Louis Barnett is an entrepreneur, chocolatier and motivational speaker. After leaving school at 11 and after being diagnosed with dyslexia, dyspraxia and short term memory loss, Louis set up his own business, Chokolit Ltd.
Louis started making cakes and chocolates for family and friends and later approached the large retailers. Louis started his business in 2004 at the age of 12, and was the youngest ever supplier to Waitrose (aged 13), Sainsbury’s (aged 14), and Selfridges (aged 15). Now aged 25, he is one of the UK’s most qualified chocolatiers and one of Europe’s youngest entrepreneurs. His chocolate is being sold all over the world.
Louis Barnett is an example of a young individual who inspires others to achieve the unachievable. After losing over £100k due to investor bankruptcy, Louis reshaped his business and looked to export his products. This led to his brand being launched in 14 states in the USA, alongside countries such as Mexico, Poland, Australia, Spain and Malaysia. Shortly after, Louis won a diamond award in the food industry.
Louis is a firm believer that any goal is achievable with determination and passion. After launching his brand on QVC, he began a new business venture at the age of 22, starting to speak about the importance of health in business and success. After becoming pre-diabetic himself, he used his molecular food background to regain his health to shape a new diet and regime. Two years on from this, Louis has just completed his training as a Personal Trainer and Massage Therapist, and is now going through funding for an online health platform with world leading experts.
Recent speaking engagements include presenting at Clarence House to the Duke of York, whilst supplying his chocolates to Pitch @ Palace.
"As our very first speaker this academic year, Louis truly surpassed our highest expectations. The talk attracted a huge amount of students from many different degrees and the feedback forms handed in at the end was nothing less than excellent. Thank you Louis for bringing us such a great start this year! It was an honour hosting such an event and meeting you!"– Entrepreneurs Society, Newcastle University
“As I said in my closing address on Sunday; what a truly fabulous event. An event that went way beyond my expectations. We certainly met some extraordinary young people, beautiful people, and now better understand what makes them tick. You were fabulous, really fabulous! Thank you so much. This inaugural what makes a young champion will remain a highlight of my life. Anyway Louis you really do have a magical personality, combined with a champion mindset. You inspire me”.– Professor Allan Synder, Director for Centre of the Mind, What Makes A Young Champion - Singapore Youth Olympic Games
“Louis has presented at several of our conferences in London and Paris, feedback from the audience has always been overwhelmingly positive.He is a popular speaker with students and teachers alike. We aim to inspire and enthuse our student audience and Louis does just that through sharing his story and delivering a message in an engaging and entertaining way."– Linda Green, General Manager, European Study Tours
"The Awards Ceremony was a great success and Louis was an inspirational speaker. I was enthralled by his success story and have received positive feedback from members of the audience."– Lynne Bytheway, Windsor High School and Sixth Form
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