Name: Lee Fitzpatrick
Business name: Market Prepare
Start up date: 1/5/2011
Q1: Tell us a bit about your business?
Market Prepare are a forward thinking and driven all-trade project and facility Management Company that through the development of unique tendering infrastructure/ software are going to revolutionise the way in which commercial organisations can outsource property services across the UK.
Q2: What gives your business ‘the x-factor’?
Our ability to deliver highly skilled, pre vetted tradesmen promptly to our clients. Also our ability to ensure that planned projects are completed on time and to satisfaction, no matter the job instruction we are undertaking.
Q3: What motivated you to set up in business for yourself?
I wanted to create opportunities for myself but more importantly for others, the ability to give our hard working team members a chance to make a difference is a huge motivator for me
Q4: What do you like most about working for yourself?
My capacity isn’t capped and I can make the decision to push myself as far as I want and achieve the things that I really want to achieve.
Q5: What has been your greatest business success to date?
Successfully recruiting and training a team of 6 in just 7 months has allowed us to increase our capacity and position us to increasing our market share in Edinburgh and move us closer to expanding across the UK
Q6: What has been your lowest moment?
We have been limited by poor cash flow and have experienced some big growing pains which has put us under pressure in the past 6
Q7: In terms of business achievements, where do you want to be within the next 5 years?
We have clear ambitions to be trading across the UK in the next 24 months and for our software to be accessible internationally
within 36 months.
Q8: What would be your top tip to someone thinking of starting up their own business?
Don’t be scared to do things differently. If you are confident that your idea has substance and you have done your market research then don’t stop until you have proven everyone wrong.
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