Entrepreneurial Spirit – The Desire to Make a Difference
I suspect you, like me, have read a lot about entrepreneurship. It is the subject of all sorts of musings, blogs, papers and even higher education qualifications.
It’s talked about as though it is some type of naturally occurring phenomena that can be captured, measured, analysed, bottled and sold to would-be entrepreneurs as the elixir of business.
But I am sure you, like me, realise it’s not that simple. It is many things to many people.
For us at Praetura Commercial Finance it is about having the freedom to make a difference, not an equation of risk and reward. Talking to many of our clients they feel the same.
Twenty years ago, I was working in international banking at a high street bank. I had a career mapped out with a gold watch gleaming and waiting for me at the end of the road. But there was one big problem. I didn’t find it fulfilling. I didn’t feel that we were making a difference. So, I bit the proverbial bullet and jumped ship into a small asset-based lender (ABL) and never looked back.
From there I went to a bigger ABL from where I had the good fortune to become part of the great team that formed Centric Commercial Finance.
As a Centric shareholder and Board Director I was able to become my version of an entrepreneur. Because everyone there shared the same philosophy – the desire to make a difference – and we had both the freedom and the support to do it.
Praetura Commercial Finance is the pinnacle of my entrepreneurial journey. A first-class team with a shared vision who have brought the best of their experience to bear to create their own mark on the finance world, with a fire in their belly to make a difference.
As we grow, we will keep that central and concentrate on delivering the best for our clients. That’s not growth for growth’s sake. It’s about getting the best client outcomes.
We do live in uncertain times and the commercial finance world went uncharacteristically quiet at the beginning of the year. Not now though. So many people I speak to are frustrated by what’s happening and are getting on with business.
We are on a journey together with our clients. We are all entrepreneurs, exploring opportunity and adapting to change. It’s that deep empathy with our clients that means that we will forever be able to support whatever the world throws at us both. We are in this together for the long haul.
We are here to make a difference.