Colin shares his top 3 tips for growing a business

We caught up with Colin Dallimore, owner of the Mill View Plant Centre in Oxfordshire, who shared his top tips for running a small business.

Colin business owner Mill View Plant Centre

The plant centre, which was started by Colin’s mother over 30 years ago, sells a range of top quality plants and shrubs, including fruit trees and at this time of year Christmas trees too. Colin, who is passionate about his plants, told us ‘the highlight for me is the fact that my two daughters have joined me in the family firm, so it can continue on and on.’ The Mill View Plant Centre borrowed £100,000 through the Funding Circle marketplace in November 2015 to expand after spotting a gap in the market for a coffee shop.

In this short video you’ll meet Colin and find out why he thinks forward planning and attention to detail are particularly important to the success of his business.

Colin’s top tips are:

  • Learn to keep going
  • Keep your staff motivated
  • Always look to expand

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Rob McCorquodale