My own story
I have had a passion for engineering and particularly automotive engineering since boyhood. As I left school in the midst of the 1980’s recession the opportunity to follow a career in engineering was limited.
By the age of 22 I found myself running a small garage business. I loved the work did a great quality job and had lots of happy customers.
However I was working long hours and wasn’t making any money from it and that was a problem because as the years went by I watched my friends buy houses drive around in new cars and work much fewer hours than me. I had to find a way to turn things around. I didn’t know who to turn to and I couldn’t afford to pay for advice.
I ended up doing a business studies qualification through evening classes at what is now John Moores university in Liverpool. I enjoyed it so much I was persuaded to go on and study accounting. Through a friend on the course I landed a job as a junior accountant, sold my garage business and set my course for what became the rest of my working life.
However I didn’t quite get the car bug out of my system and went on to design and build my own cars 25 years later...I even managed to sell a few !
A couple of Creative Sports Cars products
Throughout my finance career I have always brought a practical approach gained in my earlier working life to business finance.
As a business owner I have always known that businesses are not just about numbers...they are about people and relationships.
However it’s a mistake to think that being good at what you do will guarantee success. Effective financial management plays a vital role in any business success.
As I found with my first business if you don’t understand what really makes it tick you can end up running very hard and not getting very far.