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#ALB78 – A ticket to Italy please

Andy attended 11 different schools and left with no GCSE’S due to his family’s service upbringing.

He then went back to college to obtain his GCSE English and Maths, he also studied Business Studies but by his own admission doesn’t remember a thing about that, but it is clear that this didn’t stop him creating a successful business.

Ambitious Lifestyle Business Podcast #78

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School Days

Today’s guest is Andy Keveren, Andy attended 11 different schools and left with no GCSE’S due to his family’s service upbringing. He then went back to college to obtain his GCSE English and Maths, he also studied Business Studies but by his own admission doesn’t remember a thing about that, but it is clear that this didn’t stop him creating a successful business.

Time to travel

He then fell into a job in reinsurance for 5 years but always had a desire to run his own business, but this job kept him for another 2 years before Andy made the decision to pack his bag and do some travelling.

The family business

In his absence, Andy’s parents bought a hotel in Scotland so when he returned from his travels, he started managing the hotel bar where he was initially offered an hourly rate, in his first week he put in 105 hours, the following week he was put on a salary!

Caravan Life

Andy still had the itch to run his own business, he had always played football and had thought how cool it would be to sell football kits, his uncle had dabbled in printing a few years ago so Andy knew a little about it. In 2007 Andy’s grandparents were affected by the Gloucester floods and were temporarily housed in a static caravan, they decided to purchase this off the insurance company and Andy decided that he would sell his car, and this would become his first office alongside a garage he converted to be his first stock room.

A ticket to Italy please

Soon after Andy was introduced to Macron and was given the opportunity to fly to Italy to learn more about them as a company. It was on this trip that Macron offered a business opportunity to own a Macron store with only one condition, he could only sell Macron. Andy put his hand up and from here his journey began.

The business started with a bang (literally)

Andy had secured a unit which was rent free for the first year and Macron had helped set up the shop, all was good to go however on Andy’s first day he went to get some milk and was hit at a junction by another car traveling at 50mph and ended up in hospital.

That did not stop Andy though and the business continued to grow, in 2010 Andy met his wife who had retrained as a photographer and had pulled in some help from his cousin to do some printing, in 3-4 years Andy had around 4 staff and all was well. Macron had a big budget for advertising, but Andy had the flexibility to run the business his way, so it really was a win win situation.

Time to scale up or is it?

Andy wanted to grow and grow his business or at least he thought he did. Andy purchased Johns first book and really invested into it, so much so he decided to join the Ambitious Lifestyle Business page, shortly followed by joining the One Percent Club. Andy is not afraid to say that his personality does not lend itself well to network groups, but the One Percent Club is different it is a smaller group full of likeminded people. Through his journey with the One Percent Club, he has established some great connections from an accountant who does things differently and his graphic designer.

Life is all about balance

Andy has a family and wanted to ensure he doesn’t miss them growing up, he has worked hard on his growth through robust processes which has enabled him to get the perfect balance.

To find out more about what Andy’s business can offer, check out his website.

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