Welcome to another episode of the Business Mentor Podcast. In today’s episode, your host Jay Dhillon interviews Ben Robinson. Get a sneak peek into Ben’s life and how he started from being a newspaper delivery boy to acting chairman at Burton Albion F.C at age 31. Ben discusses the difference in football and business, the challenges he’s faced and a lots more. Listen and learn valuable information from Ben that you can apply in your business right away.
- Dealing with people. Clearly establish the people you can trust. In life, you meet people. Some people will help you for no reason other than that they genuinely want to see you progress so well. Some people see you as an opportunity with the right agenda. People you can trust will give you advice in your best interest with no ulterior motive.
- Working hard and being honest with yourself. It is important to be yourself and not pretend to be somebody else.
- Interviewing people. This is the most difficult part in running a business. But it is just a feel of people really.
- Keeping distance. Let the managers get on running the Football Club. Let the manager do the job. Only get involved on the financial side if it is needed. That is the secret. Never get too involved.
- Look around them. Always listen to parents. Then look at the people as well that you are going to experience it with. There are a lot of mentors in your life, just learn to listen and follow their advice.
- “Our agenda has always been to support the community and what we’ve seen, the power of sport, how it can engage these youngsters and give them focus and the motivation.”
- “Mentoring is to share one’s experience. The message really is values in life.”
- “Know the competition. See what you are up against. How can you challenge them.”
- They now employ over 40 people. Deliver over 50 projects and engage 8000 people each week working in the community.
ABOUT THE HOST
Jay Dhillon is a serial entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist based in the UK with a proven track record of growing businesses from start-up to success- and helping others do the same. From humble beginnings, Jay grew his first business from 0-500 employees and three locations, racking up sales of over £30 million – all without any investment other than a small amount of savings. The business went on to acquire major clients such as Landrover, Jaguar, Toyota and New Look, to name a few.
Its huge success inevitably brought about outside interest and at the age 33 Jay eventually sold the company to a London investment firm in Doyen Resources. Today, Jay owns several businesses in different sectors and helps entrepreneurs achieve success.
A calling to give back and help others led to Jay being chosen for the highly-coveted role as a Prince’s Trust mentor, where his achievements were marked by a personal invitation to Buckingham Palace to meet Prince Charles.
After helping several young entrepreneurs to success as a mentor for the Trust, Jay’s burning desire to bring his wisdom and knowledge to a wider audience ultimately triggered the concept of The Business Mentor Podcast.
Jay feels that anyone can achieve success in business with the right advice and mentoring and is now sharing his knowledge with his growing audience via his podcast.
In the UK alone 95% of business fail within the first five years and Jay’s aim is to reduce that number.
Backed with the hard-earned knowledge and experience from his time in business, The Business Mentor Podcast will share Jay’s personal business lessons as well those of other successful entrepreneur guests who share their wisdom and secrets on the show.
ABOUT THE GUEST
Ben Robinson is Chairman to Burton Albion FC. He said that their agenda has always been to support the community and what we’ve seen, the power of sport, how these sport, you can engage these youngsters and give them focus and the motivation. Ben started teenager jobs in school. He delivers newspapers since 13 years old for several years. In 1963, he started an insurance business but the company was taken over. He feels that the future lay elsewhere. He wants to be in control of his financial rewards. His mum and stepfather taught him about work ethic. He was taught about life challenges, life disciplines and how to apply them in life to get great results. He went into football club business when 2 of his clients from the insurance discussed to him regarding football club. In those days, no one owned a club. Through connections and hard work, they are what they are today.