Piers Linney is a highly successful entrepreneur, famed for his appearance on the hit television show Dragons’ Den. Appearing alongside the likes of Peter Jones and Deborah Meaden, Piers has experience in several senior business roles and has invested in many successful businesses. Considered a role model as a BAME and ethnic minority businessman, Piers has received recognition from high-profile publications and is now a popular choice as a diversity and inclusion speaker for events.
After studying at the University of Manchester in Accounting and Law, Piers initially began his career as a Solicitor for SJ Berwin. Then working in investment banking, it wasn’t long before Piers was given the opportunity to man senior positions. He has since worked as the Non-Executive Director of the British Business Bank, the Co-CEO and owner of Genesis Communications and the Co-CEO of Outsourcery. Learning invaluable expertise of business practises and standards, Piers later went on to join Dragons’ Den in 2013.
Piers has forged a reputation as a powerful investor on Dragons’ Den, offering contestants his avid knowledge of what it takes to run a successful business. Before he appeared on Dragons’ Den, Piers was also fortunate to play a part on Secret Millionaire. Having forged a reputable name as a businessman, Piers has been recognised on the Power List in 2013 and as Entrepreneur Leader of the Year at the Black British Business Awards.
Also the creator of the #StartUp and #ScaleUp initiatives, Piers is now a popular choice as a diversity and inclusion speaker for events. Having previously been named as one of the Top Minority Ethnic Leaders in Technology and one of the Top 100 BAME Leaders in Business, Piers is respected as a diverse leader and encourages businesses to increase their talent pools in order to become more diverse and inclusive employers. He has also recently joined campaigns to improve the diversity in the tech sector and has brought awareness to the inequality that continues to be rife in the UK. A fantastic diversity and inclusion speaker, Piers Linney is the perfect choice to encourage a more inclusive world.
“Really good feedback, viewers are finding the sessions extremely applicable to their situations. I have had numerous recording requests and we are seeing a high volume of multi-session registrations. The event was fantastic. Thanks very much for your assistance with organising Piers. He was very engaging, insightful and an absolute pleasure to work with.”
“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!”
“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.”