By Neil Clough, Aug 1 2014 01:08PM
It’s been a busy few months and sadly, blogging has fallen by the wayside – but that doesn’t mean I don’t have lots of things to share with you now!
I launched NWC Consultancy with a £10K Competition, and I was delighted to award the prize to Nicola Kelly – a very inspiring businesswoman. Nicola has fought back from bankruptcy after the breakdown of her relationship, to set-up her own home-furnishing business, The Willow Tree Home Boutique in Warrington
She’s faced an uphill struggle to get her business off the ground, and it’s a sign of her determination and enthusiasm that The Willow Tree is up and running today. I’m very excited to be working with someone with such drive and passion, and I’ll keep you updated on the work we do together. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Willow-tree-home-boutique/645118185538466
I have also taken up Non-Executive Director roles at both Tem-po.co.uk and My Travel Pal.
Tem-po.co.uk is an online estate agency offering a more convenient, lower cost approach to selling or letting properties. This was the premise behind my Apprentice business plan, I knew that the fundamental assumptions were sound, however the devil, as they say, is in the detail and that is ultimately what led to my departure from the show. We are now looking to recruit Sales Associates to join the team http://www.tem-po.co.uk/website/page/about_us_join
My Travel Pal is a unique website and mobile application that promotes the best local and national offers available wherever you may be. We are now at the point where we are growing rapidly and offering exciting franchise opportunities http://www.mytravelpal.com/blog.aspx?Cat=0&Id=976
But of course, all work and no play is no fun for anyone, so I managed to squeeze in a few celebrity charity football games as well. The first was at Wrexham FC, the second at Sheffield United FC where I scored the winning penalty – I can’t believe it either, with last game at Blackpool FC all in aid of the Once Upon a Smile Charity. These guys work with hospitals, hospices, schools and charities to offer financial support for those who need it, as well as some much needed respite breaks. Having been a semi-pro footballer “back in the day” it was something of a boyhood dream of mine to play at proper stadiums, and I had a great time with lots of money being raised for such a great charity.
I was also lucky enough to present an award recently to Joanna Lee at the Inspiring Women Awards, held at the Midland in Manchester. Joanna does some incredible work to ensure that care leavers and other looked after children are supported effectively, and it was a truly uplifting evening all round.
Finally, In February this year I was honored to become a Patron of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace. The charity was founded in 1995 by Colin and Wendy Parry following the Warrington bombing that killed their son 12-year-old Tim Parry and three-year-old Jonathan Ball. The foundation works both nationally and internationally to promote peace and non-violent conflict resolution. In aid of the charity, I competed in the Gael Force Challenge on 28th June 2014 in Ireland. It’s was a 64km race which included 19.5km running, 42.5km cycling and 2km kayaking. I had never done anything like it before but with 2k being raised for the charity I just had to cross the finishing line, which I did in just over 5 hours – it was tough going. http://www.foundation4peace.org/
Speak again soon,