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Launch of programme for start-ups

ESpark’s Duffy to open new TV show

Fortune HunterScottish start-up motivator Jim Duffy will be the first guest on a new television show presented by entrepreneur and author, Lyndon Wood.

Fortune Hunter, based around Mr Wood’s best-selling book, Diary of a Fortune Hunter, goes on air next Tuesday on Sky and Free Sat.

The programme is based around his own experiences and each episode will feature high-profile guests with top industry insight, including the chief executive of Entrepreneurial spark, Jim Duffy, and, Gordon Merrylees, head of entrepreneurship for RBS & NatWest.

Mr Wood said: “The book and show are based on real-life situations. Nobody tells you what to do when things go wrong in business, for example, so that’s just one of the many things we aim to do.

“We cover topics such as micro segmentation, how to make decisions and mentoring, not just one mentor, but several, which is one of the main topics covered within the first episode. One of the important things we cover as well which you won’t find in any book or costly training seminars is the notion that theory doesn’t work in real-life. It’s a real eye-opener for many.

“I truly hope the programme inspires entrepreneurs into understanding that it isn’t just about a power suit and in-depth business plan, actually it isn’t about any of those things, its about being laser focused, having a growth plan and not being afraid to ask for help in a variety of situations.”

He set up his first business at just of 19 in August 1990 at the start of a recession with zero capital and no qualifications after leaving school at 14. He proceeded to build his insurance business, Constructaquote.com and Moorhouse Group to become a UK top 100 insurance broker specialising in the SME market both online and offline. He still owns 100% of the business.

Mr Wood is also the founder of SunZu, a business social network devoted to people doing business, creating customers and building teams. Within 6 weeks of launching Sun.ZU.com  it gained more than 500,000 members.

Wood and DuffyMr Duffy (right of picture) said: “Fortune Hunter should be the ‘go-to’ programme for any entrepreneur or certainly one who is looking to start a business. The programme offers great insight into what help and guidance is available out there in the often scary world of business.

“Fortune Hunter offers so much support and advice from leading professionals and authorities that will certainly assist any business owner on their journey to success.

“There are so many entrepreneurs out there who either obtain incorrect advice or do not ask for help because they did not know free mentoring, for example, was available to them. Our programme, like Fortune Hunter, isn’t about fancy business plans, it focuses on the individual, developing entrepreneurial mindsets and behaviours to enable acceleration and growth.”

Other guests on the first episode include Bill Morrow of AngelsDen, Andy Alderson of Vanarama and John Loveday of Spearhead Compliance.

The remaining 11 shows will be premiered once a month.

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