Robert Viney’s Prestige Business Coaching

Successful Entrepreneur & Business Coach

“My mission is to be the source of inspiration for anyone wishing to make a great success of their business”

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Hi, I’m Robert Viney, Founder & Managing Director of Prestige Business Coaching and my mission is to be the source of inspiration for anyone wishing to make a great success of their business.

In the past 30 years, I have successfully started and run many businesses, including pubs, a microbrewery, sandwich shops and delicatessens, property rental, investments and business coaching, all cumulatively generating well in excess of £100 million in that time.

I Can Help Most Businesses

I am very passionate about business & I have a wealth of knowledge and experience that I am very keen to pass onto other small & medium sized businesses as well as startups through highly effective bespoke coaching programmes.

Failure rates are far too high and success rates could be much greater. Often it takes only small changes to make big changes to a business, but, too often, the business owner is too close to his or her business to see what needs to be done to make the right changes.

That is where I can help you. When I visit a business, I can very quickly assess it and quantify what changes need to be made. And, I have a good track record of doing this.

I have been very successful and I want to show you how to be successful, too.

Contact Me & Let’s Talk

If you would like to talk about me helping you in your business, with no commitment, please email me now at

You can also follow me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, where I am constantly sharing highly effective tips, that I know will work in your business, if you implement them.

I Have Been Very Successful, But It Nearly Did Not Happen

But all this nearly did not happen – In 1980, I was advised by two very influential people not to pursue entrepreneurship as I was told I would not succeed in business; I was told I would fail.

This Did Not Stop Me

Fortunately, this did not stop me.

Instead, I decided to research and study heavily business success and business failure; this involved studying scores of entrepreneurs and their businesses to see what worked and what did not work.  By the time I started, I had a massive understanding of success and failure.

I Realized One Big Thing

I realized that success was not just due to strategy but discovered that mental attitude was, if anything, much more important.  I found the most successful in business were those who had a strong, positive mental attitude and the stronger the mental attitude, the stronger the success of the individual.

It was also apparent to me that a poor, negative mindset could contribute to business failure.

Because several well respected people had put me down, initially, my mental state was weak, fearing failure. I discovered what I felt was very commonly felt by many budding entrepreneurs;  ‘Fear of failure’ commonly stopped individuals stepping outside their ‘comfort zones’ to take the necessary risks to start and run a business successfully.

By studying the most successful, I developed techniques and methods to combat my fears to develop the necessary strong mental attitude and mindset for success and this allowed me to construct highly effective strategies that propelled my businesses.

I Was Originally A Chemist

Originally a chemist, I graduated with a BSc Honours degree in 1976 and subsequently worked in the Aluminium industry with the British Aluminium Company as a research chemist until being made redundant in 1980.

I promised myself that if I was ever to be on the dole again, it would be through my own fault and not the fault of someone else, so I embarked on a career of being self employed.

Prior to my redundancy, I ran the social club bar at the British Aluminium Company and I had already decided that I wanted my own pub and set out on the road to achieve that.

I Needed More Experience

As part of my research into success and failure, I deduced that I did not have enough experience for my own enterprise but was lucky enough to be offered the chance to run the ‘Frog & Frigate’ pub in Southampton, owned by Ringwood Brewery, as a manager.

The White Hart Inn In Somerset Was Bought

The invaluable experience, gained, allowed me to buy my first pub, The White Hart Inn at Trudoxhill near Frome in June 1984.  This pub was very run down, when I took it on and, within 12 months, it was the busiest pub in the area.

white-hart-2-300x208 About Prestige I still own the White Hart Inn and is currently run by my tenant Graeme Warberry.

A Microbrewery Was Added

3 years later a small microbrewery was installed to the rear of the pub producing quality traditional beer for The White Hart Inn and other local pubs.

More Pubs Were Added

By 1999, other pubs had been started from scratch including the Pig & Fiddle in Bath, The Frog & Fiddle and Fish & Fiddle both in Cheltenham and the brewery, known as Ash Vine Brewery, had moved to a large 5000 square feet site and grew to supply in excess of 1000 pubs nationally.

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Here I am pictured outside the brewery in a local newspaper item with the headline “Brewing For Hop & Glory”  – Hop & Glory was one of our many award-winning beers that we brewed.

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I Retired From The Pub Business

In 2001, I came out of the pub business to take over a sandwich shop and delicatessen business, owned by a family member.

I Took On a Family Business

The business known as Picknics of Devon, trading in Torbay, had accrued a huge debt and was on the point of failing.  It took me about 3 years to turn Picknics of Devon around and to start to pay off the debt.

By the time I sold the business in 2014, it had become a massive success with a huge following and was the local market leader, with the huge debt being repaid in full.


At the time of the sale, the business comprised two shops in Torbay, one in Torquay and one in Paignton  –  this is a picture of the Torquay

I Now Coach Businesses

After taking a break in 2015, I am now putting much of my energies into Prestige Business Coaching Ltd. to give businesses the benefit of my experience and expertise to achieve high levels of success, themselves.

I am not new to coaching businesses, though, as I have coached several businesses very successfully, previously, alongside running my own businesses.

I Have Some Powerful Methods To Share

As part of my coaching, I show my clients the very many methods that have successfully created business success for myself. These methods are massively powerful and are unique to me only.

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I started coaching Alessandra Ruocco in 2009 and we turned her business around from large losses.  She is my biggest coaching success.

My Goal Is To Increase Business Success & Reduce Failure

My goal is to increase business success and reduce business failure & this site includes powerful advice for business owners to boost their businesses.

If you Are A Business Owner, Who Is Serious About Achieving Success

If you are serious about your business success, please take a good look at the many articles and blogs included. This advice is offered here free of charge – just take a look, read and absorb!

If you are a business owner or someone planning on starting a business soon, I would be able help you, giving you access to my powerful business methods and I would be delighted to talk to you about your dreams and plans.

Please contact me at or leave a message below.

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