Despite the floods and tremendous downpours in Calderdale over the last week, a committed few Calderdale SMEs came together this evening at the Holiday Inn in Brighouse to hear from Chris Hopkins, MD Ploughcroft Ltd as part of the Business Growth Calderdale Programme, which is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

This evening’s event has been for me probably the most interesting insight into real business that I have ever heard, told in such a personal and honest way by a true entrepreneur.

Chris Hopkins of Ploughcroft shared with the Green Vision Calderdale network his account of the highs and lows of business over the last 10 years.  Only two weeks ago Chris called me to say that he didn’t think he could present this evening and then much to my delight he reconsidered.  He arrived straight from site booted and wearing his trademark red t-shirt to give, unbeknown to me, the news that in fact Ploughcroft Building Services Ltd had gone into administration at 10am that very morning.  His account of ‘taking his eye of the ball’ ‘all eggs in one basket’  not helped by the current recession and continued cuts in the Feed in Tarrifs had left Ploughcroft in serious difficulty.

His energy and positivity resounded throughout his presentation which was brought to a close by an honest applause from all delegates for sharing so openly his recent turbulent story with us. Dedicated to excelling at training provision and being the best and most trusted brand  in his field he will continue Ploughcroft Ltd with a revived energy and enthusiasm and awareness of the need to work to a different business model in these difficult times.

A truly inspirational talk from an exceptional entrepreneur, thank you.

At our next Green Vision Calderdale event we will hear from Sustainability Leaders  Interface Flor , more info to follow soon