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Alan Radbourne

Alan Radbourne

The One Pound Challenge: an inspirational business adventure from just a £1 investment!

The humble pound… There isn't much you can really buy with it now-a-days. It wouldn't even get you a cup of coffee. So how about using it as the full investment to start up a business?

The One Pound Challenge is the inspiring story of Alan Radbourne, a Loughborough University graduate, who journeyed into the working world through an audacious year-long business adventure to discover how much he could earn from only a £1 investment.

Discover how he took his £1 investment to over £20,000 profit in a year, and what drove him to succeed and ultimately gain inspiration to manage your business or personal finance better through the lessons he learnt along the way.

Since completing The One Pound Challenge, Alan has been travelling around the country inspiring people with the story of his journey, speaking and conducting workshops for a variety of groups from schools to universities, businesses and conferences.

He has also written a top selling book about the journey to give insight and inspiration from this innovative business adventure.

Finally, Alan has set out to encourage others to launch your own One Pound Challenge, to gain new skills, earn that extra cash or raise money for charity!

Testimonials from Teachers

"Alan came to school in order to speak to the Year 13. Always a difficult task given the age and range of abilities of the boys. However Alan was really engaging from the start and grabbed the boys’ attention with his story. He had a very informal approach that the boys responded too well and the underlying message of his talk was clear throughout. It was a testament of the quality of his presentation that a number of students stayed at the end in order to ask questions. I will be booking Alan for next year."

– Simon Davies, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School

"Alan was guest speaker at our Annual College Awards evening and his presentation was enjoyed by all; parents; staff and students. He shared with us his journey from impoverished graduate to entrepreneur businessman. His story was thoroughly inspiring proving that success is made and not given freely, but when earned through hard graft and determination it is all the more valuable to the individual achieving it. Thank you Alan we were very pleased you came."

– Karen Athawes, Deputy Headteacher, Ercall Wood Technology College

"Alan Radbourne was by far one of the easiest speakers we have worked with, and our audience loved his story and delivery. He was funny, easy to understand and relatable which left all our listeners inspired and ready to take action on the advice he delivered."

– Claud Williams Managing Director, Dream Nation

“Alan was a fantastic addition to the Student Enterprise Conference 2015 providing insight and real life anecdotes relating to his personal journey. His talk was especially well attended and many members of the audience continued to buzz about his talk over the lunch hour. He is a great speaker to work with, flexible and an able commentator on a variety of subjects.”

– Jamie Harrison, Head of Events, NACUE

Alan came in and inspired our students across all ages (11-19) as a part of Charnwood College’s ‘careers week’. Alan delivered four talks alongside one of our enterprise activities. He was engaging, inspiring and related to students in a manner that was fun and relational. Aspiring anecdotes and tales of his travels - this speaker has plenty. I am looking forward to welcoming Alan back to Charnwood College, an outstanding individual destined for further success. He has a wealth of potential which is inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs.”

– Ian Scarrott, Careers Manager, Charnwood College​

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