Lunch and Learn: Growing a business as a single parent
Posted: Fri 21st May 2021
Watch back: Growing a business as a single parent: Beth Jordan
"In 1982, I founded and launched my first company, Lace Lady Ltd, in the area of home furnishings, specialising in white cotton, handmade lace bed and table linen. I redesigned many of these products into high end fashion garments and bed linen, a first of its kind in the market, and developed the start-up into a £1.5m company within the first five years. By leveraging my extensive insight into global markets, I have fostered strategic partnerships with both Chinese corporates and major UK retailers to deliver significant operational expansion. I have also developed a wholesale and consultancy service, which offers design, sourcing, pricing and importing assistance.
''Taking my 30+ year business experience I decided to look, for the time being at using this experience in setting up a new business as a professional and personal coach with the aim to advise, mentor, assist and coach new and current business owners who want to look at a new direction in their lives, needing to re-assess how they will create a sustainable work/life balance. This area is very important to me.
As a single parent, I know I made huge mistakes and would like to offer my experience and help to either working mothers or fathers in similar positions to myself and find ways to look at finding an equilibrium in their work and home life, or women who want to get back into the workplace."