Entrepreneurs are opportunists. That’s nothing new, but it does require courage to act on an opportunity when the odds seem highly stacked against you.
As part of our ‘Entrepreneurial Minds’ seminar series, we heard first-hand from two entrepreneurs who have managed to take on the tough environment of traditionally unscrupulous sectors and build highly successful businesses within them.
Jamie Waller is CEO and founder of JBW Group, an outsourcing firm that works with Government services on fair debt collection and technology. As well as launching a highly profitable business, he has managed to give regulation in the sector an urgently needed shake-up.
Mark Smith is executive chairman and founder of The Car Finance Company, which provides car finance ethically to people struggling to obtain finance from mainstream providers. When other businesses were reluctant to touch the subprime market after the 2008 crash, Mark saw this as an opportunity.
I hope you enjoy reading about our two featured entrepreneurs. They show that a successful venture can be much more than just a business - it can also have a beneficial social impact.