Kevin Byrne

Checkatrade Founder & CEO

From sleeping in his car, to founding the world’s first online review website and building a business with a £2.37 billion GDP, business management speaker and entrepreneur Kevin Byrne is known as one of the great pioneers of business in the UK. His frank and engaging presentations have now made him one of the best after dinner speakers, speaking all over the world on his trials and tribulations from nothing to one of the most successful business men.

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, 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 made The Sunday Times’ prestigious Top 100 Small Businesses to Work for list.

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.

To book Kevin Byrne as the business management 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 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

Checkatrade and Kevin has won the following awards:

  • 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 

“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