Les Gilbert is a real life ‘rags to riches story’. His career started in the street markets of East London in the 80’s and today he owns and controls an eight figure residential and commercial property portfolio based in London and the south east.
Having founded and developed numerous successful niche retail concepts, he has also sold a number of businesses, the most recent of which had a turnover in excess of 10 million per annum and employed over two hundred staff. He was involved in creating the ‘Pound store’ concept and was also the founder of the first ever ‘Christmas Store’ and ‘Firework Factory’.
Although Les has specialised in discount concepts and his area of expertise is in residential and retail property, with 30 years experience as a serial entrepreneur and countless successful ventures behind him, his skills in business are wide and varied. He believes that mastering the basics is the key to success.
When mentoring he applies his P.I.E. theory for ultimate success:
- Plan A great business has a well thought out strategy.
- Imagination Every successful venture has a clear vision.
- Energy Passion is the driving force behind every success.
Les Gilbert is perhaps one of the few true entrepreneurs I have come across in the past twenty years. His innate instinct for spotting a winner or discounting a loser as an opportunity is unique. No Harvard Business School platitudes ever drop to confuse you. His talent lies in identifying the opportunity – and making it a reality. Les does not take prisoners where profit is concerned!
Keith Gilbey – Business leader and facilitator
When you are passionate about your business and insist on great results ask for Les Gilbert.