My advice for Aspiring Entrepreneurs*

  1. Pick the right mountain. Too many entrepreneurs start up companies that even if they manage to get to the se summit, the view is not worth the climb.
  2. Look after your staff. They’re your #1 priority. Provide them the best opportunity to succeed with you. Pay them properly.
  3. Set the pace. Never allow people to slow you down from the inside or the outside.
  4. Avoid hiring: naysayers, moaners, whingers, piss takers, anyone without professional ambition or pride. You need fighters in this game, especially early on.
  5. Play to win. If you’re going to do it, then aim to the the best at it. What’s the point otherwise. Let’s go big baby.
  6. Enjoy it and have fun. Life’s short. People spend a significant time at work so make it somewhere they enjoy being.

*Starting a company is a high risk endeavour where the odds are stacked against you. It is not for everyone. I have started over 20. I have built companies from zero to £50m+ revenues. Take it from me, even getting to £1m in revenues is brutally hard. People only see the glory and medals, not the blood and guts. To win at business, to create something significant from nothing takes an incredible amount of will and energy. It can be the most rewarding endeavour but it can also bankrupt you. Some people make it look easy. It isn’t. It’s fucking hard. But, if you’re on a winning team then it’s an incredible journey.

Launching – A Job Site for Brighton and Hove

Today, I’m excited to see the launch of a new business: Bright.Jobs.

Starting locally but with National ambition, this start-up is underpinned by another excellent technology platform courtesy of the Surge Tech team.

I want to say thanks to Oliver who has led this project from the ground up under considerable pressure. I build lots of start ups and they are both the hardest and the most rewarding thing to do.

The odds are stacked against you which means having a great team is essential. Oliver has been meticulous in his R&D of Bright.Jobs and has proven to me that he has what it takes to get something very significant off the ground.

The marketing plan for Bright.Jobs is literally brilliant. popemobile

If you live in Brighton & Hove you will not miss our advertising around town, it’s going to be everywhere! Plus it’s why we bought the Pope Mobile!

The Pope Visits Brighton, UK
Any business where you hire a full time Pope actor is going to be a winner.

Stop Making Excuses


Stop making excuses why things are not working.

Stop lowering your goals.

That’s the first sign of defeat and it’ll infect you and everyone around you. No one ever achieved anything epic in life by being realistic.

Stop saying you want to be successful. Everyone wants success!

You are your actions, not your words.

Stop the endless planning and procrastination. Learn to take massive action.

By taking action you’ll create opportunities you’re looking for. What seems impossible today could be possible tomorrow.

Unless you’re happy to settle for a life of mediocrity, then you need to act not talk.

Winners do today. 

Turning a Setback into an Opportunity is About Mindset

The Great Storm of 87 Fell Many Trees in Stanmer Park

In 1986 my Dad @philhove had just left the Army after 24 years and bought a small, run down cafe in Stanmer Park.

He’d ploughed all of his life savings into it and we were going to make it a success as a family. My Mum and Dad worked 7 days a week and when they weren’t serving teas and scones to dog walkers they were painting, doing DIY and making the cafe better.

In October 1987 there was a great storm and so many trees were uprooted and blown over.

Customers couldn’t get to the cafe for weeks as the roads were impassable without a 4X4. Business just died overnight.

That first day my Dad realised we were in trouble and he went out and bought a chainsaw, an axe and a splitter and he began chopping the fallen trees.

We spent that entire winter chopping logs day and night which we sold by the van load around Brighton and Hove for £40 a load from one advert in the Argus, our local paper.

I would leave for school at 7am (it was a long walk!) and he’d be up chopping logs and he’d still be doing it when I got home at 4pm. I would help him bag them up and deliver them every evening until 10pm at night.

I was just 13 years old and I clearly remember my Dad’s focus at that time, he was 100% committed to succeed.

We did that for six months, 7 days a week. Because of that income the cafe survived.

I learnt a valuable lesson that stays with me today; even in the biggest set backs in life, with the right mindset, success is possible.

My Religion is Entrepreneurship

We worship the god of self determination.

We don’t care about your sex, age, race, politics, religion or your socio-economic background – you are all welcome to join us.

We believe that anyone can start from nothing and create themselves and others an amazing life.

We believe that if you risk nothing, you risk everything.

We don’t pray, we believe in the power of doing over thinking and talking.

We believe that striving for audacious goals is where joy is found.

Most of all, we believe in people and in the power of the human spirit to achieve.