Posted: Tue 15th Nov 2016
Every Tuesday at 12.30pm you can watch an online business masterclass delivered by one of our Adviser members.
This week, funding expert Mark Jones hosts: A guide to small business funding.
Masterclasses are available at a cost of only Â£10 each. To register for this week's event at 12.30pm on 15 November, go here.
Don't forget that members can watch every weekly masterclass for free! To register, log in to your Enterprise Nation account and go to the events page where the discount will be automatically applied.
If you're not yet a member, free masterclasses are just one of many benefits. Join now from only Â£4 a month!
Company: Business Funding Portal
Company founded: 2006
What is your favourite business book?
Get Off Your Arse by Brad Burton. Straightforward, 'from the hip', common sense business advice.
Who is your business hero and why?
John Timpson from Timpsons shoe repairs and key cutting. He doesn't shout about it, he just does it. Successful and truly philanthropic. Success can speak for itself!
Describe your business in a tweet.
Bespoke funding for growing, independent businesses.
What has been your biggest challenge?
Surviving the recession of the early 1990s which came year after we started in business. All we had ever seen was growth so we were completely naive as to how quickly/dramatically things can change.
What has been your greatest success?
Rebuilding that business from the brink of bankruptcy to become one of the largest and most respected brokerages in the UK.
What piece of advice do you wish you had known when starting out?
Niche, niche and niche further. Target marketing is counter intuitive and a little scary, but it works!
Why do you consider long-term strategic advice important to business success?
Many business owners get embroiled in 'doing the job', which limits both ability to grow and the capacity to free up time to enjoy outside of work. Strategy is essential for developing the ability to run a business rather than doing a job. Work on your business, not in it.
If you had a superpower what would it be and why?
The ability to turn invisible. Imagine the insights you would gain!
Mark's masterclass, a guide to small business funding, is at 12.30pm on 15 November. To register for the masterclass go here or log in to your membership account and go to the events page to join in for free.
If you're an Adviser member and you'd like to host a Masterclass, apply here.