Piers Linney

Dragons Den Entrepreneur & Business Speaker

Piers Linney is an entrepreneur and investor with a professional background in the City. He has broad experience of the challenges that face growth businesses as a founder, adviserdirector and investor.

Piers is a well-known champion of entrepreneurship and growth businesses, and is best known as a former Dragon on BBC Dragons’ Den and as a Channel 4 Secret Millionaire, which was filmed inside a Young Offenders’ Institution.  Piers qualified as a lawyer specialised in corporate finance and venture capital in the City before joining the investment banking team at Credit Suisse. He left the city to start a dotcom business and became the CEO of a corporate finance business raising funds for technology start-ups and SMEs before becoming a partner at a hedge fund specialising in providing structured debt and equity.

Piers has founded several technology and communication businesses and has won a range of entrepreneurship awards, including Entrepreneur of the Year at the inaugural EYM sponsored Black British Business Awards. He sat on the Cabinet Office SME Panel and the Board of TechUK, and is a trustee of Nesta, the UK’s leading innovation foundation with a £450m endowment, which provides him with unique insights into the future of economics, business and work. Piers is a Non-Executive Director of the government-owned British Business Bank, which aims to unlock capital for UK SMEs and which has facilitated over £12bn of financing.

Piers has been recognised as one of the top 100 most influential Black Britons and as a leading ethnic minority executive by The Financial Times. He is also an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace and on company boards.

Piers provides practical advice to entrepreneurs and business-owners with growth ambitions through his #ScaleUp initiative across a range of social media channels.

To book Piers Linney as the growth business or 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, Piers is known to cover the following topics:

  • Dragons Den Speaker
  • Personal Journey & Experience
  • Business Management
  • Business Growth & Success
  • Creative Business Thinking
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Future of Work & Employment & Impact of Technology

“Offered a unique insight into the topics discussed based on his own experiences, and his genuine understanding of capital markets.” – Thomson Reuters

 “An amazing person and speaker. So popular that we ran out of headphones and space on our exhibition stand! It was an incredible sight.” – Sage (UK) Ltd

“Piers was great – really inspiring, relatable, gave excellent responses to questions. He also stayed right until the very end.” – Rossendale BC

“Piers has had the biggest impact of any speaker that we have hosted in the 3 years since we have been running events…Super-efficient and easy to work with in organising, I wouldn’t hesitate in working with Piers again.” – Virgin StartUp

“Very inspiring speech! Loved the very genuine sharing of your journey, so many takeaways… 1, Not letting your background or where you come from hold you back. 2, Reaching out to others and nurturing their potential for success. 3, Creativity is uniquely human, develop it as that is something machines can’t do. Thanks Piers for showing others what is possible.” – Hiten Bhatt, BE GREAT Training & Development

“Truly an inspiring speech… Relatable to many in some shape or form. Perseverance is the key to success!” – Preeti B, Hamstead Law Practice

“Great talk last night, what really resonated was your insight into inevitable changes to industry that will affect and disrupt the current model and how adding value will be essential to every business model. Thankyou!” – Dominic Bennett, DB Sports Agency

“It was a pleasure meeting you! Brilliant talk about scaling up, hiring better talent.” – Mohammad Raja, Intro-Drive Ltd

“Great to meet you yesterday Piers and an inspiring speech focussing around supporting the next generation.” – Mandeep Rajput, Clydesdale / Yorkshire Bank

“The feedback from the audience was overwhelmingly positive – he was cited as one of the best speakers that we have ever had. He is uniquely placed in that he was able to draw upon his experience in the tech sector and other sectors and was able to impress upon the audience the changing nature of tech in the world of business and society in general. Piers delivers in a subtle yet powerful way – drawing up examples from his work in finance, law and as a tech entrepreneur yet he was able to refer to his humble beginnings and left the audience gasping for more. It is clear that Piers is a master of his subject and was able to draw up numerous lessons from society in general in delivering his talk. The response to his brilliant speech was self-evident in the volume and quality of social media traction on the night and thereafter for over a week. Simply superb and highly recommended – and oh by the way – he is so good and easy to work with – and understands his way around the technical side of speaking engagements.” – Ninder, CEO – Nachural

“I was one of the suppliers at this week’s Event Buyers Live at which Piers was the closing speaker. Please congratulate him – it was fascinating to hear his rise, and falls, and his passion for business and nurturing others.” – Fiona, T-A-G Promotional Staff

“Piers was keynote speaker and customer panel host at our Small Business Live event at Cisco Live Barcelona 2019. His presentation and panel resonated extremely well with our audience and were top-rated sessions from the event programme by attendees. Piers is an insightful, energetic and entertaining speaker, with thought-provoking ideas and insights based upon his extensive business experience. His vibrance and enthusiasm during his presentation kept the audience engaged from start to end. Not only was he well received by the audience, he was easy and personable to work with, spending extra time listening to the other speakers and interacting with our team and delegates.”  – Wheller, Director, Segment, Brand & Advocacy Marketing, Cisco EMEAR

“Piers was excellent – he came down to the event early and spoke to everyone that approached him, as well as speaking to the award winners themselves. He then included one of the recipients, Oli, in his speech which was a really nice touch. All in all, we’re very happy! Thank you.”  – James, Marketing & Events Executive, Inner Flame

“Piers captivated our client business breakfast audience with his vast knowledge, amusing anecdotes and interesting insights in to how to #ScaleUp a business. He was more than happy to network with the clients before his presentation and to be photographed with some of them afterwards. Down to earth and really personable, Piers is an ideal business speaker and we really enjoyed having him at BE Offices.” – Julie Tucker, BE Offices

“We greatly enjoyed working with Piers on the Rethinking Business series we produced for NatWest. One of the things that we think really shone-through in the episodes was Piers’ subject knowledge and passion for entrepreneurship. The content is a great example of the value of having a subject specialist as presenter. Piers’ genuine interest in the stories of the entrepreneurs featured was clear and helped make the content really engaging. Piers was fantastic to work with; we particularly valued the preparation that Piers put in ahead of filming (including suggested contributors in his network) and his focus during the studio filming days.”  – Tim Plyming, Chief Content Officer, Green Rock

“A quick note to say thank you for speaking at our event this week. The customer feedback has been fantastic and your in conversation session with Michael was excellent. Really insightful, thought provoking and injected a real buzz into the room!” Neil, NatWest