Award Winning Entrepreneur Shares His Expertise

Entrepreneurs from across Birmingham and the West Midlands came together to hear how an award winning entrepreneur developed his business.

As part of NatWest’s Entrepreneur Meet Ups, Simon Crowther, founder of Flood Protection Solutions, spoke about his enterprise journey and how the right mindset can help new start ups become successful.

According to StartUp Britain, Birmingham has the most vibrant start-up community outside the capital with more than 17,000 businesses established in 2016.

Founded in 2012 Flood Protection Solutions has grown into one of UK’s leading flood defence companies. They support homeowners, businesses, agencies and councils across the UK helping reduce the damage caused by flood water. Clients include large organisations such as Thames Water, Yorkshire Water and the Environment Agency.

Simon Crowther established Flood Protection Solutions Ltd in 2012 to become the sole UK distributor of the Water-Gate temporary flood barrier after using the product to protect his own family home from flooding. Simon was named Best Young Entrepreneur at last year’s Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

He said: “It’s incredibly challenging and rewarding to start and run your own business, but if you take time to invest in yourself and the business properly, it makes such a difference. Things like the meet up held today are incredibly beneficial if you need that extra support. It’s also a great way to develop new ideas and share experiences with other entrepreneurs.”

The event was held at the Entrepreneurial Spark Powered By NatWest hub in St Phillip’s Place, Birmingham. NatWest is also sponsoring this year’s Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

Lee Currier, Entrepreneur Development Manager at NatWest, said: “Today’s Entrepreneur Meet Up, our first, was a fantastic success. Simon’s story is inspiring to listen to and for any entrepreneur shows just how an experience or idea can develop into something bigger. We thank Simon for speaking today and we hope all who attended found the session valuable.”

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