We have in the past highlighted some of the useful articles and information available to business start-ups and small businesses as they grow and expand. One particularly good source is the Guardian Small Business Network, which also runs a series of free seminars and events at which you can network and learn from some of the top names in the British business world.
On February 13th, the Guardian reported on the Confessions of a Small Business seminar at which John Stapleton, founder of the New Covent Garden Soup Company gave the keynote speech. You can read the full report here: From setback to success: entrepreneurs who are fortified by failure.
It is clear from the response to the event (a similar one will be held in March – see HERE) that very few businesses take the path to success without tripping over a problem at some point, and for some, it is that very problem that offers them the route to even greater success. A panel discussion on the day included entrepreneurs who had to pump tens of thousands of pounds of their own money into their idea in order to get it off the ground (heartened only by a great response from potential customers, rather than investors) and others who had lost customers providing the bulk of their business income, only to turn that potential disaster into new routes to more sustainable profit.
Running your own business is hard work, and success can sometimes feel a long way off. It does help, however, to know that many have been in the same position, and have since taken their business forward. If, having read this article, you think you could use a sounding board with years of experience, why not contact us to find out more about the free business mentoring we offer?