Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal and business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Kevin Gaskell, Founder of Smarter Britain, located in Newbury, Berkshire, UK.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
My latest business is Smarter Britain. It is about inspiring the next generation of British entrepreneurs and supporting them to create new businesses. It provides a one-stop solution to the challenges of access to advice, mentoring, and funding. My customers are anybody who would like to start their own business.
Tell us about yourself
I am an engineer and accountant by training. I was a very young CEO of Porsche and then BMW before walking away to start my first business. I have now built 15 companies. I enjoy the excitement of a new challenge and of creating something new with a smart and agile team.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Building a new business from just a good idea and working with an amazing group of people to make it into the industry standard. The business was epyx, and the product 1link. It is fun to walk into any car dealership today and see the product as their key operating platform.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Realizing that a bad day is just a day and that a good day is just a day. It takes dedication, energy, and grit to fight through the long-term task of building something really special. Don't allow short-term lows or highs to distract you.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
Find a business idea that you are really passionate about. Build a network of people who will support and advise you. Make sure you move fast but remember that it takes time to build something really special.
Where can people find you and your business?
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