We recently attended the Fast Growth Forum in London, an event hosted by Bloomberg. It was a fantastic event, with great speakers, networking opportunities and insight into how a number of UK businesses have grown successfully.
The event brought us speakers that are currently running successful young businesses (up to $1bn valuation!), founders who have achieved successful exits and those who have leant painful lessons too.
For your benefit, we have captured some of the most informative, inspirational and helpful quotes and comments.
“Always move quickly to resolve issues.” — Anthony Fletcher, CEO of Graze.
“By clear on why as well as what you need people to do.” — Anthony Fletcher — CEO of Graze.
“Create a pyramid of delivery (in your business) that runs down from the top.” — Peter Goodman, CEO and co-founder of HomeLyfe.
“I pivoted each of my business at least twice.” — Peter Goodman, CEO and co-founder of HomeLyfe.
“I worry about customer success, creating the best possible product and building my team.” — Adam Hale, CEO of Fairsail.
“When looking at a candidates employment history, make sure you probe the gaps.” — Adam Hale, CEO of Fairsail.
“Culture is not just beer and ping-pong.” — Rachel King, VP of People at Move Guides.
“Having good values isn't enough. Enron had good values. You need to live them.” — Titus Sharp, CEO of MVF.
“Alex Ferguson fired David Beckham for not living up to the values of the team.” — Titus Sharp, CEO of MVF.
“To scale, you must delegate, hire strong commercial people, set goals and step back.” — Alicia Navarro — CEO of Skimlinks.
“Go niche and go narrow.” — Gareth Knight, former CEO of Wedo.
“It’s hard to compete with businesses that are willing to lose more than you.” — Gareth Knight, former CEO of Wedo.
“Try to own as much of the supply chain as possible.” — Gareth Knight, former CEO of Wedo.
“Leave nothing on the table.” — Gareth Knight, former CEO of Wedo.
“Your business needs one version of the truth.” — Shane Corstorphine, CFO of Skyscanner.
“Make information and data so very easy to consume and understand.” — Shane Corstorphine — CFO of Skyscanner.
“Be diligent with regard to the investors that you bring on board.” — Roy Tuvey, founder of ScanSafe.
“Understand the levers for accelerated growth.” — Roy Tuvey, founder of ScanSafe.
“Don’t just focus on growth. Customer experience is vital too.” — Rahul Parekh, CEO at EatFirst.
“We can scale and price competitively because we own almost all of the value chain.” — Rahul Parekh, CEO of EatFirst.
“Always assume best intentions over email and be quick to pick up the ‘phone and make a call.” — Lior Shiff, co-founder of Product Madness.
“Focus! Don’t chase every opportunity; figure out your strategy and nail it.” Lior Shiff, co-founder of Product Madness.
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