That was the kernel of the idea: helping hard-working entrepreneurs, SMEs and businesses of all sizes plus sole traders – from plumbers, bakers and builders merchants to engineers, surveyors, accountants and private schools – to get paid on time.
One turning point was relocating from that bijou box-room to an office in a serviced block in Nottingham city centre. Not only was I relieved to have room to breathe for once, but it was also good to be in and among other people for a change.
As many of you will know, home-working is highly convenient when you’re starting out but you can go a bit stir crazy if you’re not careful and I did find I was talking to the plants perhaps a little too much.
While the Guiana Chestnut was friendly and full of useful advice, the cactus could be a bit prickly.
Moving into an office with my name on the door was, therefore, a rite of passage and a sign that I was moving up in the business world.