Connect with us

Business

I bring parties to unconventional spaces

Published

on

Spread the love by sharing this post with family and friends
  •  
  • 2
  •  
  •  
  •  

Kevin Kamau, managing director and founder of Bar in the Bush, an events company that offers professional bar services at unorthodox, and out-of-ordinary areas, tells People Daily of his entrepreneurial journey

Kevin Kamau has always loved events. From a young age he knew he wanted to do something in that space despite not knowing exactly what. Even though he went on to do other things, his dream to own an events company came into fruition in 2014. He woud get displeased with service, where everything on offer was served in plastic cups. He saw the gap and decided to set up a ompany that takes away the headache of hosting.

“I started Bar in the Bush purely out of the need to facilitate hosting of exquisite events in unconventional event spaces such as parks, rooftops and private residences, that then were not half as popular as they are today. I was already an events manager and I could see how clients were yearning for a different experience. I saw a gap and decided to fill it by providing services that Bar in the Bush currently offers,” Kevin explains the genesis of his company.

At the first ever event they curated and bartended, they did not own anything they used, with most glassware coming from people in his vast networks in the industry. They would start buying equipment towards the end of their second year in business.

Kevin attributes his understanding on building a brand to the basic foundation his Bachelor of Arts with a major in marketing provided him. He has also predominantly worked in sales and marketing for a better part of his career, which has shaped him significantly, especially his approach in running a business.

Kevin says starting out was hard, especially since it was untried territory, hence there was not enough research or preparation that could have readied him for entrepreneurship. First off, financing both at the start of the business and in later stages for scaling has been hard. The other challenge, which he welcomes with both hands, is the need to up the ante with each subsequent event. But the definition of a good business man is in how he deals with challenges and handles the wins.

And Bar in the Bush has had plenty of wins from handling events including Miss World Kenya, Kenya Music Week, Afro Jazz at the Waterfront, launches, corporate end of year parties, and other numerous high profile private events they could not divulge as per clients’ requests.

While his business has had its fair share of highlights and challenges, Covid-19 brought the business to a near halt.

“Covid-19 has been hard on everyone. It has forced us to rethink how we do business and made us restrategise on new ways of meeting clients’ needs while observing Ministry of Health Regulations. One way we have been doing this is by hosting small private bush tours for families looking to get out a bit coupled with beverage experiences for groups as small as six persons in accordance with the safety regulations,” Kevin explains.

Among his plans is the expansion of portfolio of services offered from not just tending to drinks, but also providing accompanying glassware, bar furniture and decor, waiters, professional bartenders and pretty much anything else that would be required in a bar in the bush. They want to also get into club and beverage activation services where they would hire personnel to help launch new beverages or push sales of specific drinks at designated venues.

Networks work

Kevin has learnt a lot on his entrepreneurial journey, chief among them, the value of networks. He says networks are important pillars of business, especially if one is in the service industry where the product cannot be viewed in store beforehand. Referrals come in handy with the potential of growing a business exponentially. Networks not only help you grow your customer base, but also help when sourcing for facilities and products needed to provide a service. He emphasises on the need to value networks and learn how to best leverage them for results. While networks may play a part in business and brand growth, the quality of the service or product provided bears the most weight.

“The world is always watching, so make sure whatever you are putting out is your best work. Innovation, partnership, discipline and focus are key for business survival,” Kevin elaborates.

As to the best advice that he would give future entrepreneurs, he emphasizes on the need to start just where you are with what you have.

“It may sound cliche, but it is the most practical thing that entrepreneurs need to do. Just start small, but think big. It works wonders for your learning and confidence curve as you grow as an entrepreneur. You can always scale as you go, but you have to start somewhere,” Kevin says.

AT A GLANCE

• Kevin is also the head of sales and marketing for Moonsun Trade International. He is a firm believer in stretching his limits and doing as much as he can with the resources and knowledge that he has.

• He urges entrepreneurs to find a way of being creative and adding value to whatever product or service they are offering. Creativity will ensure you differentiate yourself in the market and stand out.

• He was at one point an investment banker for two years before he got into events management. This taught him the importance of Return on Investment, something he values and utilises in his business approach to date.

by PD.co.ke


Spread the love by sharing this post with family and friends
  •  
  • 2
  •  
  •  
  •  
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Business

Navigating through the Covid-19 Terrain and a Story of Exceptional Transformation at Optiven

Published

on

Spread the love by sharing this post with family and friends
  •  
  • 1
  •  
  •  
  •  

Navigating through the Covid-19 Terrain and a Story of Exceptional Transformation at Optiven

Optiven Group has continuously had all its eyes trained on its vision of economically and socially empowering and transforming the society.

This vision was however momentarily shaken by Covid-19, especially on the month of March 2020, when the first case was reported. Soon, all was not business as usual. The pandemic scared our staff and customers alike. With huge loans to pay, massive salary bills and many office rentals to cope with, everything seemed daunting. The worst was when we closed our offices and temporarily sent hundreds of staff home. That was extremely agonizing to bear.

As an entrepreneur, this was one of my worst periods ever. The headaches were not ceding ground and the only thing that was consoling was the power of prayers. It is during such times when the test of leadership comes to play.

Our most affected area of business was our sister venture entities in the name of restaurants. Indeed, we sent hundreds of staff home. We are now however thanking God that 85% of these staff are back and with a projection of bringing back the rest soon, as business starts coming back.

Importantly, soon after Covid-19 pandemic hit, Optiven Group was swift in adopting new strategies and quickly embracing appropriate technology to counter the new terrain. This is perhaps one of the reasons why the firm is still expanding, especially on the area of job creation and mentorship front.

It is largely courtesy of these strategies that despite the current pandemic, we have managed to launch enormous mentorship programs such as the George Wachiuri School of Mentorship and also engaged in encouraging SMEs that have really been struggling to stay afloat through our business mentorship sessions. Through the latter, we have continued to inspire over 7,000 active participants through George Wachiuri’s Facebook LIVE shows that are also available on my You Tube channel, this has continued to give hope to many.

Still, during this period, we have managed to create over 100 permanent jobs for both senior and middle level employees, plus over 200 casuals that daily work in our projects. This job increase is in line with our goal of creating over 30, 000 jobs by the year 2030.

On the real estate front, we really had to think away from the box and undertake a massive 360 degree transformation that was educated by thinking differently and changing how we used to do things before Covid-19.

Thanks to this, we have continued to provide our customers with even more offerings in terms of value additions to our projects. It is during this period of Covid-19 when we decided to put our efforts towards GoingGreen in most of our projects. Matter of fact, we have surprised our customers by further transforming our projects through installation of green energy, massive tree planting, and installation of water recycling systems, encouraging plot owners engage in farming of organic foods and subsequently feed their families from their previously idle plots. Significantly, we also changed from use of Kenya Power electricity in our projects to the use of solar energy on almost all amenities and by so doing, we have now managed to save millions of shillings in terms of KPLC bills. Most importantly, we are glad that we are now fully plugged on the green energy agenda.

All along, the company has continued to flourish through innovation, partnerships, massive philanthropy activities and even more importantly, a commitment to always entrust all our undertakings to God.

We are glad that we are consistently realizing our vision of being pacesetters in social economic transformation through opportunities such as job creation that have a positive multiplier effect on the society.

Guided by the same vision, we always dedicate 5% of what we make in business and channel it to the less fortunate through a registered foundation viz Optiven Foundation. We have hundreds of orphans whom we support to go through school. We also support the physically challenged to get free wheelchairs and support girls to access schools. The Foundation also cares for over 300 families and helps them to get food daily.

Indeed, we at Optiven exist to economically and socially empower and transform the society.

#ChangingLives
#EyesOnTheCommunity
#CreatingJobs
#GoingGreen
#HousingKenyans

Contact Optiven Group:0790 300 300
Email: admin@optiven.co.ke Website: www.optiven.co.ke George Wachiuri Blog: www.georgewachiuri.com
YouTube: https://bit.ly/2VdSuFJ


Spread the love by sharing this post with family and friends
  •  
  • 1
  •  
  •  
  •  
Continue Reading

Business

How I made my first million

Published

on

Spread the love by sharing this post with family and friends
  •  
  • 2
  •  
  •  
  •  

At what age did you make your first million? 

I was 19.

How did you make it? 

I was running a creative design and printing agency. I bid for and won an order to design and print marketing materials for a global NGO which has offices in Kenya.

How did you spend or invest it? 

I re-invested most of it into the business by buying more machinery to reduce costs associated with outsourcing. I also set up a new business with a friend – a movie shop in Nairobi CBD.

The biggest money mistake you have ever made? 

Setting up the movie shop was the greatest money mistake – but I picked up two of the greatest business lessons. One, to never divest too early, and only invest in a business you understand well.

What is the best investment you have ever made?

 I would say investing in myself and in my exposure through travel. Travel has made me see endless possibilities for innovating new products, business models and solutions in the African market. A combination of the international exposure and strong local market understanding is priceless.

What is the worst purchase you have ever made? 

The movie shop. I bought a ready business that I did not understand and it went crumbling down. We eventually closed it a few months later.

If you had a spare million or two, where would you invest it right now?

I would invest it in my current business – a software technology company. This is because I believe the business has potential to become a great success.

What is the biggest money lesson you have learnt about growing it and making it work for you? 

Initially, we all have to work for money. However, I have learnt that the wealthy person has learnt how to make money work for them, through consistently investing what one earns.

Where do you learn about finances? 

I read a lot of books about real success stories from entrepreneurs because I believe entrepreneurship is a great way to create wealth, while creating value in the society. I also stay curious to learn about different investment vehicles because I know I shouldn’t put all my eggs in one basket.

Any financial myths you think should be busted? 

Money is not the root of all evil; greed may be. Money is a good thing because it can create freedom and prosperity, if well spent.

What two personal finance rules do you follow? 

Live within your means; and work to make money as a tool to accomplish real goals. Real goals are not just about making “enough” money, because it is almost impossible to define “enough.”

Investing or saving…Which one carries more weight?

Investing. However, they go hand to hand as saving to invest is acceptable.

One can get rich easily… but how does one stay rich? 

By constantly making calculated investment risks, and always striving to be wealthy, not rich.


Spread the love by sharing this post with family and friends
  •  
  • 2
  •  
  •  
  •  
Continue Reading

Business

LET’S HOLD HANDS WITH OPTIVEN FOUNDATION

Published

on

Spread the love by sharing this post with family and friends
  •  
  • 2
  •  
  •  
  •  

By helping someone achieve their dream,
You are well on your way to achieving your own dream!

Together with partners like you, the Optiven Foundation is changing one life at a time, by reaching the most vulnerable and meeting their needs. Because the needs are growing daily, we are open to hold hands with you and make our world a better place. Make your donation to Optiven Foundation via Paybill 898 630, Account name: Mobility

For more info, call us on +254 718 77 60 33 or info@optivenfoundation.org
www.optivenfoundation.org
#TransformingLives
#RestoringDignityof Senior citizens
#SharingHopewithOptiven


Spread the love by sharing this post with family and friends
  •  
  • 2
  •  
  •  
  •  
Continue Reading

Special Offer: Own one starting at Ksh 3.7M


poapay3

Like us on Facebook, stay informed

NEWS TRENDING RIGHT NOW

2020 Calendar

November 2020
M T W T F S S
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30  
satellite-communication1.jpg

Trending