Paddy Limb started in business aged 19, ‘with a van and no plan.’ Within a few years, he was running his own light haulage business with five vehicles.
Next stop for Paddy was to become the youngest dealer principal in the Mercedes Benz network, benefiting from the luxury vehicle manufacturer’s senior management training in the UK and Germany.
Fast forward to 2011, and along with three colleagues, Paddy had on his hands the largest and most profitable independent Volvo truck dealership group in Europe, with the highest customer satisfaction score for large truck dealers.
He said: “When I sold my interest in this company and left the business, the greatest satisfaction I got was the notes from people who worked for me, thanking me for the support and guidance I had given them both personally and professionally.
“I have run my own one man band business with little or no spare resources and I have also been a partner in a £160 million turnover company. It is this broad range of experience that I believe helps me to have empathy with SME owners. This is because I have been there and I understand the challenges they face and how to overcome them.
“Business Doctors allows me to use the skills and experience I have gained over the years to support small and medium sized business owners to get their businesses working for them.
“I’ve always loved business turnaround TV programmes like ‘I’ll Show Them Who’s Boss’ with Gerry Robinson and ‘Troubleshooter’ with Sir John Harvey Jones and now I’m part of the Business Doctors network, I get to do it for real every day.”