Wolverhampton Business Forum Networking Event

Don’t forget, you can book one of our exhibition stands for the event for £20, or you can circulate up to 100 flyers to delegates for £10 – all bookable online and first come first served. You can pay by PayPal on the events page, or by cheque to Lizzie Carr at Carvers Building Supplies, Little's Lane,

Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV1 1JY – cheque payable to Wolverhampton Business Forum.


Speakers

We have two interesting speakers for this event, both of whom are local business heroes who have built impressive businesses from nothing.


Roy Bernard

Roy was born in East Park Wolverhampton in the late 50’s and went to school in our city.

His first business at 18 was selling antiques locally. When the market decreased he moved to the US for six years where he refurbished hotels and supplied them with antiques. At 26 he returned to the UK, re-investing his US profits into property and care homes, where he built up a portfolio of 15 and sold out at 38 for £15m.

Roy very quickly decided he did not want to retire. He started another care home group building up to 80 locations. In 2006 he sold out half of this business for £25m and moved to Monaco for six years and managed his assets from a distance.

In 2014 he moved back to London and, with his two sons, has re-built up a further group of 34 homes, the Mount Hotel and a shopping centre. Roy also has a home in Penn and spends much time in our city and giving £25,000 per year to the Youth Zone. Roy’s nett worth is conservatively valued at over £100m and as such we believe he’s our city’s most successful self-made entrepreneur.


Simon Ball

Simon was born in Shrewsbury in the late 70’s and left school at 17. He started work as a trainee buildings designer and estimator for a small family run firm in North Shropshire. After completing college and his training program he worked for Lowfields as a Sales & Estimating Manager. At 31 after a chance meeting he decided he would like to go into business on his own and borrowed money against his house and started Timber Kit Solutions with Carvers as a 50% partner.

TKS has grown from a £0.5m turner to its present £3m, paying off all its set-up borrowings after five years and makes above a 5% return on sales.

Simon believes he has created a unique niche for designing and building timber frame houses which are generally brick clad but the frame can accept other forms of exterior finish. These are now heavily specified by social housing groups and increasingly by the private sector, and self-build market. These homes are highly insulated, environmentally friendly, help de-skill building and can be erected in five days. A truly innovative product to suit the current market demands.


Don’t forget that you can also interact with steering group members and other forum members on the Facebook page and via Twitter @WolverhamptonBF. We also have our new Facebook Group ‘Wolves in Business’ so why not come along and join us there?

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Littles Lane, WV1 1JY
Wolverhampton
30 November , Thursday 18:30

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