SPEAKER PROFILE

Sue Nelson is an award-winning businesswoman, author, broadcaster and speaker recently named as one of the Top 20 Global Food & Agri Influencers and Thought Leaders. She built her company from scratch and sold it to the international multi-billion turnover Ernst & Young (EY) within 5 years. She has a vast experience of talking to a range of audiences mostly on business growth topics and using ground-breaking employment practices to accelerate to hyper profitability. She is also a renowned expert on foodtech and food and agri innovation and has been the host compere for the International FoodBytes London event in November 2019 as well as many other global business events.


How to be a woman (in business). Sue explains how to go from zero to hero in an inspiring and in turns sad and funny presentation. How she created a workforce that lived and breathed her brand and developed relationships that turned new clients into 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 - 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 also openly lays bare the personal adversity she has had to overcome and how she found the strength to carry on.

FEEDBACK

"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

"Amazing talk from Sue Nelson - giving inspiration, practical advice based on experience and hope to all us 70+ attendees." Jane Martin, Small Business Coach and Mentor

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

"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 really enjoyed today. A fantastic speech, inspirational and so relevant to what I've experienced in my career as a finance director." 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

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


EVENT HOST, PRESENTER AND SPEAKER

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, The Politics Show and The Food Programme. 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.

AS AN INTERVIEWEE ON NATIONAL TELEVISION

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. 

LIVE RADIO PRESENTING

She is a member of the Guild of Food Writers with a regular column in Speciality Food Magazine, and is the author of ten books including FoodTech 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 role in gaining over £60 million of funding for innovative UK start-ups. 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.

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 a governor of the University of Creative Arts with Loyd Grossman and is currently a director of Produced in Kent.

She is 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.