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3 things I wish I knew when I started

Simon Laband

CEO

Labrand Agency

1) At the very beginning, I wish I had someone to help explain PAYE and NI and the way it mounts up and builds with every employee, being a start-up these costs have a massive effect from day 1, the trick to running a good business is to stop losing money. But HMRC make it very difficult if you are paying good salaries to hire good people. The costs cripple the business and make so many fail before they have even got started. 2) Getting customers to pay on time is an art in itself, don't bend over backwards to extend payment terms as the customer won't thank you for it in the long run, and it has a knock-on effect across the business with morale, stress, and causing doubt about if that customer is a good fit for the business. So don't be afraid to turn down work, as you are running a business not a charity. 3) Surround yourself with people smarter and better than you. This is a hard one as good people are not cheap, and neither should they be, but they are worth their weight in gold and more. My team are everything and I am blessed to be surrounded by such talented individuals that always deliver.

What 3 things can leaders do to earn the respect of their teams?

Rich Keith

CEO

Fourth Floor

1. Set a relevant, clear and understandable mission for your business and communicate that regularly to your team (more often than you think). 2. Have objectives that relate to your mission and measure those every week, month, and quarter but understand that it isn't about hitting objectives that count, it's about learning why you did or didn't reach them and putting that learning into action. 3. Declare and live by your company values - don't paint them on the walls, paint them into your operating model and build them into how you decide what to do, who you expect people to do it and how you judge success.

What three qualities would you associate with successful founders?

Robert Stoubos

Founder & CEO

Odyssey New Media

1) Passion - Successful founders are often people who don't focus on money but instead are humble and passionate about their business. The money and success will come later. Someone who enjoys their work and is passionate won't view the hard work in the early days as a problem because they will be focused on their passion. 2) Goal Setting - It's vital for any successful founder to set short, medium and long-term goals. When setting goals its also important to put time aside from the day-to-day workload in order to push through other actions to achieve those goals. 3) Being Analytical - There's a saying 'if you can measure it, you can improve it'. In my view and experience successful founders are often those who track metrics and work on improving them whether it is for staff performance, revenue targets or website traffic.

What is the single most important message your sales material should communicate?

Alex Merry

Founder

Alex Merry

The problem. If you can articulate it better than the people experiencing it can, they will subconsciously associate you with the solution.

What makes an awesome customer experience?

Dean Colegate

Founder

Ada Health

I'm from the B2B SaaS world where we need to work closely with our clients to make sure they are getting maximum value from our platform - otherwise, they won't renew. Value means different things and doesn't necessarily equate to $$$$. At Ada, we're a HealthTech platform and we work with our partners to save them money but, more importantly, to help them deliver better health outcomes to their end-users. Find out what value means to your client and work together on a plan to deliver it.

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The Founders Hub Investment Programme

The Founders Hub Investment Programme has been giving founders the edge since 2019. We’ve developed two 24 month programmes that supercharge young businesses, turning new ideas into successful companies and powering scale-ups so they can reach the next level.

What’s in it for us ?

We take a share of your venture in return for our investment in your business. If you grow we gain. And if you don’t, then we lose. So you can be sure we're in this together.

What’s in it for you?

A growth programme tailored to your business. Ongoing support from a team of experienced mentors. £100,000 of services, from experts in tech, marketing, finance, and more. And a community of like-minded businesses in the programme.

What to expect

Matt Ansell outlines the three stages of the Founders Hub investment programme. The framework is specially designed to fast-track growth, offering a proven mix of investment, development and support.

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Our Founders

Syra Marshall

CTO & Co-founder

Elemendar

“Working with Founders Hub has been a great experience. They've been there every step of the way: through project management, development resources and financial support to commercial strategy and marketing. Wonderful (and fun!) talks about what extra features are needed, finding edge cases, and planning extensions for the future. Having been involved in the tech start up community around the UK for nearly a decade now, I can confidently and happily say that Founders Hub have been some of the best, most grounded people I've worked with: they get things done.”

Dominic Maxwell

Co-Founder

TellJO

“What can I say… faster, better, and (let’s be honest) far more effective than we could have imagined. From building our initial website, through defining, developing and launching our tech platform… managing finance, even our marketing was taken care of. A great team. Here’s to many more years working together!”

Barry Sheldrake

Managing Director

Examagram

“The perfect mix of experience and energy. A truly great partnership.”

Oliver West

Service Designer

Foudner

“We had clear plans from day 1. Working with Founders Hub gave Minglur access to product experts, commercial guidance, digital marketing, technical planning, finance and even admin support… meaning we could concentrate on our natural strengths; building and scaling an awesome service.”

Fergus Parker

Founder

Pitch121

“For any business that is looking to dramatically accelerate their growth Founders Hub have the resources, know-how and track record to deliver. They have a team that will genuinely care about your business as if it was their own. It has been a great experience that has already tripled the size of our organisation this year.”

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“Every business needs a driver… and working with the Founders Hub is like driving with SatNav. The directions were clear from day one and our early growth plans were well resourced and well executed. We took the shortest path from inception to profitability and (unexpectedly) exited successfully in our second year of trading. I have no hesitation recommending Founders Hub as a proven growth agent, the team bring bags of experience and hard-to-believe levels of dedication to the table. ”

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Founders Supporting Founders

Join the Founders Hub Slack Community for free to get peer advice and solve problems faster. Network with other founders, join discussions and promote your business.

Our webinar exchange programme connects businesses looking for their next webinar guests with awesome subject experts from our community.

Browse a library of discounts and offers listed by our community of businesses and startups, and list your own to promote your business.

Regular webinars, a library of useful business templates, and over 1,000 posts of advice from experts and business leaders. Get access to exclusive content designed to help your business grow.