Founder of the #BeYourOwnBoss movement

Author of The Startup Coach & The Franchising Handbook
Chairman of d&t

Helping people understand business

Business doesn't need to be complicated.

Carl's mission is to demystify the world of business, giving everybody access to the simple ideas that set a winning business apart.

His focus is on offering straightforward, accessible advice to entrepreneurs and businesses looking to start and grow, and is the author of two Hodder books – The Startup Coach and The Franchising Handbook.

His advice is internationally recognised and sought after and covers everything a business owner needs to know, from sales, marketing, finance, legal, HR issues and administration through to growth strategies, fund raising and exit planning.

Carl's business journey has been nothing short of inspirational, and now his aim is to help others do the same.

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Helping businesses unlock the magic

Carl is as comfortable behind a keyboard or microphone as he is in front of a camera. With two leading business books published by Hodder: “The Franchising Handbook” and “The Start Up Coach”, Carl delivers keynote talks internationally and is gifted with the ability to distil and communicate his message clearly to ensure he can be easily understood by his audience.

His no-nonsense approach and business expertise is frequently sought after by the media. He regularly features in both the national press and trade journals, as well as in radio, television and podcast slots, providing an expert view on a variety of business matters.

With a fan following of over 70k across social media platforms, it’s not just the media that are interested in what Carl has to say. Fortunately, he likes to talk – a lot – and is a prominent figure across all major platforms.

Not afraid to say it like he sees it, Carl is an entertaining, inspiring and enthusiastic speaker on business, marketing and franchising topics, with plenty of first-hand experience to validate the content. Carl’s thought-provoking and insightful talks literally change lives.

Instead of speaking fees, Carl asks instead for a donation to be made to his chosen charity, Buttle UK, who provide grants and support to give vulnerable children a fighting chance. Find out more about Buttle, THE best charity that nobody has heard of.

Carl's business and charitable interests

A multi-award winning mid-tier firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors, with over 2,500 clients across the UK.

A disruptive fintech startup, a low cost, tech-based accounting solution, offering 21st Century accounting at 1950s prices.

A specialist business brokerage in the franchise sector; the easiest way to buy and sell an existing franchise.

Non-executive Director of the British Franchise Association, the UK’s self-regulatory body for the franchising industry.

An outstanding charity providing support and funding to vulnerable children and families in crisis.

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed is the voice of the UK’s self-employed population, fighting to create a better environment for the self-employed to run their businesses.

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Getting in touch

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To contact Carl in relation to his business and charitable activities, please get in touch via the relevant organisation's website (linked above).

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