Friday 13 July 2018
Entrepreneur, BBC's The Apprentice finalist, radio presenter, best selling author and alumnus, Richard Woods, has been awarded the honorary degree of Master of Business Administration by Solent University today (Friday 13 July).
Richard, who graduated from Solent in 2005 with a degree in Business and Entrepreneurship, runs a portfolio of businesses including: digital marketing agency, Yomp Marketing; marketing events brand, The Lead Gen Summit; and marketing training company, The Lead Gen Academy.
He said: I am absolutely taken aback by receiving this award. The sense of pride, not just being recognised for my achievements, but for being associated with this University. Solent felt like home the second I walked through those doors on the open day, and since then it’s really flourished."
He recently launched The Digital TrailBlazer, which aims to provide entrepreneurial SME’s with a predictable flow of leads every day. The accompanying book Digital TrailBlazer went straight to number one on Amazon’s best seller list and continues to sell globally. Richard went on to publish a second book Brexitpreneurship - How to win from Brexit, which also went straight to number one.
He was a finalist upon BBC’s The Apprentice, Series 11 (2015) - where he was the top seller across all tasks during the competition.
He added: "Solent was a fantastic place to prepare me for the world of business, something I always wanted to be a part of, but didn't know quite how or if I was ready for it. Coming here having inspirational speakers talk to me about the world of business, as well as lecturers who were able to broaden my mind and my horizons, prepared me for the world and I can only say thank you for it!"
Richard has won numerous awards including, Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2016), and Key Person of Influence Award 2015 (Dent Global Annual Awards). He makes regular appearances on local radio and BBC Radio 1, and is a frequent speaker at business events, trade shows and seminars.
Richard is a frequent visitor to Solent, talking at open days and giving guest lectures to current students.
Giving tips to students graduating today he said: "The best advice I can give is to really lean in to everything, get hungry for experience, work and for breaking the norm. Don't settle with just ok – challenge yourself, be interested in something and create something. It's the biggest cliché out there, but go out and change the world!"