These are the immortal words of Bananarama (or Nigel Botterill this weekend).
This weekend, 27th-28th September, saw the first annual Entrepreneurs’ Convention at Birmingham’s International Convention Centre. Conference organiser Nigel Botterill is by any definition a very successful entrepreneur himself and the aim of the convention was to impart some of the knowledge and tools which have helped him build 8 £1m businesses in 7 years.
I went with Helen Lacey of Redberry Recruitment and we came back incredibly motivated with a box of tools we can implement in our businesses straight away. My new newsletter – Bright Business Bulletin – is a direct result of this new found zeal.
Nigel himself is a little like marmite (I am sure he won’t mind me saying that his approach is either inspiring or irritating), but it is hard to deny the relevance and effectiveness of his message to business owners who truly want to build the best businesses they can.
In Nigel’s words ‘Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t…so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.’
Whether we think of ourselves as ‘entrepreneurs’ or not, if we employ people or if we want our business to have a value, even when we are not working in it ourselves, we do need to think entrepreneurially.
I was also pleasantly surprised to see so many familiar faces. In a hall of over 1300 entrepreneurs from all over the country, there were 11 people I already knew. So Kim, Antony, Jonathan, Helen, Carly, Sanjeev, Fiona, Liz, Mary, Mark, John and Cynthia I hope you are all working on the nuggets you took away.
A key nugget for me was that speed is the key to growing a business. Money loves speed, speed attracts talent, talent drives innovation and innovation drives value. As the key is to minimise the gap between the idea and the action, I need to be quicker to get started on, and implement, the ideas I have for my business.
The highlight of the convention was Sir Chris Hoy. He gave an excellent talk about what it took for him to win 6 gold medals over 3 Olympic Games (not to mention world championships and Commonwealth gold medals). The type of dedication he needed, and the physical training he had to put his body through, to get to his end goals was truly inspiring.
We will certainly be going to next year’s convention and I recommend it to any business owner who is serious about growing their business. The dates for your diary are 21st-22nd October 2014.