BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (March 23, 2011)
One of the most influential black businessmen in the United Kingdom will be in Barbados to share his insight and experiences with local entrepreneurs and business professionals. Piers Linney, CEO of Outsourcery, the UK’s first carbon neutral Unified Communications and hosted Information Technology solutions company will be the featured speaker at the fourth Monthly Entrepreneurs’ Forum hosted by the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation (BEF).
“We are pleased that Piers has consented to speak at our March forum. These important linkages with the Diaspora are critical success factors in our mission towards making Barbados “The #1 Entrepreneurial Hub in The World by 2020,” said Chairman of the BEF, Peter Boos.
Piers, whose mother emigrated to the UK from Barbados in 1962, has a rich history as an entrepreneur, founding his first business delivering newspapers at the age of 14. He started an Internet-based research business in 2000 and then later became Chief Operating Officer of a London-based online music retail, DJ management, radio production and events company.
He has always been involved in start ups and growing companies throughout his career having worked with a wide range of entrepreneurs and management teams. Piers also possesses a wide breadth of professional experience, having qualified as a solicitor and worked as an investment banker, venture capital fund manager and hedge fund manager.
In March 2007, Piers and Simon Newton structured a management buyout of Genesis Communications (re-branded Outsoucery) from DSG International plc. With a £44 million annual turnover, the Outsourcery venture catapulted Piers into becoming the UK’s most successful black entrepreneur. The success Piers has achieved as an entrepreneur was recognised in the Power List 2011, sponsored by JP Morgan and Thomson Reuters, a comprehensive list of the most influential black people in Britain today.
“Local entrepreneurs can benefit greatly from this experience and should make an effort to attend. The varied businesses that Piers has been involved in will allow him to share the experiences of failure, growth and success and the importance of managing each well,” explained BEF Programme Manager, Chris Harper.
The Monthly Entrepreneurs’ Forums hosted by the BEF are meant to educate and inspire entrepreneurs and business professionals, as well as facilitate networking opportunities. This month the forum will be held at The Plantation Garden Theatre, St. Lawrence on Tuesday March 29th from 6:00-8:00 pm. Piers’ attendance at the forum was made possible by the support of the British High Commission.
For further details on this and other BEF activities, please visit http://www.barbadosentrepreneurshipfoundation.org/