Claire Harper


Claire Harper was the lead judge at the 2014 Wakefield Girls' High School Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition.

In occupying this role she brought a warm and perceptive insight into business and commerce, particularly by encouraging girls to be less risk averse and to have faith in their abilities. By reflecting on her own professional experiences with Mamas & Papas, and most recently with IndiaCoco, she was able to communicate to the audience of girls and parents the challenges and rewards of running your own business. Her eloquence, knowledge and humility was enjoyed by all in what was a captivating presentation.

DAVID EGGLESTON • Deputy Head, Wakefield Girls' High School

I have known Claire for a number of years now and she kindly agreed to support our event in March and gave a fascinating and engaging presentation.

Claire has an inspirational story to tell and the feedback we received from the attendees was exceptionally positive. I would not hesitate in recommending Claire for any event and look forward to working with her again in the future.

ED SUTCLIFFE • Director, MET Marketing

Cognitiv is a Wakefield-based industry group, founded to support the creative, digital and IT sectors across the district through collaboration, promotion and representation.

As the founder and Chair of Cognitiv, I was absolutely delighted when we managed to secure Claire Harper as our keynote speaker for our launch event earlier this year.

We were fully aware of Claire’s impressive CV, in that she had worked in a number of senior positions for high profile brands, including Argos, Ocado and Sainsbury’s. Following a successful career as Marketing Director for Mamas & Papas, Claire launched her own brand, IndiaCoco and opened her first store in Wakefield, which was when we first became aware of her story.

Despite her incredible achievements, Claire’s presentation was accessible as well as inspiring; focusing on the core values that she has applied throughout her career; the need for outstanding customer service and the importance of the right people in the success of any business.

Her talk was delivered with confidence, focus and professionalism, and yet Claire also has a real warmth about her, which makes her very approachable; indeed a number of guests commented on what a pleasure it had been to speak with Claire on a one-to-one basis about their own stories and aspirations throughout the evening.

Claire approaches everything she does with absolute integrity and common sense, never underestimating those fundamentals of developing a brand that can so easily be overlooked.

I wish Claire, and the IndiaCoco brand, every success for the future and would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending her as a key note speaker for any organisation looking for a passionate, driven entrepreneur to engage and inspire.

DAN CONBOY • Chair, Cognitiv

Claire was a fantastic speaker. Her experience and stories are exceptionally inspiring and she truly brought that to her speech.

Claire's "down to earth" and "can do" attitude touched so many and we couldn't have been more happy.


Thank you so much Claire for speaking at our Variety Ladies Lunch at QEGS and helping us to raise £6,500 for disabled and underprivileged children across Yorkshire.

We have had fantastic feedback from the event and I think it's safe to say everyone was inspired by your story and determination to succeed. There are so many women in business who juggle being a mum and trying to have a successful career and I think we all found it refreshing and inspiring to know that you have struggled with the same challenges but achieved so much.It was a pleasure to work with you and I am sure IndiaCoco will only go from strength to strength.

CHARLOTTE FARRINGTON • Regional Manager, Variety Children's Charity

Claire is an excellent speaker. Down to earth practical advice from someone who has been there, done that and got the t shirt!

Her corporate background experience combined with her expertise in marketing & branding makes her contribution valuable. Her approach is straight forward, energetic and she has great empathy with an audience of all ages.

CLAIRE YOUNG • Founder, School Speakers

Claire Harper provided a well thought out and engaging seminar during the Outstanding Branding event at the Tower of London in May 2015. The speech was delivered with passion and confidence and in particular, the content was industry and company related, so we couldn't have asked for more. Thank you Claire!

HOLLY BURGESS, Marketing Manager, Outstanding Branding.

I booked Claire to speak for us at the Humber Business Week Breakfast as I was aware she had worked with some well-known top brands and I thought her Marketing and Branding experience would resonate well with our audience.

What we actually got was so much more.

The overwhelming feedback from our audience was that Claire’s speech was so inspiring and motivational. Her story is one of ambition and determination and her drive to succeed has clearly propelled her to where she is today, owner of her own successful brand.

On a personal level Claire was a pleasure to work with, she was happy to take time afterwards to speak to audience members, have her picture taken and give interviews to local press. I would have no hesitation on recommending Claire as a guest speaker for any business event and hope to work with her again in the future.

Jo Taylor, Marketing Manager, Business Hive. Humber Business Week.

Claire is a truly inspirational speaker and speaks from the heart. Claire ensured she understood the audience and was very well received by the audience. Thank you!

Harriet Clayton, Executive -Baker Tilly Tax and Accounting Limited

Claire was a delight to work with. She was confident, friendly and added an interesting perspective to our event. Her experience working both in large retail organisations and in a start up gave a dynamic approach to her talk. Thank you Claire!

Head of Marketing

On The Dot

Claire was a pleasure to work with as always. She came well prepared with a relevant discussion topic. This was all reinforced by her years of experience.

Head of Marketing

On The Dot

Sophie Salome, Manager, Speaker Engagement and Speakers in Partnership.

"Just a quick note to thank you for yesterday's event. The entire conference went really well and Claire was absolutely brilliant. She was really engaged with the audience, scored a home run on the content and was a great addition to the agenda. I do sincerely hope that our paths cross again soon". Square Mile Research MarketThink Event - February 2019 Sophie Salome, Manager, Speaker Engagement and Speakers in Partnership

Claire was great! She really engaged with the students and understood what we wanted. Thank you!

Matilda Pinn, Pearson Business College, London.

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