I’ve been no stranger to dealing with unexpected challenges, which I think makes me a good person to have on your side when you’re managing the ups and downs of life in charge of a small organisation.
I left a successful role at a Cheltenham agency to set up my own business in 2005, but was seriously injured in a road accident on my last day. This left me jobless and bed-bound with a long recovery ahead. Determination to succeed, a phone, laptop and wonderful contacts, meant that I was able to build up my business with clients sitting beside my bed, discussing their brand and shaping their business strategy.
Due to an amazing network of talented creatives, I began distributing elements of work to others, mingling my own direction and creative skills with the expert offerings of web design, copywriting and fellow graphic creatives. This flexible working business model, supporting working parents has now worked for Culpepper & Co for 16 years, and I’m so proud of the superb work that we have created in that time.
I’ve been told that I have a unique ability to draw truth, clarity and creative excellence from both clients and colleagues, and I highly value kindness as one of the rarer, but more important qualities of good business relationships. I provide bucket-loads of positivity, hope and enthusiasm for everyone I work with because I truly believe in their dreams, skills, and determination to succeed.
Anna Jones, founder of Your Ajency, is a strategic marketing expert who uses her commercial retail experience to support businesses and help them grow. Her full service global agency, support businesses with mentorship, support and strategy, I have been lucky enough to work with Anna, and cannot thank her enough for supporting me and sharing my story in her blog Moments to Motivate.