Piers Linney is an entrepreneur best known for his appearance as one of the ‘dragons’ on the popular television programme, Dragon’s Den (2013-2015). He is also an investor with experience across a range of sectors, including additive manufacturing, media converged communications, and technology.
As the founder and CEO of Moblox, a next generation technology and business tools platform for small business owners in the UK, Piers is a keen champion of entrepreneurship and SMEs. He has first-hand experience of the challenges and obstacles that face businesses as a founder, advisor, director, and investor.
In 2018, Pieres was named in the top 20 of the Financial Times list of the Top 100 Minority Ethnic Leaders in Technology, and named one of the Top 100 BAME Leaders in Business.
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Piers Linney is a well-known champion of entrepreneurship and growth businesses, and is known for appearing on Channel 4’s The Secret Millionaire in 2011, which was filmed inside a Young Offenders’ Institution in Wolverhampton.
He qualified as a lawyer specialising in corporate finance and venture capital in the City, before joining Credit Suisse as part of their investment banking team. He left the City in 2000 to start a dotcom business, and became the CEO of a corporate finance business raising funds for technology start-ups and SMEs. He then became a partner at a hedge fund specialising in providing structured debut and equity.
Piers has since founded several communication and technology businesses, and has won a range of awards including Entrepreneur of the Year at the inaugural EYM-sponsored Black British Business Awards. He sits on a number of company boards as an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
His knowledge and experience have seen him sat on the Cabinet Office’s SME Panel, and the Board of techUK. He is also a trustee of Nesta, the UK’s leading innovation foundation with a £450m endowment, which provides him with unique insights into the future of business, economics and work. He is also a Non-Executive Director of the UK Government-owned British Business Bank, which aims to unlock capital for British SMEs, and which has facilitated over £12bn worth of financing.
Piers provides practical advice to entrepreneurs and business owners with growth ambitions through his #ScaleUp initiative across a range of social media channels, where he currently has over 50,000 followers.
– Entrepreneurship – His Journey
– Dragon’s Den and Secret Millionaire
– Business Growth and Success (#StartUp and #ScaleUp)
– Technology, Innovation and Digital Disruption
– Financing Business
– Future of Work and Employment
– Change Management
– Diversity and Inclusion (Recognised as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Black Britons)
Piers Linney Speaking Clients: Abbott, American Express, Ares, Arrow, Atherton Bikes, BBC Radio, British Business Bank, BT, Bupa, Capita, Cisco, Deloitte, eOffice, Euronext, European Bank, Experian, GSK, Hiscox, Home and Gift Buyers’ Festival, IT Glue, Jaguar, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, Land Rover, Linklaters, MAKE UK, Microsoft, Moblox, mthree, NatWest, Nesta, OneStream, Sage, Shoosmiths, Skoda, Sky, Sony, Tech Nation, Techworks, Very, Virgin Start Up, Vodafone, Yorkshire Bank.
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 has had the biggest impact of any speaker that we have hosted in the three years since we have been running events… Super-efficient and easy to work with and organising, I wouldn’t hesitate in working with Piers again.
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
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!
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