Edgars Kalans MBA MIH
Edgars Kalans was born in Soviet Latvia and has a Russian Mother (entrepreneur) and Latvian Father (entrepreneur). Edgars is fluent in four languages (English, Russian, Latvian and German) and often travels to Russia, Latvia and Luxembourg.
Edgars started working at the age of 10 as his mother knew that the earlier the child would start to work the quicker he would understand the value of money and the way business operates.
Edgars was always interested in Economics and participated in many school competitions, he has always been interested in reading business books. Robert Kiyosaki, Stephen Covey, Napoleon Hill, Dale Carnegie and MBA books were amongst his favourites. Edgars has kept his interest in reading continues to this day. He reads on average 60 books per year.
My best book suggestion for all entrepreneurs that are about to start a business is to read: “The E Myth” by Michael E. Gerber, “Winning” by Jack Welch and Suzy Welch for more established entrepreneurs. Additionally: “Sam Walton: Made in America” by Sam Walton is arguably, the most inspiring book ever written.
In 2004 Edgars formed his first business – PetEx (non-profit pets exhibition company in Latvia) after five years successfully developing and operating the business, he formed the second venture – Junior Travel Latvia (part of Junior Achievement Latvia).
By 2006 Edgars Kalans qualified as Co-Active Business Coach as well as obtained The Silva Method Qualification (a learning method that utilises untapped areas of human consciousness). In 2007 he graduated from Arcus Business School with a Business Management Degree.
In 2008 he received the qualification in Project Management form “afw Wirtschaftsakademie Bad Harzburg”. In 2009 Edgars sold both companies and moved to Greece. In 2010 Edgars moved to Birmingham UK where he obtained Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Birmingham. During university, Edgars formed an events and entertainment company – Events Factory.
After graduation, Edgars moved to London where he worked as a Consultant for Gazprom Marketing and Trading, this allowed Edgars to connect with a number of successful entrepreneurs in Russia, USA and UK. This enabled Edgars to start his consulting services and one of his first clients was the CEO of Cultured Brands Global – Robina Latham. Edgars worked with Cultured Brands and all subsidiary businesses for over 3 years before Edgars moved to Luxembourg to work on two big consulting assignments. After completion Edgars moved back to Birmingham UK where he currently resides.
In 2017 Edgars obtained an MBA degree from the University of Worcester.
During this time Edgars held a number of Management roles as General Manager of: City Nites; Accor; and LUK Hospitalities. Also as a National Operations Manager (Whittaker Fleet Care) and a Regional Operations Manager (OYO Technology and Hospitality (UK)).
Currently holding a post of Non-Executive Director at Independent Hotel Alliance as well Non-Executive Director of Snezny Magazine.
During COVID-19, Edgars was approached by numerous entrepreneurs asking for help and support during these challenging times, he, therefore, decided to launch Your Business
Acceleration Gym to help businesses around the world through regular Business Coaching.
He is currently working with 10 entrepreneurs across the world (Russia, Latvia, Luxembourg, Australia and UK), as Business Coach and assisting them with various business challenges in these turbulent times.