Lady Michelle Mone
Entrepreneur & Business Speaker
Lady Michelle Mone is best known as the Founder of Ultimo Lingerie, one of the UK’s leading lingerie companies, and is a popular business and keynote speaker.
Michelle entrepreneurial journey began when she was forced to leave school without any qualifications in search of full-time employment at aged 15.
With a drive and determination to succeed Michelle became the youngest ever Head of Sales and Marketing for Labatts Brewers aged just 22. Sadly, a company re-organisation meant Michelle was made redundant two years later, but in many ways, it was a godsend and six weeks later that lightbulb moment happened.
At a dinner dance event and she had opted to wear an uncomfortable cleavage-enhancing bra. Through the discomfort, it dawned on her that there was a gap in the market for a better product and it was here that the idea for the world famous Ultimo bra was born.
From an initial idea to developing the concept, Michelle shaped her Ultimo Lingerie into one of the UK’s leading lingerie fashion lines for over two decades. The business was sold to MAS Holdings and along the way Michelle won the World Young Business Achiever Award in Florida, alongside Business Woman of the Year at the Corporate Elite Awards in London.
In 2015, she was given Peerage making her a Baroness in the House of Lords and was appointed Start-Up Business Tsar by former Prime Minister David Cameron to conduct The Mone Review; an insight into helping start-up businesses in deprived areas.
Lady Michelle Mone continues to develop business ideas and has gone on to launch a best-selling jewellery line with QVC, an interior styling business, and has property ventures in Dubai.
Michelle’s story is a rag to riches tale. Despite her hard upbringing, Michelle has shown a determination to succeed and combined with her no-nonsense, practical and honest business advice she has become one of the most sought-after speakers.
Her Speaking topics include –
• Entrepreneurship and startups
• Female empowerment
• The power of marketing and PR
• Overcoming life hurdles
• Starting from the bottom
• Diversifying your career
• Work/Life balance
• Dressing for success
She was a huge success. Inspirational, funny, natural and friendly. She made the night for us.'
— Institute of Directors Jersey - Director Awards
'One word - Awesome! I found your speech completely engaging and invigorating - certainly nothing like the 'usual' motivational 'stuff' I have heard over the years.'
— Director of Marketing & Communications - The Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust
She was very entertaining, and people woke up and paid attention - lots of laughs and brought it back to business!
— Centre For Business
I thought Michelle was fantastic. A really engaging speaker who enthused the whole audience including the men and women equally.
— Business Link