CEO Gary Redman never seems to be in one place for too long. When he’s not hard at work, he’s off enjoying the fruits of his labour and exploring the world. Starting off his successful career at the age of 23, what advice would he give for young entrepreneurs looking to make money?
You started your business when you were pretty young! When and how did you realise what you wanted to do?
In the beginning, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. Recruitment was an industry that like most, I stumbled into! I always had a passion and drive to do more and to achieve more, even when I worked in Shop Fitting as a Glass Cutter. The more hours I could put in; the more money I would take home. Business is slightly different as you are not paid by the hour although you do have to put the hours in. The more productivity I produced would mean more margin and profit, so from an early age, I always knew that the more I actually did, the more I would achieve.
What would you say was the most important decision you’ve ever made, and why?
This is a tough question for sure! When I started the business cash was tight. I remember asking my Dad for £5000, he just looked at me and said “Gary, people like you, do not own or run companies, go and get a proper job” I respected this, as my Dad had worked in a factory for the same company for over 40 years and this is just how it was back then. The most important decision was to keep going, I took out personal loans and bank overdrafts to keep the business afloat and it paid off.
Have you faced many obstacles and if yes, how did you overcome them?
In business, you face obstacles most weeks, some small and some that cause you sleepless nights. One of my skills is that when faced with an issue, I am very good at working towards a solution and always find a way that hopefully benefits everyone.
What is YOUR definition of success?
Honestly, I do not know. The phrase “you’re successful” gets used a great deal and for me, I am nowhere near success yet. I have achieved many things, and that’s what I focus on. What can I achieve? I am sure this, in turn, will deliver success at some point. Maybe when my drive stops and I am living by the sea somewhere nice, I will know I have reached my own personal success, but for now, this is a long time away as there is still so much to achieve!
If you could go back and do things differently, is there anything you would change?
Yes, I would change so much, but who wouldn’t in life or business? I have to look forward and if I do look back, its purely for learning purposes. I always focus on what I can learn and what I can do to move forward. If you stay in the past, you only come to a very abrupt stop.
How do you stay inspired?
By working with people who are not only driven but also share the same values and goals, is how you can maximise achievement and how you create something great as well, this is how I stay inspired.
If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
Don’t waste time, time is one thing you can never get back. Be clear on what you want to achieve and how to reach it. Build a plan and get someone to challenge you on it, strip it back and build it again and lastly, be prepared to put in the hours and find people that can add value to you or who you can learn from.
And finally, if you weren’t in the current career path you are, what would you be doing?