PEER 1 Hosting UK Business Speaker of the Year 2012

At a moment when the economy is contracting, and politicians are failing to offer any inspiration, the UK Speechwriters’ Guild has teamed up with Business Solent and Southampton-based PEER 1 Hosting ( to create a new competition for public speakers. It’s a rare opportunity for business gurus to show how they can inspire an audience to do great things.

Aspiring speakers are invited to compete for the prestigious title of UK Business Speaker of the Year. The top three competitors will share £5,000 in prizes, with career-enhancing PR for the winner.

Bursting with an inspirational message for these troubled times? Whether you are a business leader, politician, author, life coach, academic, Toastmaster or entrepreneur, if you have a gift for public speaking, this is your chance to make your mark.

Up to 24 finalists will be invited to Southampton on Thursday 27 September for auditions. The day will end with a ‘Grand Final’ in The Hub Theatre in Southampton, hosted by Geoff Burch, star of the BBC’s All Over the Shop.

The winner will receive £2,000 and get £1,500 of PR support from a top London agency to boost their career as a professional speaker. Second prize will be £1,000 cash and the third prize £500 cash.

If you fancy you can present as well as Steve Jobs, you need to send in a 60 second video audition together with a written pitch and a short profile by 27 August 2012.

To find out more, and to enter, go to: