Dave Symondson

A rewritten web page sharing an entrepreneur’s life story. The first-person perspective creates a personal connection with the reader.

About Me

“I don’t know where you get that drive and ambition from…It’s not THAT important!”

My mum

Sorry, Mum, but you’re wrong. Intense ambition spurs me on to achieve great things. If you want something bad enough, you’ll get there. Yes, I’ve been hurt. Yes, I’ve fallen behind. Yes, I’ve failed…but I’m still here, and so are you. Why? Because drive means you CAN’T quit.

What pushed me to become an entrepreneur? The daily commute. Office politics. A monotonous 9-5 (7-7, in my case). Why be a cubicle slave when you could be free? Achieve YOUR dreams, not someone else’s.

Not that I hadn’t done well working for someone else. I worked for major mortgage and loan lenders – Boston Trust & Savings, Premier Portfolio, and The Beacon Group – and managerial roles in lending, collections, and customer services. Why not venture out alone?

My time had come…

“Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”


In 1999, I co-founded Mdnationwide Ltd, a national direct-to-consumer financial services company. Within 5 years, pre-tax profit hit £1.8m, all made possible by a multi-faceted marketing strategy and exceptional CRM. Our repeat business was exceptionally high, showing my people-focused approach works wonders.

Two years later, I co-founded Bananas Inc, a national business-to-business mortgage packager. Within 3 years, pre-tax profits hit £0.4m. Our exceptional customer service showed our trustworthiness and integrity, nothing ever being too much trouble. A decade and over £2m in profit later, I’d only just begun.

In 2007, both companies were acquired by The Beacon Group, a leading niche lender. Now a Management Board member, I was responsible for 3 of the 5 group companies including Beacon Mortgages Ltd.

After a strategic review, Beacon Mortgages Ltd and Bananas Inc Ltd merged to become Beacon Mortgage Packaging Ltd. The merger only took 3 months with considerable savings and efficiencies.

Honestly, I’m just an ordinary guy who believes that if you work hard, success will follow. Even from a young age I got regular promotions. I was a tough cookie not because of the cutthroat business world, but because at the tender age of ten, I faced the TOUGHEST battle of my life. One that almost killed me…

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