I have been working with small business owners to improve their results since 2007. After completing a few projects, I found that much of the work I was doing for my clients could be delivered under my guidance as well, if not better, by a University graduate, at a fraction of the cost to my client.
Since then, the smart use of a mentored graduate has delivered a fast payback on many projects for my clients.
Whilst my business continues in coaching small businesses owners to improve their results, I also work with Universities to increase the number of smaller businesses taking graduates for the first time. I’m also pleased when I’m asked to speak to students about the benefits of working in a smaller business.
Jobs and Career
I trained as a Chartered Accountant in a small 2 partner Glasgow firm and believe that, during my first year, I gained a lot more practical knowledge through exposure to clients than my colleagues in the then big-8 firms. What has worked for me can also work for today’s graduates in smaller dynamic businesses.
During a varied career, I’ve been a director of independent food, engineering, textiles, steel & internet businesses and held positions in Ernst & Young, Northern Foods, Rohm & Haas & Orange.
After having become a finance director, I decided to get more involved in marketing and operations which eventually led to me setting up my own business in 2007. The following year, I co-founded an online Physiotherapy business which gave me a platform to specialise in internet marketing.
I’ve always had a love of the mountains, having run or walked over all the Scottish Munros & Lake District Wainwrights with my wife, Jane. Even my 2 children had climbed all the Wainwrights before they were 10 years old!
I enjoy running and mountain biking navigational events. There feels like a crossover with business, for to compete well, I need to be continually planning ahead, be self sufficient and know my limitations.