Expat Entrepreneur: Martyn Claybrough speaks out
British expat Martyn Claybrough's creative thinking enabled him to adapt his business quickly during recession.
Name: Martyn Claybrough
City of residence: Amsterdam
Name of company: The Speaker
Date of company launch (month or year is fine): January 2009
Can you give us a brief description of your business and how it is going?
The Speaker is a public speaking & corporate presentation coaching
company. I empower people with confidence and practical public speaking
skills. Business is brisk with a blend of corporate clients and individuals.
What do you like about doing business in the Netherlands?
The international flavour; especially since most of my clients come from the Amsterdam area.
What do you find most frustrating about doing business in the Netherlands?
Summer vacation in Holland, when all training tends run to a trickle for around six weeks in August/early September.
What hurdles did you encounter when setting up?
Generally the start-up was very smooth. Of course the language presented its challenges.
How has the economic crisis affected your business?
In the beginning of the crisis, most business cut costs and that affected their budget for training, however, being an entrepreneur I realized that people needed more communications skills for interviews. Company executives also found that they needed to reassess their lives, so I created an executive life coaching service: www.kingfisherconsultancy.com
What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs setting up business in the Netherlands?
Ask around for advice, join an entrepreneur’s organization; it can be a lonely business setting up your own business. I am in the process of creating such a network with monthly meetings in Amsterdam.
How does running a business in the Netherlands compare to running a business in other countries that you have lived in?
I started my entrepreneur adventures whilst in Holland.
Would you like to add anything?
Being an entrepreneur can be very challenging, it touches all areas of the human spirit, however the rewards can be great, what you put in you will get out… It’s important to know when to stop a project and move onto the next! ‘The Speaker’ is now entering its 3rd year and the foundations are setting beautifully.
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