FDH’s Mpinganjira shares tips for successful business enterprises

First Malawian to establish his own bank, Dr. Thomson Mpinganjira has tipped people to diversify in their business undertakings in order to reduce investment risks and succeed in their business endeavours.

Business mogul Thom Mpinganjira who is also chief executive officer of FDH Financial Holdings Limited
Some of the other gurus sitting together
The other delegates

Mpinganjira, FDH Financial Holdings Limited group chief executive officer (CEO), said this at Malawi’s first wealth creation and personal finance conference that was held at Amaryllis Hotel in Blantyre on Tuesday, which was organised by a Malawian owned micro finance institution, Sycamore Consult.

The conference attracted several business gurus that included Mpinganjira; Simon Itaye — former Managing director of Packaging Industries now known as Nampak; experienced insurance professional, Stain Singo (who established his own insurance company, Smile Life); Mike Mlombwa (owner of Countrywide Car Hire);  Jimmy Koreia Mpatsa of Mpatsa Investments and a host of other professionals.

Mpinganjira, a qualified accountant and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), said aspiring business persons should develop a circle of competence, a clearly defined industry, business model, asset class, investment style, or other area that they are an expert at, and invest only within that circle.

He said people must inculcate a culture of spending less and saving more by saving part of their monthly income as soon as they get it just like the tax authority takes their PAYE.

Mpinganjira said people should desist from borrowing to start a business but rather to borrow in order to expand the business that they fully understand.

He also tipped people to diversify in their business undertakings in order to reduce investment risks.

“No business success comes without personal success. You must build a strong personal credit worthiness.

“There is not one formula for savings and investment success but key to it is risk taking and taking baby steps,” he tipped.

Mpinganjira continued: “Start with small savings every month; forget big goals and take gradual steps for small and daily wins.

“Start investing as soon as you begin earning because one of the most important factors in how much wealth you can accumulate depends on when you start investing.”

Mpinganjira presentation was titled  ‘Investment Lessons From an Entrepreneur’.

FDH Financial Holdings has five subsidiaries — FDH Bank Limited, First Discount House Limited, FDH Money Bureau Limited, FDH Financial Advisory Services Limited and MSB Properties Limited.

Its vision is to be the leading provider of first class financial solutions in Malawi and the Southern Africa.

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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
3 years ago

I dont agree with this guy, if it worked with him fine but not every body. First how can you save if you are receiving MK 150000. your money pokwana pa 5 yatha ukungoyendera ngongole. two each business is unique, it may grow, it may liquidate..

3 years ago

which thief mr chimanga. This guy has made it in life. In business we use any means to grub and expand the empire. If you want to remain the way u r. sit down there and talk like u dont have brain.

3 years ago

Why praise a thief who stole Malawi Savings Bank with the support of DPP? WE are applauding theft……

3 years ago
Reply to  chimanga

Not supporting the person but applauding his insights which can assist visionary Malawians to move steadily forward. Mukafuna nanunso mube mawa tidzakuyimbireni m’manja kuti ndinu madolo ngati iyetu amene zake pano zikuyenda

3 years ago
Reply to  chimanga

One thing we learnt us about mindset. I can see that there work to be done with your mindset. If you are willing am happy to work with you to reprogram your mind to see what you may be missing now. I can assure you after those sesssions you will start writing different stories of your own success because you will become successful. I would rely love to meet you

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