I am in the process of setting up city-based business mentoring school The Results Hub.
I’ve lost track of the number of businesses in South Yorkshire that have been needlessly swept away in the recession over the past few years.
Needlessly, because in many cases all they lacked was meaningful business support and advice and if they’d had it would still be going concerns – thriving in many cases.
There are regularly greater business opportunities in a recession – you need to know what to look for.
Well-meaning institutions offer business support but too many have no experience running companies.
There’s no worse feeling in the world than being part of a business that isn’t reaching its full potential.
Clear thought is stifled when you’re battling against a backdrop of falling sales and a failing company.
Often all the business needs is a re-evaluation of its skills and a change of direction as it restructures its business model to offer its services to a different market or sector.
It’s also fair to say the lack of meaningful support means a wealth of the region’s entrepreneurial talent doesn’t even get out of the starting blocks.
I started life as a motor mechanic at Kennings on Paternoster Row.
I swapped my overalls for a suit and that was the start of a career that led to me running my own finance company, Results Financial, with a £3 million turnover.
My success became a blueprint for growth.
I’ve been that frustrated by the lack of help for businesses, I’m in the process of setting up my own mentoring school, the Results Hub in Woodseats.
After only two years, Shalesmoor chef recruitment agency, Chef Results, which places chefs in restaurants, is now turning over £2 million, with just six full-time staff.
I wrote the best seller, the Entrepreneur’s Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep, and provide advice through my Late Late Breakfast meetings at the Assay Office in Hillsborough.
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