Going For Growth! Mr Soot Owner Confirmed As Business Mentor To Budding Entrepreneurs

He’s taken his business from ‘man in a van’ to one of the UK’s fastest growing chimney sweeping, inspecting and testing companies.

Now Mr Soot owner David will be helping other entrepreneurs in the North West realise their dreams after being appointed a Business Mentor.

David is doing this by teaming up with not-for-profit organisation The Growth Company.

Starting out life back in 1981 as The Manchester Training and Enterprise Council, The Growth Company is an award-winning, accredited, social enterprise with a mission to enable growth, create jobs and improve lives.

David hopes to be able to bring his own experiences and skills to the role, which include marketing, communications, business strategy, management, leadership and finance.

He was originally assisted by The Growth Company via Enterprising-You, and was assigned his own business mentors.

These relationships proved invaluable in helping shape David’s future plans, and he’s now looking forward to giving something back.

“As someone who is passionate about business and helping people fulfil their potential, I’m really looking forward to working with The Growth Company in this role,” said David.

“Many people start a business because they are good at ‘something’ – such as painting, fixing things or whatever. But many don’t realise that in order to be successful, being good at working ‘in’ the business isn’t enough. You have to be equally good, if not better, at working ‘on’ the business.

“You could be the best painter in the world, but if you don’t master some key business skills, it can massively affect the resilience of your business. And in some cases, it can actually sink your business without trace.

“By accessing the right support early on, you can get the advice you need to help avoid falling into this trap.”

David also wants to help business owners understand the importance of marketing and brand recognition. As the owner of Mr Soot and co-founder of Burnright, he has experience of taking an idea and launching it both locally and nationally.

“Getting your marketing right is crucial. But it’s not just about a few social media posts – it’s about having a strategic plan and being disciplined and focused enough to carry it out. That’s why Mr Soot and Burnright have been so successful.

“We have a new generation of budding entrepreneurs in our area and it’s great to see.

“I see my mentor role as a two-way thing; I’m looking forward to learning from them just as much as they may learn things from me.

“I’ll always champion and support people who want to improve themselves, have a growth mindset and have a positive vision of the future.”

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