To understand where we are going, we need to understand where we came from...
This photo was taken in 1910 and shows David's Great Grandfather (middle) and Grandfather (on the right) in the Holland family business based out of Alum Rock in Birmingham, UK.
Originally, we were Potato Merchants and originated from Ireland - records suggest that we had been in business in some shape or form since the early 1800's and it is likely that the family moved to the UK either during or as a consequence of the Potato famine that lasted between 1845 and 1852.
It was a family concern with brothers and cousins involved and at it's peak, the Hollands' owned around 8 shops in the Wolverhampton and Birmingham areas of the UK. David'd career in the business started at the age of 5 when he would stack the fruit for sale, weep the floors and boil the beetroot in an old top loader washing machine.
The Business was built around the family and when in 1978, David was told that because of the new Hypermarket opening up the business would have to be closed down - not only did his inheritance disappear, but he had to build himself a career from scratch.
Having true entrepreneurial spirit, despite having to sleep rough and eat at a few Charity shelters in the East End of London in the process, David became successful Weapons Engineer, Operations Manager, General Manger and International CEO. He gained both a DMS and an MBA with distinction and together with his wife Lynn built businesses in the Transport, Logistics and Recruitment sector.
In 2002, David and Lynn decided that it was time for a change, to start building a business that was in line with their values - and would enable them to support other like-minded Business Owners and the Entrepreneurially minded to achieve success, both personally and professionally.
So what is our WHY...?
Simple, to enable family owned businesses to thrive and grow, so they don't have to experience what I did - to enable everyone to enjoy learning, achieving, doing and being more; and to make sure that your business doesn't get wiped out by the 'Big Guys' with all the financial stress and heartache that goes with it.
It is to fight with you as hard for your business as you do, and by introducing the best techniques and strategies available, help it grow and flourish profitably...
HOW do we do it?
We do this is through our Coaching Programmes , Events and Workshops, Books and Publications - we work with small companies, and large companies - from the Bank of New York Mellon, to an Independent Chartered Accountant - in fact we don't really work with companies at all; we work with the people in them, because we believe that everyone deserves a better result...