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Josh Williams

Josh Williams on associate ambitions

By Josh Williams

Founder, Bizpedia

The young entrepreneur and founder of Bizpedia is evolving the traditional corporate concepts of networking and personal development, embracing technology to develop a new working culture for the future.

Operating across the south of the UK and covering a total of 7 areas, Bizpedia facilitates valuable connections between CEO’s and Directors through a bespoke suite of services and events.

Here, Josh reflects upon redefining success in the modern age and developing a business model that will become part of the new cultural infrastructure.

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Tell us about the origins of Bizpedia…

After university I started going to networking events, but I couldn’t afford to join any, so I set up my own for free and called it Bizpedia, it grew quickly to 1500 members and I secured some sponsors. I took my sponsors to the Chewton Glen hotel boardroom so that they could meet each other. I realised from the conversations they were having that there was a place in the market for a premium level business club, so I pivoted to focus on developing a Director-led business club.

What do you think gives Bizpedia the edge?

We focus on three different things: personal development, corporate hospitality and networking; and our approach to those three things is very different.

We have Rockstar of the quarter who we treat to a surprise experience (such as a recent trip to the Monaco Yacht Show with Sunseeker), we show content from the world's best speakers and we use our own bespoke software to track the networking and ensure great ROI for everybody.

We’re facilitating bringing people together, it has been around for thousands of years, but we’re the most modern-day execution on where things are going and we're using technology and delivering personal development in the most forward-thinking way.

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"People are taking a different approach to business and that’s where we have synergy with the Old Bond Store, I think it's all about managing your energy, not your time and old traditional belief systems are going to slowly be dissipated. How we get the best out of everyone is much more akin to when you feel good."

As a Princes Trust Young Ambassador, how do you think young entrepreneurs differ from their forerunners?

In the boardroom our general audience is 45 to 55-year-olds who are two generations above me. I don’t think I’m any different to them from a human nature perspective, I was just born in a different time.  I’m probably more open minded when it comes to trying new approaches, but they’re also willing to go with our suggestions.

What are your entrepreneurial motivations?

I think about business like sport, I’m going to spend my life knowing which league I can play, for the journey, I’d much rather be happy than rich or famous. I really think that’s the definition of success and that’s what’s going on with the world in general right now, over the next decade we’re going to really start redefining success.

I’m driven by gratitude that I’m here doing my best at what I actually want to do, I want to know for myself how good I can be for the competitive nature of it but it’s also about helping people and I think actually the world’s in such a transition. People are taking a different approach to business and that’s where we have synergy with the Old Bond Store, I think it’s all about managing your energy, not your time and old traditional belief systems are going to slowly be dissipated. How we get the best out of everyone is much more akin to when you feel good.

"Our members are from a cross section of sectors and companies. Amazing things happen when you get people like that in a room, and it's just great watching it happen, because that's what we are, we’re a platform."

Liam Doe, Old Bond Store

Is there someone who inspires you and your business?

Gary Vaynerchuk who runs a big social media company in the USA called VaynerMedia has some really great thinking and advice, he’s been one my biggest teachers.

What are your aspirations for Bizpedia in the future?

I plan to build an organisation that helps take people through the fourth industrial revolution. I think the big opportunity is around the redefinition of success, and I’m helping to build the new infrastructure. Just the same as when McDonald’s built a real estate business through their franchise model. I plan on bridging the gap between technology and humans but in business.