International businessman, John Mills is the founder JML consumer products company. With a career devoted to not only his hugely successful business but politics and economics, Mills is one of the most revered speakers on the circuit, able to offer a comprehensive insight into conducting business in the UK and world economy. Thanks to JML, Mills is also a high profile figure in the industry, making him one of the most sought after speakers, to share his perspective to corporate clients and as an after dinner speaker.
Founding JML in 1986, Mills knew with his naturally entrepreneurial mindset and relentless perseverance, it would become the international success it is today. The consumer good distribution company now has an annual turnover of one hundred million pounds, sells fifteen million products each year and experts to over seventy countries, a testament to the leadership and business savvy insight of Mills. Selling through TV shopping channels, online and through in-store video from the outset, Mills’ business plan was ahead of its time, and as such has continued to remain at the forefront of technological advancements.
Evident from his youth was Mills’ ability to identify an opportunity and turn it into a potential entrepreneurial venture. Whilst studying at the prestigious University of Oxford, Mills gained a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and his first experience of trading. Aiming to earn some extra money on the side of his studies, Mills began selling cleaning products door to door, which eventually became the first step in Mills vision for JML.
In addition to his highly lucrative business, Mills is also revered for his political involvement with the Labour party. As a lifelong supporter, he was a councillor for Camden Borough between 1971 and 2006, during which time he held a number of senior positions, including:Deputy Chairman of London Docklands Corporation, Chair of Housing and Finance Committee and Director of think-tank’openDemocracy. Equally respected for his political contributions, Mills has authored eleven economics books and is the Vice-Chairman of the Economic Research Council.
As a speaker, Mills can be hugely influential on business or corporate clients thanks to his decades of dedication to the key areas of business, politics and economics. With a career as vast and impressive at Mills’, he also makes for a fascinating after dinner speaker, sharing insight into his life.