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Demand for business training soars during lockdown says Forbes coach Adam Stott


As millions of workers have been forced to stay at home over the past few months, there has been a massive spike in the number of commercial opportunities being created by entrepreneurs. Data from startups.co.uk shows that at least five new online businesses were started every day during April, representing an increase of 60% on April 2019. Similarly, statistics from research company, Growth Intelligence, found that more than 85,000 businesses pivoted their traditional sales model to launch e-commerce stores or join digital marketplaces in the last four months.

Lockdown has also seen a huge appetite for business training and coaching, according to one of the UK’s leading business speakers and coaches, Adam Stott. Despite not being able to hold any live business events due to Government restrictions, the Essex-based entrepreneur has achieved double-digit sales growth of his online mentoring and training programmes over the past three months. As well as recording an uplift in UK customers, his business has expanded into international markets with students registering for courses from continental Europe, Dubai, South Africa and the USA.

Having founded his first company in 2008 at the age of 25, Adam built a £40million turnover company in just ten years, which was recognised by Amazon as one of the UK’s fastest growing car retailers and twice voted one of the London Stock Exchange’s ‘Top 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain’, in 2015 and 2016.

In 2016, Stott founded Big Business Events with the aim of sharing his business insight, challenges, successes and failures with both established and aspiring business owners in the UK and overseas. Having developed his status as an international business speaker over the past eight years, Stott has created a business network of over 70,000 individuals and has personally helped hundreds of entrepreneurs achieve their dream of running their own business. In recognition of his contribution to the business community, Stott was accepted into the prestigious Forbes Coaches Council in 2020, where he will continue to share his expertise and knowledge, as well as working with other international business colleagues.

Commenting on the significant increase in online training and coaching, Stott said:

“With more than 750,000 businesses being forced to close their doors under lockdown, the pandemic has levelled the playing field and created the opportunity for entrepreneurs to identify market gaps and deliver online goods and services. There’s no doubt in my mind that traditional businesses must embrace digitalisation if they are to survive. Having sold more than £50million of products and services utilising social media, I want to help new and established business owners to embrace the online space and maximise the potential return from a digital offering. We responded quickly to the economic impact of the pandemic by developing a free ‘Build your business from home’ course, which has been incredibly popular.

“Start-ups and SMEs are crucial to the nation’s financial recovery, so Big Business Events will continue to respond to the needs of those wanting to make the move into business ownership, as well as those looking to pivot and exploit the benefits of social media. All our courses have been designed from first-hand experience, enabling delegates to harness tried and tested strategies that have helped me to achieve business success.”

In addition to launching new programmes, Stott has diversified his offering by teaming up with UK reality TV star, James Lock, star of mainstream shows including ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ and ‘Celebs Go Dating.’ The pair have joined forces to create Instagram Secrets, a new programme for entrepreneurs wanting to learn how to boost their brand engagement, make an impact and generate more sales from their presence on the social media platform.

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TOWIE star and top business coach to share Instagram Secrets with UK businesses


James Lock, star of The Only Way Is Essex and Celebs Go Dating, has used lockdown to help hundreds of UK businesses and influencers to boost their Instagram brands in collaboration with top social media and business coach Adam Stott

The reality TV star has joined forces with high profile business coach and speaker Adam Stott to create Instagram Secrets, a new program for entrepreneurs wanting to learn how to make an impact on the popular social media platform.

Together James and Adam, both from Essex, have nearly 1 million Instagram followers and are using their expertise to show firms how to grow their business and personal brands through the video and photo sharing social network giant, which has 26.9 million users worldwide.

Over the last few years, Adam has sold more than £50 million worth of products and services through social media and, in 2016, set up his own company – Big Business Events – to show other business owners how to use social media to develop and grow their business.

Adam Stott said: “I interviewed James at one of my live events and was really impressed with his detailed knowledge and commercial attitude to business. That led to a discussion about the valuable information we could share with business owners who want to become successful on Instagram quickly.  “When lockdown came into effect, it meant our schedules were a bit more relaxed and we pressed ahead to create and produce this great product that can help anyone regardless, of their experience.”

James added: “Business, fitness and travel are my passions and social media is such a huge part of business now that I wanted to share some of the lessons I’ve learned on my journey so that can help others. I’m careful about which projects I work on, but this is something I wanted to do because I’ve seen the impact Adam has at his events.”

Instagram Secrets is an online training program that covers: how to gain more likes, followers and engagement; what content works for your audience; how to approach brands and understand brand deals; time saving and content optimising apps that can help; and how to use Instagram to generate more sales.

For more information, visit: https://lockiesinstasecrets.com

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Essex business coach accepted into Forbes Coaches Council


Adam Stott, an entrepreneur and wealth coach from Essex, has been accepted into Forbes Coaches Council, a community for leading business and career coaches.

Forbes Coaches Council is an invitation-only community for leading business and career coaches and linked to the famous Forbes Magazine. Adam was vetted and selected by a review committee based on the depth and diversity of his coaching and business experience. Criteria for acceptance includes ‘a track record of successfully impacting business growth metrics’, as well as ‘personal and professional achievements and honours’.

As an accepted member of the Council, Adam will connect and collaborate with other respected leaders in a private forum and will also be invited to work with a professional editorial team to share his expert insights in original business articles on Forbes.com and to contribute to Q&A panels alongside other experts.

“We are honoured to welcome Adam into the community,” said Scott Gerber, Founder of Forbes Councils, the collective that includes Forbes Coaches Council. “Our mission with Forbes Councils is to bring together proven leaders from every industry, creating a curated, social capital-driven network that helps every member grow professionally and make an even greater impact on the business world.”

“Being invited to join the Forbes Coaches Council means such a lot to me personally,” said Adam. “Over the four years I have been coaching, I have worked with and supported so many business owners and watched them grow to the point that they are turning over millions of pounds each year. To have this recognised by a world-famous institution like Forbes is just amazing!

“I look forward to getting involved in the community and taking part in the Q&A sessions and other opportunities and learning from the other coaches in the Council.”
For more information on Adam Stott and his business coaching services, see http://www.adamstott.com/.

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