Did you just fall into business by chance or circumstance or has it always been your lifetime ambition?


Did you just fall into business by chance or circumstance or has it always been your lifetime ambition?

Business Services
I am a business owner and turnaround business specialist who has worked across many industries in the UK, Ireland and Europe.
A serial entrepreneur and Cofounder of two significant Northern Ireland brands with product sales across the globe. I am also a Public Speaker and Author of the Business Leadership Book In Business With Yourself

A Business Valuation Expert who holds a Certificate in Business Valuations coupled with many years experience in the field. I am highly experienced in adding value to businesses for sale.


After more than 20 years’ experience supporting business owners to access work from the Public Sector, I have developed a comprehensive tender approach for SME owner/managers.


Highly experienced in assisting business owners and company officers secure finance from banks, grants, private investment and venture capital and grow revenue to £10 million or over £100 million.

Working with Organisations and Businesses to Inspire Game Changing Greatness
I am a business owner and turnaround business specialist. A serial entrepreneur, who has worked with and advised CEOs, Executives and Business Owners in large organisations and small businesses across all industries, UK, Ireland and Europe wide. I am an experienced and frequent public speaker at international business events where my talks are around leadership, business ownership, entrepreneurship, innovation, strategy and investment. In late 2021 I published my first business book, “In Business With Yourself”.
Why Work With Michelle?
I am a Growth-Enabler. Impact-Maker & Game-Changer.
Leadership Experience

I walk the talk and run businesses as well as talk about running businesses so I’ve gained substantial business and operational experience.

Business Turnaround

Having spent many years working on business growth, funding, tenders & valuations, I’ve steered industry leaders and developed best practice approaches.

Substantial Network

An international business leader, speaker, coach and author with a substantial  business network that reaches wide and far.

Serial Entrepreneur

Cofounder of two significant multi award-winning businesses with a global presence, I can relate to business owners and the challenges they face.

Customer Testimonials
Michelle is One of Today’s Most In-Demand Business Consultants, Speakers, Coaches & Authors

Michelle supported the AIKEN team in refining the agency’s management of new business development. Under her guidance we have greatly improved our approach to and methodology in delivering tenders.


Working with Michelle has been a massive benefit to the company, her knowledge and overview of business has helped to turn our company around to allow it to grow from strength to strength. I could not recommend Michelle enough.


I have been a member of In Biz together set up by Michelle Lestas for over a year. As a small business owner I hugely benefited from a monthly meetings run by Michelle and her advice on running a successful business has been invaluable. We also recorded a podcast in relation to my start up business that has been a great exposure for both Michelle and me. I highly recommend Michelle as a business mentor and strategist.


Art on a Tin started working with Michelle over a year ago, she has helped us grow our business through her knowledge, her challenging tasks all in a friendly and professional manner. We would have no hesitation in recommending Michelle as a business mentor.


Michelle’s support, insight and direction are invaluable to me, as the owner of a small business in Northern Ireland. I am always confident that Michelle’s counsel will provide me with the strategic guidance that I need.


Our senior management worked with Michelle as she mentored us on long-term strategy. She brought a tremendous amount of experience, knowledge and energy to the meetings. By asking tough questions and getting down to the nuts and bolts of our business Michelle had an incredibly positive impact and we are in a much stronger position as a result.


We have worked with Michelle many times over the last number of years, in that time I have always found her professional, friendly and approachable. Michelle is meticulous in her approach at doing Business and leaves no stone unturned to get to her final goal what ever that may be. I would have no hesitation in recommend her to anyone needing advice or assistance in any way.

You were the highlight of our event.
Michelle public speeches are always fantastic. So much knowledge to share and she leaves attendees bursting with ideas and energy!
Mark Canning, B2B Network NI
Business Leadership Book
In Business With Yourself”

My business leadership book “In Business With Yourself” (2021), Orpen Press, is the result of 20 years as a business leadership executive coach, working with CEOs in large organisations and small business locally and globally. I am the founder of identity-led business growth and use this throughout my work.

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Public Speaking
Global Business Events

I have worked across all industries in the UK, Ireland and Europe. An experienced public speaker, I have spoken to large business audiences across UK, Europe and the USA specialising in leadership, business ownership, entrepreneurship, innovation, strategy and investment. If you have an upcoming conference, and would like me to speak please contact me.

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