Passionate talks about being a founder, entrepreneurship and also technology for the ageing population.

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My talks are interactive, passionate and are routinely given first class reviews. If you’re a company, charity, educational establishment or journalist that wants to discuss these themes, then please get in touch.

Popular talks include:

  • Do you have what it takes to start your own venture?
  • Building incredible teams – a different approach.
  • How to achieve success by embracing failure.
  • Are you a founder on the edge? When to stop!
  • Loneliness and isolation: The complex role of technology.
  • Five things you need to know before launching a product or service for the ageing population.

What people say…


“James has, once again, given my entrepreneurship students a tremendous insight into his life and work. Speaking without notes or slides for forty minutes, his talk today covered his twenty-some years in a series of tech start-ups. As a speaker he is fluent and natural, generous and self-deprecating. His experience is wide and he presents a warts-and-all analysis of the life and ups and downs of a serial entrepreneur. Those who get to meet and hear James speak are fortunate indeed, though I actually suspect that his deeper messages will chime in the future and not at the time of hearing.”
Magnus George, Professor of Entrepreneurship at Lancaster University Management School


“I have heard James speak on several occasions. His talks are superb – straight to the point, informative and always highly rated. He is passionate about his topic and his engagement with the delegates is excellent.”
Colin Cram, Chair, Open Forum Events


I first heard James speak at the MHA Moore and Smalley and NatWest business leaders network event in North Lancashire and South Lakeland. The way he tells his own story is open and honest, which makes his style particularly engaging. The tales of the ups and downs of running a business really resonated with me and, I know, plenty of other business leaders in the room. He is not afraid to shy away from the gritty reality of life in business but balances this against the highs of success. I would certainly attend any future event where James was speaking, he has a natural ability to hold the attention of an audience, keep them entertained and leave them with food for thought.
Partner, MHA Moore and Smalley


“What can I say?  This was easily the best rated talk of the day – in fact huge numbers of students came up to me afterwards and said your talk was by far the most interesting, funny and useful. Thank you James!”
Project Manager, Kendal College


I just wanted to express my thanks for your speech today at our annual conference, it got everyone thinking – and your passionate and enthusiastic style lifted everyone’s spirits. It was fascinating to hear about the challenges you experienced bringing your invention to market, and I wish you the very best success in the future with it.”


“On behalf of all the cadets and officers that came today, I wanted to say a huge thank you. Many of them have never even considered before that they have what it takes to set up a business of their own and left absolutely buzzing after hearing about your journey. It was truly inspirational!”
Lancashire Army Cadet Force

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