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Diary of an Entrepreneur: Tom Voyce

Earlier this year, Tom Voyce announced his retirement from professional rugby with immediate effect. He has had a glittering career having won two Heineken Cups, three Premiership Titles and two EDF trophies, as well as being capped nine times by England. 

However, earlier this year, Tom made the brave move from the sports pitch to the world of foreign exchange. Now, working on developing a specialist sports desk for currency specialists Baydonhill FX, we find out more about his typical day, which as you can see below, is certainly a change from the field! 

06.00 – I may not be a professional sportsman anymore, but that desire for maintaining my fitness will always be with me. So my day always starts with a brisk walk to the tube where I head into Moorgate for my regular 7am gym session.

08.15 – My office is only a short walk from the gym, so I make my way straight there for some breakfast at my desk whilst checking my emails and messages.

08.30 – A big part of my job involves knowing what is happening in the marketplace, so every morning, I check the markets and the main currencies. It is important to be able to explain to clients exactly what the market is doing at any given time.

09.00 – I usually spend this early part of my day finalising meetings and appointments for the day ahead as well as putting in a few calls to existing clients or prospects.

09.45 – I head out to my first client meeting of the day. For example, today I am meeting with an organisation for sports professionals to talk about how we can help sportspeople to save money on their foreign exchange transfers. As a former sportsman, I have a great insight into sporting life, so I find this helps me to open doors that otherwise wouldn’t be so accessible.

13.00 – I’ll either have lunch at my desk or with a client, depending on my schedule and where I am in the city. I try to have a big lunch where possible to prepare me for the evenings, as I tend to be busy most evenings and usually don’t have time to prepare a proper meal.

15.00 – I’m usually back at my desk in the afternoon, checking emails and catching up with clients and prospects. I also spend this time planning our new events schedule for 2014, which I will be hosting. It is surprising how much time goes into planning events behind the scenes!

18.00 – Most of my evenings involve attending networking events to open up my client base. It is surprising just how many people are unaware of how to save money on foreign exchange, so it’s great to be able to educate people and give them something of value to take away with them at the end of the evening.

23.00 – I arrive home and relax for half an hour before heading to bed. I’ve got to be up again at 6am for the gym!

You can contact Tom at BaydonhillFX on Tom.Voyce@baydonhillfx.com

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