The county boasts numerous historic buildings, including Hereford's impressive medieval cathedral. The largest business sectors in Herefordshire are currently manufacturing, defence and security, food and drink production, agriculture and tourism. Well-known businesses including Bulmers (Heineken), British Land, Cargill, Weston’s Cider, Bloor Homes and Tyrrells Crisps. 15% of the population are self-employed.
“Experiencing bankruptcy in the 1990s was a tremendously grounding experience” says Will Chase, one of Herefordshire's most successful entrepreneurs who made a fortune from potatoes Selling his famous crisp brand Tyrells after only six years and making a significant profit quoted “there is more to life than exams”. “Anyone I take on to work with me who has faced something similar is a fantastic person to have on the team, because it can make you into something wonderful. If someone has been spoilt in their life, or they’ve come from a corporate institution, they’re useless in a small business. I don’t mean to sound like a business sadist, but I know that £5 is a lot of money when you haven’t got it, and that has taught me to be humble. I don’t just mean in business, but in marketing and communications too. There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance when it comes to being a good marketer. You want to be around people who come through the door, not people who climb over the top of it.” He has continued success with Chase Distillery producing high quality vodka and gins.
Hi, I’m Nigel Browne. When you’re running a business, it can be tough finding time to focus on the big picture. The day-to-day demands of the job can make it almost impossible to keep up with this ever-changing business environment.
From time to time, we may refer you to a mentor in one of Herefordshire's neighbouring counties such as Shropshire, Worcestershire or Gloucesteshire if your local mentors are at full capacity or if we feel an alternative mentor would provide a stronger match for your specific needs, or if it works better for you logistically. You can learn more about each of the local mentors for those regions by selecting the relevant county below:
We become their ‘unreasonable friend’, which means we will ask the question or maybe say the thing that business owners may not want to hear but know that it’s done for their benefit. To learn more, download our client brochure by clicking the link down below.