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Graham Webb MBE, Inspirational business speaker

A speech from Graham Webb MBE gives an inspiring and fascinating account of determination and achievement in adversity, which is also covered in his best selling autobiography 'Out Of The Bottle.' A school drop - out at age fifteen, he grew up in London in government - subsidised housing, and overcame the challenges and embarrassments of congenital spina bifida to eventually forge a big name in the world of business.

Graham is the co – founder of globally distributed, multi-million dollar hair care company Graham Webb International. The product company was sold to Wella in 2001, who themselves were purchased by Procter and Gamble in 2003. 
Graham is their worldwide 'Goodwill Ambassador.' Graham always gives a compelling account of his personal and professional struggles and accomplishments that resonates and inspires listeners, and has led to many 'standing ovations' and positive reviews of his speeches around the world. 
An instinctive entrepreneur, the teenage Graham ignored sixty-two job application rejections, and went on to build a successful career in the UK; and also in the USA with his business partner Robert Taylor, the man behind the blockbuster successes of Softsoap; and the Obsession and Eternity fragrances.

Graham Webb: Determination and achievement in adversity


A speech from Graham Webb MBE gives an inspiring and fascinating account of determination and achievement in adversity, which is also covered in his best selling autobiography 'Out Of The Bottle.' A school drop - out at age fifteen, he grew up in London in government - subsidised housing, and overcame the challenges and embarrassments of congenital spina bifida to eventually forge a big name in the world of business.

Graham is the co – founder of globally distributed, multi million dollar hair care company Graham Webb International. The product company was sold to Wella in 2001, who themselves were purchased by Procter and Gamble in 2003. Graham is their worldwide 'Goodwill Ambassador.' Graham always gives a compelling account of his personal and professional struggles and accomplishments that resonates and inspires listeners, and has led to many 'standing ovations' and positive reviews of his speeches around the world. 

An instinctive entrepreneur, the teenage Graham ignored sixty-two job application rejections, and went on to build a successful career in the UK; and also in the USA with his business partner Robert Taylor, the man behind the blockbuster successes of Softsoap; and the Obsession and Eternity fragrances.

After rising to become chairman of the Institute of Directors (Kent) in the UK, and serving on several councils of the Confederation of British Industry, where, representing the business community, he met Ministers and Prime Ministers, Graham was asked by patron HRH Prince Andrew, and Lord Kingsdown, to be honorary chairman of the NSPCC Kent 'Full Stop Campaign' (the National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children) and successfully raised around $1 million (£500.000) for anti child abuse programmes and activities during his 24 months as Honorary Chairman. 

Graham rose above the medical problems he kept secret, gained confidence, and despite doctors expectations, became a happily married father of four children after marrying his best friend Mandy- a professional tennis coach, and his wife of thirty - two years. Graham includes in his talks, how he managed to achieve a healthy life – work balance, involving his wife and children in supporting his ambitions. His songwriting daughters 'The Webb Sisters' are successful songwriters and performers – currently on the world tour of Leonard Cohen. His two sons are busy professional drummers. 

He has tales of his unpredictable encounters with scores of famous and influential musicians, and also describes how he balanced drumming professionally in rock'n'roll bands with building his own global business from scratch, and he gives ‘take – home’ tips and ideas as he shares the key points that he believes led to his personal success in overcoming his challenges, and the success of his enterprises. 

To his great surprise and delight, following a letter from No 10 Downing St, in November 2004, Graham appeared in HM The Queen's 2005 New Year Honours List. His investiture took place at Buckingham Palace in June 2005 with the citation –'For services to business, and for charity work in Kent.' Graham is proud to represent his region as a 'Kent Ambassador.' His motivational story, using powerpoint slides, is embroidered with entrepreneurial insights, humorous anecdotes and startling coincidences.

DIRECTORSHIPS: 

Director - PHSC PLC.

Director - The Webb Press Ltd.

OTHER ACTIVITIES:
'Goodwill Ambassador' for Procter & Gamble Exclusive Professional Care Brands. www.grahamwebb.com
Chairman – Kent Excellence in Business Awards. UK
Trustee, Kent Association for Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus. UK
'Kent Ambassador.' UK
Author of 'Out of the Bottle.' - Autobiography. – www.out-of-the-bottle.comwww.grahamwebb.co.uk
International guest speaker for corporate events and conferences; Charity events and conferences.
Graham is a 'Fellow' of The Institute of Directors, UK.

PAST ROLES: 
Chairman, Institute of Directors – Kent. 
Regional Councillor: CBI (Confederation of British Industry)
Member: CBI 'Learning and Skills Council' and Smaller Firms Council.
Honorary Chairman: 'National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) – Kent. 'Full Stop' Campaign.
Director and Patron: National Youth Jazz Orchestra.
Director: Kent Training & Enterprise Council.

Graham was awarded the MBE in H.M. The Queen's 2005 New Year Honours List - 'for services to business, and charity in Kent.' Graham is happily married to Mandy (since 1974) – they have four offspring – Roderick, Charlotte, Hattie and Bradley.  

More than a 100 IOD (Insitute of Directors) members and guests were treated to a true honour in the form of our "Keynote Speaker" Graham Webb MBE, a former IOD Chairman and the Inspirational Leader of the Graham Webb International Empire. With extracts from his highly enjoyable and thought provoking book "Out of the Bottle" Graham kept the audience enthralled with a fantastic success story that encompassed hardship, disability, much humour, and a fair slice of emotion.  

IOD Charmain, Alyson Howard. The Princes Trust. UK 

'I am writing to express our sincere thanks for the outstanding contribution you made to our recent conference 'in good company' the event was a massive success. Your presentation was inspirational! The audience reaction and standing ovation you received only highlights the impact you made on the delegates. You were definitely a shining star!'
Debbie Harris. Astra Tech (A company in the Astra Zeneca Group) 

"Graham, a man with a truly remarkable story"
Jon Snow, Channel 4 News

Pent Valley School would like to say thanks for an excellent talk, it's a very impressive life that you lead
Pent Valley School 

"Graham Webb - an inspired choice of speaker and truly inspiring talk......"
Cllr Mike Rusbridge, Mayor of Royal Tunbidge Wells, UK

"The guest speaker was truly amazing. What a man and what a life! A big thank you for a fantastic evening."
Frances Camberwell Centre, Southwark College of Further Education, UK  



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