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Oli Barrett

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Founder of multiple ventures

Experienced Speaker and Moderator

One of the UK's 'finest collaborators, alliance-builders and thought-leaders'

“He is superb at what he does, a consumate professional and pleasure to work with.” Institute of Directors

Oli Barrett is well-known for his work fostering and nuturing enterprise in the UK. Recognised as one of the most well-connected men around (one of GQ’s top 100 for the last three years), Oli is dedicated to finding the right people to help new businesses thrive.

Oli Barrett is the co-founder of the entrepreneurship campaign StartUp Britain, social action agency Cospa, and the Make Your Mark with a Tenner campaign – all this alongisde the work he does advising various other companies.

One of his creations, Cospa, brings companies and causes together to make a real difference. For instance, it created a partnership between Wickes and local youth clubs through which free tools and local tradespeople were provided to clubs in need of repair. This not only improved facilities but also taught new skills to the young people involved in these clubs.

Another of his ventures, Tenner, runs the UK’s largest enterprise competition. It challenges children to make a profit from Ten Pounds and is now run by the education charity, Young Enterprise.

It is though his involvement in StartUp Britain that has probably garnered the most attention. This is a national campaign run by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. It was launched in 2011 by then Prime Minister David Cameron but is completely funded by private sector sponsors. The campaign is backed by a number of FTSE 100 companies and has inspired similar initiatives around the world.

Oli’s irrepressible energy and charisma has helped drive so many of these projects forward. These qualities translate so well to the stage and make him an outstanding moderator and speaker. His love of connecting people and passion for ideas allow him to get the best out of any character and seamlessly move between different people in a panel discussion.

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