No Fear – Entrepreneurship strategy for new starters

David Spencer-Percival was named Smith & Williamson Entrepreneur of the Year at the National Business Awards 2013. He has a background in fashion but found his success in recruitment.

He teamed up with Sir Peter Ogden in 2010 to co-found Spencer Ogden. From offices in London and Aberdeen they began helping clients from all sectors of the energy industry find talented mid-senior level staff. They now have 12 offices worldwide. Their global view and cross sector approach meant that they could find the best talent, wherever it was. This large scale thinking paid off as the business has grown incredibly fast in the mere four years it has been running.

As an entrepreneurship strategy, it goes to show what recognising your own expertise can do. David previously co-founded recruitment company Huntress, experience of which has no doubt added to his success. Spencer Ogden has been recognised at the highest level, it recently won at The Queen’s Awards in the International Trade category. David is naturally confident and says that it is this lack of fear that helped him succeed. He followed his instinct to be an entrepreneur and was willing to take the risks to see it through.

David and three other of our experts offer their entrepreneurship strategy advice.

Never fear failure as an entrepreneurDavid Spencer-Percival

Why choose to be an entrepreneur?Mike Bacon

Taking the risk to become an entrepreneurDavid Spencer-Percival

Following your entrepreneurial spiritSimon La Fosse

Business strategy models for new entrepreneursPeter Janes


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David Spencer-Percival

Chief Executive, Spencer Ogden
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Mike Bacon

Managing Director, Academia
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Simon La Fosse

CEO, La Fosse Associates
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Peter Janes

Founder & CEO, Shopa

I don’t fear failure
David Spencer Percival