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. 

Mairi Taylor 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I am a wellbeing guide empowering and educating women to find their way back home to themselves. I utilise aromatherapy, juice therapy and lifestyle interventions to support the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of my clients so that they leave empowered and enlightened to make the changes that will serve them well. I have been in business full time for 10 years with 9 years side hustling prior. In the last three years my business has made a huge pivot turn and switched from being all about the skinny jeans, to the wellbeing of the person wearing them. 
 
Why did you create FAB Fitness? 
My business name came about from the acronym Fit Active Body confident FAB and my logo includes the butterfly as this is the symbol of transformation and metamorphosis. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
That in 2020 it will be 10 years old and has continued to transform with me and we have now found our natural resting place powered by crystals, oils and juice. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
That I was a Club 18-30 rep when leaving Uni. 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
There is no single person as I have had so many people along the way serve me lessons as I needed them. The overall lesson from everyone is that you need to trust yourself, know your worth and only take that which serves you well. 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
My sister so that we could have the conversations she needed and wanted to have and I wasn’t ready for. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
Grease. 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
“Sort” your mind set and know who you are. Do the work on your self-worth as it will save you a fortune in education and courses that you accumulate to prove you are worth people paying you for your services. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
Consolidation of where we are at and creating the packages that bring the last 10 years together and completing my education and personal development as a One Of Many Coach so that I am ready for the next 10 years. 
 
Clare Farrell
 
 

Kelly Allen 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I am a not so virtual, virtual assistant. I have a more hands on approach with my clients and like to offer in-house support with whatever there admin needs might be. I genuinely enjoy admin, paperwork, filing so who better to help you than someone who is enthusiastic and enjoys what they do! I have been in business for 1 year but have 10 years of experience doing administration in the corporate world. 
 
Why did you create Admin Assassin? 
The name Admin Assassin was inspired by a few different things. Firstly, it is the way in which I deal with admin… I assassinate it! A lot of my clients fear their admin, or do not know where to start, my approach is to get in and get it done so you can move on to what you actually want to spend your time doing. 
 
It was also inspired by the Discworld novels of Sir Terry Pratchett and the Assassin’s Guild who are featured in many of his books. “Assassins were never employed. They were engaged, or retained or commissioned, but never employed.”  
 
Lastly… I have a very gothic aesthetic and feel the darkness of the name and my logo gives people a heads up as to who I am, so no one is surprised when I am wearing a Halloween dress in June! It set’s me apart from other virtual assistants! 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
My biggest achievement was just starting the business, most of my family are self-employeed and very successful – so the pressure was onto make this work. In the year since starting my business I have also had to deal with some very difficult person situations, and I am very pleased to have kept my head above water and ensure my business did not suffer. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
Do you remember the Chuckle Brothers game show “Too me, Too you”? Yeah, I was on that. 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
It is impossible to choose just one person; I am incredibly lucky to have an amazing and supportive family who have helped guide me through life and supported me when things were hard. I have learnt to be brave, resilient, confident and above all respectful – this comes from my amazing upbringing and my awesome family. 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
I would love to have a meal with Sir Terry Pratchett. His books were a safe haven for me during a turbulent time in my twenties and I would love the opportunity to tell him how he saved my life. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
I am a bit of a movie buff, so choosing one is incredibly difficult! If I went with horror it would be Dog Soldiers, historical it would be Mediterraneo, fantasy has to be Lord of The Rings… I could go on! 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
You are capable of anything if you are willing to put in the hard work. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
I will be spending more time working on my business behind the scenes, learning new skills to provide more services and just enjoying what I do. 
Louisa Sando Patel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rana Miller 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I am a makeup artist and offer predominantly Bridal makeup. I enjoy working with people to create make up looks. I love the confidence it gives people. Makeup isn’t a mask, it’s an art form, an expression. I work with you, to create a look you’ll love. I have been working on and off for 20 years. I have 2 children so have taken time out to spend with them. 
 
Why did you create Rana Miller MUA? 
I am my brand so it made sense to keep it as my name. My logo is a pair of lips with a brush. Self-explanatory description of my work. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
That’s a hard one! I have to say that having my makeup work from a photoshoot being exhibited at the Louvre Museum is definitely a highlight. I haveve had work published in magazines and I am very thankful for those opportunities. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
Most people know that I love music and dancing (mostly at parties)! However, I would love to learn ballroom and even barn dancing. 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
I couldn’t really say that I have just one person who I have learnt most from. I have met and worked with so many people over the years. Some great, some not so great! My Dad was always one for saying hard work pays off. 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
Easy, my Dad. I miss that I cannot share my experiences with him as an adult and as a parent myself. Years ago when I told my Dad I wanted to be a makeup artist, he laughed, said it wasn’t a ‘proper career’. I’m sure I could convince him now. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
I enjoy lots of films so cannot say just one. But at a push I would say Bend it like Beckham. A young Indian girl chasing her dreams with parents that didn’t understand her. I love Elf, best Christmas film ever! 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Don’t give up. Easier said than done, I know. Get a clear idea of what you want and then how you are going to get it. Do your research, know your business and competitors. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
I shall continue to promote my business and look for ways to work with others. I would like to eventually have a makeup agency where I have a bank of staff/assistants. 
 
Lisa Bacon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Joanne Warren 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I support families who are working and juggling life and then have elderly loved ones with increasing care needs to navigate the adult health and social care systems. 
 
Why did you create Sunrise Care Advisers? 
I want what I do to come across as positive and I love sunrises with the hope of a new day and new possibilities and to convey that I can provide enlightenment and hope to my families. I also wanted to try and make it clear I provide information, advice and support not “carers” themselves. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
I recently saved a family from spending £92k on their mothers’ care after a Local Authority had applied the law incorrectly on a Financial Needs Assessment. 
 
But in fact, I think my biggest achievements are when I see or hear from my families, the relief when they find they are not alone and there is someone who understands what they are going through and can support and help them navigate a broken system. 
 
It really is a case of “it’s not you it’s the system” in adult health and social care. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
I really can’t think of anything. 
 
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 parents, who both believed that we are here to give not take. They believed in being active in their communities and were strong advocates of social justice. They disliked bullying of any kind and especially of those in positions of power over the rest of us. 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
My Granny Warren. She died when I was 17y and I was too young then to realise what she had achieved in her life. Widowed in 1918 (aged 25y) with 2 children (2y & 6m) she was offered to continue with the lease of the farm by the landlord. This was pretty much unheard of at that time. Women didn’t even have the vote!! She was a good farmer (I was told probably better than her husband who had died) and managed to keep the farm going through the depression of the 1920s and 1930s and to keep the men and their families in work and paid. Then again through the Second World War. She never remarried (there was a shortage of men of her age due to the losses of the First World War and the Great Flu Epidemic) She finally retired in 1956 when my dad married. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
I don’t have one in particular; pretty much anything with Fred Astaire in it. I love a good musical. 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Start with an idea of something that resonates with you and then keep learning from your customers what they really want. Don’t give up. It may take you a while to find your niche. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
We tend to “crash” into the adult health and social care systems with little preparation or thought. It is hard to have conversations and accept that our parents are ageing. 
 
I want to continue to raise awareness and encourage people to start these conversations early. 
 
I also have the possibility of being involved in a pilot of a ground-breaking new way of managing links between adult social care and the health services better. 
 
Gerri Moore
 
 
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