BIPC Worcestershire's In conversation with Craig Carr - the thrills and spills of running your own business


    Join Angela Podmore from Kinetic Communications as she talks to Craig Carr, founder and owner of Fairburn Heating Solutions, who will share what led him to start-up his business 15 years ago and valuable insights into how both he and the business have developed. Craig will be discussing the strategies he’s adopted along the way and the key ingredients to success in business, to inspire those considering or just starting out on a business venture. We’re going to find out how Craig turns fear of failure into fuel whereby he learns from mistakes and takes his business forward. Craig will share his favourite business books – be prepared for some surprising titles!

Speakers

Craig Carr

Founder of Fairburn Heating Solutions

Angela Podmore

Founder of Kinetic Communications

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