The best business advice I’ve received…

The best business advice I’ve received…

A cyber-security business on the frontline of keeping consumers safe; an angel investor-turned-social entrepreneur and a green-minded duo making energy cleaner and cheaper, the Faces of a Vibrant Economy prove success comes in many forms. So, how did they do it? We asked our Faces for their best business advice and what they would tell their younger selves.

Back yourself

“Trust your judgement. Your instincts are good and there is always a solution – sometimes you just have to look harder for it.”

Anne Ackord, The Brighton Pier Group


‘‘Believe in yourself and you can achieve anything.”

Kalpna Woolf, 91 Ways


“Listen to yourself. Spend more time with those you love. Value personal relationships. If you know you should act and you don’t act, that’s not knowing. Act!”

Joni Steiner, Opendesk


“Trust your gut feeling.”

Paul Halsey, Purity Brewing Co


Learn from others

“Counsel widely, then do what you think is right. Sleep well at night”

Glenn Elliott, Reward Gateway


“Never be afraid to ask, and ask again,”

Kieran Miles, KakeCo


“Listen to other people when they tell their stories. You will gain insight into the mistakes they made and how they learned from them. I really enjoy listening to entrepreneurs, and one thing that usually comes up is that you should always trust yourself. Trust your instinct and trust your intuition.”

Juliet Davenport, Good Energy


“If you want to be successful, then I think you have to put real effort in personally to understanding the complexities of a situation. This mindset then provides insights which, coupled with some lateral thinking, can produce novel ideas. My grandparents used to say, ‘if a job’s worth doing, then it’s worth doing well.”

Roz Bird, Silverstone Park


“Get as much experience as possible and learn from it, good or bad”

Kieron Salter, KW Special Projects Ltd


Seek opportunity – and make the most of it

“You never know what opportunities will arise so be open minded to all possibilities”

Dr Jane Collins, Marie Curie


“Don’t hold back until everything is perfect. Just get on with it and keep striving to be better every day.”

Graham Bates, LIV Group


“There is no shortcut to hard work… You have to persevere, do your research and stay focused. As the world continues to shrink, make use of the global economy that is on your doorstep.”

Poonam Gupta OBE, PG Paper Company


“Keep an open mind and experience as much as you can. You’ll be surprised how those experiences will be so important in shaping the future you and your life journey.”

Nancy Johnston, Tengri