‘The sudden demise of Valin Pollen brought my career in the communications industry to an abrupt end, but I felt it was a good moment to reflect on what I had gained from the experience.
We all tend to make a fair number of mistakes in life, the trick, of course, is to learn from them. What’s important is how we deal with obstacles and the strength we gain in overcoming them.
I think I’ve learnt that in adversity one should never, ever quit.
Meanwhile I still find myself looking for the next challenge – perhaps because the past didn’t work out quite as I had originally planned.’
About the Author:
Reg Valin is a marketing and business development consultant and Business Angel, backing entrepreneurs seeking funding for business expansion.
He commenced his City career with the Bank of American then joined the Charles Barker advertising and communications Group, ultimately being appointed Chief Executive of their financial and corporate communications company, Charles Barker City.
He then co-founded and was for 10 years Chairman and Chief Executive of Valin Pollen International. Four years after VPI’s launch, it floated on the London Stock Exchange.
He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of Thoburns Communications.