This week in Notts businesses we admire we are looking at another businessman who, alongside running two successful businesses, has recently saved our town’s beloved Notts County Football Club from an HMRC winding up petition, Mr Alan Hardy.
As a businessman Alan Hardy has a number of successful enterprises, with all of his most recent endeavours operating within the Nottinghamshire area.
Growing up as a Notts County fan, Hardy had formerly played football for Mansfield town and Doncaster Rovers before setting up his successful refurbishment company Paragon Interiors.
This business has been his major success, and in 2016 was named ‘Sunday Times Best Company to Work For’, for a business employing fewer than 250 staff.
His other major success has been with the Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club, which since he has taken over has become a thriving golf club that, as well its popular golf course, now
puts on around 100 weddings per year.
Recently however, Alan has stepped in to help save a true Nottingham institution from collapse, after purchasing Notts County football club from former owner Ray Trew and in turn agreeing to pay off the entirety of their crippling tax debts.
His arrival at Notts County has created fresh waves of optimism; with crowds for some games almost double what they were in December prior to his takeover, and the club yet to lose at home under newly appointed manager Kevin Nolan.
He has recently set out a new business model for the club, which he hopes will allow them to break even within the next five years.
Showing that he is not only interested in County’s mens team, Hardy has also stepped in to save Notts County ladies from the brink of extinction by helping them restructure their HRMC tax debts.
From running a successful business that has been named as some of the best of their size to work for, to saving his beloved football club from the financial oblivion, Alan Hardy has proved that his love for all aspects of Nottingham is deep rooted, and we hope his positive contributions to the city continue.