What was your first job after leaving school/further education?
Trainee sales support
When did you start your business & what prompted you to do it?
MBO opportunity to take an established great business and to build on it.
What did you find most challenging at the beginning?
Mindset and pivoting to leadership role. Leaving behind the day to day stuff.
Time management. I’m only on month 4, so still starting!
Who did you ask for advice & why did you choose them?
RBS Entrepreneur programme, WeDO to address and be around other business leaders to adapt thinking. Also very interested in securing some mentors and looking an operational review programme via Standards International.
How did you fund your business?
MBO from existing business which I had helped secure and build over 8 years working in a team within the firm as a Chartered Financial Planner and director.
What would you do differently now looking back?
Ask me in a year or two!!
What or who has helped you to grow your business the most?
Good relationships with our clients and a good job done for them. Most of work comes by referral which secures future investment into the service we offer which we are always trying to improve and our team which drives everything.
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced?
People management, time management. Doing too much!
What are the future plans for your business?
Develop our profile as a niche in our sector based on a low volume high service model which is really unique. Grow our business to a waitlist approach rather than a huge corporation.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to set up their own business?
Just do it you only regret the things you don’t do!
Get good people around you and be accountable!
Tell us something about you that isn’t commonly known.
I am a cheese addict. If there is red wine with it all the better!
And finally, why did you join WeDO?
To broaden my horizons and challenge how I think outside of my comfort zone.
ABOUT VWM WEALTH
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