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Kevin Byrne

Checkatrade Founder & CEO United Kingdom

From a phone in a hallway to a national brand
Begin with the end in mind
Creating Value
Expectations and magnets
The five pillars of a great business culture
Touching lives
Stand out or die
Growing a company
Mind sets will keep you back


From sleeping in his car, to founding the world’s first online review website and building a business with a £2.37 billion GDP, business management speaker and entrepreneur Kevin Byrne is known as one of the great pioneers of business in the UK. His frank and engaging presentations have now made him one of the best after dinner speakers, speaking all over the world on his trials and tribulations from nothing to one of the most successful business men. A hugely successful businessman in his own right Kevin Byrne works tirelessly to share with budding businesses and entrepreneurs the lessons almost two decades of business ownsership have taught him.

Chairman and Founder of, a trade and service providers monitoring service, Kevin Byrne launched the business in 1998; then the first of its kind Byrne’s business concept quickly flourished and has become one of the most trusted companies in the field, responsible for generating more than £2.7 billion a year for more than 19,000 companies. His work as a business speaker offers audiences an insight in to his own success, the importance of brand identity and how to nurture such vital elements of business.

A proud and dedicated man Kevin Byrne’s tale is a truly inspirational one, beginning on a computer and telephone in his bedroom Checkatrade now employs more than two hundred members of staff and boasts more than 1,000,000 visits to their website a month. One of the most impressive online British businesses of recent years both Kevin and Checkatrade have garnered a number of awards and have gained national recognition thanks to its creative business management and ingenious public promotion. Amongst his numerous awards Kevin boasts a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation and Business of the Year at both the 2014 Gatwick Diamond Business Awards and the 2013 Sussex Business Awards.

Key Facts

Countries Performed In

  • 7

Clients Past & Present

  • MADE Festival
  • Henley Business School

Talk Time Duration

  • 30 minutes