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. 

Debbie Heron 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I own and run Roundabout Hinckley magazine which I launched over 10 years ago and also Roundabout the Villages which I launched 5 years ago. 
 
Roundabout Hinckley and Roundabout the Villages are local magazines serving the local community. What makes us unique from other local publications is EXCLUSIVITY to our advertisers. This means only ONE type of any business can advertise in our magazines at any one time therefore blocking out their competitors. We only accept high quality businesses as it is very important to me that our readers can trust the businesses who advertise with us to ensure they deliver a high quality service. 
 
We create brilliant advert design for our customers and along with the advertising in the magazines we also have many articles along with local community and charity news and information. We deliver the magazines every two months and to a total of 20000 homes in Hinckley and the surrounding villages. 
We also offer a reliable bespoke leaflet delivery service, both with the magazines and a leaflet only delivery service. 
 
We also offer a programme service for any events/charities which are usually self funded by having advertisers advertise in the programmes covering all the costs. Particularly useful for charities as there is no charge to them at all for the programme costs. 
 
I also founded Women that Connect business networking group which is approaching its 4th birthday and I am so proud that it is proving so successful and so many women have met each other and not only have business connections but many have become friends. 
 
Why did you create Roundabout Hinckley & Roundabout the Villages? 
Originally, I thought Roundabout Hinckley would cover magazines being delivered in and around Hinckley. I thought that if I expanded the magazine it could also mean around Hinckley. However once Roundabout the Villages was conceived it seemed to make more sense to personalise it to the Villages. Women that Connect as it sounds for women to connect in business. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
Creating and maintaining a good reputation. I am passionate about customer service and helping business owners and believe it is all about helping and supporting each other whether or not an actual customer of mine. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
I was involved in the running of market research and tasting sessions for what became HobNobs. I will never forget asking people about the dunkability of various biscuits. I am sure they thought we were mad! But dunkability was important for these biscuits. 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
A wise person many years ago said to me “what’s the worst that can happen” I have always remembered that and live by that both personally and in business. 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
My lovely Dad. I lost him over 8 years ago and just one more conversation would be great. I miss his wisdom, encouragement and belief in me. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
An Affair to Remember. I am an old romantic and love a happy ending. Gets me every time I watch it when Cary Grant’s character thinks Deborah Kerr character didn’t show up to their special date because she had changed her mind. However it is for a completely different reason. I loved that they used a clip of it in Sleepless in Seattle too and Meg Ryan’s character loved the film too. 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
It is never easy and don’t give up at the first hurdle and always truly believe in yourself. Always maintain your integrity. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
Recently enjoyed celebrating the Tenth Year Anniversary of Roundabout Hinckley and the Fifth Year Anniversary of Roundabout the Villages. We are also looking at further expansion and offering some new services so watch this space. 
 
Clare Farrell
 
 

Clare Farrell 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I am a financial adviser and have been now for 20 years! We have had our own firm for 7 years. 
 
Why did you create Northfield Wealth? 
Funny story, after days of chatting it through and struggling to come up with a name, my mother in law blurted out Northfield Wealth. It was the road I lived on at the time. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
Still being here! I lost count of the amount of times I heard that most businesses fail! 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
I am an open book so I don’t think so. Doesn’t everyone know everything about everyone now thanks to social media? 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
N/A 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
Simon Cowell, he intrigues me and I will admit, I fancy him lol. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
Tough one – Dirty Dancing or Grease 2. 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Have a plan, take a risk, be positive and organised. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
Covid has taught us that advice online is totally doable and we now plan to go national! Exciting! 
Louisa Sando Patel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Julie Jordan Spence 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I run a motor garage, MOT station and vehicle hire company. Jordan Motors has been established since 1962 and the Practical Car & Van Rental since 1986. 
 
Why did you create Jordan Motors? 
Jordan Motors was created from my paternal family surname. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
For me personally, winning the Women in Business Small Business of the Year award 2016 and being runner up in the Leicester Mercury’s Business Executive of the Year Award. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
I am 86 years old – no not really!! I have no secrets. Oh, I have completed the London Marathon – I have a medal to prove it. 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
No, not really, my parents instilled into me the importance of good manners. My dad, who started the business taught me tolerance and never to give up. I am very fortunate that I am surrounded by many good people, both as friends and/or business colleagues who I constantly learn from and make me the person I am. I love to always be learning. 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
Pierce Bronson. Okay, being serious, my husband Simon. It would just be lovely to go and enjoy a meal together in a restaurant. Like we used to occasionally in the old days, pre-Coronavirus. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
Mamma Mia. I just love the sentiment and the beautiful scenery in the film. And, Pierce Bronson! The scene where he is singing to Meryl Streep, ooh it’s so lovely. I fantasise that he is really singing to me. 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Join the Federation of Small Business. Join a business networking group. Always go with your gut instinct. Enjoy the journey, don’t dwell on a bad situation, look for the good in it and then move on. Running your own company is likened to being on a rollercoaster. Enjoy the ride. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
Servicing and repair of electric vehicles. To go “Green” and be environmentally friendly. 
 
Lisa Bacon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gerri Moore 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I am a life coach and have been doing this about 18 months – 2 years. My niche is individuals who are facing a transition in life such as significant age, health scare or divorce as an example. 
 
Why did you create Dream Life Consulting? 
The business name came from my belief that everyone has an image of their dream life and I want them to achieve that. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
Working with a couple of young people who wanted to progress in their lives but had no idea who they were themselves or what their value set was. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
I’m a trained registered nurse with over 30 years’ experience and one job I had was giving chemotherapy, treating cancer. 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
It was a tutor from the Open University when I was completing my degree who told me I could achieve anything I wanted and showed me I was cleverer then I thought.. 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
Barack Obama as I find him fascinating and inspirational (alive) and my Dad as I wish I had listened more closely when I had the opportunity. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
Erin Brockovich. 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Take time on your business plan and make sure you implement it. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
To grow by recommendation and repeat business, using case study and testimonials. 
 
Gerri Moore
 
 
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