Nick Ford

UK, MBA 2019

“It’s not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood.” – Theodore Roosevelt

The Senior Leaders Apprenticeship scheme presented an opportunity for me to take the next logical step in my professional development, having already completed my ACCA qualification. I am local and have been particularly impressed by University of Kent’s and Kent Business School’s facilities when I have visited the latter. The focus on leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship are the areas which I find most interesting, and therefore the Kent MBA is an ideal fit.

I am currently an FCCA and Director of an electrical wholesale business employing 42 people across 7 branches in Kent, Essex and Middlesex. My role involves a mixture of overall operations management with significant input into the legal and finance function as well. The majority of my spare time is spent with my family, but if I find any extra time, I am a keen spectator (and ex-player) of rugby, and I participate in CrossFit and I’m also currently Triathlon training.

Achievements

  • Completing my ACCA qualifications whilst working full-time running a successful business.
  • In my first management role aged 22, I, along with my team, turned a loss-making business into a profitable one in the space of 6 months.
  • Being part of a senior management team that has achieved significant improvements in turnover, profitability and balance sheet position during the past 6 years.

Aspirations

I would like to improve the performance of the business I am currently employed in, before facilitating a successful sale of said business. I am undecided where I should then go, but I have considered that I would be suited to providing consultancy and mentoring services to small and medium-sized businesses throughout the South East.

Advice

Surround yourself with good people. Be decisive and focus on the financials as much as possible.

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