LDC Award finalist Daniel Priestley finds small business success inspiring.
While many business owners found the past year difficult, Daniel Priestley found it “exciting.” Daniel’s attitude and attitude were key factors in his selection as a finalist for this year’s LDC Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. He is the co-founder of Dent Global, one of the world’s leading business accelerators for entrepreneurs and leaders looking to differentiate and scale. In Australia, Singapore and the UK, he built and sold businesses. “Since 2016, our leadership team has been anticipating the disruption Brexit will bring,” he says.
“As a result, we put a lot of time, effort and money into digital assets.” Before the pandemic, Dent published 100 podcast episodes, hundreds of videos and four books to reach a wider audience.
“To formalize our culture, we also moved our operations to the cloud and became a company of investors in people.” All this became a necessity in the year 2020 and 2021. When it came our way, it felt like we were on a surfboard. “
Daniels found that much of the value of his company is intangible. “Our culture is not based on having a physical office. Our services don’t need to be in the same room as our customers, and our products don’t require physical contact for them to understand. We also learn to do things in new ways. We’ve found that eight-hour days aren’t always as effective as three-hour sprints.
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“We’ve learned that some members of our team prefer to work in the late afternoon, while others prefer to work early in the morning, and that’s okay. We found that caring for people’s mental health is a profitable business. “
When it comes to the long-term impact of the pandemic, Daniel takes a different approach: “We think it’s a completely different business and a completely different time before 2020…” We need to go back in time. not trying; Instead, we look forward to seeing where things are going. We will always be a more digital, global and dynamic company. In the future, our business will look more like what it looked like after closing than before. “
According to Daniel, it was “inspirational” to talk to thousands of entrepreneurs. “In general,” he says, “people are focused on the potential opportunity and working harder to create something better than before.” Businesses fail, but entrepreneurs don’t, as they say. An entrepreneur can never stop learning, changing, innovating or adapting to change. We talk to entrepreneurs about the opportunities currently available and we look at many of them. “There was never more money available, more talent available, more equipment and technology available, or bigger problems to solve.”
This is the perfect storm for entrepreneurs. How did the pandemic affect Daniel?
“On the one hand, I am more resilient as I have now dealt with two major business disruptions (Finnish crisis and Covid) and have come out stronger from both. On the other hand, I expect some stability to come in the coming months, as well as enough variation to fully recharge my batteries. “For 40 years, LDC has supported the ambitions of entrepreneurs,” said Jonathan Cswell, the original director at LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group and sponsor of the Entrepreneur of the Year award.
“We invest in over 650 SMEs across a wide range of sectors and sectors of the UK economy, helping lenders grow their businesses. We are honored to receive Daniels and all finalists for this year’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards It is a pleasure to honor you.