Today at 11am, our Chair and Founder is going to receive a welcome cheque for our Gloucestershire operation. This donation is from our good friends at Angels 4 Angels, a well – respected Angel investment company based in the County, who also contributed to us last year.
Donations from individuals and companies are always especially welcome. Why is that? Because they are voluntary donations from people and organisations who understand what we do. They understand that four letter-word – Risk. And many or most successful business people know that risk is an integral part of business success. There are few, if any, well-heeled entrepreneurs who, at some time, have not suffered sleepless nights and chewed finger nails to reach the top of their game. A quick glance at James Dyson’s story illustrate this so clearly. How many of us would have the courage he had in those early years?
Many of our stakeholders think the Government should support our efforts more wholeheartedly; and we often think that ourselves; but Governments can be capricious and find it hard to think and plan in the long-term. And they change. With each new Minister comes a fresh set of values and a different degree of understanding. Like a slightly slower version of speed-dating, relationships are sought and nurtured, just when the bell rings to move on.
One of our ambassadors wrote a few years ago that ‘There is no greater privilege, when you have reached the top floor, than to send the lift down to help the next person.’ There are many business people out there who think and act the same. Although you don’t get much glory for doing so, we say Thank You. And more importantly, so do the hundreds of business starters we will help over the coming years. Angels indeed!