‘Carl provided members of the LYNY Chamber with fabulous insight into the trials and tribulations of growing a small business into a significant enterprise. In a speech peppered with humour, Carl shared his knowledge and experience of JDA Associates, as it evolved from start up to him becoming its MD and ultimately to his exit strategy. Carl also discussed at length his views on the role business leaders could play in putting something back into the community and how he saw his story inspiring future generations.
All in all a thoroughly entertaining and motivational experience.’
Mark Goldstone – Head of Business Representation & Policy LYNY Chamber
Carl is a top class public speaker. Dynamic, inspirational and entertaining. Deirdre Bounds, Entrepreneur, speaker and author
I have had the pleasure of working with Carl on numerous occasions over the past year and he has spoken at various seminars we run. Carl recently addresses over 120 business owners at Kirklees Business Conference and the feedback we have received has been superb. His session was the first one to be fully booked and the reaction and demand following has been so great we are having to run some more in the future. Danny Matharu, Managing director, Hillrich
Thank you so much for being our keynote speaker at the launch of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2009 yesterday. The feedback we received was extremely positive particularly from the young entrepreneurs that were present who felt inspired and positive about their futures. Jane Walton, Head of Region, Yorkshire & the Humber, Make Your Mark
Carl, thank-you so much for giving your time to inspire young people today. Howard Naylor, Activity Agreement in partnership with Calderdale Council
Good afternoon Carl,
I just wanted to extend a thank you from all at the Community Foundation for last night. Excellent feed back has been received from attendees so once again thank you for helping to make last night a success.
Yours truly,Emma Bolger,Marketing assistant, Community Foundation for Calderdale
Hi Carl, Fantastic talk today. Reminded me why I get up in the morning again.
Jim Lawrenson, KnowledgeBank Solutions Ltd
Carl, Your session went down brilliantly with the LEAD delegates yesterday and you hit the bulls eye! Rob Day, Head of School, Leadership & Enterprise Development, Runshaw College
The feedback from Carl’s talk was incredibly positive. Comments included…’brilliant presentation, very insightful and provided some very valuable ideas’ ‘difficult to summarise the best part of it as it was amazing’ Fantastic!!’ ‘What was the best part of the presentation…All of it!’
From my own perspective:
Carl produced an excellent presentation. The presentation was tailored to the needs of the target audience which was made up of entrepreneurs. Not only did he fully engage with the audience in providing excellent ideas for them to take back into their own organisations, he did so in a very entertaining manner. Feedback from the delegates was extremely positive and I’m already really looking forward to him coming back to present again.Tom Gorman
Project Manager for LEAD
Dear Carl, I write to formally thank you for your inspirational address as our guest speaker at first Friday, which was tremendously well received by our delegates. Judging from the feedback we have gathered this was a most successful and enjoyable first Friday event, and your participation and enthusiasm was key to making it such a success. It’s vitally important we at first build on opportunities like those developed at the event, and the inspiration and motivation provided by speakers such as yourself is really helping us to connect with an even wider audience.
first Wakefield District Development Agency
We were pretty excited about having Carl speak for us at the National LEGI Forum dinner and I’m pleased to say he didn’t disappoint. His presentation was humorous, real and inspiring. He held the audience’s attention throughout and I look forward to working together on future projects. Thanks for a great presentation, what a story! Kalpna Mistry, Marketing Officer, Leeds ‘Sharing the Success’ LEGI Programme, Enterprise Leeds
Hi Carl, Just recovered from what was a fantastic event – and many many thanks to you once again for helping to make it so good. Your speech was funny, pitched perfectly for the occasion and you definitely added to everyone’s enjoyment. When it can be quite nerve-racking putting an event together, I do really appreciate your professionalism as a speaker and the fact that you don’t add to the stress!
Carl, thank you again. All the best,Kathryn Toledano,Assistant Publisher, Crain’s Manchester Business
Dear Carl, many thanks for participating in the Dragon’s Den evening on Tuesday night. It was extremely generous of you to give up your valuable time and offer your tremendous business experience to the students. The students relished the feedback that you gave them and although they found the ordeal nerve-racking, they thoroughly enjoyed the experience and felt proud of their efforts. Dan Coll, Head of Sixth Form, Silcoates School
Hi Carl, many thanks once again for your assistance. Your presentation was a fantastic finale and provided energy and motivation for my team and our guests. Many thanks and hope to work with you again. Sue Douthwaite, RBS Regional Director, South Yorkshire
Hi Carl, thank you very much for coming down on Friday, it was a brilliant session and the boys loved it. Joseph B. Akinnagbe, President, Manchester Entrepreneurs
Hi Carl, that was a great talk you gave yesterday to the Manchester Entrepreneur society, I really enjoyed it. I like your principle of chasing opportunity which I am trying to do myself. Thanks again for the talk and the chance for some solid networking. Adam De Caul
Hi Carl, I would like to say thank you for speaking to our students. The talk was fantastic and the feedback from all our students has been that it was excellent; I know you really inspired several of them! Thanks again. Liam Patterson, Enterprise Assistant, The University of Leeds
Thanks for an inspiring talk at the Sharing the Success event last week.Dawn Wood, Owner Ages Of EleganceHi Carl, just a quick note, to thank you for an inspiring and thought-provoking contribution to our conference last week. It was a great showpiece for the event and the feedback has been excellent. I think your underlying messages really hit home. Simon Davidson, Director, One Voice Network
Hi Carl, many thanks for attending yesterday. You certainly managed to give the conference a good buzz! You’ll be pleased to know that the majority of feedback forms mark you as “high” or “very high”. One particular comment stands out: Very positive speech by Carl, not only did it leave me feeling inspired but it made me feel like there was hope after all.
Once again, thank you for yesterday. Linzi Ford, Communications Officer, One Voice Network
Dear Carl, thank you for joining us for dinner and speaking at the Village SOS matchmaking event in Manchester last week. I know that the delegates really enjoyed hearing insights into your Secret Millionaire experience. Together you and Judith injected some humour into the event which was just what was needed after a long day of intense meetings! Once again many thanks for giving up your valuable time to be with us. Linda Quinn, Director, Communications and Marketing BIG LOTTERY FUND
Dear Carl, just a personal line to thank you very warmly for entertaining and enlightening us all on Friday evening. After a day of intense concentration, the mirth was just what we all needed to relax. And the underlying messages were clear too. Many thanks therefore for not only giving up a more remunerative gig to be with us, but also for the thought that you put into the assignment. It was absolutely spot on. Anna Southall, BIG LOTTERY FUND
LUYES thoroughly enjoyed Carl Hopkins unique style…a man who is not afraid to get what he wants. His confidence and general swagger inspired many of our members which proved to be a huge success for our launch event!
Thank you for an amazing event… we couldn’t have hoped for anything better! Lauren Dalton, President of Lancaster University Young Entrepreneurs Society
Some business gurus have a tendency to get carried away, believing too much of their own marketing. But the essence of Carl is that he is just like the rest of us, an ordinary bloke who worked hard. Carl didn’t gloss things up. He just talked about building a business and I realised that he had faced the same distractions I face. He put it all into perspective. It’s the end game that is important, and that is what you have to focus on. I left inspired, I left energised. But most of all I left smiling. Andy Routledge, managing director, Cleverclover.co.uk
Carl has a number of attributes that suit 21st century business requirements. He is clever, hard-working, determined to achieving and enjoying success – and then putting something back into society. Angela Walledge, Managing Director, Walledge Associates
Carl Hopkins provided Network Interchange members and other networks that joined on the evening a super presentation. His presentation was exceptional and the room was buzzing with interest. We received positive feedback from all who attended both on the evening and following the event.
We have no hesitation in recommending Carl to speak at any event we know he will not disappoint! Michael Menzies-Baird, Chairman of Network York (Harland & Co Solicitors) Anne Ma’aye, Organiser of Network York (TopOccazzions)
Just like to say THANKS VERY MUCH for a really informative, relaxing and sharply delivered event on Tuesday. The wealth of information that was delivered in Carl’s inimitable ‘straight talking’ way was hugely helpful in many areas.
I have to admit that I don’t attend many network/seminar events and I’ve come away with a real purpose to attend more. Danny Bulmer, date of birth
Went to see Carl Hopkins on Tuesday – great presenter! Really enjoyed the session and the company. Sinead Sopala, Ramsdens