Piers Linney is an entrepreneur and investor with experience across a range of sectors including technology, media converged communications, and additive manufacturing.
Piers Linney is the Founder and CEO of Moblox, a next generation technology and business tools platform for UK small business owners and is well-known as a champion of entrepreneurship and SMEs and a regular media commentator.
Piers Linney is probably best known as a former dragon investor on BBC 2’s dragons’ den and from channel 4’s the secret millionaire. He has a professional background as a qualified lawyer specialised in venture capital and in M&A investment banking at credit Suisse and was a non-executive director of the UK government’s development bank, British business bank during the roll-out of the £90bn covid-19 business support loan schemes. Piers has been recognised as one of the UK’s top 100 most influential black Britons and in 2020 he was recognised as one of the UK’s top 20 ethnic minority executives. Piers is an adviser to sky and sits on its diversity advisory council.
From a Lancashire mill town and failing his 11+ to law and investment banking at the highest level in the City and BBC Dragons’ Den.
Business change, growth, scaling up your business and its impact. See Piers’s five factors for growth below.
The future of business, employment, the economy and skills based on his experience in technology and as a trustee of the UK’s largest innovation agency, Nesta.
Personal experience and impact on business, society and social mobility built on his work as a charitable founder and with Sky.
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"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
“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 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."
"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!"
"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
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