Jonathan Straight is an inspirational speaker who leaves his audiences uplifted and motivated to succeed.
He is the founder of Straight plc, the UK’s leading supplier of waste and recycling container solutions. More than 50% of the homes in the UK have benefitted from one or more of his products.
The company was founded with nothing more than a desk and a telephone and grew to become a multi-million pound public company with a stock market listing and solid environmental credentials as a founder member of the Social Stock Exchange. Jonathan exited the business in an eight figure deal in 2014.
He is Enterprise Ambassador for Leeds University Business School and is actively involved in a number of start-ups, social enterprises and charities. A regular at Prince Andrew’s Pitch at the Palace, he has an ongoing interest in emerging technologies and innovative businesses.
Continuing with his passion for the environment, he has been a director of water saving NGO, Waterwise, for a number of years and is a trustee of the international food recycling movement The Real Junk Food Project. As a creative, he sits as a director of The Tetley, a young art gallery and learning centre in Yorkshire which specialises in early-career artists and is an accomplished and exhibited street photographer. He is also a trustee of creativity charity IVE.
Visually engaging, Jonathan is a speaker who will leave a lasting impact. He speaks about his remarkable career – from start up to public company to exit – and can tell this story in a number of different ways with emphases tailored to the specific audience.
Well known for his waxed moustache, pony tail and collection of almost 400 pairs of eclectic spectacles, Jonathan also writes and presents programmes on history for local television. He is currently working on a book detailing his business experiences.
The story of building a multi-million pound company from scratch, against the odds floating on the Stock Market and then exiting in an eight-figure deal 21 years later. This remarkable and inspirational story, told in an entertaining yet serious manner, is peppered with the “commandments” - hints and tips on how to be successful in business, one’s career or profession. Appropriate to all audiences but of particular interest to those looking to start a business or running small businesses.
Jonathan Straight has become well known for his extensive collection of eclectic - and sometimes eccentric - spectacles. But these played an important role in developing his business. This talk is of particular interest to optometrists. He would be a dream client for any one of them.
The Straight brand was one of the most important in the waste and recycling industry and was market-leader in a number of sectors. Jonathan Straight built the brand from nothing and then kept evolving it to meet the needs of the times as they changed. This is a fascinating story of building a business up and seeing it change over 21 years with its branding changing at the same time.
What do you do when you are growing a business and more importantly, what do you do when you leave it? Jonathan Straight talks about reinvention in a business, detailing the several phases of reinvention within his own business over 21 years, and then how he reinvented himself having left. He has achieved success as a photographer and as a TV presenter having had no skills in either field until relatively recently.
Do you have to be ruthless to succeed? Is success at the expense of moral behaviour? Can you build a great business without bending the rules? Jonathan Straight explains how he build a significant public company without compromising his ethical beliefs. As a founder member of the Social Stock Exchange, he explains how he started out wanting to change the world and exited proving that he had done just that.
This is a groundbreaking talk which has proved to be inspirational and motivating to those audiences who have heard it. This talk is not about Jonathan Straight but about characters in the Old Testament who achieved mind-blowing levels of wealth. Not a sermon or a religious presentation, Jonathan has conducted extensive research accessing thousands of texts from the past three millennia to explain how these people got their money and what important and relevant lessons we can learn from them. Will appeal to those in business, intending to start businesses, with ambitious career plans or in professions.
With success comes great responsibility. Jonathan speaks from the heart about giving and how this not only helps the recipient but the donor too. With extensive experience as a charity trustee, with his own charitable trust and a long history of supporting others with time and money, Jonathan hopes to be able to inspire others to follow his lead.