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Get connected with Oli Barrett MBE at Exeter’s Like Minds business breakfast

By May 23, 2017January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates

Find out why GQ magazine named Oli Barrett ‘one of the 100 most connected men in Britain’*, when he visits Exeter on 31st May to speak at the Like Minds Business Breakfast.

Buoyed by a passion for enterprise and social innovation, Barrett is a regular speaker and facilitator at business events across the globe, having led no less than eleven trade missions to the US, India and Brazil.

And he really does know what he's talking about.

The originator of several successful enterprise initiatives, and with an MBE to boot, the visionary Barrett has a reputation for encouraging others to realise their potential. He co-founded StartUp Britain, and launched the young enterprise scheme Tenner; inspiring over 100,000 pupils to see what they can achieve in one month with just £10.

Barrett also co-founded Cospa, an agency that works with brands to connect CSR with marketing, and has also undertaken a key role as Director of International Development at non-profit and voluntary organisation the Marketing Academy.  Barrett’s success can be attributed to his geniune interest in bringing people together, sharing ideas and making connections:

“When you introduce people, you are not always going to wonder whether they are going to be best friends – but will they have an interesting conversation and can they help each other?”

As if these accomplishments are not impressive enough, Barrett is also the man who introduced “speednetworking” to the UK. In fact, it is this often unorthodox approach to networking, and his track record for inspiring others, that makes Barrett such a refreshingly honest and fascinating speaker. The Evening Standard sums up his appeal:

“The man who has made it his mission in life to make others think about becoming entrepreneurs…Barrett is almost as well known in tech circles for his absolutely terrible jokes as his endless enthusiasm for inspiring others.” 


The next Like Minds Business Breakfast, presented in association with leading Marketing, PR and Design agency Astley Media, will take place at Luxury Business Club Dean Clarke House on 31st May.

Tickets for the breakfast are limited. To book your place and find out more about Like minds, please visit: