five pillars of a great business culture
  • Touching lives
  • Stand out or die
  • Growing a company
  • Mind sets will keep you back

Watch Kevin Byrne in an interview below:

“We asked Kevin to speak at one of our member peer support breakfasts and we were delighted with the feedback we got from our attendees. The aim of the breakfasts is for the invited speaker to share challenges they’ve faced and business lessons learned to drive discussion and the sharing of experience among attendees. Kevin freely shared company values, born of his own experience in leading and managing people and had some inspirational stories to tell. The facilitated discussion became more of “An audience with Kevin” and our delegates were delighted by Kevin’s candor. Kevin is an excellent speaker, who speaks from the heart with much humour – and gravity where it’s needed. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Kevin” – Louise Hopkins, Strategic Marketer & Director, Recenseo

“Kevin is a truly inspirational public speaker. He recently joined us at KAYE, for one of our events and we have received an enormous amount of positive feedback. It was a pleasure to listen to Kevin’s success story and his highs and lows of business and how he has achieved where he is today. A fascinating insight into the real world of business. He is a motivational speaker who provides clarity and encourages business to see the future in a positive light.” – Katie Hodson, Accounts Manager at Wilkins Kennedy

“We were very honoured that Kevin Byrne, Founder and CEO of Checkatrade, came to speak at the Mid Sussex Conservative Association’s Business lunch.  There was no one present at the lunch that was not inspired and enthralled by his extraordinary story and by his profound and brilliant advice. One thing we can all agree on is that if there were more Kevin Byrnes and more Checkatrades the UK economy would be the most successful in the world. This was an enlightening and inspiring speech and we are very grateful to you for taking the time and trouble.” – The Rt Hon Sir Nicholas Soames MP, House of Commons

“Kevin was great – the star of the show.  He received some excellent feedback.” – Helen Maden, Marketing Manager, Mazars LLP

“On behalf of the EGBA committee may I sincerely thank you for delivering the 2nd Annual Business lecture last night. Your casual, but well organised delivery and thought provoking content held the audience enthralled. It is doubtful that any member of that audience left not feeling inspired. Interestingly it caused me to reflect not only on running a business but also on my personal life. Many thanks – a job very well done. Best wishes and every success in continuing to build Checkatrade.” – Stuart Scholes, CEO, East Grinstead Business Association