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Following the huge success of our inaugural Grosvenor Business Club, we’re delighted to be showcasing the incredible stories of entrepreneurs all across Birmingham and the wider UK.  In this ongoing Grosvenor Business Spotlight we’ll be sharing some of the stories from businesses that choose to call Grosvenor House home, whether it’s for Registered Office Services, Event Spaces or business support we know that our client’s journeys are not only incredible but often inspire others looking to start or grow their business. In this, the very first installment of the Grosvenor Business Spotlight, we talk to David Burns, Director of the Flyer Watch Company, about his business journey, tips that changed his career trajectory, and the impact that Grosvenor House has had on the development of his business.

About The Grosvenor Business Club

But first – what is the Grosvenor Business Club?

The Grosvenor Business Club aims to be the premier networking destination for small businesses and entrepreneurs aiming to broaden their horizons. This forward-thinking initiative isn’t simply another business gathering; it’s a meticulously designed platform tailored to the distinct requirements of ambitious individuals in the business realm.

Our emphasis is on fostering an atmosphere where small businesses and entrepreneurs can exchange best practices, forge valuable connections, and effectively showcase their ventures. The event provides a unique mix of structured networking sessions, informative workshops, and casual networking opportunities, ensuring that attendees can customise their experience to meet their specific needs.

The Grosvenor Business Club represents more than just an event; it signifies a growing and like-minded community, where individuals are able to come together to genuinely create inspiration and change in business networking. Seize the chance to engage with like-minded entrepreneurs, share insights, and cultivate your business within an environment that encourages collaboration and creativity.

We caught up with David Burns, Director of the Flyer Watch Company, to discuss his journey to success, what drives him, and how our virtual office solutions have enabled his business to fly – pun intended!

Hi, David! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

By day, I navigate the skies as an Airline Captain, but my passion for exploration doesn’t end there. I’m on a mission to visit every country in the world, and I’m already at 87! I’m also just one state away from completing the US—Alaska, here I come!

Can you give a brief description of your company?

We’re more than just a watch brand—we’re on a mission to help dreams take flight. Inspired by aviation and crafted with precision, our affordable high-quality watches elevate your wrists while making a difference at the same time. Produced primarily in Switzerland, we’re proud to say that 20% of our profits support Private Pilots Scholarships, helping aspiring aviators reach for the skies. Each year, we also launch a special charity watch, with this year’s proceeds going to Aerobility, providing life-changing flight experiences for disabled individuals with every Aerobility watch purchase.

What does your daily routine consist of?

My daily routine varies depending on whether I’m flying or not. On flying days, I start with navigating the skies, transitioning to my role in the watch brand once I’m back on solid ground. When I’m not flying, I focus on managing the business, engaging with customers, and working on new projects.

What’s the one piece of software you couldn’t live without?

My phone is my lifeline—it keeps me connected to both my aviation career and the operations of our watch brand. From managing emails to staying updated on social media, it’s an essential tool for running a successful business.

Every business experiences peaks and troughs – and the Flyer Watch Company is no different. However, David has managed to navigate these challenges expertly.

What are the biggest challenges you have faced?

Some of our biggest challenges revolve around navigating the digital landscape— from social media engagement to mastering SEO. Finding the right balance between promoting our brand and connecting with our audience in an authentic way has been an ongoing journey.

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

“Never underestimate the power of perseverance. Success often comes to those who are willing to push through challenges and keep moving forward.”

An important aspect of maintaining long-term business success is reasonable goal setting, which is why we asked David what he was hoping to do by the end of this year.

What do you hope to achieve in 2024?

My biggest goal for 2024 is to expand our reach and impact with The Flyer Watch Company. I aim to increase our charitable contributions, broaden our customer base, and continue innovating. Ultimately, I want to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives through our brand and philanthropic efforts.

What would you tell yourself if you could go back 5 years?

If I could turn back time, I’d remind myself to embrace every opportunity and challenge with enthusiasm and determination. Every setback is a chance to learn and grow, and every success is a step toward achieving my dreams. 

David has been working with Grosvenor House for a number of years now, and we have been thrilled to see the growth and success of the Flyer Watch Company since he chose our virtual office solutions.

How did you hear about Grosvenor House?

After extensive online research, Grosvenor House stood out as a reputable, economical provider of business services, offering the credibility and flexibility our business needs. 

What services do you have with Grosvenor House and would you recommend the services to other businesses?

I utilise Grosvenor House for registered office and call forwarding services, and I couldn’t be happier with the experience. It adds credibility to our brand and provides the flexibility needed to manage our operations efficiently. I would highly recommend Grosvenor House to other businesses looking for professional support and services. Holly, Ieva & Ellie are a huge asset to Grosvenor House.

Find out more about the Flyer Watch Company

With the vast majority of their watches being made in Switzerland and offering free global delivery, a 2 year warranty and a 14 day return policy, the Flyer Watch Company is truly innovating the wearable timepiece sector. Grosvenor House are delighted to have David and his team as one of our many inspiring, innovative companies that choose us for their virtual office solutions, and we truly admire Flyer’s dedication to providing opportunities to budding pilots whilst providing classic, timeless watches. If you want to learn more about the Flyer Watch Company, explore their story here, or fill out the form below to register for our next Grosvenor Business Club!