Herald - Issue 366

v SAY YOU SAW IT IN THE HERALD v 3rd January 2019 • The HERALD • Page 5 MP Guttering & Roofing Services • Fascias, Guttering, Soffits, Cladding and much more PVCu work • All roof repairs, gutters, flat roofs, chimney repairs • Moss removal 15% Discount for OAP’s Established 30 years 07730 377114 023 8087 9135 mpgutteringservices@outlook.com DECORATOR INTERIOR & EXTERIOR PAINTING General Small Maintenance Works Reliable, Prompt with a High Standard of Work Fully Insured • Free Estimates NICK CROUCHER 023 8084 8154 or 07594 582194 Send your local news to The Editor, The Herald, 2 High Street, Hythe SO45 6AH I recently met up with Tom Bunday, candidate on BBC One’s The Apprentice. Tommanages 3 successful businesses, including Tradescaler and Climbers Way, although no longer climbs trees, he manages the company with 25 employees. Tom has just released two books which are guides to starting a business and taking your business to the next level. Tom explained that school wasn’t his favourite place, he didn’t enjoy the formal learning route but he did have the drive to do well from a young age. Following school he attended Sparshott College where in his first year he won a tree climbing competition and then became the UK tree climbing champion. This led to him working for several years in Sweden and Norway. Tom continued to thrive and enjoyed the challenges his businesses gave him and then last year a friend suggested he apply for the BBC One The Apprentice. The rest is history. Tom was picked to be one of this year’s sixteen candidates out of 16,000 potential applicants. It has been a rocky road for Tom on the programme with his luck finally running out in week 9 (end of November) when he was fired by Sir Alan Sugar. Having failed as project manager for the third time in the shopping channel task. Tom said: “It has been a crazy time. but I have had fun. The whole experience was nerve wracking, especially at the beginning of the series. I was worried as I have a large business with a huge amount of clients and I felt I may come across badly, but for the majority they showed me for who I am” Tom also said: “Being with 15 people from all backgrounds was a unique experience, to be in that situation, in a house for that length of time with no distractions from the outside world and no Local Businessman Does Well On BBC1’s The Apprentice Feature by Ruth Rankin – Editor communication. We were allowed one 5 minute phone call a week.” Tom has created his businesses from scratch and sold his house to do this, he says he is drawn to situations that intimidate him and believes he can rise to any challenge. He is obsessed with everything he does and thrives on success. Loyalty is one of his best qualities and Tom states that business is about bringing people together and working as a team. I found Tom to be extremely level headed and conscientious. I asked Tom where he would like to be in 10 years and he said: “In 10 years I will be 40 and I would like the option to be able to give up work and retire. I would also like to have sold one of my companies for millions. I have 10 years to smash it and that is what drives me.” Entrepreneur and businessman Tom said: “I love not knowing what is around the corner. Very few people can genuinely say they are going to make it but I know that I will. It is through my failure that I find success.” Tom Bunday with Herald Editor Ruth Rankin