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Paul is another BforB member based at the Cheadle group and run by Tony Hayes, Regional Director. Having just renewed his membership we sat down to discuss why Paul finds the BforB format works for him and a brief insight into a police career which started before his 17th birthday.
- How did you find out about BforB ?
“I met Jason Walker in my local village and he was a member. We were discussing a testimonial he had received and the principle of networking. I did try a few different groups but I liked the BforB format at Cheadle so I joined in December 2014 and have just renewed for my second year”.
- Do you get a lot of referrals?
“I’m a private investigator (Proactive Investigations) so my work is very niche and bespoke. People need time to build up a firm trust and understanding as they will most likely be sharing some sensitive, or very personal information with me. I fully appreciate this and slowly the referrals and recommendations and coming through. Saying that I have had around 7 – 8 fantastic referrals, with some interesting work”.
- Bringing guest. How do you find this?
“This isn’t easy and you do need to work at it. I’m always thinking about possible guests and how they would fit into the group and be beneficial. At the moment we are looking for a financial expert and I have recently invited a relationship bank manager along. In the last 14 months I’ve probably taken around 8 guests”.
- What’s your biggest business challenge?
“Getting fully established systems in place, such as marketing. I come from a police background where everything was done for me. Although we’ve been in business over 4 years I do struggle with the basic office administration and keeping up to date, although it is getting better”.
- What’s your career high?
“I was the lead case officer in a serious murder trial of a Judges daughter. I was involved in putting the case together for the prosecution. It was highly sensitive and stressful but we got a conviction (4 life sentences)”.
Quick fire round …..
First job? “Police cadet, 2 weeks before my 17th birthday”.
Children? “2 grown-ups; a daughter of 25 and a son of 22”
Pets? “A dog called Tally”
Finally we asked Paul for a quote
“If you’re interested in the living heart of what you do, focus on building things rather than talking about them”
Paul Moores @ Proactive Investigation
Mel Fisher, Director BforB UK