Brad Burton

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Brad Burton
Born
James Bradley Harold Burton

(1973-02-06) 6 February 1973 (age 46)
Salford, England
NationalityBritish
OccupationEntrepreneur, author, motivational speaker

James Bradley Harold Burton, known as Brad Burton, (born 6 February 1973) is an English entrepreneur and motivational speaker who founded the international business networking group 4Networking.[1][2][3] He is the author of four business books.[3][4][5]

Early life[edit]

Burton was born in Salford, Greater Manchester,[6] and stayed in this area throughout his childhood and school years.[5]

Career[edit]

After leaving school, Burton entered the computer games industry, eventually becoming a commentator on Channel 4's computer games show, Gamesmaster.

In 2004, Burton started a marketing business in London, financing the company by delivering pizzas.[4][7] In 2006, Burton shut down his marketing business and set up 4Networking in Taunton, Somerset,[4][5] a business networking company.[2][5]

In 2009, Burton self-published his first business book, Get Off Your Arse,[4] This was followed by Get Off Your Arse Too in 2011,[3][5] also published by Burton. A third book, Life. Business. Just Got Easier. was published in 2013 by Capstone (part of Wiley). A fourth book, Now What?, was self-published in 2016. Burton also wrote the foreword to Business Networking For Dummies by Stefan Thomas, former Network Director of 4Networking.[8]

In February 2016, Burton stood down as managing director of 4Networking.[9]

Burton also gives talks as a motivational speaker across the UK,[10][11][12] and is an ambassador for Visit Somerset, which aims to promote Somerset as a destination for travel and business.[13] Burton also advocates for the work of wildlife charity Lion Aid.[14]

Media[edit]

Burton has been interviewed about business and entrepreneurship, with appearances on Working Lunch on BBC2, The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2, and articles in newspapers The Times,[1][2] and The Guardian,[3] business magazines,[15] business websites, and local newspapers.[16] He has also created several motivational videos and podcasts for entrepreneurial and business websites. Burton was listed by Richtopia as one of the 100 most influential British entrepreneurs. [17]

In 2015 Burton appeared as one of the backers in an episode of the TV series Money Pit on Dave.[18][19]

Personal life[edit]

Burton lives in Taunton, Somerset with his wife Kerry and their two sons and one daughter.[4]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Get Off Your Arse (2009, 4Publishing) ISBN 978-1907451003
  • Get Off Your Arse Too (2011, 4Publishing) ISBN 978-1907451027
  • Life. Business. Just Got Easier (2013, Capstone) ISBN 978-0857084835
  • Now What? (2016, 4Publishing) ISBN 978-1907451041

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Frary, Mark (23 June 2009). "The IT guy rides to the rescue". The Times. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Frary, Mark (24 July 2012). "Contacts are key to the door of opportunity". The Times. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d Tims, Anna (22 June 2012). "The secret to surviving a recession". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e Shannon, Laura (13 November 2010). "How do I turn my cash around?". The Times. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d e Copps, Alan (3 April 2012). "Pressure is just not the British way". The Times. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Brad Burton birth record". www.ancestry.co.uk. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  7. ^ Dan Matthews (17 May 2013). 150 Ultimate Business Secrets: From beer and chocolate to lingerie - exclusive tips for success from Britain's elite entrepreneurs. Harriman House Limited. pp. 155–. ISBN 978-0-85719-322-3.
  8. ^ Stefan Thomas (17 March 2014). Business Networking For Dummies. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 54–. ISBN 978-1118833353.
  9. ^ Burton, Brad (host) (10 Feb 2016). "Episode 6". 4NTV. Season 1. Episode 6. 4NTV.
  10. ^ "Business: JCB supports digger drivers looking to start their own companies". The Sentinel April 02, 2014
  11. ^ "Startup Diaries: Social Media or Bust" Archived April 18, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. The Next Woman, 29 January 2015 by Lorraine White
  12. ^ "Business networking event creates buzz at Windsor Racecourse" Archived June 26, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. Maidenhead Advertiser, 02 July 2013 Written by Lucy Golding
  13. ^ "Visit Somerset announcement". Visit Somerset. Visit Somerset. 8 April 2016. Retrieved 14 April 2016. Local entrepreneur Brad Burton is joining Visit Somerset as a Ambassador to help promote the county as a destination for travel and business.
  14. ^ Morris, Thom (28 July 2010). "Businessman shot by paintballers to draw attention to lion charity". Kent Messenger. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  15. ^ "Brad Burton interview". Business Matters Magazine. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  16. ^ "Five-minutes with 4Networking's MD Brad Burton". Weston & North Somerset Echo. 10 December 2011. Archived from the original on 1 September 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  17. ^ Derin Cag (12 March 2016). "British Entrepreneurs Top 100". Richtopia. Richtopia Ltd. Retrieved 18 April 2016. The 100 most influential British entrepreneurs: number 51 Brad Burton
  18. ^ Manford, Jason (host) (29 October 2015). "Episode 1". Money Pit. Season 1. Episode 1. Dave.
  19. ^ Burn-Callander, Rebecca (29 October 2015). "Dave's new Money Pit show is 'a Jean-Claude Van Damme film meets Gladiator'". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 October 2015.

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