Businessman To Share Secrets Of Success

Clifford Freeman

A businessman who left school at 16 with no qualifications will offer advice on how to succeed in business at a seminar today.

Over the past 3 years, Clifford Freeman has extended his operations to include St Mary’s Hall Hotel, Scilly Linen Supplies, Scilly Self-Catering, and a property portfolio.

Clifford will tell attendees at today’s talk that having a goal is essential. He has set himself personal and business targets to achieve by each milestone birthday.

But Clifford say that he feels being successful is more important than having money.

He’s sharing his experiences for 45 minutes today because he’s a keen advocate of business support mentoring.

He works with other business people in a Yorkshire-based mentoring group.

Clifford will also share some of the difficult challenges he has faced, including the time when he faced bankruptcy.

He admits he’s taken an unusual path to hotel ownership having spent most of his career in the family poultry business. And he worked in the 1980s as a professional horse stunt rider, acting as a double for actor Clive Owen.

But he wanted to invest in the islands, the place where he spent a lot of his childhood.

He’ll advise anyone stating a business here that finding locals prepared to work the hours needed, and with the right skills and attitude, can be a challenge. But he’s happy with the team that he’s recruited over the last 3 years.

Clifford feels many people operate here with lifestyle business, which he says is up to them but that can be a frustration for operators who need their services.