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If Only They Knew on ITV News
Ted Lawlor appeared on ITV News representing If Only They Knew and talking about young entrepreneurs. After almost half a decade of helping young entrepreneurs enter and grow in the business world, If Only They Knew has been a well-received platform in the UK's business world. Created by best-selling author and award-winning young entrepreneur Ted Lawlor whilst studying at University, IOTK has evolved from just an Instagram page to an award-winning platform as well as an iTunes Top 5 podcast. From entrepreneurs on BBC's Dragons Den to candidates from The Apprentice, IOTK has featured so many great entrepreneurs on the platform. So it was a great honour to have ITV News get in touch to allow Ted to share his perspective of the ever-changing world of young entrepreneurship. You can watch part of the feature here:
Molly Masters Enters The Dragon's Den
Books That Matter is an award-winning company from Bristol that delivers unique experiences to your door filled with empowering stories, sustainable gifts, and delicious treats, all with a focus on uplifting female writers. The brains behind the book business is Molly Masters, University of Sussex student that created the brand in her dorm. After years of obligatory study of a male curriculum, she was finally introduced to a myriad of diverse female writers. There was a demand to hear their stories, but very few platforms gave them a voice to do so. For this very reason, Molly decided to create Books That Matter. Molly will appear on BBC's Dragon's Den on March 10th. In the leadup to the show, Molly says " The past two years have been crucial to Books That Matter’s growth, having quadrupled in size. I spent the lockdown period rewatching old episodes in the Den for inspiration, and I couldn’t have ever imagined facing the Dragons, but of course, we leapt at the chance and it offered the ideal opportunity to catapult our business. We’re ecstatic to now have the opportunity to tell more people about what we do and promote diverse feminist literature to the masses.” Books That Matter has more than quadrupled in size since 2020 and now boasts over 66 thousand in their online community, and brings empowering, feminist literature to three to four thousand monthly subscribers. "Throughout the pandemic, we have stayed true to our mission whilst diversifying our offering, the growth we’ve experienced has been unsurmountable and with our Den appearance, we are looking towards 2022 with even wider eyes. As a business run by, led by, and serving women, we are honoured to have experienced such success and continued growth." You can watch Molly face the Dragons on March 10th.
If Only They Knew Max Parker (Matchstick Group)
Meet Max Parker, founder of talent agency Matchstick Group. Max Parker is the founder of Matchstick Group, a talent agency with some of the best celebrities in the UK on their roster. After suffering with suicidal thoughts and poor mental health, Max managed to change his life and now runs a great business. Max spoke to Ted Lawlor on the If Only They Knew Podcast to share his story and advice. You can listen to the full chat here:
Tinie Tempah Brings Out Fried Chicken Brand RAPS
Award-winning artist Tinie Tempah brings out fried chicken brand RAPS. Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu, known to most as Tinie Tempah, returns to South London with his fried chicken brand RAPS. Launching on March 11th, the newly founded fast-food brand will have an expansive menu with each item having a nod to the culture that he made his name in. From the Buffalo Soulja, JME Wrap and even the Unknown T’s Buttermilk Brined Tenders, the Plumstead-born entrepreneur's menu will really embrace the culture. Speaking to GRM Daily, Tinie said "RAPS just felt right. Food is an exploration of culture through its ingredients and flavours and London, the city I’m from, is rich with diversity and culture; it was really exciting to work on something where I was able to combine the food I love and grew up on (both in the home and on the high street) and the music that inspired me to be who I am today.” RAPS will be available online as well as having a four-month residency at Willows on the Roof (an open air space on the John Lewis on Oxford Street) from March 11th.
If Only They Knew Lucy Hitchcock, Owner of Partner in Wine
Meet Lucy Hitchcock, Owner of Partner in Wine & Sassy Digital Lucy Hitchcock is the Marketing expert and owner of Partner in Wine. After meeting a friend for drinks in the park during the COVID lockdown of 2020, Lucy couldn't fit a suitable tool that could keep her wine cool so had the sudden idea to create her own. The creative individual then created a bottle that kept her wine cool and allowed her to continue enjoying her drinks and thus Partner in Wine was born. The young entrepreneur saw great sales initially but then a viral video on TikTok in March 2021 saw 500,000 people see the product in just 12 hours and Lucy saw a 1700% increase in sales within 24 hours. Since then, Lucy has capitalised on her popularity and has had Partner in Wine appear on BBC News, This Morning, Mail Online and many other major platforms. Lucy spoke to Ted Lawlor on the If Only They Knew Podcast to share more of her story as well as her advice for other young entrepreneurs:
If Only They Knew Mark Wong, Founder of IMPOSSIBREW
Find out more about Mark Wong, Founder of IMPOSSIBREW. Mark Wong is the 24-year-old entrepreneur that came to the public's attention thanks to his appearance on BBC's Dragons Den where he was pitching his non-alcoholic beer brand IMPOSSIBREW. The young entrepreneur gave a good account of himself on the show but did not manage to secure the £50,000 investment that he was after. The idea of IMPOSSIBREW grew after Mark's love of beer was stopped in its tracks as a health implication meant that he had to stop drinking, because of this, he created his own non-alcoholic beer that has smart vitamins in the form of nootropics and has naturally relaxing side effects. Despite not receiving an investment on the show, Mark saw his sales grow rapidly just 2 hours after the episode aired on the BBC, with sales exceeding Mark's initial forecast for the whole of 2022. To share his advice for other young entrepreneurs, Mark spoke to Ted Lawlor on the If Only They Knew Podcast:
If Only They Knew Harry Portch, the UK's Youngest Recruitment Agency Founder
Find out more about Harry Portch, founder of HM Staffing Harry Portch is the founder of recruitment agency HM Staffing, based in Reading. After a few years working in the recruitment space with great success, Harry saw the opportunity to go his own way and decided to take the risky jump to become an entrepreneur. Harry is now 23 and has become an award-winning entrepreneur, being named 'Entrepreneur of the Year' at the Thames Valley & South West Business and Community Awards in 2021. The young entrepreneur spoke to Ted Lawlor on the If Only They Knew Podcast here:
If Only They Knew Joseph Black and Oliver Jacobs, Founders of UniTaskr
Who are Joseph Black and Oliver Jacobs? What is UniTaskr? After realising the suffering that so many students went through trying to earn money whilst they studied, Joseph Black and Oliver Jacobs decided to create a platform to help those in need. UniTaskr is a mobile and desktop app that provides businesses with a workforce of 200,000+ university and college students for freelance services. From graphic design to technical help, the UniTaskr platform allows students to offer a whole variety of their services. So far, the young entrepreneurs have seen great success with the app, securing over a million pound in funding. Speaking to Ted Lawlor on the If Only They Knew Podcast, Joe and Oliver shared more of their story:
If Only They Knew Alistair King, Co-Founder of NOOD
If Only They Knew Alistair King, co-founder of pet food brand NOOD. Alistair King is the young co-founder of New Zealand based pet food brand NOOD. After getting a real taste of the business world through the 'Young Enterprise' scheme in school at age 17, Alistair knew he wanted to become an entrepreneur. Alistair partnered with good friend Nick Mowbray to create NOOD, a cult brand in New Zealand that very quickly disrupted the pet food market (currently dominated by global giants Nestle and Mars) and sold out within weeks of launching. More recently, the brand has sold over 30 million bowls of pet food across 4 different markets and has plans to enter the UK market, already securing a deal with Tesco. On top of this, Alistair also did a fantastic TED talk that has been watched by many fellow entrepreneurs. If you'd like to find out more about Alistair and his brand, watch his interview on the If Only They Knew Podcast:
Young Entrepreneur Becomes Best Selling Author
Young Entrepreneur, Ted Lawlor, Becomes a Best Selling Author Ted Lawlor (23) is the young entrepreneur that battled adversity to become a best-selling author with The Manifestation Journal. The Manifestation Journal is a guided journal that leverages the knowledge of the UK's #1 Unconscious Mind Therapist, Robert Hisee, to help the user manifest their true desires and improve their mental health. Ted understands the power that manifestation can have as he used it to change his mindset and ultimately his life, overcoming a severe depression that doctors said was viciously shutting down his immune system. The depression was caused by the fact that he was working in a part-time retail job that he hated and had no real plan that focused on the future. After finding motivational videos online from the likes of Tony Robbins and Gary Vaynerchuk, Ted then discovered the world of spirituality as well as the Law of Attraction which ultimately change his life. Now, Ted is working alongside Robert Hisee to help share the power of manifestation with the world in the form of The Manifestation Journal, a book that has been dubbed as the UK's answer to the international bestseller The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. As well as being endorsed by celebrities from across Britain, from Tom Skinner (The Apprentice) to Lauren Goodger (The Only Way Is Essex), the journal has also become an Amazon Bestseller, being neck and neck with The Secret in the Amazon book charts.
Task Management Skills for Small Business Owners
Essential Task Management Skills for Every Small Business Owner Time is of the essence, and when running your own small business, you really get to understand this saying. Finding innovative ways of bringing your business dreams into reality while managing daily tasks can sometimes be overwhelming. Utilizing Technology Task management software can be used for business owners working individually or with a team of freelancers or assistants. The software available allows you to schedule tasks, add collaborators, and then track the progress of the task and the input of the collaborators. Visually tracking these tasks makes it much easier to get an overview of where you stand in the running of your business. Delegating Tasks Don’t be afraid to get other professionals to help you. The UK is the second-fastest-growing freelance market with individuals wanting to work with small business owners. Since they are professionals in their field, they can complete the work much more quickly and efficiently than you may be able to. Many tasks can be outsourced, from bookkeeping to video editing services and even social media management. Effective Prioritization Prioritizing your tasks is a great way of making the best of the time that you have. Make a list of all the tasks that need completing. Take a good look at them and then rank them according to how important they are. A few indicators of how important a task is: • Deadlines. Rank the tasks according to which ones are due first. • Effort. Complete tasks that require more effort in the hours you're more productive. • Be realistic. Give yourself a few main tasks per day and pair them with a few smaller tasks. This helps you avoid being exhausted at the end of every day. Effective Communication Effective communication enables you to convey your ideas clearly and concisely to colleagues and clients. When you communicate effectively, it cuts out time re-explaining concepts, and that helps you be more productive. While verbal communication is useful, emails and hard copies are easy for clients to refer to. Clear Desk, Clear Head Get your paperwork and filing organized neatly and methodically. Ensure that your desk is free of extra stationery and cables. A clear working space makes it easier for you to focus on the task at hand and work comfortably. Your digital space also needs to be regularly sorted out. Files and folders should be clearly labeled, and unnecessary files should be deleted. Customer information records should be dealt with according to the ICO's guidelines, with only necessary data kept. Your email inbox should only be for important emails, so unsubscribe from email lists that just clutter your inbox. Time Saving Management Skills Since 2000, the number of SMEs in the UK has increased by 73% but it's also important to note that 20% of small businesses fail in their first year. In London alone, there are 1.1 million SMEs. That's why it's crucial to do your research thoroughly and find out the best ways of running your small business efficiently and productively. To keep up with the latest news for young business minds, be sure to stick with If Only They Knew. This was a guest post by Marissa Perez of BusinessPop.
If Only They Knew Ted Lawlor
Ted Lawlor is the 23-year-old entrepreneur from Bermondsey, South London who took a different path than many others from his area and pursued his passion for business. Education Like many young people from South London, Ted was no stranger to hardship. There were many days when Ted and his single-parent Mum didn't eat as they couldn't afford to get anything substantial in for dinner, as well as not being able to top up the dreaded electricity key. However, as we all know, diamonds are formed under pressure. Despite always dreaming of being successful, Ted wasn't too sure as to how true that dream would become and spent many years struggling at school and just at life in general! From being excluded from secondary school to feeling hopeless and suffering from mental health challenges, the South Londoner went through it all. Even though he was often in trouble at school for being mischievous, he managed to pull it together when it counted and secured good grades - good enough to get him to University to follow his passion for marketing. BUT, it wasn't plain sailing as uni felt like a waste of time in the early stage as Ted still didn't feel that he had the confidence to pursue a career in marketing. With that being said, the young student decided that if he wanted to gain experience, he'd have to go above and beyond. So in the first year of uni, he created a media group called 'If Only They Knew' that began creating content for young business minds and allowed the new entrepreneur to test his business & marketing skills. A few years later and Ted grew the media group to a great level, gaining the attention of high-profile entrepreneurs from across the UK - such as candidates from 'The Apprentice'! As well as his newly formed reputation in the business scene, Ted also secured a First Class Honours in Business & Marketing. Career Fast forward a while and Ted seemed to be a budding young marketeer ready to climb the career ladder, starting off a Social Media Executive for a small events company in London. However, due to a certain global pandemic, the young marketeer was made redundant and was forced to think of his feet. This is where the entrepreneur inside of him came to light. Fortunately, Ted had continued with his media group and was really making strives in terms of connections and developments, particularly with his podcast dedicated to young business minds (which you can listen to here). This gave the entrepreneur something to fall back on and thanks to a particular link up with the UK's #1 Unconscious Mind Therapist, Robert Hisee, Ted's life changed forever! After inviting Rob onto his podcast, the podcaster knew this episode would be more than just a chat. After going back and forth in conversation with Robert, the lightbulb moment occurred. Using Rob's extensive knowledge of the unconscious mind and Ted's experience with content creation, they decided to create 'The Manifestation Journal'! Podcast Ted Lawlor is the host of the If Only They Knew Podcast which is the UK's #1 podcast for young business minds, interviewing up-and-coming young entrepreneurs and candidates from BBC's The Apprentice. The IOTK Podcast acts as the bridge between getting attention on social media to appearing in the National Press, with many of Ted's guests going on to be interviewed on huge platforms such as the BBC.