I pawned expensive watch to feed my family – now I'm about to become a millionaire after sale helped me set up business

A DAD who pawned his expensive watch to feed his family just four years ago is set to become a millionaire after using the cash to launch a booming business.

Callum Walsh, 30, sold his Breitling watch when he "didn't have a pot to p*** in" after suffering a mini stroke at just 26 years old.


Jobless and desperate, Callum went into overdrafts and took out loans to support his wife Daisy, 31, and their then four-month-old daughter.

But the determined dad used the cash he got for his watch to apply for a Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) licence and started his own company.

His business – Match Me Car – is now booming, raking in £1.5million in revenue in 2019 by securing £12.35million of car finance for his customers, Manchester Evening News reports.

If you have a vision, follow your dreams, find good people and most importantly back yourself.

Callum, originally from Wythenshawe, Manchester, said: "We anticipate to provide £72m worth of car finance to our customers by the end 2022, with a total earned revenue of £8.64m.

"The company was set up with a moral compass more than anything, with a mission to save our customers money.

"I took out a high-interest loan secured against my house. I was willing to risk it all because I was so passionate it wouldn't fail.

"I had all the fire in the world inside my belly, but ran out of cash initially."

Hairdresser Daisy, who married Callum in 2015 when he worked in banking, said: "He always dreamed of being a police officer, but I think his drive to make money from such a young age is what really makes him tick.

"Despite growing up on a council estate, Callum has been driven from such a young age."

Callum, who now lives in leafy Cheshire with his family, suffered a mini stroke in 2017 – just after his daughter was born – and his life was turned upside down.

'ABSOLUTELY BROKE'

"I found myself jobless, with a small family to feed and not a pot to p*** in," he said.

"I was absolutely broke. I supported my family on credit cards, maxed my limits and took out loans and overdrafts. My amazing wife was even robbed of her maternity leave by me, but she didn't complain.

"I was now a stay at home daddy. Mummy provided for her family, whilst I tried to find work. I felt like an absolute failure.

"I pawned my Breitling watch, applied for a Financial Conduct Authority licence with the money and reached out to my LinkedIn network for support.

"After some lengthy messages and long processes, I finally had some lenders to support my brokerage."

He's living proof that you can do anything when you put your mind to it.

Daisy added: "As you could imagine this was an extremely worrying time for us all, and the hospital warned that it was usually a warning that you are about to have a full blown stroke.

"But by the end of his first full financial year in 2019 he turned over £1.5m.

"He vows to always keep his offices in Wythenshawe where he grew up, and I'm very proud of him.

"He's living proof that you can do anything when you put your mind to it."

Following the roaring success of his company, Callum has shared some words of advice for entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners.

"My advice to anyone considering starting a business is to trust your instincts and not be swayed by the negative opinions of others, because sometimes, they just don't see what you see," he said.

"If I'd have listened to those who told me not to start my business, I wouldn't be in the fortunate position I am today.

"If you have a vision, follow your dreams, find good people and most importantly back yourself."


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