Hi, I’m Karl Craig-West, a business blog writer, public speaker and business owner based in Auckland, New Zealand.
Started off working for KTDR a commercial radio station in South West Texas. Some of my friends say I have a great face for radio, others say that I’ve always had too much to say.
I was a director of Midlands Advice and Training Services Ltd which provided business skills training to large and medium companies. Sadly, this one died during the financial crash of 2008 when all of my clients stopped spending money on training.
I like to help small businesses do better. So in January 2011 I started Buzz Website design which provides website design throughout the East Midlands. I sold this business in November 2020.
I used to run the Leicester Business Expo, which was one of the largest small-business trades shows in the region. I sold this in January 2020.
In January 2021 I moved to New Zealand and founded Auckland Business Builders, which is a marketing agency in Auckland specialising in helping small businesses. And this is where I am and what I’m doing right now.
I’m also a public speaker , often being asked to speak on marketing tools or how to become more effective as a person in business.
I live with Emma and we have 2 kids, Abigail and Matilda. We have 2 cats (Lizzy and Tiffy) and a growing community of house spiders who do a benevolent job and keep the bug population under control (to be honest, I’m the only one in the house that thinks this).
I’m also a developing surfer, rugby referee, stand-up comedian (yes, I’ve been paid for it), writer, podcaster, vlogger and I’m banned in the USA.
As you can imagine, life is very busy but wherever possible I try and make time to do some reading for at least 30 minutes a day. Pretty much wherever I go I take something to read; mostly non-fiction but I am very partial to Terry Pratchett.