Sue nelson . . .

is an award-winning designer, businesswoman, author, broadcaster and speaker. She built her distinctive visual brand from scratch and sold it to the international multi-billion turnover Ernst & Young (EY) within 5 years. Sue is an avid collector of limited edition prints and original artworks of famous British artists and designers from Stanley Spencer and Walter Sickert to Peter Blake and Damien Hirst. She now designs and illustrates highly collectible rare limited editions of her own art for private investors via traditional art auctions and NFTs. 

speaking profile

Sue has vast experience talking to a range of audiences mostly on developing a stand out visual presence and using ground-breaking employment practices to accelerate to hyper profitability. 

Sue explains how to go from zero to hero and from skinted to minted, in an inspiring and in turns sad and funny personal story. How she created a workforce that lived and breathed her visual brand and developed relationships that turned new clients into inspired ambassadors for her company.

But first she outlines the things you need to know before you start and how to deal with the numerous ups and downs you will encounter, whether you're a talented artist,  innovative producer or tech entrepreneur - from unhelpful banks to pursuing non-payment of invoices, pragmatically overcoming gender bias and winning new business while competitors try to undermine you from the sidelines. Sue openly lays bare the personal adversity she has had to overcome and how she found the strength to carry on. Most of all, if she can do it, you can too. 


"It is so refereshing to hear Sue!! Beautiful!" Margret Wibner, Dutch visual artist. 

"Sue, nailed it!" Annette Yashpon, musical artist and TV presenter.

"Thanks to Sue Nelson for her candour and openness in sharing her inspiring story. The context makes her success all the more outstanding." Jacqui Larsson, Council Member, London Diamond Bourse.

"I'm lovin' Sue on so many levels." Bridget B. Sullivan, Founder Creative Canvas Productions.

"It doesn't happen very often that an inspiring lady like Sue Nelson gets to talk and share her story." Dunja Rombouts, Founder, Digital Notion

"Honestly, I had goosebumps listening to Sue!! Absolutely inspirational.. thank you thank you thank you." Lesley McDowell, Senior FX Broker, Fortuna FX

"It was a great morning . . . thoroughly enjoyed Sue's wise words!" Julia Noble, Freelance Illustrator

"Amazing talk from Sue Nelson - giving inspiration, practical advice based on experience and hope to all (of) us." Jane Martin, Small Business Coach and Mentor

"Sue Nelson, you blew us away." Deborah Turner, Consultant Chartered Surveyor

"I really enjoyed today. A fantastic speech, inspirational and so relevant to what I've experienced in my career." Jo Harmsworth, Chartered Accountant

"Thank you so much for your talk this morning. I really enjoyed it and I aspire to be as successful and inspirational as you. You really are an amazing woman." Georgia Todd, Apprentice, Frank eXchange

"Loved listening to your story Sue and the way you ran your business." Sue Hainsby, KWIBA Business Woman of the Year 2018

"(The event) was awesome and Sue Nelson was so inspiring!" Catherine Gallagher, Founder, The Entrepreneur Club

"Such a fantastic talk this morning - I could really relate to this in many ways." Wendy Flanagan, Managing Director, The Holistic Home

"Thank you for a great event. Very enjoyable and Sue is marvellous." Ruth Duncan, past President, Insolvency Practitioners' Association

"Sue Nelson is pretty awesome." Alison Parmar, Development Manager, Federation of Small Businesses

"It was a fascinating session. Really thought provoking." Caroline Doran, Founder and MD, Deliver Grow

"Sue Nelson is always inspiring." Anwen Cooper, Founder and MD, Get Fruitful Marketing

"Great talk by Sue Nelson loved hearing her story and insights." Lisa Young, Business Manager and Start-up Coach


Sue is a highly experienced interviewee both on national radio and television and has appeared on every national television and radio news programme in the UK from CNN, Sky News, Radio 5 Live and Radio 4’s Today Programme to The Culture Show, BBC Breakfast and The Politics Show. Having been interviewed by Nicky Campbell, John Humphrys, Jon Snow, Tony Wilson, Gordon Burns, Kirsty Young, Sir Trevor McDonald and even Ann Widdecombe and Edwina Currie amongst many others.


In the last five years she has also presented over 400 radio programmes as the lead presenter of the FoodTalk Show and TechTalk Show interviewing well known guests such as Sheila Dillon, Maggie Philbin and Ali Campbell of UB40. 


She now designs highly collectible rare limited editions of her artwork for private investors. She is a member of the Guild of Food Writers and is the author of ten books including Naked MarketingFoodTech UK and the Fine Food Lover’s Guide with Simon Rimmer the co-host of Sunday Brunch.

Sue is the founder and sole owner of the multiple award-winning Breakthrough Funding, which was sold to EY (Ernst and Young) in 2020. The company won the coveted Independent Tax Consultancy Firm in the UK 2019 at the Tolley Awards for its innovative branding and style. She was awarded the Kent Business Woman of the Year in 2017 and the London and South East Director of the Year 2019 by the Institute of Directors.

She has been a governor of the University of Creative Arts with Loyd Grossman. For six years she was a non-executive member of the Audit and Risk Committee at the Department for Communities and Local Government under Sir Peter Housden and latterly Lord Kerslake. She has also been a trustee of Lantra Sector Skills Council and is currently a director of Produced in Kent supporting local producers and crafts people. 

She continues to a keen home cook and enjoys good wine and excellent company. The rest of her spare time is taken up with her grandchildren and pottering around her allotment by the sea.