If you would like to get to know me, the best thing to do is get in touch so we can connect and maybe even meet. In the meantime, here’s some more information about me:
Things I love:
- My family
- My friends
- My cat
- My Godchildren
- My business
- Eating (and cooking!) lovely food
- A nice red wine at room temperature
- Kindness and manners
- Music – lots and lots of different kinds (but not ALL music!)
- The theatre
- Speaking French
- Having fun!
Things I don’t like so much
- Being bored, or still for too long!
- Tripe sausage (long story, linked to my first time living with a French family)
- Standing on slugs in the kitchen in the middle of the night (only happened once but enough to know I don’t like it so much)
- Fast and scary theme park rides (as determined by me!)
Want to know more? Feel free to read on…
When I was teeny tiny (and I was teeny tiny!), I always wanted to be my own boss. To run a business. I had no idea what in or why, but that was what I wanted to be when I grew up. The only other thing that would sometimes pop up as a potential career was teaching. I would regularly line up my dolls (Happy Harry being my all time favourite!) and teach them English and Maths mostly. It’s probably no wonder that now I am utterly fulfilled as the owner of my own business and as a trainer who loves to share knowledge and educate.
I guess I have achieved my childhood dreams. How lucky am I?
I’ve not always done this – I used to have a “proper job”. I started my serious working career (I say serious as I spent a good few years travelling and doing “fun” jobs such as a ski season rep and au pair – the former being considerably more fun than the latter it turns out!) as a graduate trainee for Walkers Snack Foods (before they were a household name!). My first role here sounded better on paper than it was in reality and involved spending most of my days in a car driving round independent retailers in south west London tidying up crisp displays and selling in new ranges. A low boredom threshold meant that I didn’t enjoy doing this for too long so soon went for a graduate trainee position for an insurance company.
Having spent the compulsory placements in claims and underwriting, I went into the marketing department – and never really left! I ended up running the Communications & PR department for both the UK and France (three gap years spent in France meant I was pretty good at the lingo n’est-ce pas!).
Luckily I was made redundant (yes I did say luckily!) in 2001 when the company went into liquidation. An offer of another job came quickly, but it wasn’t long before I realised that this was my opportunity to enter the world of self-employment. This was in 2001 and I have been self-employed ever since.
A few years of freelancing ensued, which felt rather more like owning a job rather than a business, but by 2009, thanks to a few life changing events (one of them being the best thing I ever did, a story many of you will know), I was in a position where I needed to focus back on my business, but this time I wanted to go out there and find my own customers. This was when I found and I joined 4Networking. (Best thing I’ve ever done from a business perspective!)
This is where I started to build my business.
In my 20+ years of working in marketing and communications, I have experience in all elements of marketing – PR, advertising, design, events, research – and with all sizes of businesses and budgets. But one thing which has remained constant is my unswerving belief that the best way to grow a business is by forming and developing great relationships with the people you work with. This includes, partners, suppliers, employees, shareholders as well as customers.
People do business with people they Know, Like, and Trust . I am passionate about this to the extent that:
- I only work with people I know, like and trust
- I only recommend people and services that I know, like and trust
- I want all my clients and associates to know, like and trust me
This is how I grow my business, and how I help my clients grow theirs. So, please take a moment to get to know me – read my blog, subscribe to “Jen’s Gems” (Yeah I know, cheesy title!), and let me know if you like what you see. Hope to get to know you and maybe even do business with you soon!