Rod Major discovered his entrepreneurial spirit from the age of 14 when he sold sandwiches and drinks to tired motorists on a busy A road.
Now he runs a networking company designed to help others begin their journeys as entrepreneurs – or to take the plunge into running their own business.
The 57-year-old is the brains behind Network Central, a company which is holding its first event in Swindon next week on 7 April at the Marriott Hotel, Pipers Way. He said, “Business is a harsh place and not for most people, in fact unless you don’t need an income for two years, don’t do it! Remember being in business you’ve got to want to make a difference and not just look for wages.”
Rod started making money in his teens when he sold refreshments to motorists held up in traffic jams beside the busy A38 in Somerset. When he got older he pursued his other passion of being a professional musician when he joined the Army as a band musician playing clarinet and saxophone.
During his service he served in Berlin, Northern Ireland, Cyprus and here in the UK, rising to the rank of Major.
After nine years of military service, he joined the financial services industry and became very successful enjoying a healthy pay packet. But he soon moved on to publishing taking a lifestyle publication from its inception to selling it to another prominent publisher. Rod has also worked on other publications throughout the UK. These have included doctors’ information booklets, life style magazines, and B2B directories. These have covered areas incuding Bristol, Devon, Cumbria, Blackburn and Birmingham.
During this time Rod had been a keen networker & as such ran successfully, several networking organizations. Rod added, “Networking is important because it stimulates business and helps by bringing people together. It helps because you meet like-minded people with whom you might want to do business – and for me that’s one of the joys of running your own business.”
The Swindon event at the Marriott starts at 10.30am until 3.30pm and is free. About 70 businesses will have exhibition stands but visitors can also attend free seminars and listen to guest speakers talk about their business experiences and successes.
If anyone doubts the importance of networking they should not. At the last Network Central event, a Mercedes dealer secured orders worth £300,000, a web company got a deal worth £10,000 and a film company also won a large corporate contract.
“Network Central is not a membership company – there are many of those around and they are often very good. This is an umbrella event pulling everyone together for a day, putting networkers and non-networkers together,”.
Rod, who is also an accomplished after-dinner speaker, will be speaking at the event to welcome guests.
For more information visit www.networkcentral.me