Matt knew early on that the traditional route of school, university, then getting a job wasn't for him. After starting his first profitable business at age 15 (a website drop shipping snowboarding equipment), he made the decision to leave school at 16…much to the disapproval of his parents.
This first taste of entrepreneurship awakened a hunger for starting businesses…and this hunger went on to be the driving force in Matt’s life. In the years that followed Matt went on to launch a number of ventures, and invested substantial sums of his own money in order to learn what works, and more importantly, what doesn’t when it comes to launching and growing a successful business.
In 2012 Matt founded BizBritain; a resource to help people who hadn't been to university to start a business, and in 2013, BizBritain became a national delivery partner of the the Start Up Loans scheme, a £350 Million government fund which was set in motion by Lord Young and chaired by former BBC Dragon and entrepreneur, James Caan. At the time of writing this, BizBritain has funded almost 2,000 Startups with a combined total of £20 Million.
By 2016, BizBritain had become a fully FCA authorised financial services company, brokering a range of financial products and access to investors for start-ups and SMEs, and in 2018 partnered with lender ThinCats to launch a £50 Million SME growth fund.
On a personal level Matt takes a big interest in helping and mentoring other budding entrepreneurs. He has both won and been a judge for numerous prestigious awards including the GBEA and Business Leader Awards. He has appeared as one of the faces of global consulting firm EY's school leaver campaign, and regularly speaks at events around the UK.
Some Awards Matt has Judged at include: