KENNY KEMP

FOUNDER

KEMP COMMUNICATIONS

Kenny Kemp is the Co-founder of Kemp Communications UK, set up in 2003 with his wife & fellow Director, Gail.  Kemp Communications UK is a boutique media company based in Edinburgh which has successfully delivered project work for a range of UK business organisations.  This includes:

  • Ghost writing for senior executives.
  • Speech-writing for business leaders.
  • Value-added corporate advisory work.
  • Report and proposal writing.
  • Media advice and training.
  • Commemorative books and brochures.

Kenny is a former award-winning daily and Sunday newspaper journalist with over 25 years’ experience. He is also one of the UK’s most experienced non-fiction writers. He has been the preferred ghost-writer to several international business figures including Richard Branson. The combined sales of his ghost-written books are c.500,000 copies worldwide. Most recent projects include: work with a multi-millionaire entrepreneur, based in Beverly Hills, in California; a book manuscript for an Irish airline entrepreneur; a ghost-written biography for a UK telecoms recycling millionaire; and story-telling for an oil worker held in captivity by pirates in Africa.

Kenny was Editor of BQ (Business Quarter) Scotland for five years from 2010 until 2015. He is a former staffer of the Evening Standard in London. He has written comprehensively for a range of titles such as the Herald, Sunday Herald, The Scotsman and Sunday Times. He is an Associate of the University of Edinburgh Business School and Editor-at-Large of Panmure House Perspectives, the journal commemorating Adam Smith’s life and work in Scotland. 

He is still a regular freelance writer on business matters in the Scotland and UK, including work with Scottish Business Insider, part of Reach, the UK largest digital media and publishing organisation.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Worked with Sir Richard Branson on his best-selling business book, Business Stripped Bare, published in September 2008, and co-author with Barbara Cassani of Go: An Airline Adventure, which was WH Smith Business Book of the Year in 2004.
  • Other books cover the following subjects:  the arrival of space tourism; how an RBS banker escaped from the Mumbai massacres; how a Galway entrepreneur became an Irish senator; the history of an angel investing pioneers in Scotland; and recently a series of books on cyber security for C-suite leaders for Palo Alto Networks. He is currently writing a history of Scottish Television and working with a tech entrepreneur in Stockholm.
  • One of the founding editorial executive team of Sunday Herald in 1999. Scottish Business Writer of the Year, three times in 2001, 2003, and after a break in 2010 (runner-up in 2011). Interviews with more than 350 senior business people in UK and overseas.
  • Served five years as Editor of BQ Scotland, a glossy quarterly publication serving Scottish business and entrepreneurship.
  • Prolific speechwriter for prominent business people.
  • Author of business book on battle between Boeing and Airbus, entitled Flight of the Titans (2005) and author of Destination Space (2006), about rise of space tourism.

JOURNALISM & WRITING AWARDS

  • The Scottish Daily Newspaper Society Scottish Press Awards
  • Business Writer of the Year 2010, 2003, 2001
  • Business Writer of the Year Runner-up 2010, 2002
  • BT Technology Writer of the Year Runner-up 2003
  • WH Smith Business Book of the Year Award 2004

He is a recent grandfather but agrees with you that he doesn’t look it!