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Leonard Rainford

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Leonard Rainford

Lancaster University

The Management School

LA1 4YX

Lancaster

Profile

From a very early age I always wanted to run my own business and had several small enterprises before the age of 16. On leaving school I worked in Local Government Finance for 5 years to gain a background in accountancy, finance and law, before embarking on a career in sales and entrepreneurship.

I was a National Sales Manager at the age of 26 and started my first business at 27. Over the years I have held senior positions in several national companies. I have started, built and sold four other businesses and in March 2013 I sold my last company Sameday UK. I now use my knowledge and experience to help growing businesses add value, reach their goals and achieve success and happiness.

On a personal level I have always been passionate about sport, particularly football, which I played at semi-pro level for ten years, and am still playing. I coached kids rugby for five years at St Pat’s in Wigan and kids football at Culcheth. I am currently manager of Ashton Villa in the Wigan Amateur League, a team that I started five years ago at the request of several young players who I had coached as juniors.   

I am a big believer in giving something back and helping young and disadvantaged people to develop. This is one of the reasons why I am involved in sport and why I do volunteer work as an EIR with the students at Lancaster University, they are the future of this country. I have also acted as a mentor through St. Helens Chamber of Commerce, Orivia and Lancaster University. I like to achieve my objectives and make a difference in whatever I set out to do.

I support several charities and have done numerous activities to raise funds including Bungee, Marathon, Triathlon, Rock Climbing, Sky Diving, White Water Rafting and of course Football Matches and Sportsmen’s Dinners. I am a member of Newton-le-Willows Rotary Club and have built a wide and varied network of business associates and connections.

Professional Role

Business DevelopmentFranchisingMarketing
Customer ServiceFundraisingPR
EntrepreneurshipLeadershipSales
Exit StrategiesManagementTeam-Building

Additional Information

During my career I have won several awards for salesmanship, sales management and business, and my company, Sameday UK, also won several awards. 

In 2004 I was voted Business Person of the Year in the Warrington Business awards and my company Sameday UK was runner up in the Business category in 2005.                         

In 2005 I was invited to become a founder member of the Institute of Couriers in recognition of my services to the industry.

In April 2012 I was invited to become one of the first Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) at Lancaster University Management School.

In 2013 I was awarded a Life Time Achievement Award by the L.F.A. (Lancashire Football Association) for services to football.

I am a Member of the I.O.D (Institute of Directors).

Other Interests and Hobbies

Business, Charities, Football (playing & coaching), Health & Fitness, Mentoring, Travel, Cooking, Dining in or out with good company.