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Karen Darby

Founder and CEO of numerous companies Karen Darby is a highly successful entrepreneur, a leading figurehead in business. An expert in turning a business from a small start-up to a million-pound empire, Karen is an expert at imparting invaluable business tips on the corporate circuit. Having vast experience in business marketing, sales and customer service, Karen can deliver an excellent keynote speech.

If you are interested in booking Karen Darby for your live event or require any additional information regarding Karen Darby then please fill in the enquiry form and one of the Speakers Corner booking agents will contact you within 24 hours.

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Karen Darby Biography

Karen Darby is a popular keynote speaker and the founder of Decisions Group and SimplySwitch. Listed as one of the top female entrepreneurs in the UK, Karen has built a hugely successful career over the past 25 years and is still adding her to business portfolio with her fourth and biggest venture: Call Britannia.

At the age of just 22, Karen became a young entrepreneur. She set up one of the country’s first telemarketing companies, the Decisions Group, now part of Sitel. Within seven years the company had more than 200 staff and sales in excess of £4m. By 1990, she had decided it was time for a new challenge. She sold her share of the company and set up her second business, a firm providing training for call-centre staff; Karen Darby Direct. With two young sons and working from home, Karen became a "mumtreneur". She personally trained hundreds of people in the call centre...

Karen Darby is a popular keynote speaker and the founder of Decisions Group and SimplySwitch. Listed as one of the top female entrepreneurs in the UK, Karen has built a hugely successful career over the past 25 years and is still adding her to business portfolio with her fourth and biggest venture: Call Britannia.

At the age of just 22, Karen became a young entrepreneur. She set up one of the country’s first telemarketing companies, the Decisions Group, now part of Sitel. Within seven years the company had more than 200 staff and sales in excess of £4m. By 1990, she had decided it was time for a new challenge. She sold her share of the company and set up her second business, a firm providing training for call-centre staff; Karen Darby Direct. With two young sons and working from home, Karen became a "mumtreneur". She personally trained hundreds of people in the call centre industry and for many it was a life changing experience. In fact, many champions were raised in ‘Karen’s Stable’, several of whom have gone on to set up their own highly successful businesses.

In 2003, Karen launched her third and most successful venture, SimplySwitch, a price comparison service. She secured venture capital funding from Bridges Community Ventures, which was subject to the business meeting certain social criteria such as being based in one of the most deprived areas of the UK. Initially launched as Simply Energy Ltd offering consumers a free and impartial switching service for gas and electricity, it quickly extended its portfolio of products to include home phone, mobile, broadband and a range of financial products and was re-branded SimplySwitch. The company created over 100 jobs and helped thousands of consumers save over £20m on their household bills.

In August 2006 Karen sold SimplySwitch to the Daily Mail for £22m.

Karen has over 20 years experience of delivering dynamic, high energy talks and presentations to literally thousands of conference delegates both in the UK and overseas. She also has extensive broadcast experience including live and pre-recorded TV and radio interviews and has participated in various business-based podcasts. Her presentations are upbeat and motivational, delivered with the passion and focus which only comes from someone who has really been there and done it. She talks of the highs and inevitable lows of running your own business, how to deal with the setbacks and how to turn them to your advantage. Karen always tailors her presentations to the client and the brief. Past subjects have included:

  • How to be a Millionaire - the light-hearted story of a serial entrepreneur
  • Raising Finance – what investors want to hear and how to really sell your ideas
  • PR - Getting fabulous publicity for your business on a shoestring budget
  • Marketing – how to create valuable partnerships with big-name brands
  • Making a Difference - building ethical business with a strong social mission
  • The People Factor – finding, nurturing and developing talent
  • Women in Business – what it really takes to be a success
  • On the Curve - selling your business at exactly the right time

An expert keynote and motivational speaker, Karen Darby, has presented for some of the UK's leading brands and up and coming entrepreneurs.With her vast experience in business marketing, sales and customer service, Karen Darby is an interesting, articulate and experienced speaker.

For further information or to book Karen Darby, call us at Speakers Corner on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

 

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