Thursday, November 17, 2011
Clare Burgess talks to Kieran Miles, managing director of Ultimate Impact Media and founder of successful marketing, advertising, design and enterprise education businesses about what it’s like to be an entrepreneur.
Local organisations that will support you in setting up your business:
• Bizz Fizz www.bizfizz.org.uk
• Broadland Council Training Services 0800 389 1113/ www.broadland.gov.uk
Offer training and support for residents of Broadland
• Business Link www.businesslink.gov.uk
Although the regional service is closing on November 25, a national online service will remain. A mentoring portal has been developed to put people in touch with organisations that want to learn from each other: www.mentorsme.co.uk.
• Jobcentre Plus www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment
If you have been getting Jobseeker’s Allowance for at least six months you could get a mentor and up to £2,000 to help set up your business through the New Enterprise Allowance.
• NWES 0845 60 99 991/ www.nwes.org.uk
• Outset Norfolk 0800 0327851/ www.outsetnorfolk.co.uk/
• Princes Trust 01438 730520/ www.princes-trust.org.uk
Supporting unemployed young people aged 18-30 and can offer financial support
• Weetu 01603 283490/ www.weetu.org/
Supports women in work and enterprise.
• Workhouse 01603 251708/ www.work-house.org
• Wired www.wireuk.org
Offering support to business women in rural areas
Full time education routes:
• City College Norwich 01603 773773/ www.ccn.ac.uk
A key institution in the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy
• College of West Anglia 01553 761144/ www.cwa.ac.uk
Why is it a good profession to get into?
Being an entrepreneur is an exciting profession, it is very fulfilling to turn the ideas that you have into something successful. It is very adventurous as you see lots of people and places and you get to be your own boss. The work is really fun but it is also a massive challenge and never stops, it gives you an absolute buzz and I love it!
What does the work involve?
There is no average working day in the life of an entrepreneur, which is one of the greatest things about it. No day is ever the same but the only thing that I can guarantee each day is that my phone will ring and emails will buzz through constantly. I think if I ran only one business things would be less manic and a lot easier, but what’s the point in doing easy? Easy is no challenge. There was no point at which I set out to become an entrepreneur. I have always had ideas in my head. Once an idea is in your head you have already started the entrepreneurial process, but the challenge is to put that idea into action and make other people see it.
What are the positives/negatives of being an entrepreneur?
It is an exciting, fulfilling, adventurous and fun role, but it can be really challenging. You need to be prepared to put everything in to what you are doing and you need to give it 100pc. You’ve got to be prepared for the hours that you’re going to have to work to make it a success. You need to love what you are doing and be prepared to give it everything you have and want it as much as you want to breathe. I think sometimes that is what people aren’t prepared for. However the positives far outweigh the negatives.
Is there much local demand for people trained in this area?
Yes absolutely! There is also a demand to be trained in the skills that support entrepreneurship, for example financial management, presentation skills and marketing.
What are the main skills and characteristics you need to be an entrepreneur?
You need to have the ability to turn your ideas into a working and tangible model. I believe that everyone is entrepreneurial and I think that everyone has an idea but it’s that passion, drive and determination to pursue the idea that makes an entrepreneur.
TV antennae will be twitching as a new programme which aired last night featured Norwich “insect wrangler” Martin French’s incredible collection of creepy-crawlies in magnificent 3D.