The founder of The Business Community is Paul Green, a business owner himself since 2003. He loves working with small businesses; in particular family-run businesses. The reason for this and the "why" he has chosen the path in his business life is as follows.
Paul's father ran his own small business designing, manufacturing and supplying electrical control panels to various companies within the UK and overseas. At the age of 11, unfortunately, the business went bust - as happens to quite a few businesses. This meant having to move house, move schools - money was tight and the atmosphere was not that great in the household. Having gone through this experience, it obviously left an impression.
A few years ago, Paul attended a workshop (run by Jacky Sherman of Asentiv) looking at why a person is in business and exploring the type of businesses that he enjoyed working with. Whilst engaging in this session, the seed that was subconsciously planted many years before emerged. It became apparent that what was driving Paul in his endeavours to support small, family-run businesses, is that he didn't want any children associated with the business owners to go through the trauma of a failed business! This is why he strives to impact the performance of the businesses he works with; having them be better at what they do - focusing on profitability and cashflow within the business.
His experience and knowledge of 20 years being employed by someone else and to date, working with 100s of business owners, gives him the confidence and ability to offer business advice, coaching and training when given the opportunity to do so.
Having experienced the trials and tribulations that face a small business on that entrepreneurial journey, he is passionate about making sure businesses don't make the same mistakes that he made en route! He is a big believer in collaboration and encourages businesses to work together to grow their businesses; as well as offering help and support to each other for mutual gain.
The story so far has culminated in the creation of The Business Community to combine what he offers and the contribution of a number of other business owners with a "pay it forward", positive attitude, with the purpose of providing a supportive community to ensure all businesses are successful.
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The Business Community is a vibrant networking group that successfully combines professional relationship building with business education. Paul’s engaging facilitation style enables people to bond quickly and learn from each other. The inputs provide up to date thinking to challenge the members of The Business Community to think and act differently so to improve business results.Paul Beesley - Beyond Theory
I really enjoy the meetings, the format works well and the atmosphere is friendly, most importantly it is not too scary if you are new to networking. I have made some valuable business contacts over the last year that I would not have found had it not been for The Business Community.Andi Herrington - Wallis Payroll
Professional environment and extremely friendly. We have plenty of recommendations and customers from networking hence the reason to go further with this group. Various locations to choose from and on top of this, there's always a warm welcome from Paul.Victor Petrescu - Storefirst
I enjoyed my first meeting at The Business Community. The atmosphere was friendly and welcoming. Anyone new to networking would feel comfortable from the outset. The agenda was enjoyable, but business-like and informative. It was interesting to learn about all the other businesses around the table, and they showed a genuine interest in my business. What stood out for me was when we broke for a 10 minute 121 with another individual. That was a chance to establish a real connection with someone else in the room.Robin Kirkley - Vizeo Media