Joel Blake OBE: multi-award-winning businessman, leadership consultant and founder of GFA Exchange

We were honoured to get to talk to Joel Blake OBE, multi-award-winning businessman, leadership consultant and founder of  GFA Exchange, in this instalment of Business Leader Insight.

From a 16-year-old working in a recycling factory to one of the preeminent names in the UK FinTech industry, Joel Blake OBE is a multi-award-winning businessman, professional speaker and leadership consultant, specialising in Business Support and Enterprise development.

With over 15 years’ experience of running his own businesses and assisting others to grow their own, Joel provides valuable insight and expertise into business growth and the fintech industry.

Watch the full interview with Joel Blake OBE here

Here’s a breakdown of what we discussed in the interview:

• Joel Blake OBE business background (1:42)
• What inspired the idea behind GFA Exchange? (3:35)
• How has GFA Exchange adapted to COVID-19? (6:14)
• How is the UK FinTech sector being impacted by COVID-19? (7:42)
• Has the Government done enough with to support businesses through COVID-19? (10:22)
• This edition of Business Leader Insight was brought to you by Purplex Marketing (12:24)
• Do you have advice on how business leaders can embrace this difficult time? (13:25)
• How do you think businesses will have to change their working environments post-COVID-19? (16:03)
• What is a disruptor? (18:13)

Questions from the public

• Since many companies are relying on working from home, do you think post-COVID-19 companies will stay this way? (20:23)
• Do you think that, with people having more time on their hands, we will see a boom of small startups once the lockdown is over? (21:34)
• What’s the best advice you were ever given when starting out? (22:45)
• Who would you consider to be a good role model with how they have handled their company during COVID-19? (23:47)
• What’s one fact about you that people won’t be able to find online? (25:15)

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