Ken Horn is a leading expert in business start up advice. He created Kick off in Business in 2012 after the Government’s decision to axe Business Link, the only free nationwide, field based start-up support service at that time. In 2012 there were 2 million people self-employed. There are now 4.6 million.
Over the course of the 10 years Ken has worked in this field he has helped over 6,000 people set up in business on their own. With his help they have turned interests and skills into long-term, flourishing businesses – not setting out to conquer the world like contestants on The Apprentice or Dragons Den, but, reaching freedom and financial security by delivering traditional services in existing markets.
Ken genuinely strives to dismiss the myth that you have to ‘start an airline’ or ‘invent the next big thing’ to have a successful business. With 99% of start-ups setting out to start something conventional, based on a hobby or an interest, there is massive scope and encouragement for people who want to do just that. His book Everyday Entrepreneurs is a refreshing approach and a must read.
The closure of Business Link created a ‘perfect storm’... Oodles of people setting up in business but no recognised, accredited support. Using the powerful relationship between football clubs and the local community, Ken launched Kick off in Business. Within a very short period Kick off in Business were running weekly events from Portsmouth to Newcastle and everywhere else in between.