Vince Gordon has a true passion for sport and vast experience of working with young people. That’s why he was determined to realise his dream and own a Premier Sport business. With a £5000 investment and a little help from a government backed initiative, he’s now able inspire the next generation of sporting superstars in Kings Heath, Birmingham.
Vince Gordon lives in Kings Heath, Birmingham with his wife and young son. He’s launched his Premier Sport business in Kings Heath, Birmingham after first making contact with Premier Sport in April.
For 25 years Vince has been involved with the development and training of young people in the local community. He’s passionate about seeing young people achieve their potential and has held a variety of roles throughout his career to help achieve this outcome.
We caught up with Vince to ask him a few questions about how he first made contact with Premier Sport and the process of purchasing his business with only £5000 to invest....
Since the age of 17 I have had various opportunities to start my own business, but none of them appealed to me. So this opportunity to run my own business using sport and education dovetails nicely with working experience and my interest in sport.
I was in the position of my current employment being only a one year contract. So I was looking ahead to what my options might be. So as I was delivering a Sports Leaders course and my coaching background, I thought a job as a coach would be enjoyable. I applied for a job with Premier Sport on Indeed. I was then browsing the website and saw the opportunity to have my own business as a Premier Sport franchisee.
I did my due diligence before choosing Premier Sport. I went to presentations for other sport franchisees and looking at the franchise model and discussion with a friend who has one with Cash Converters. After this, Premier stood out for me as they weren’t just going to take my money, I would have to pass an interview, before they took my money!!
The marketing material produce looked really professional compared to others and the fact that they have been in the business the longest. Also the training programme was much more comprehensive than the others.
Yes. I had £5000 to contribute.
To raise the remaining capital, I went through the government led Start up Loans scheme. As I was applying for top end of the amount you can borrow, I went through a very stringent assessment.
I was given very good support by my business adviser and Franchise Finance, ensuring I was able to gather all supporting evidence, along with a very good business plan and the strength of the Premier Sport Brand.
Meeting Phil at the Discovery Day has changed my working life. He gave me a great feel for Premier Sport what they were about and what opportunity was available. He kept in touch with me throughout the process and with last part of my loan application questions, he said to me “I am on it” so thank you Phil.
The whole of the induction was why I choose Premier Sport. None of other organisations were offering such a comprehensive training package. From the sales to the finance and the practical training, All the new franchisees I have meet on the induction, has also been fantastic as we all have a common goal of running a successful business. With utilising successful franchisees on the delivery of the induction, gave me the feeling I can also be successful, as long as I put hard miles into my business.
Paul Wood first made contact with Premier Sport in March 2014 and now operates in the Kingston on Thames territory.
Adam Palmer has achieved great success with his Premier Sport business and can easily demonstrate his passion for getting children active.
Jeff Abram has launched his Premier Sport business in Marston Green, Birmingham.
Peter Grimley started his business in Bognor Regis after first making contact with Premier Sport a year before.
Debbie Mitchell has invested in the Premier Platinum business package which provides her with the ability to operate both Premier Sport and Premier Performing Arts.
Marcus Lahiff, a young entrepreneur, runs his Premier Sport business in East Ham, London.
The growth that Steve Hart and Paul Furniss have achieved demonstrates what can be achieved by sheer hard work, enthusiasm and of course a proven business model.
Dan Gyles launched his Premier Sport business in September in the Twickenham territory.
Premier Education Group welcome former Police Officer, Simon Gibbons, to the Premier Sport network.
Premier Sport is delighted to welcome Gareth Owen who launched his Blackpool territory in September 2015.
Peter Bulteel is the latest in a long line of primary and secondary school teachers to join Premier Sport.
Samantha Barton joins the Premier network from the Leisure Industry where she worked as Community Engagement Manager in Suffolk.
Before I started with Premier it never entered my head I would even run my own business, let alone three, successfully. I never dreamt I would do the things I now do as daily routines, and couldn't see myself being in this position without the guidance and support I have received.Danny Bloomfield, Franchisee for Suffolk, Norfolk and Kent
Our objectives are to continue to grow the business and create a strong and outstanding workforce. I would recommend this opportunity to anyone, there is a great support network using a tried and tested model made successful by many franchisees with a wealth of experience plus Premier Sport are constantly investing to develop our businesses and brand.Gavin Winter, Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
I would definitely recommend Premier and franchising to people looking for a business. I really enjoy it. Being my own boss, the money, working in sport and being a role model for children in the area.Gareth Simpson, franchisee in Cambridge and Newmarket
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