Piers Linney is a globally-renowned businessman, successful entrepreneur and well-known television personality. Best known for his television appearance as a “dragon” on the panel of the popular BBC Two business series Dragon’s Den between 2013 and 2015, Piers is a champion of business growth. His career history consists of an array of educational, vocational and television endeavours that have lead to the entrepreneur’s success and global recognition as a renowned businessman.
Having an educational background in accounting and law at the University of Manchester, he has also enjoyed a career as a solicitor with multinational law firm SJ Berwin before deciding to create a new pathway into a career in investment banking. Soon after this, Piers launched his very own internet business and has since been involved in several technology, media and telecommunications corporations.
Piers became the co-CEO and owner of telecommunications business Genesis Communications as well as cloud-based IT business Cloud Outsourcery. On top of his corporate endeavours, Piers is a content creator and public speaker for aspiring entrepreneurs who wish to launch their own businesses. His #ScaleUp initiative involves talks and workshops on topics ranging from financing high growth business, business start up guidance, the impact of technology on the commercial world and more. In this way, he becomes an influential figure for aspiring entrepreneurs by sharing ‘inspiring and practical realities as well as insights into the future of business and the workplace’.
Aside from being one of the leading dragons in Dragon’s Den, Piers has been involved in other television series that have boosted his international recognition and impact as a business influencer and popular television figure. He appeared on the Channel 4 series The Secret Millionaire in 2011, where he worked at a Young Offenders’ institution in Wolverhampton.
Piers’ global influence has lead him to land multiple nominations for business awards around the world. Some of these include being named in the Top 20 of the Financial Times’ list of Top 100 Minority Ethnic Leaders in Technology; Entrepreneur Leader of the Year at the first Black British Business Awards; Top 100 BAME Leaders in Business. He has also undertaken work with a number of brands to create content and has reached #1 in the Apple iTunes Podcasts Chart in 2019 with his ‘Rethinking Business’ podcast in association with UK bank NatWest.
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