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Kevin Byrne

Nothing extraordinary comes from ordinary effort

Biography

Kevin is a leading entrepreneur and businessman in the UK, who built his company up from scratch with no investment to a turnover close to £15m and now employs over 240 people. Kevin won ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the prestigious 2011 Sussex Business Awards and then in 2012 ‘Businessperson of the year’ in 2012. 2013 saw his company win Sussex Company of the year and in 2014 came 25 in the Sunday Times Top 100 small businesses to work for. More recently his pioneering efforts in combating the rogue trade problems in the UK have been recognised by the office of David Cameron and the Office of the Queen. They have been awarded 'The Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2014'.

Kevin has become a community figurehead thanks to his inspirational business leadership, business lecturers, charity work and monthly marathon runs.

Kevin is the authoritative voice on honest, reputable trading and is keen to share the secrets of his business success with future entrepreneurs. He is active in the media, recently commenting in the entrepreneur pages of The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, Moneymaker.com and recently featured in the Sunday Times. Kevin has also featured on the BBC’s Sunday morning TV program ‘Big Questions’, in radio interviews by the BBC and other stations.

Checkatrade.com has become a monumental success in the UK. Over the past 12 months, Checkatrade has generated over an estimated £2.5b worth of work for their trade members, with complaints at just one in 200, compared to the national average of one in 4. With over 1.2m visits a month Checkatrade.com is a UK household name used by 25% of all households in the UK and it’s estimated to save the consumer over £250,000,000 a year by avoiding rogue trades.

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

Testimonials

"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

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