As ever, it’s such an honour to spend time with businesses I’ve known for a long time. Yet it still took me by surprise when Sherrie reminded me how we first met. In 2005, she ran another business and NOTHS was a twinkle in our eyes, and so there I was, clipboard in hand, nervously talking to the stall holders at Olympia about the concept of a SME marketplace. Wondering if this was something they’d like to hear more about and could I send her details! Fast forward 10 years, and there we were, drinking tea and sharing stories of this epic journey we ended up taking.
It was really special to stop and hear the success Jackie and Sherrie have created and are still creating. The hard work and energy that goes into their chameleon type qualities, ready to adapt as the winds change. We chatted about ‘sheer hard work’ and how basically that’s what it all boils down to. If you’re able to accept this, love it, thrive off it – it can bring you such happiness.
A similarity I’m finding in businesses who have grown to a good size, is the need to find that special person who can run the majority of the day to day. Allowing the founders to get back to what gave the business the ‘magic source’ in the first place. Letting go with love, delegating, handing it over – so that the baby is safe, but the parents are able to get back out there and design a magical future. Finding amazing childcare for the business is a must, past a certain point.
Thank you ladies for being so generous in your support over the years and of me. I have to say, I can’t wait to see what’s next for these glamorous creatures!
Quote to sum up our gathering: ‘I am a great believer in luck, and find the harder I work, the luckier I become’ – Thomas Jefferson