Founder of Gymshark, Ben Francis is the business mogul of the moment, set to overtake the biggest brands in sports fashion, with his impressive entrepreneurial venture. From zero to hero, Francis has single handedly created a global brand, and he now shares his secrets to business success with audiences as a keynote speaker. Outlining the commitment, support and most importantly innovative ideas required to create an original venture, Francis is a hugely valuable speaker for individuals and corporate audiences.
The UKs fastest growing company, as named by The Times Fast Track 100, Gymshark is the entrepreneurial vision of Ben Francis. The gym clothing retailer has achieved unparalleled success at an astronomical rate thanks to Francis pioneering the marketing method that is now known as influencer marketing. The first company to send their products to influential social media figures in return for a public review, Gymshark was an industry leader and secured its success through this innovative technique. Today, Gymshark is one of the most instantly recognisable fitness brands, revered for designing clothing that helps athletes reach their full potential in the gym.
Whilst completing a degree at Aston University, pursued his interest in technology, developing websites and iPhone applications. Two of Francis’ apps were focused on fitness and tracking workouts, both of which made it into the top app charts in the UK, which led to him to develop a fitness social media called TwoTone. In 2012, Francis founded Gymshark, which originally started as a stockist for supplements, before becoming the international brand it is today. Utilising creativity in both the front and back end of the business is what Francis credits his exponential success to and investing his funds in a slot at the Body Power expo.
In a short period of time, Francis has established himself as a savvy businessman with Gymshark currently valued at £400 million. This unrivalled success saw Francis listed on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Retail and Ecommerce in 2018, a landmark achievement for the leading entrepreneur. In the same year Gymshark received the Innovation Award at the Fast Track 2018 event, thanks to Francis’ original ideas. Be inspired by the award-winning entrepreneur yourself with a keynote speech from Ben Francis, a name that will be etched into the history books of business.