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Rave Flyers- Things You Didn't Know About Giles

Rave Flyers- Things You Didn't Know About Giles

Date: April 19th, 2018 Author: Giles Cadman Categories: Blog Post, Things You May Not Know About Me

An Unlikely Job: Delivering Rave Flyers Around The U.K
Series: Things You May Not Know About Me
Giles Cadman

Yes, you read that right. Many years ago, well before the Cadman Capital Group,I used to deliver rave flyers around the U.K in my white Astra Max van. Please take a minute to picture that.

I created this blog series because I’ve had this entrepreneurial and business blog for a very long time, but it’s time to make it a little more fun. I want to be my authentic self and to do this, I’m going to be sharing more about myself. So let’s get to the wacky rave flyers.

Obsessed With The Entrepreneurial

In my early twenties, I was quite involved with sports – especially hockey, as we chatted about in Coach Cadman. From a very young age I was obsessed with the entrepreneurial: making deals and finding sometimes untraditional ways to generate revenue and support myself.

My Saturday Morning Drives

I was very into hockey at this time in my life and drove a huge white Astra Max van to fit all of my equipment! It was also all I could really afford at the time.

I played hockey at 8 a.m. on Saturday mornings. So, my schedule ran like this: I would wake up at 3 a.m., fill up the Astra Max with diesel and go down to the print shop. I would then fill up my van with flyers – the only space that wasn’t filled was the room for my mattress. Once that was all ready, I would drive all over the east of England delivering the flyers until it was time for hockey training.

The Flyers Themselves…

These flyers wouldn’t have an address – there would simply be a time for everyone to meet. Can you imagine doing that today?

No, I wasn’t a rave goer. But I absolutely loved the flyers I was delivering. They were just so cool. There were two artists that created the artwork to go on to each flyer. As you may have guessed, they were absolute hippies and I mean that in the best way. They created stunning, psychedelic artwork that they scanned onto the flyers and printed by the thousand. It doesn’t surprise me that you can still buy these flyers online!

Sleeping In My Van

So in the early hours of the Saturday mornings in my earlier twenties, you could find me driving my Astra Max van as far as Hackney. After that, I would drive to the place where hockey training was and I would sleep in the van until training started.

I even changed the seats to RECARO bucket seats with a checkered tan pattern to make my drive more comfortable. I spent so much time in the van I simply had to. I hope what you’re imagining is as ridiculous as the real thing was...

What Delivering Rave Flyers Taught Me

That I never want to do that again. Just kidding! It was a simple way to support myself and make money driving somewhere I may have already had to drive. It’s always about thinking smart and getting a little creative. Who knows where the Cadman Capital Group would be without my experience delivering rave flyers?

Stay tuned for the next in this series – you just never know what you’re going to get.

Giles Cadman is Chairman of The Cadman Capital Group, a group of cohesive, complementary companies, operating in the international trade, retail, leisure, and investment markets. Learn more about Giles.


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