Roy is a treasured Patron of The Way Youth Zone and Board member, we are so proud of our association and his achievements, which are an inspiration to all of us!
It’s been over thirty years since Wolverhampton businessman Roy Delisser Bernard first started out in business and now, his long and highly successful entrepreneurial career has been celebrated by the University of Wolverhampton. As Roy explains: “I was utterly delighted when I heard that I had been given an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from the university – I had no idea that I had even been considered for the honour.”
Roy’s business career started when he was 19 years old and working in the antiques trade. “I’d started a job as a van driver delivering antiques and I quickly began learning about the trade. So, with just £200 I started out on my own trading antiques”.
Determined to succeed, Roy did everything he could to learn about business.
“I left school at 16 with nothing and I didn’t know anything about business, so to further my education I went on courses after work to learn as much as I could.” Aged just 21 years old Roy had his big breakthrough: “I had been selling antiques in the UK but I knew that the market demand was bigger in America, so I flew to the states and opened two shops – one in Colorado and one in California.” Six years later Roy had made enough profit to pursue a different venture back home. “I opened my first care home in the UK through my company, Select Healthcare Ltd, which proved to be incredibly successful. I then went on to open a further 86 homes nationwide, which now house 2000 residents and employ 4000 members of staff.” As the fastest growing specialist healthcare business in the UK, Roy’s company is leading the way in the industry.
But, that’s not Roy’s only success because he also owns the prestigious Mount Hotel, which is regarded as Wolverhampton’s premier venue for weddings and functions. During a special graduation ceremony – which was held at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre on 18th September – Roy received his doctorate from the university and gave an inspirational speech to graduates. “I was happy to be able to share my story and show everyone that they can achieve their goals with hard work and dedication. My beginnings were humble: I lived on a council estate in the ‘wrong side of town’ but with the love and support of my mother I was encouraged to ‘have a go’ and at the age of 14 I had 5 jobs.” Roy’s sister, Verona – a three-time Olympian 400m runner – provided much inspiration too. Honorary awards are presented by the university to people who have made a significant contribution to their field of expertise and, Roy was also recognised for his work within Wolverhampton’s youth organisation The Way Zone, of which he is a founding member. “I am incredibly proud to receive the honour and really happy that my success in business has been recognised in this way.” And for those who are just embarking on their own career path, Roy has some words of advice: “Opportunities will come at different times of your life, if you want to be successful take your chances and ‘go for it”.
Congratulations Roy for your well-deserved honour!
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