Growing up, Jerome Powell showed little promise. ‘I was pretty much a dunce at school,’ he admits. However, Powell did manage to read a few chapters of The Lazy Man’s Way to Riches, a book that changed his life. Following its instructions, he and his wife sceptically put their future goals in writing. With these goals in mind, the then 29 year-old used a voluntary redundancy cheque he’d collected from a previous forklift operating job to start a company providing temporary drivers. Worcester-based Backup Staff, with turnover of £3.7m in 1997, also supplies warehousing staff and secretaries. His biggest challenge is keeping employees. In an effort to retain people, Powell funds a year’s worth of training and encourages employees to attend seminars. As for Powell’s dreams, all have come true. He owns a business, drives a BMW, and spends an extraordinary amount of time playing golf.
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