Hear Andrew Try’s journey: from studying entrepreneurship to owning a successful business

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Jonathan Slobom, Andrew Try & David Allmond

Entrepreneurship is literally in Andrew Try’s blood.

At just eighteen-years-old, his grandfather founded Windsorian Coaches, putting Andrew right at the forefront of seeing a true businessman at work.

From school to owning a successful business

Like so many other successful entrepreneurs, Andrew didn’t excel at school (he achieved a D, E and an F in his A Levels). But this encouraged him to explore entrepreneurship in the hope of creating his own business like his grandfather.

When he arrived at university, he ended up studying entrepreneurship in the USA, putting him on the right path when he returned to the UK in the late 1980s.

Back in the UK, Andrew instinctively spotted an opportunity for a telephone answering and mailbox service aimed at the growing small business sector. The business grew and at one point, he had Waitrose as a client.

At the same time, he ran a number of other businesses, often spreading his resources too thinly,  resulting in some failing while others thrived.

When contact centres started moving abroad, Andrew recognised the need to change or die. He completely reinvented his contact centre to provide a 21st century switchboard and a concierge service aimed at top law firms.

Today, he has a sustainable, growing business that is heading towards employing one hundred people.

Hear Andrew’s story

Andrew reflects on his journey as one big learning curve and his biggest piece of advice is: focus on one thing, and do it better than the competition.

Listen to him share his knowledge, from financing his business to his plans for future growth. The interview is packed with practical advice on how to move into the 4% of UK businesses that get a £1m+ turnover.

For further reading into business insight, Andrew recommends Good to Great by Jim Collins, and Patrick Lencioni’s 5 Dysfunctions of a Team.

To find out, visit Comxo or contact Andrew on 01753 710 430.

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