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. 

Gail Bradley 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I have been working as an artworker and graphic designer for 40 years, since I left Southfields College in Leicester. My first job was working for an engineering company doing their technical manuals and technical illustration. I then worked for various design companies in Leicester as a graphic designer before deciding to set up my own business in 2008. 
 
Why did you create Gail Bradley Design? 
I had thought about creating a name for my business, something to do with ‘Gail/Gale’ but then decided just to keep it simple with my name and what I do in the title. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
I think it has to be watching my business start very small and growing over the years. What I love about my job is to create something that a client loves, and the best thing for me is that the client is happy with the end result. It is wonderful creating something that can help to promote a client’s business. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
I used to tap dance when I was in my twenties and we did shows in the community. 
I wasn’t that good at it but it was so much fun. I volunteer for a few hours a week at Glenfield Hospital doing meet and greet but of course, with Covd at the moment I am not able to. I really miss it. 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
I think that has to be my Mum and Dad, who have always been so supportive throughout my life and have always tried to teach me about respecting people and caring for one another. They also taught me to be kind and always say ‘Thank you’. 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
I think that has to be my Dad. We lost him two years ago and I really miss him, so it would be wonderful just to spend a few more hours with him so I could tell him how much we love and miss him and to thank him for all he has done for us. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
There are a few but I love Mary Poppins. I think I need to grow up!! 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Be brave and believe in yourself. It is a massive step and can be very frightening but just go with your gut feeling and do it. Listen to any advice that people give you but always remember we are all different, so one’s opinion might not suit another’s. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice or help. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
To keep providing a design service that is professional, friendly, affordable, helpful and to deliver the best service that I can. I love what I do and just want to bring out the best in my client’s product or business. 
 
Clare Farrell
 
 

Jacqui Womersley 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
We started our printing business on 8th August, 1988. 
 
Why did you create The Practical Printer? 
We chose The Practical Printer because it summed up our offering at the time. Since then we've diversified and, as I quite often say, we're more than just ink on paper! We offer laser-cutting and engraving, plus more. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
I'm not sure if this was my biggest achievement, but when we first started, I was still working full-time for a large company, whilst Neil (hubby) worked in and on the business. I used to drive back from work and then, go to 'work on the business'. My task was to generate sales, so I'd burn the midnight oil, typing sales letters on an old imperial typewriter. They were crazy long days. Of the many letters that I sent, we acquired two awesome clients - Berkel and Tungstone Batteries. I remember Neil saying to me that we had little or no chance of working with these large companies... hehehehe! Their work made it possible for us to invest further in our business. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
Not really, I think most know that I'm a bit of a tree-hugger! Love the planet we live on and have great respect for nature. 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
Going back to my roots on this... My parents have taught me so much - my Dad had such a positive and happy disposition. He was great to be around. My Mum has always been the caring sort, so she's just brilliant at being there for us and our children. I am so privileged to have had a happy and balanced upbringing. It's taught me skills appropriate to every facet in my life. 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
It's very hard to say one person, there are so many incredible people, and that includes the WtC ladies. Jacinda Ardern would be on my list of many though. She is incredible, oh and Sir David Attenborough for obvious reasons. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
The Diary of Bridget Jones - I'd read the book (Christmas present from Neil - it certainly had me giggling over the festive season... or wait, was that the fizz?) When the film came out, I went to see it with a friend. That was the first (and definitely not the last) time I had Baileys ice-cream. Such a lovely memory! 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Be yourself! Build your business on your strengths and passion. Apart from giving you fire in your belly, it needs to make you happy too! 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
Continue to learn, develop and grow! 
Louisa Sando Patel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kelly Allen 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I am an Admin Assassin! I have been running my business for nearly 2 years now, and I love every minute of it. I offer a wide range of virtual or face to face admin services, my main ones are: 
• Setting up & maintaining CRM systems 
• General administration, filing & archiving 
• Data entry (Business card uploads) 
• Tidying & categorising inbox, computer files & paper files 
• Social media support 
 
But as I always say, “My service list is not exhaustive – no matter how small or how strange the admin request, a good assassin is always intrigued.” 
 
Why did you create Admin Assassin? 
In October 2018 I was working for a local Shower instillation company, whilst off sick they faked my resignation and got rid of me. I was so sick and tired of working for other people, dealing with office politics, and getting no appreciation for how hard I worked. Enough was enough – I was going self-employed, but what could I offer? I sat down with my CV in front of me, and a bright pink highlighter pen – turns out I had been working in admin for nearly 10 years! I love admin, I always enjoyed my job but not everything else that came along with working for someone else. With the help and support of my family Admin Assassin was born in January 2019 and I have never looked back! 
 
And why did I choose Admin Assassin as a business name? Well because that is what I do, I assassinate your admin for you! Also, I am massive Sir Terry Pratchett fan and wanted to reference something from the Discworld novels! “Assassins were never employed. They were engaged, or retained or commissioned, but never employed.” This quote pretty much summed up how I wanted the rest of my working life to be. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
Just starting out was scary, but most of my family are self-employed so I always have someone to turn to when I get stuck. My biggest achievement however came in October of last year, I went through a horrific situation at home that saw me broken down completely, a shell of the person you guys now. I nearly lost everything, but through it all I kept working on my business, I was not going to let go of Admin Assassin! I worked hard and kept my business going even at a time I could barely function. My biggest achievement is survival. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
I am a pretty open person and have a reputation for being that Too Much Information friend. However not all of you will know that I was born with a rare birth defect, so rare that I have been studied and published in medical journals. I am pretty famous in the right circles! 
 
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! I have been reading his books since I was 13 and now have a bookcase completely dedicated to his work – If he wrote it, I have a copy of it. To sit and talk to such a talented man would be an honour. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
Argh! This question drives me mad – I am a movie buff and find this impossible to answer. I tend to go with a favourite film for each genre. Horror: Dog Soldiers, Historical: Mediterraneo, Fantasy: Lord of the Rings, Musical: Rocky Horror Picture Show, Romance: True Romance. 
 
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? 
IThere is not a lot I would change or do differently, I did not start this business to build something big, something that would require employees, or something I could franchise. I started Admin Assassin for me – and that is what I will continue to do – Assassinate your admin! 
 
Lisa Bacon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Eileen Larder 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I have been a 1-1 Diet Consultant for 35 years, I offer a free 1-1 Consultations to help people lose weight, stabilise their weight once they reach their target and set them on the right road to maintain their weight loss. 
 
Why did you create1-1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan? 
I became a weight plan Consultant with Cambridge Weight Plan, they rebranded 2 years ago as the 1-1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
The biggest achievement and thrills are seeing my client's success, and also sponsoring some of them to become consultant's and running their own business successfully, both in the UK and ROI. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
I am one of eight children, I was brought up in Ireland, lived in a council house and came to Birmingham when I was 15 years old. I have a favourite twin brother who lives in Dublin. I was the office junior working in head office at Cadbury’s until I ran away from home at 17 because of homelife, Charles Cadbury invited me to his office and offered to speak to my family. 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
My father in law who welcomed me and showed great affection for myself and my daughter. 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
My dad, he had a great sense of humour, he was a great inspiration to me, encouraging education and not just to get married and have children which was very unusual back then. I think he is my Angel. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
Dr Zhivago. 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Start slowly, build your confidence, and never be afraid to ask for help when needed. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
ITo continue as long as I can. Have empathy with people, we all have a story to tell. I want to encourage more people to be healthy, mentally and physically, it is so important in these strange times. I also want to encourage anyone who wants to start a business in UK and ROI and be an Independent Consultant, working whatever hours, days that suits them, with me mentoring along the way. 
 
Gerri Moore
 
 
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