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Keynote speakers revealed for South West Business Expo

Ben TowersA raft of keynote speakers has been unveiled has been unveiled for the South West Business Expo, which takes place at Swindon's Steam Museum next month.

Teenage Millionaire Ben Towers will be talking about his journey from his bedroom to the boardroom. Named by Richard Branson as “one of the UK’s most exciting entrepreneurs” Ben started his marketing agency when he was just 11, and recently completed a multi-million-pound merger at the age of 19.

The Sales Maker Michelle Mills-Porter will be explaining why sales is the most important role in every business, and challenging entrepreneurs' fear of sales.

Darren Clarke climbed the corporate ladder from trolley boy to area manager looking after 65 branches of the nation's biggest supermarket, despite suffering from dyslexia. The Dyslexic Entrepreneur will be telling the story of Spotless Spaces, which grew over six years to employ 300 people.

When only given years to live, Roslyn Bell developed a business plan from her hospital bed. She wanted to ensure that her children had a stable future if the doctor's prognosis was correct. She'll be explaining how she survived and built a £14 million property empire.

Serial entrepreneur and 'millionaire magician' James Sinclair will be sharing his eight rules for guaranteed business success, from his experience growing Partyman to £10million turnover and over 350 staff.

When Jackie Chappell went to her first board meeting within British Rail they thought she was the minute taker: they were wrong – she was the new CEO. Jackie will be explaining how she broke the glass ceiling to become the first women CEO in the British rail industry.

Creative Nature superfoods founder Julianne Ponan will be telling delegates how she won over Dragon’s Den host Deborah Meaden and the bosses of some of the UK's leading supermarkets, who now stock her products. Julianne has been named Business Leader of the Year by The Guardian and won the FSB's Young Person in Business Award.

The Expo takes place on Thursday, July 5 from 9.30am until 3pm. Attendance is free. To register, visit www.greatbritishexpos.co.uk/southwest-expo-registration/