Having grown up on the outskirts of Luton, Bedfordshire, in a quaint little village called Silsoe with my mother, father and brother, I had great childhood memories until I lost my mother at 6 years old to cancer. As a child, I wasn’t very good at school and only enjoyed playing sports so all I ever heard from my teachers and elders was that I would fail if I wasn’t academic.
I left school at the age of 15 with no qualifications but a great left foot, which I hoped at the time would have taken me onto great things as a professional footballer. I had trials at Tottenham and Watford and I ended up playing for Luton Town and Stevenage Borough, living the dream until John Moore released me from Luton Town and shattered my dreams of ever playing football again at a professional level; “You’re just not good enough!” a statement that has stayed with me all of my life and made me determined to be not just good at what I do but great.
I found myself working for a large London estate agent at the age of 18 and realised that I enjoyed the buzz of closing deals and making money but still wanting more. I decided to start my working for myself (sourcing properties for high net worth individuals and private investment companies within central London) and then in 2005 I earned more money than I could have ever dreamed of. I was however spending more than I was earning. I had 3 cars, 2 apartments and living a bachelor lifestyle partying 7 days a week which all came to a sudden end when I had no money to pay my mortgage. 3 months later I was homeless, broke. I had no friends and felt that there was no one I could ask help of – welcome to the dark days!
I lived in the YMCA for 6 months and managed to get myself out by setting myself a goal and a plan of how to achieve it. Looking back I believe it’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. Since then I have always believed in learning from my own mistakes and never spending more than I earn
After having worked for some of the most reputable companies in the world I realised that working for someone else just wasn’t for me, so in 2011 I started NCP Investments named after my late uncle. Having sold over £86m worth of properties and winning relocation contracts with companies including Timberland and Clyde & Co, I proved to myself that building companies was something I wanted to do. In March 2016 the government changed the stamp duty tier for investors and second homes which reduced the number of transactions so, with plenty of time on my hands, I founded PT Workspace and now working on my latest project Agent & Homes.
In the last 5 years, I have found people of all ages have asked me questions such as ‘How did you do it?’, ‘Why have you done it?’ and ‘How can I do it?’ but the truth is I don’t have all of the answers so instead of giving a one-dimensional view I have decided to interview and chat with some aspiring entrepreneurs, business owners and inspiring individuals to answer the questions that I can’t answer and share their stories too. Over the course of 2019 I’ll be delivering this content through podcasts and filmed interviews to give back some invaluable content and insights on how to grow a business – after all most people have an incredible story to tell…