Some of the most inspiring business stories you will ever hear are those told by entrepreneurs. You know them, those bright-eyed people with a great idea and a roll of start-up cash who go out and make something amazing happen through sheer hard work.

Can anyone do it? Do you have to have an MBA? Rich backers? Experience?

The best way to get under the skin of the successful entrepreneur and to learn their business lessons is to listen to them speak. So we are very lucky to have a number of these talented individuals on our books and they are only too happy to share their tales with you.

Our speakers range from celebrity chefs, business gurus, founders of well-known brands to dragons from Dragon’s Den on TV. Here are just a few of the names we offer. Click here for a full list.

Heston Blumenthal

Heston is a respected celebrity chef and a household name with an amazing palate and a scientific mind which combine to create culinary masterpieces. He is also a successful entrepreneur with a string of restaurants and pubs and some highly lucrative supermarket deals.

Sahar Hashemi

Sahar brought New York style coffee culture to Britain when she launched her Coffee Republic chain. She is an inspirational speaker and author of 2 highly successful business books.

Jo Fairley

Jo is a co-founder of the well known high-end ethical chocolate brand Green and Blacks. She believes that understanding the needs and beliefs of customers is the secret to her success as an entrepreneur.

Jaqueline Gold

Jaqueline is the CEO of Anne Summers – an adult brand - which needs no introduction - with millions of fans worldwide. She is a fantastic entrepreneur and a shining example of female success in the cutthroat world of business.

Theo Paphitis

Theo is one of the BBC’s famous dragon investors – a self-made millionaire who wants to pass on his knowledge and experience as one of the leading entrepreneurs of his era.

Will King

Will is the founder and CEO of the King of Shaves, who turned his male grooming products business from a one-man band into a global multi-million-pound business.

Anthony Thomson

Anthony is an agile businessman and an enthusiastic consumer champion who is in the process of turning banking on its head with the launch of the digital-only Atom Bank.

Richard Reed

Richard was one of the three founding members of Innocent Drinks, which was later bought out by Coca-Cola, making him a multi-millionaire.

Sara Murray

Sara is the founder of price comparison website - she is a dynamic businesswoman and entrepreneur who revolutionised the insurance business.

Simon Woodroffe

Simon founded Japanese food chain Yo! Sushi, motivating a generation of new entrepreneurs with his speaking and writing in 'The Book of Yo!'

Jun 30, 2015 By Lucy Thorpe