Brain injury survivor battles back to become business success

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A DURHAM man has battled back from a brain injury to change his career – and become the best in his field.

Mike Lever, 43, suffered a subarachnoid brain haemorrhage in 2008, which left him with gaps in his memory and permanent headaches.

The episode made him rethink his career and after being made redundant from Northern Rock he joined New Results Training in Rainton Bridge, which offers sales training locally and internationally.

Now he’s won the prestigious Sales Trainer of the Year at the British Excellence in Sales and Marketing Awards – the industry’s Oscars.

“It was a fantastic night, but the other trainers shortlisted were from much bigger companies and I really didn’t think I’d win,” said Mike.

The awards, which were held in London, are run by the foremost professional body for sales people.

Speaking about his past illness, Mike, who is married to Deborah, said: “It was a difficult time for my wife and I, but the whole episode made me start to think about doing something different.

“I took my time and thought about what I really wanted to do and who I wanted to do it with.”

Commenting on his award, the dad-of-two said: “It’s proof that bigger is not always better. All the other companies shortlisted were far bigger than New Results Training, but you don’t have to be a household name to be good at what you do.”