Last Tuesday I was pleased to attend in my BHBPA uniform the MSDC event at the King’s Centre which featured a number of exhibition stands including the three Business Associations. The event was very slick and well organised by the Rose Media Group with Elaine in charge on the day. Even Kevin Byrne commented on how well run the event was and in particular how welcome he had been made to feel.
Kevin was the principal speaker among six, and his presentation was of great interest for a number of reasons. He is the guy who left school without qualifications and made his fortune by having a great idea and, as he emphasised, by taking risks to achieve his goals. Essentially while washing windows in Selsey he realised that there were no checks and balances on working people who came into town to make a fast buck after a storm had caused damage to properties. He worked on the idea and finally came up with a system of reviews which effectively provide a check on tradespeople and a safety net for the general public to use. It is called Checkatrade, Brilliant! He also seemed like he’s still a normal, down to earth guy, despite his commercial success, which I find especially pleasing.
Other speakers dealt with such issues as cyber security, crowdfunding, use of video in social media and the digital skills gap. The exhibition was a chance for me to recruit another possible two members for the BHBPA, so it was useful in that way too. Even better, I have this week used Checkatrade for the first time to find a plumber and he did a very good job of refitting a waste pipe.