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. 

Amanda Box 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I run ACE Burbage Virtual Markets, A group on Facebook set up during lockdown to support local small business who would usually have been doing face to face events at Christmas and therefore needed another outlet to share their products, services, crafts and confectionery. The market started on the 16th of October 2020 so we are just shy of a year in business. This was purely as a Christmas market however the response from this has meant a year later we are still going and now looking at face to face events plus growing the Nuneaton and Leicester Market. 
 
Why did you create ACE Burbage Virtual Markets? 
ACE is formed from the first letters of my children’s names and was initially created for a Parents Networking Group and so the brand has continued with the markets. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
My biggest achievement since launching my business is most definitely being able to watch my children grow and having adapted my business during the pandemic gave me the opportunity to spend more time with them and that will always be my biggest goal for both my business and in life. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
I am a Photo Historian. I studied Photo History at University and love social history. I absolutely love old photographs and finding the stories behind them. 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
It’s a hard decision so many people but if I had to narrow it down….. I would have to say Gary Barlow. Not only am I a true Take That fan I’d love to talk to him about all his achievements but also how he managed to pick himself up and move forward after Take That split all them years ago! 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
I love a feel good film/ musical so I would have to say The Greatest Showman! 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Work with the end in mind, have a clear vision of why you want to be in business and focus on that daily and keep going. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
2022 is going to see our first ACE Festival style weekends and behind the scenes I’m studying for an NLP qualification to be able to help Fertility Mums – that’s a whole different story! Exciting times ahead, building my business to give me more time with my children. 
 
Clare Farrell
 
 

Julie Jordan Spence 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I own and run Jordan Moters, an independent MOT centre and repair garage, and Practical Car and Van Rental. I have been involved since 1991. 
 
Why did you create Jordan Motors? 
Jordan Motors was named by my father when he started it in 1962 using our family name. Practical is a franchise held by us since 1986. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
Winning awards. But also remaining in business for the last 59 years. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
I hold a gym membership and have only attended twice in the last 18 months. I also host the Leicester and Leicestershire monthly FBS virtual networking event. 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
Difficult to single just one person out. I am very blessed to be surrounded by very interesting and wise family, friends and business colleagues. 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
Alice Hawkins, a leadng English suffragette who lived in Leicester. Her story fascinates me. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
For many years it was Mamma Mia because I secretly loved Pierce Brosnan's character but after seeing the latest A Star is Born, I just loved the story. 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Always follow your instinct. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
Expansion and to see where we can become more environmentally friendly. We have taken on our first electric car to hhire out. 
Louisa Sando Patel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Emma Wheatley 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I am a Registered Care Manager and I run Home Instead Hinckley Burbage and Nuneaton. We are fortunate enough to enable members of our community to live as independently as possible in their own homes, with our care and support. We are the only CQC rated OUTSTANDING Home Care Provider in the area, and out motto is “To us, its Personal”. This means looking after our clients like we would our own family, building relationships, having lots of fun along the way. 
 
Why did you create Home Instead? 
Our director Craig bought the franchise of Home Instead for the area 3 years ago now, and I arrived 3 months after. The ethos of Home Instead is companionship based support - no individual is a tick box exercise, so their care and support shouldn’t be either. We share our heart, which is something caring people crave, so we can ensure our CAREGivers are fulfilled, and our clients get the support they deserve. We are so very grateful to be able to support the most incredible members of our community, and we come away with as much love as we give to them. It is truly special. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
Our CQC OUTSTANDING rating is definitely something we are proud of, and staying Covid free throughout has been amazing. But on a day to day basis, listening to the feedback from clients and CAREGivers about their experiences is the best! 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
I am a very enthusiastic DIY-er and will have a go at anything (note - enthusiastic, not necessarily competent!). 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
My mum has always inspired me, no matter what life throws at her she finds a way to get through it. Shes been through more so far than most people do in a life time, but she still has a smile on her face! Plus she runs for enjoyment, anyone who does that is worth admiration in my book! 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
My paternal grandad and maternal grandma. I would love for them both to meet my husband Nicky and 3 children, I think of them a lot. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
The Shining! 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Be transparent, and don’t expect it to be easy! 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
We are rapidly expanding which is exciting, we have recently moved offices and expanding our team which is great to have more like-minded people with us. Short term, planning a 3rd birthday party for Home Instead Hinckley, Burbage and Nuneaton! 
 
Lisa Bacon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Debbie Heron 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I own and run Roundabout Hinckley magazine which we are currently celebrating our 12th Year Anniversary Issue and also Roundabout the Villages which I launched over 6 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. Obviously during the last eighteen months all the events were cancelled but hopefully will be back in 2022 and we will resume producing programmes for them. 
 
I also founded Women that Connect business networking group which has just celebrated its 5th birthday and we had a fantastic meeting in September to celebrate. 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 and 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. 
 
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 9 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 client 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? 
We are currently enjoying celebrating the twelth year anniversary of Roundabout Hinckley and the recent sixth year anniversary of Roundabout the Villages. We are also looking at further expansion and offering some new services so watch this space. 
 
Gerri Moore
 
 
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