Gymshark boss inspires students - The Solihull Observer

Gymshark boss inspires students

Solihull Editorial 17th May, 2024   0

BUSINESS students were given pearls of wisdom from Gymshark’s top boss.

Ben Francis, the founder and chief executive of the sportswear brand, spoke about how he built his company from his garage in an event at Solihull College and University Centre.

The Bromsgrove native spoke about how he set up the company from his garage in his teens, the challenges involved, what he has learnt from the process, and his hopes for the future. The 31-year-old spoke openly about being a student at the same time as he was trying to set up a business.

Ben said: “I think I was the only student with six failed businesses under my belt. Gymshark was the seventh website I built.

“My advice to these students is start now. Don’t wait. Dedicate three hours a week to a business idea and get started, alongside your studies.”

Ben recalled leaving his university course and his Pizza Hut job on the same day as they clashed with an event he needed to attend for Gymshark.

He also spoke about the company’s HQ in Solihull which employs 600 people, and his need to continue learning from other business leaders.


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