Twentisphere is an environment to encourage, educate and inspire business leaders.  Starting with a weekly podcast, we are seeking to grow a business community that is interested in sharing excellence.  Why not sign up now, or perhaps even join our team to contribute to being better.

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How do you attract the very best people to join your team? When you start a small company with a big vision, in an industry that requires considerable trust and respect – you need the right people in place, to help you deliver. This week,...
How can you help your company stand out online – and find fresh ways to serve your clients better? Especially if you operate in an extremely price competitive marketplace, you may need to think creatively. So how you can deliver additional value, to keep customers coming back to...
This special edition of Twentisphere covers “Pitchfest East Midlands”, a prequel to Venture Fest East Midlands. Both events are sponsored by D2N2 and LLEP (the Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnerships) The episode is a series of short interviews with some of those individuals...
Have you recently been given responsibility for a project – and are now wondering how on earth you’re going to deliver it? Or perhaps the company you work for, struggles to consistently deliver projects on time and on budget? This week, Carl talks to project management consultant...
Do you long to make your customers’ lives easier – and believe in the power of sales to change lives? In this inspirational, feel-good episode, Carl talks to events professional, mentor (and undercover superhero) Mary Baird-Wilcock, founder of The Simplifiers. Mary explains how building relationships...
How do you run a successful complex high value sales process – and equip your salespeople to follow it effectively? Value Selling Specialist Bob Apollo explores the various stages of the buying decision process, and offers a range of valuable tips for anyone looking to...
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About Twentisphere

Hi, I’m Carl Benfield, founder of Twentisphere.

After running a business for many years, I became increasingly interested in why my company was struggling and others were booming.  I’m moderately intelligent, hard working, and relatively innovative; so how come others just seemed to get it right?

That enquiry led to a large number of conversations with other business in which I realised how much I didn’t know.  Why had no-one taught me this stuff.  Why hadn’t I taught myself?

Twentisphere was born out of this line of enquiry.  It aims to be a place to encourage, educate and inspire business leaders, but all in bite sized, twenty minute chunks.

Now, along with some equally curious people (I mean that in the best possible way), we’re seeking to make
Twentisphere a complete environment for peer mentoring, learning and excellence.

We just ask you to engage with us on the journey, ideally by subscribing (it’s free!) to our updates.  We won’t spam you, spy on you, or ask you for funds to release a Nigerian princess (although I do hope she gets freed soon!).

Welcome to the Twentisphere!


Carl Benfield


The Team

Sarah Phillips

Manager, Twentisphere

Sarah’s passion for business began when she launched a start-up from her kitchen table – and has taken on a new direction, since she sold her business in 2016. Sarah has a big heart for personal and professional coaching – and is currently working towards an ICF accreditation. She loves learning, connecting people – and good coffee.

Gareth Barton

Founder, Spread Creative

Gareth spent 15 years designing workplace solutions for companies in the UK and Europe before becoming a director of a national charity. He then founded Spread in 2012, drawing creative freelancers together into teams to provide clients with a dynamic creative agency. Gareth loves to be moved by the arts and always seeks out the courageous, creative spark in people.

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