Tell us about your business…
‘I won Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2008 Enterprise Awards for a number of ventures including Grafters, Jersey’s only Blue collar recruitment and employment agency which I co-founded. We handle workers primarily for the construction and fulfillment industries and supply highly specialized workers through to less skilled site operatives. I built the Lido Medical Centre which pioneered primary health care in the Island, I ran Jersey Yacht Management which is the Islands leading offshore registration provider and also ran a business consultancy business which supported a number of start-ups on and off the Island.’
Why did you enter the Enterprise Awards?
To raise the profile of the businesses I was involved in.
What did it mean to you to win?
It was a great way to spotlight the hard work of all of those involved in the businesses and I hope that everyone was able to enjoy some of the reflected glory!
What have been some of the business opportunities / developments that you feel have resulted from winning the award?
Being an ‘awards’ winner gave me credibility to speak to potential customers and further promote ourselves. This was particularly relevant with Grafters.
What would you say to people considering entering?
Know your business; know your industry and enter it!
What relevance do you feel the Enterprise Awards have?
They’re hugely relevant in an island business community. All businesses must remember that professionalism is what separates the good from the ‘not so good’. The Enterprise Awards are a way of competing on a professional basis and enables all business operators to engage in some introspection!
Uni: Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and then Cranfield Business School (MBA)
First job: Cleaning boats
Favourite book: The Adventure Motorcycling Handbook
Last holiday: Skydiving in California
Most likely to say… ‘you’re only late if you want to be’ – annoying I know, but I really dislike people who are late!
Mode of transport: Motorbike
Favourite gadget: Mini Leatherman
Motto: ‘When you play; play hard. When you work; don’t play at all’