Founder; responsible for direction and operation of The Brand Foundation
Six years working in two businesses, followed by own company ownership from 1988; Russell & Brand 1988/96, Orange Balloon 1997/99, Host Management 2004/15. Currently non-exec shareholder in Caternet 2004 to date, and Uniware Systems 1991 to date.
Enjoys golf, watching rugby and keeping fit.
why the foundation?
I have run my own businesses successfully since 1988 and other than the usual charitable donations one makes I have always been too busy to ‘put something back’. Having exited Host Management in 2015 and with a new ‘industry’ quickly developing in entrepreneurial support, I felt the time was now right to put that something back by helping to nurture and encourage the fantastic motivation and ‘buzz’ that comes with starting one’s own business.
But I want to do this in a way that guarantees anyone who has an idea and the drive to start their own business is offered free support and a secure environment to develop their idea themselves. Thus increasing their chances of success and keeping as much of their hard-earned equity as possible. The side benefit is that also have professional software, free advice and business experience at their side.
But we haven’t stopped there as we also saw the opportunity to widen the ‘net’ to help intrepreneurs - people who are entrepreneurs but for all kinds of reasons can’t strike out on their own, so they are fully employed and committed to their employers. Intrepreneurs are the life blood of existing companies and organisations and we can run our ‘BizKit Challenge’ for our sponsors, to help model their ideas that their bosses can take on board to help add-value to their business growth. We will learn just as much for the future of entrepreneurship training from them as we will from our budding entrepreneurs, plus we help existing businesses grow!