Business Name: CQB Publications (UK) Ltd
Support received: Virtual Office
Location: Harlow, Essex
When a good friend of Paul Child passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, his widow asked Paul to finish writing his book in order to keep control over the finished item. As the perfect tribute, Paul set up CQB Publications (UK) Ltd in order to bring the project to fruition.
Since then, the business has gone from strength to strength, and Paul has gone onto develop a real passion for the publishing industry.
Paul told us about the motivation behind CQB Publications (UK) Ltd and how an Nwes virtual office via Harlow Enterprise Hub has supported the venture.
Tell us more about the circumstances behind establishing your publishing business
In the 1990’s, I ran a martial arts group with a friend. He was researching and writing a book about World War 2 organisations such as SOE, the Commandos, the OSS and the Home Guard.
Together, we preserved and taught some of the close combat training before he passed away.
In January 2006, I was relieved to see the book completed and selling, but very sad that my friend was unable to see his dream realised.
What have you learnt from your start-up journey, and what opportunities has it brought you?
Although it has been a journey tinged with sadness, the process has been incredible.
Teaching yourself the various processes to publish a book is hard going but there is a lot of information and many tools out there to help – and it’s very satisfying when you have mastered some new skills.
I’ve not just developed my skillset but launching CQB Publications has also given me the opportunity to visit suppliers and printers across the globe, with a particular highlight being a visit to a print company in North Carolina last year.