At the age of just 22, Karen became a young entrepreneur. She set up one of the country’s first telemarketing companies, the Decisions Group, now part of Sitel.
Within seven years the company had more than 200 staff and sales in excess of £4m. By 1990, she had decided it was time for a new challenge. She sold her share of the company and set up her second business, a firm providing training for call-centre staff; Karen Darby Direct.
In 2003, Karen launched her third and most successful venture, SimplySwitch. Initially launched as Simply Energy Ltd offering consumers a free and impartial switching service for gas and electricity, it quickly extended its portfolio of products to include home phone, mobile, broadband and a range of financial products. The company created over 100 jobs and helped thousands of consumers save over £20m on their household bills. In August 2006 Karen sold SimplySwitch to the Daily Mail for £22m.
Karen has over 20 years experience of delivering dynamic, high energy talks and presentations to literally thousands of conference delegates both in the UK and overseas. Her presentations are upbeat and motivational, delivered with the passion and focus which only comes from someone who has really been there and done it. She talks of the highs and inevitable lows of running your own business, how to deal with the setbacks and how to turn them to your advantage.
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