Ernesto is an experienced business consultant, people development specialist and serial entrepreneur. He has accumulated more than 20 years of experience whilst working for leading consulting companies such as Atos Consulting and PwC whilst consulting for a wide range of well-known businesses and organisations both in the UK and abroad. Now, under the banner of Expanding Leadership, his own training and consulting company, Ernesto focus is on delivering management and leadership training and working with entrepreneurs and small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) to help them develop, grow and scale.
Ernesto moved from Venezuela to the UK in 2003. He was 23 and only had £300 in his pocket, but within two years, he had already started his journey as an entrepreneur by opening his first Subway restaurant with his business partners. Within a few years, the business had expanded to 15 franchised restaurants across the South West of England. During the following years, Ernesto and his business partners went on to set up other businesses (CeX, Benito’s and Arepa & Co) which today give employment to more than 350 people across 28 stores and restaurants around the UK.
Ernesto is one of the brains creating and developing the Arepa & Co brand, a Venezuelan inspired restaurant chain in London and he is also the creator of The Terracotta Herbs Company and EveryCake.co.uk, two growing e-commerce brands launched during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. In addition to his active role in his ventures, Ernesto enjoyed helping other entrepreneurs and business owners to launch and grow their own businesses and he is regularly seen delivering Leadership Development and Management Training programmes in the corporate space.
Ernesto is passionate about helping others to learn and grow and he is often invited to speak at a conferences and events and is often seen delivering talks and workshops which inspire people to think differently and take action. His talks are often described as highly engaging, inspiring and thought-provoking.
Ernesto is a natural storyteller and often shares his personal experiences during his talks and he is never shy of talking about the ‘emotional stuff’ that is at the core of his successes and failures. Ernesto talks about change, resilience, leadership and making things happen.
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Ernesto’s Recent Talks
- ‘Entrepreneurship as a source of Happiness’ | TEDxFreiburg | London
- ‘On Purpose’ | Sunday Assembly | London
- ‘Making It Happen’ | Shell London | Panel for Asian, African and Ibero-American Network
- ‘Finding Your Purpose’ | Marks & Spencer | London
- ‘On Entrepreneurship’ | JP Morgan in London | Speaking for ‘Adelante’ diversity network
- ‘The Source of Resilience’ | The Incitement at MindValley | Kuala Lumpar
- ‘Behaviours of Success’ | Annual Marketing Convention | Mondelez/Kraft | London
- ‘Courage and Confidence’ | Marks & Spencer | London
- ‘Enabling Growth Mindset’ | AIESEC International Conference 2015 | Taiwan
- ‘Authentic Leadership’ | AIESEC Swiss National Conference 2015 | Switzerland
- ‘Generation Z: The Future of the Organisations’ | Corporate & Cocktails HR | London
- ‘Millenials in the Workplace’ | Association of Business Psychology Conference | UK
From Students to Executives
Ernesto easily adapts to different types of audiences, from young university students to groups of senior business owners. Ernesto has delivered talks for anything between 20 min to 2 hrs to audiences of up to from 500 people. He has also delivered extensive training sessions for up to 450 people for up to 7 hours. Ernesto has delivered speeches in Taiwan, Malaysia, Mexico, Germany, Argentina, Turkey, Switzerland and the UK.
I've heard many talks before and I believe a good talk is one that leaves everyone better off than when they enter the room. Different from the rest, today I know I have left with something that will change my life. I took many notes that will stay with me. I'm inspired massively.
Ernesto quickly and professionally came to the rescue when we needed a speaker to engage our team on ‘Personal Purpose’. His style, based on personal passion, belief and philosophies that are thought-provoking but not dictatorial where really well received. He understood the brief and ensuring our people take charge of their purpose, and the role they plan in our organisation and he delivered.
Ernesto was a member of the “Entrepreneurs: Behaviours of Success” panel. He received excellent feedback from employees particularly on how impressive his personal journey has been- and how open and willing he was to share it. They also rated this genuine advice, his honesty and how willing he seemed to talk to people after the panel. He is an excellent speaker that I couldn’t rate higher!
During our national conferences Ernesto built up an incredible atmosphere, guiding people through a process of deep self-reflection, motivation and finally to get them of the path of taking brave decisions. An audience of 50 people or 200+, Ernesto can handle them all. He is a huge inspiration for the members of my organisation and myself