Member Spotlight 

Each month we profile four of our members so that you can find out a little more about everyone in Women that Connect. 

Lisa Bacon 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I am a Lawyer and started as an Office Junior at the firm over 37 years ago! 
 
Why did you create Salusbury Harding & Barlow Solicitors? 
It was an amalgamation of the names of 3 very old established Solicitors’ firms. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
Navigating our way out of the recession in 2008/9 and then through COVID. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
Erm I have a webbed toe and two dangly things at the back of my throat instead of one (bet you will now look in the mirror at yours!) 😊 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
My Mum. She always had a very good work ethic which she instilled in her children. 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
MGary Barlow obviously!! Seriously though probably my Nanna who died just a week before my Son was born. I would love to tell her all about him and for her to meet him. I asked her for boys’ names the last time I saw her and she suggested George as it was a good strong name and her Father’s name. I would love to tell her we took her recommendation. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
Love Actually – 100%. 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Be honest and treat your customers well. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
A possible takeover of a smaller business in the County but we’ll see!! 
 
Clare Farrell
 
 

Mandy Wright 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
We help you realise some of your dreams by sending you on the most amazing holidays and have been doing this for 6 ½ years. 
 
Why did you create Your Perfect Escape? 
Firstly, we wanted our business to be all about our customer (Your), secondly, making the experience absolutely just right for each person every time (Perfect) and lastly when going away people are usually taking a break from some sort of responsibility (Escape). And there you have it: Your Perfect Escape. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
I think this has changed so much for most of us over the last year. The ability to adapt for some businesses has been key but our business has basically just been shut down and there remains a tremendous amount of uncertainty for months to come. We are still here – still open for when business starts and I think that this is our biggest achievement. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
Most people assume we have always been in travel, but we are actually both financial people. I spent 20 years working for Barclays Bank and Chris was an accountant, I still have a thriving bookkeeping business and we run the travel business alongside. After all travel is far more sexy than finances!. 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
My family is of great importance to me and are the people who I learn most from and they make me a better person as I up my game to try to match the wonderful people they are. 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
Jesus. If anyone wants an explanation, I’d be happy to buy the coffee during a 121. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
Can’t say really. I love most films that have a clever plot with some comedy and witty script. 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Plan ahead, take good advice, enjoy it. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
Open borders, lots of travel for us and our customers. Helping people create and realise their dreams. 
 
Keep dreaming Ladies! 
Louisa Sando Patel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dawn Warrington 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I am the Operations & Risk Manager at Northfield Wealth Ltd. I work closely with Clare Farrell and the team to ensure that we meet all the regulatory requirements and that our advisers provide the best financial advice to our clients. 
 
I joined Northfield Wealth in September 2020 but have worked in financial services since leaving school. I have had many roles in this sector including mortgage adviser, underwriter, packager and Customer Relationship Manager but my passion lies in the compliance. 
 
Northfield Wealth is an Independent Financial Advice Firm whose sole goal is to help as many people as possible achieve their financial goals, whether that be by arranging a mortgage or providing pension and investment advice. We recognise that everyone has a different goal in mind when they come to see us and that their goals may change over time, and I am proud to be part of a company that is so focused on helping clients.” 
 
Why did you create Northfield Wealth? 
Northfield Road in Hinckley was where the business owners Clare and Mark lived at the time the business was set up in 2013. They have since moved to a new house but the name has stuck and the brand developed over time so they decided to keep with the brand Northfield. It was originally called Northfield Wealth Management, but the structure of the business changed so Clare used this opportunity to simplify to just Northfield Wealth. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
Keeping our heads above water in 2020! We have done this by adapting to working from home and doing client meetings via zoom. We didn’t furlough any staff and this meant that we could provide more support to our clients who were worried about the markets impacting their investments and pensions. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
I can belly dance and you will sometimes find me shimmying in my kitchen when cooking. I used to be able to shimmy across a room balancing a book on my head although I am not sure I could do that now! 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
My parents. I realise that is not a single person, but they have both taught me so much. The lessons were not always appreciated when I was growing up, but they are certainly valued now. 
 
My Dad taught me to be confident, how to solve my own problems and to never give up. I found it very frustrating growing up that he would not just give me the answers I needed and instead gave me the tools to find the answers myself. I still go to him for advice now. 
 
My Mum who has taught me to never be afraid to try new things, to pay attention to the small details and to accept that sometimes the mistakes we make occasionally create better results than what you had originally planned- if they don’t, they are a lesson.. 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
At any other time, I would have probably answered this question with a celebrity of some description (probably Michael McIntyre for the entertainment over dinner) but with Covid my outlook has shifted, and right now I would like nothing more than to have dinner with my parents, who it feels like I haven’t seen for a lifetime (video calls don’t count!). 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
This is the toughest question yet, in fact myself and my husband often have this conversation. I think it might have to be The Green Mile. 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Have a plan but don’t be surprised when it changes. Business evolves as your client needs change. Above all, enjoy it. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
I am about to embark on a new qualification which Northfield Wealth is supporting me through. We will continue to help as many as possible achieve their financial goals and are looking to welcome some new team members to help us support even more people. We also determined to break that trust barrier that people often have with Financial Advisers. 
 
Lisa Bacon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Louisa Sando Patel 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I’m a copywriter and content writer. My services include writing Google-friendly website content, product descriptions (including Amazon, Etsy and eBay), blogs, email marketing and newsletters, social media profiles and posts. I also write video and audio scripts, leaflets, brochures, press releases and magazine editorials. This month I’ll be celebrating my 7th business birthday! 
 
Why did you create Bright Owl Copywriting and Communications? 
I chose ‘Bright’ to symbolise ‘creativity’ and the ‘Owl’ is an ancient symbol for ‘wisdom’. Originally, I wanted to call my business ‘Wise Owl’, but I discovered this was a dating agency for older people, which would’ve led to some very interesting web traffic! 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
My two biggest client successes include writing the Bank of London’s website and event blogging for S&P Global. In 2018, I was a finalist for the Leicester Mercury Women in Business Awards. But on a more personal level, I’m very proud of the fact that nearly all of my long-standing clients have stayed with me over the past 12 months, despite the pandemic. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
I once skydived above the Fox Glacier, New Zealand at 12,000 feet. 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
Not one but two; my Mum who passed away last year, always told us to keep following our dreams. My Dad has run several businesses, so his advice has been invaluable over the years and I have acquired his strong work ethic too. He’s definitely my rock and best friend. 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
My Grandad. As a highly successful businessman, I wish I could’ve shared my own business journey with him, as I know he would’ve been very proud. Sadly, he lost his life to cancer in 2007. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
‘Life is beautiful’ by Roberto Benigni. 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Network - connect with as many different people and businesses as possible. Always give more than is expected of you, no matter how small your client’s business may seem, because they will remember you as their business grows. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
I am supporting an increasing number of Marketing Managers in bigger businesses as their outsourced copywriter, and I’m looking to offer this type of support for more companies. I’ve also started to build a pool of talented copywriters and blog writers to help me support a wider range of industry sectors. 
 
Gerri Moore
 
 
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