On 14th February 2019, Sir Rod was invited to speak at Smith & Williamson’s Inaugural Founders event at the South Place Hotel and was thrilled to be able to share his story with a room full of fellow entrepreneurs.
Sharing his experiences of taking Capita from a start up to the FTSE100, Rod explained that his entrepreneurial journey still continues today. Using the lessons he learnt, he is committed to inspiring and encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs, using the skills which he knows to be essential to his success – team work, passion, creativity, risk-taking, determination & problem solving – to ‘drive change in the attitude and beliefs’ of all students attending an Aldridge Academy. He told the audience ‘through encouraging an enterprising approach to learning it is possible to stimulate entrepreneurial tendencies leading to an interest in starting a business…Through the work of the Foundation I am committed to ensuring that the young people leave school with the skills and attributes they need to thrive in world of work, whether they choose to start their own business or not.”
The event brought together c. 70 entrepreneurs in the same room, evidence perhaps that being an entrepreneur is no longer an unusual path to follow. Sir Rod noted that ‘…it is no longer an option to follow as a last resort because everything else has failed.’
He left his audience with a simple recipe for success ‘courage and a strong desire to be successful with a determination to keep going.’