NextAdvisor Paul Grant: Focused Action Ensures Success

Paul Grant is one of the NextAdvisors signed up to advise our community in our Business Advice Programme.

Paul is an experienced entrepreneur, business coach and speaker, who started his entrepreneurial journey by founding a company offerering London-wide catering to the corporate and retail markets. From there, Paul has launched several businesses and helped many more entrepreneurs build high growth companies.

Paul has previously been involved with the investment community, building a network of over 500 business angels at Capital Partners Private Equity.

More recently as founder of "The Funding Game" and a partner of the British Library IP and Business Centre, Paul holds regular workshops which offer a practical approach for entrepreneurs seeking capital for early-stage and growing ventures.

Paul's passion is playing a part in helping other entrepreneurs enjoy the ride in launching and running their own successful businesses.

Paul is ready to start advising you on your business. For more details on The Business Advice Programme and to sign up, click here

TNW: Tell us about your current role/venture. What’s at the top of your mind with regard to your business?

PG: My current role is founder of the Funding Game and ensuring that through regular workshops at the British Library and my business coaching, entrepreneurs receive highly practical up to date information on all the latest ways to fund their business. I also advise a number of organisations set up to support entrepreneurs such as incubators and small funds  Another long term pet project of mine is writing a book on the topic of raising capital.   

TNW: Which business topics are you most interested in providing advice on?

PG: Having been around the block a few times with my own businesses I am experienced in most topics concerning starting and running a business. 

However, my favourite topics are strategy, marketing, team building and naturally anything related to securing funding.

TNW: How should a NextAdvisee approach their relationship with you, to get the best out of you?

PG: The best approach is one of transparency, trust and taking action on agreed next steps. I have found that the more I know the whole picture of what the business is about, including what the entrepreneur is really trying to achieve, the more I can help. Also, whenever I come across an action focused entrepreneur that follows up on coaching sessions I know that a successful outcome is ensured. Even if the action does not produce a great result, we then have an opportunity to learn from the experience and adjust the action required the next time until the desired outcome is achieved.

Without the action element – no progress is made.

TNW: What do you see as the benefits of an advice relationship, for the advisor?

PG: I get a huge kick out of helping entrepreneurs. Even more than having operated my own companies. In most cases I can make a significant positive impact on a new business by using the positive and negative experiences I have had over the years.

Also, I learn so much from the entrepreneurs I am advising, which in turn helps me become a better advisor and entrepreneur myself.

In a nutshell, being a small business advisor is hugely rewarding, as quick results can be gained along with playing at least some part in the joy of creating something great from just an idea.  

TNW: Do you currently have a mentor?

PG: Yes I do – currently I have mentors in the areas of public speaking, writing and coaching. Early in my career I foolishly thought I could do without a mentor and as a consequence made some avoidable mistakes which resulted in a much slower growth for my business.

Only when actively working with mentors did my learning and success accelerate.

TNW: Which business matters have you most needed advice on during your career?

PG: I have most needed advice on all areas I now currently give advice which are funding, marketing, building teams and strategy. These are the hot topics that the entrepreneur needs to get good at for a business to grow and succeed.

Often, I just find it useful to have a sounding board to bring clarity to the mass of ideas, thoughts and plans and boil it down to what the next steps are.

TNW: What is the most useful lesson you have learned from a mentor?

PG: The power of focus and momentum. Most successful people have learnt this one. But we all need guidance and reminders to keep taking small inspired actions to building a business.

Amazing things can happen when you just take a few baby steps each day or even each week.

TNW: Who would be your dream mentor in a fantasy world (they can be living or a historical figure)?

PG: My dream mentor would be Warren Buffet, the most successful investor in the world. I admire his humanity, grounded wisdom and insights into people and business matters. Also, despite his massive success he manages to keep his life simple and is not influenced by outside expectations.

TNW: Is there anything we haven’t asked you, but you would like to share with our community?

PG:

By being on both sides of the mentoring fence, I truly believe finding great mentors is one of the quickest ways of building your dream business.

I think that the Next Women mentoring programme is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs at all stages to find their perfect mentor and build a great business.

Paul is ready to start advising you on your business. For more details on The Business Advice Programme and to sign up, click here

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