Derby based Hodgkinson Builders, has been providing quality bricklaying services since 1990, positioning themselves at the forefront of Britain’s construction industry, whilst inspiring the next generation of tradespeople. With a reputation for quality, reliability and consistently good service in all areas of brickwork, Hodgkinson Builders provides solutions for the most challenging projects anywhere in the UK, delivering both residential and commercial developments.
As we approach uncertain times today, Ian opens up about the challenges of the last recession and the reality of the domino effect that events beyond our control can have. He emphasises just how important it is for business owners to gather facts, cut out the noise, make informed decisions and apply logical thinking; for the decisions made and actions taken today, will shape your future.
Hodgkinson Academy: https://www.bricklayers.com/construction-careers/
Learning to drive in a Fiat 500, way back in 1960’s Switzerland, at just 12 years of age, Sallenbach was addicted to speed early on in life. He left for Canada at the age of 23, where he spent many years building a successful Chemical Engineering business. The need for speed however, never died and at 40, he joined the Jim Russell Racing School at Mont-Tremblant.
Sallenbach went on to become three-time Touring Car Champion in his John Cooper Works Mini Coupe with Octane Motorsport. In 2019 he joined Nordschleife Racing, competing in the Peugeot 308 Racing Cup TCR before competing in the Ligier JS2R for the first time in the Dubai 24H Series in 2020.
Hardy Signs Ltd was established by Nik Hardy in 1993 and has since grown into one of the most recognised and preferred signage suppliers in the United Kingdom. Hardy Signs is a multi award-winning company that through constant innovation has become the leading signage company in the UK.
On this episode, Ash caught up with Nik at Hardy HQ and chatted about innovation, recruitment of the right team and the challenges of running your own company.
This epsidode was filmed - See the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLpol-yVBFA&t=129s
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After stepping foot on to a sailboat for the first time ever in April 2019. Jim completed 4 weeks of training with Clipper Ventures, earning his Competent Crew and Sea Survival qualifications. He then joined the loud crew of the Punta Del Este Clipper Yacht to race 11 other boats from the Punta Del Este in Uruguay to Cape Town South Africa. He directly crossed the South Atlantic through the eye of 3 relentless storms, back to back.
Joined by 21 other crazy amateurs and led by 2 amazing professionals. Jim and the crew finished in 2nd place after battling 40 - 75-knot winds and 8 - 12m waves for 16 days! This amazing experience was to become the most incredible test of endurance of his life so far. Back on terrafirma, I caught up with Jim to reflect on the lessons he learned about teamwork, communication, social awareness, compassion, leadership and crisis and stress management.
For your donation: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jim-leafe2
Find out more about Clipper : https://www.clipperroundtheworld.com/
Follow the boats, Jim's team is “Punta del Este” : www.clipperroundtheworld.com
Jim's team: https://www.clipperroundtheworld.com/team/punta-del-este/team-hub
Jim's leg, the official video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzIn6SdJMp4
The on-board Blogs: https://www.clipperroundtheworld.com/crew-diary/punta-del-este/922
Crew mate's article: https://metro.co.uk/2019/12/14/16
With a background working in engineering and technical sales from the age of 16, Jim developed a strong skill base that followed him when he founded Crossover Property at the beginning of 2018. Initially, he started sourcing properties for clients and partnered with another company, helping them to source HMO conversions. The business grew considerably in 2019, with a number of projects sourced and managed for clients, as well as adding to his own portfolio with JV finance. He has also taken on an apprentice to help grow in the business further and pass on his skills to the next generation. With 6 projects currently under his management and over half a million pounds of JV financed raised in 2019, Jim has some big plans for 2020 but also shares the sacrifices involved along the way.
Reference material: Rich Dad Poor Dad - Robert Kiyosaki
Reference material: Routine = Results - Rob Moore
Reference material: 4 Hour Work Week - Tim Ferriss
Reference material: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
As a property investment specialist with a strong finance background, having spent 5 years with Lloyds Bank, Nick gained invaluable experience looking after property clients and property lending, managing a portfolio with a turnover close to £25 million.
Nick is an aspiring entrepreneur who is now venturing into property investing himself; working with like-minded and driven individuals. He’s also an active member of the Progressive Property Network, Property Investors Network, Property Hub, Midlands Property Forum, host of Engaging Networking, co-host of ‘The Entrepreneur Academy’ podcast and Leicester PPN Platinum Partner, meaning he can relate to his clients and is continually learning a variety of strategies.
Following a successful career with Lloyds, Nick has built a successful Commercial Finance Brokerage, helping to fund some exciting property deals..
Jake is a self-proclaimed running nut! With a background in television, radio, and run coaching. He combined his skills in these fields to create his brand, Running with Jake.
Jake can regularly be found on his Facebook page doing live videos to help, motivate, and inspire runners. He has also recently launched his new Podcast: Running with Jake: The PLODcast!
In 2018 Jake founded the Performance Community - a unique coaching programme that gives members access to advanced physiological testing methods that elite athletes use. This effectively takes out the guesswork of their training, meaning that Jake and the team can use the results from the test to help runners of all abilities, to run further and faster than ever before.
Listen to Jake's Podcast: http://runningwithjake.com/plodcast
Running with Jake: http://runningwithjake.com
In partnership with The European Social Fund and Department for Work & Pensions, The University of Derby is DRIVEN to help SMEs across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to recruit and retain the most talented students and graduates. Whether you’re looking to recruit local graduates or are keen to see how graduate and higher-level skills could support your business, DRIVEN invite local organisations to work in partnership with The University of Derby, to access a wide range of support to plug skills gaps, achieve more and grow local businesses across the Midlands.
DRIVEN: 2020 Vision
The DRIVEN team invite their valued employers and potential partners to engage in their 2020 vision event. Come along to hear about the project so far, graduate retention in the region and how the DRIVEN team can support local SMEs attract, recruit and retain talent whilst accessing possible funding. Free parking is provided along with refreshments and networking opportunities too!
More about DRIVEN: https://www.derby.ac.uk
Jane set up No Ordinary Rental just 2 years ago, whilst on maternity leave with her second daughter. Trying to juggle family life, run a successful property company and also manage a team within her husband’s company, Jane talks about her plans to build on her business before relocating to France, where she will manage the business remotely. She speaks openly about her success and obstacles throughout her journey and how she manages her time. Having to work on future proofing her business, Jane shares her plans to diversify into serviced accommodation once relocating to France and the education she has taken part in to gain knowledge in this area.
Allister is an award winning property developer from Burton, relentless in his endeavours he was recognised for the profits his start-up business produced in 2017 - 2018 by worldwide training organisation, Legacy Education. Allister’s construction company has also been shortlisted for Business of the Year Award in his local area, whilst also being shortlisted for Developer of the Year nationally. Having seen his progress from the beginning, I was keen to understand what makes this rising star tick.
With 20 year’s experience in property, Gemma is incredibly passionate about architecture and interior design. Drawing on her experience, she is on a mission to design spaces that look after our mental health and wellbeing, specialising in both commercial and residential architectural interior design. Gemma firmly believes in improving the use and desirability of interior space through the use of structure, detailed design, lighting, appropriate furniture, fixtures and fittings.
Having 15 years experience in the estate agency business and been made manager of his first office after less than 18 months in the business, Andrew spent the following 13 years in either senior management or owner and director positions. He has achieved massive results from starting AKS in a competitive market back in 2016, after relocating from London. AKS was established to bring a more proactive type of estate agency to Derby where the customer’s best interests are genuinely put first. The business doubled in year 2 and is set to increase by more than 50% in year 3. Outside of work, Andrew is a dad to two young boys and an avid reader & listener to anything personal development related!
Reference material: https://www.thealternativeboard.co.uk/derby/
Reference book: Tony Robbins - Awaken the giant within
Reference book: Napoleon Hill - Think & grow rich
Reference book: Dale Carnegie - How to win friends and influence people
Reference book: David Goggins - Can't hurt me
Reference book: Brendon Burchard - High performance habits
Liv has over 11 years’ experience in the catering & hospitality industry and in the last 8 years, she has owned & ran a number of award winning restaurants and eateries in Derby. More recently, she has sold these businesses to help grow her outside catering & events business, Gather & Grace. She is also a founding director of Bustler, Derby’s only street food market.
In 2017, she received an Outstanding Achievement Award, presented by Marketing Derby, in recognition for her dedication to building local businesses and creating social spaces in the community. Liv shares the ups and downs of entrepreneurship and the importance of designing a business and lifestyle that are cohesive.
Alex is an aerospace engineer. Alongside building jet engines, he had dabbled in property and realising the potential of his property side hustle, he began investing more aggressively just 18 months ago. He’s now built that portfolio to a sizable £2.2m. Consisting mostly of HMOs, he employs a nationwide investment strategy.
Alex’s first HMO was bought for just £140,000, with a refurb spend of £92,500, it achieved a healthy commercial valuation of £375,000, allowing a clean financial exit plus an additional £18,000 in profit. This particular HMO generates £1,700 a month.
Alex is set on building this portfolio further, to allow him to quit the day job and fulfil his passion for supporting young adults in achieving their full potential.
The most passionate person in print and Derby’s networking queen, Yvonne has received countless awards for her dedication to helping others in the business community, having been invited to Downing Street twice in recognition for her entrepreneurship. Yvonne has also been a key influence in the growth of Small Business Saturday, PridePark.net and Hallmark Business Group. She’s also a non-executive board member of Marketing Derby, has been featured countless times in the Derby Telegraph Inspirational 250, featured in Forbes Magazine, the founder of Derby Hub, winner of the 2016 Inspirational Business Woman Award presented by Vox Feminarum and has made the shortlist in the 2019 Great British Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards and is showing no signs of slowing down.
Fortitude Global and NICSA IT have been in partnership since 2016 with the aim to provide the best cost effective IT services to their clients. Success of this partnership has enabled them to grow faster and stronger in the high-valued IT Industry. CEO and Director of Sales, Wayne Hibbert has been influential in expanding the company to the multi-million pound success that it is today. His tenacity and integrity has enabled him to soar from humble beginnings to scaling a global business. Wayne firmly believes that ‘your greatness is limited only by the investments you make in yourself.’
Having a passion for sustainable fashion and inspired by British designer, Vivian Westwood, Leren’s growing fashion brand, Bambis Den, challenges the status quo and aims to increase awareness of important climate and animal rights issues.
Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/bambisden
Sean spent 11 years running a successful tech company while simultaneously investing in property. He then turned his attention to Serviced Accommodation, with AirBnB having just celebrated it’s 11th birthday and with many major platforms predicting significant growth over the next few years, the SA industry is currently in the ‘growth’ stage of its economic cycle and it’s this growth stage, that Sean is focusing on.
Jordan and Jess are 2 young entrepreneurs from Coventry who are quickly establishing themselves within the property lettings market. They have achieved financial freedom at only 23 years of age and their business, Go2Lettings, is generating over 6 figures, soon to be 7, in just 10 months! These two young and courageous individuals say they’re only just getting started and are 100% confident in creating not only substantial wealth but take a lead in the property lettings industry. Following their remarkable early successes, they have already been approached and interviewed by the likes of property millionaire Samuel Leeds, The Coventry Telegraph, The Daily Mirror and now, Ash Karamucki on The Enterprise Podcast!
Jordan LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordan-boparan-b4aa33140/
Jessica LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-marie-bradshaw-102179151/
After successfully scaling a kids entrepreneurship programme ‘Citrus Saturday’ across Europe and Africa, teaching 1000's of kids new skills and involving 100's of volunteers. Jack founded BLOOM.SPACE in 2016 and continues to grow this innovative business incubator and co-working space, by doing things differently; having developed a unique model that has proven very successful in Central London and Great Malvern. It’s facilities like BLOOM.SPACE, that support many entrepreneurs to make a success of their business and create new jobs.
Having started her boxing career later than most in the sport, Natasha became the second British woman, after double Olympic champion Nicola Adams, to win a European boxing title when she debuted in 2016. Now recently retired from Team GB, Natasha is currently in the process of pursuing her own business within the property sector.
Rhys has gone from strength to strength, starting out flipping tired auction properties, to title splits on blocks of apartments to holiday lets and glamping pods and more recently, ground up developments, using both traditional and more innovative timber frame construction methods.
Ruth Hobbs is a serial property developer working in Derby and London, she is one half of Urban Sister with her sister Gillian. Together, the two sisters have built a name for themselves, taking old unloved buildings and converting them back into beautifully designed, industrial spaces for living in. Nominated for best HMO property deal of the Year award, at The Property Investor Awards 2019, Urban Sister are one to watch in the coming years.