Words of Wisdom from Alan Hardy

October 29, 2016

Simon meets Alan Hardy

Simon Pearce meets Alan Hardy of Paragon Interiors GroupSimon Pearce Director of Simon Nicholas Associates was delighted to meet up with Alan Hardy, founder &  Chief Executive of Paragon Interiors Group, owner of the Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club and more recently a Hotelier.

Simon Nicholas Associates assist Paragon Interiors Group with their permanent recruitment of management, commercial and business support opportunities. Founded in 1986 and with its headquarters in Nottingham and a presence in London, Paragon Interiors Group plc is one of the UK’s leading specialists in contemporary commercial interior design, build and office fit-out.

But the meeting was not to talk about recruitment.

No Simon simply wanted to question Alan – who was crowned this year as Entrepreneur of the Year in the construction and building services “How do you turn a good business into a great business?”

His words to Simon were simple……

“Stay true to your values and have fun on the journey, inspire your staff and drive with integrity and passion”

Thankfully these are all things that Simon does but it is always great to hear that you’re on the right track and messages as such remains at the forefront of Simons mind (and on a post it note above his screen)


Passion, desire & drive

It is clear that both chaps drive their businesses forward with ambition, embracing change and planning for the long term future, in fact Simons’ synergy and desire for business success is on par with Alans …..this would not be reflected on the golf course though, may I add.

Both lead  companies and have created a culture of excellence, with a vision of offering a great place to work, recognising achievement, valuing differences and inspiring people to be ‘the very best’.

Both are consistently passionate about what they do and agree that it is the team of people around you who will make a business work and succeed, with  priorities being in and investing in staff and giving them the opportunity to grow.

Both agree that company cultures are a way of life and both are damn proud of it.

So if you are reading this, Thank you Alan for your time and your words of wisdom. We look forward to continuing to work with you and any nuggets of advice are always greatly appreciated.


*Banner image taken by Nottingham Post



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