Piers Linney

Entrepreneur, Non-Executive Director Of The British Business Bank & Dragons' Den Investor

How to hire Piers Linney

Contact the Champions Speakers agency to book Piers Linney for your event today. Simply call a booking agent on 0207 1010 553 or email us at agent@championsukplc.com for a free quote.

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When he's at corporate events, Piers is known to cover the following topics:

  • Dragons Den
  • Personal journey and experience
  • Business management
  • Business growth and success
  • Creative business thinking
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Future of work and employment and impact of technology

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the temporary halt of live events, Piers has been attending virtual events. See the feedback that he received from attendees below.

"Thank you for your great talk this morning, it was truly enjoyable to learn from you!" 

"Really engaging, his message really spoke to me as a person and I feel charged to think like an entrepreneur in my day to day work, not just for the Growthathon. Thank you". Lucy, Allocate Software

"Wanted just to drop you a quick note to thank you for spending time with us all this morning – as I said in the wrap up way to many golden nuggets in there to even try to pick them out, most of all having an external voice really bring things to life around making things happen – regardless of the growthathon – was brilliant. Thank you again and definitely hope our paths cross at some point soon." - Nick, CEO, Allocate Software

""Really enjoyed your talk at the Very Group this morning. I'm working hard to navigate my own biases and privileges and trying to raise my toddler in the same way."

"We invited Piers to talk to our colleagues about diversity and its importance in business at our first ever digital internal conference. We’re at the start of our journey when it comes to talking about race and ethnic diversity in the workplace and Piers pitched his session perfectly for our colleagues. His session was informative, insightful and inspiring and garnered fantastic engagement and feedback from colleagues, with several describing it as the best presentation they’ve seen during their time with the business. We’d have Piers back again in a heartbeat, on any one of the wide variety of subjects on which he’s an expert!" - Lauren, The Very Group

Other Testimonials

“Piers presented 5 incredibly valuable actions to enable a business to scale for IT Glue's EMEA Managed Services Provider audience and the feedback received has been excellent. His knowledge of the challenges being faced at this precise moment, advice on how to overcome them, along with the mistakes to avoid, demonstrated not only the extent of his expertise and experience in our market but provided enormous value for the audience to tap into. I'm excited to hear about the plans our clients have implemented and the subsequent impact of these as a result of Piers's insights - his candid answers during the Q&A when asked about the success of his investments on Dragon's Den were a real crowd pleaser too! “ - Alex, Sales Director, EMEA

"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

  • 2000 - Founded his first technology-based business
  • 2014 - Black British Awards Entrepreneur of the Year
  • 2013- 2015 – Invested as a Dragon on Dragon’s Den
  • 2014 - Trustee of Nesta
  • 2018 - Top 100 BAME Leaders in Business
  • Non-executive Director of British Business Bank
  • 2019 - Founded #Startup – Business growth course