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GMS CEO Neil Male featured in BDLN article

GMS CEO Neil Male has been featured in an article in online magazine Business Development Leaders’ Network (BDLN).

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How a personal disaster gave Neil Male the tools to build a £13m business. 

“Take nothing for granted – things can be taken away from you in an instant. So get all your ducks in a row, live for today and invest in the future.”



Neil Male sometimes thinks back to the day he sat on Babbacombe Beach in Devon, stared out to sea and wept. It’s a memory that the 41-year-old owner of GMS Group will never forget. It was 1995. He was 19 and he had just found out a back injury sustained while playing for Torquay United FC had brought the promise of a glittering, professional football career to an abrupt and premature end. The experience would change Neil forever. “On that beach I understood for the first time that things can be taken away from you through no fault of your own, and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it,” he says.

That shattering blow still looms large in Neil’s mind but it’s no longer a millstone wrapped around his neck. Now it’s rocket fuel, which encourages him to live each day to the full, knowing that things can change in the blink of an eye – no matter how much potential and talent you may have.  He seizes on the painful memory to self-motivate and he uses it to empathise with colleagues who are going through tough times themselves. Life experience is a big factor in the success of GMS Group, which Neil has marshalled into one of the most successful privately owned security businesses in the UK…

Read the full article on the BDLN website here