Name: David James Bell
Position: Founder & International Speaker
Home Town: Halstead, Essex, England
Favourite Film: The Matrix
Favourite Sport: Skiing
Favourite Food: Italian
Favourite Pet: Shadow (My Springer Spaniel)
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Listen to Carol McManus interviewing David Bell on the LinkedIn Lady show in March 2016. Learn more about David's story of becoming an award-winning company director and entrepreneur.
David is a highly accomplished, multi award-winning company director, entrepreneur, executive business coach & motivational speaker. He is passionate about helping others succeed and driving businesses forward to achieve their full potential.
Starting his entrepreneurial journey back in 1995 at the tender age of seventeen, David Co-founded APC Solutions – now recognised as a leading provider of wireless communications solutions. Twenty-years on it’s now a multimillion-pound company delivering projects in the UK, Europe, South Africa, North America and the Middle East.
David has a vast experience and knowledge in communications, IT solutions and technology, backed with a solid understanding of business management and leadership.
In 2013 David founded Simboc Limited, a business consultancy and management company providing bespoke services to other organisations. Motivated by his passion to see others reach their potential, David takes particular pleasure when mentoring and coaching others to help them realise their dreams and business goals.
David frequently receives public speaking requests and has vast experience presenting at awards ceremonies, universities and corporate events.
David Founded The Speaker Expert in early 2015 to help coach and train individuals who want to learn how to speak and present like an expert. The Speaker Expert is now the go to speaking organisation for many business owners and their teams.
David volunteers a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) ambassador for STEMNET, helping to inspire young people and encourage them to enjoy STEM subjects.
In 2015 David was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs for his contribution to UK enterprise.
David is also proud to be the Essex Chairman for the FSB (Federation of Small Business) the leading business membership organisation in the UK.
David was invited to join the ESB (Employment Skills Board) in January 2016 as the new Vice Chairman.
As an aside, you’ll have lots of fun and laughter working with David. He’s warm-hearted and gets a real buzz out of seeing others succeed. David lives in Essex with his family and exuberant (and at times insane) Springer Spaniel. In his spare time David likes to play squash, indulge in a glass of fine wine or tackle the downhill on a pair of skis. He’s partial to a game of golf, but he’s not any good at it.
Well, you can’t be a success at everything!
Honours and Awards
- STEM UK Inspirational Ambassador Finalist
- Essex Business Champion of the Year 2016 for East of England
- East of England Business Champion of the Year 2015
- Essex Business Champion of the Year 2015 for East of England
- Awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs for contribution to UK enterprise - 2015
- Essex Business Champion of the Year 2014 for East of England
- Entrepreneur of the Year 2013, Finalist for the National UK Entrepreneur Awards
- Business Person of the Year 2013, Finalist at the prestigious Comms Awards in London
- Business Person of the Year 2013, Finalist for East of England
- Business Person of the Year 2012, Finalist for East of England
- Best Motorola Application Partner 2011, in Europe, Middle East & Africa
- Business Man of the Year 2011, for Essex
- Business Man of the Year 2011, Finalist for Essex Countywide